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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 2: Where are you from? in German (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for German learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question Where are you from? In German this is
Rilana: Woher kommst du?
The first word in the question is
Rilana: woher
Jason: meaning where from in English.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) woher
Jason: Listen again and repeat.
Rilana: woher
{Pause}
Jason: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Rilana: kommst
Jason: meaning come.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) kommst
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: kommst
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: woher kommst
{pause}
Next is
Rilana: du
Jason: meaning you.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) du
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: du
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: woher kommst du
{pause}
Jason: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Where are you from??
Rilana: Ich komme aus den USA.
Jason: "I'm from the U.S.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Ich komme aus den USA.
{pause}
[USA] is pronounced as three separated lettes as in the German alphabet: [U], [S], [A].
Jason: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Rilana: ich
Jason: meaning I.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ich
Jason: Now repeat
Rilana: ich
{Pause}
Jason: And after that
Rilana: komme
meaning come.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) komme
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: komme
{Pause}
Jason: Next is
Rilana: aus
meaning from.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) aus
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: aus
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: den
meaning the.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) den
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: den
{Pause}
Jason: Next is
Rilana: USA
which is U.S.A..
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) USA
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: USA
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, I'm from the U.S., and then repeat.
Rilana: Ich komme aus den USA.
{pause}
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace the U.S. with Germany.
Rilana: Deutschland
Jason: Germany
Rilana: (slow) Deutschland (regular) Deutschland
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Germany
Rilana: Ich komme aus Deutschland.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the U.S.. Say I'm from Germany
{pause}
Rilana: Ich komme aus Deutschland.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace Germany with France.
Rilana: Frankreich
Jason: France
Rilana: (slow) Frankreich (regular) Frankreich
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with France
Rilana: Ich komme aus Frankreich.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for Germany. Say I'm from France
{pause}
Rilana: Ich komme aus Frankreich.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace France with Spain.
Rilana: Spanien
Jason: Spain
Rilana: (slow) Spanien (regular) Spanien
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Spain
Rilana: Ich komme aus Spanien.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for France. Say I'm from Spain
{pause}
Rilana: Ich komme aus Spanien.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone asks you where you're from. You're from the U.S.. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Woher kommst du? (five seconds) Ich komme aus den USA.
Jason: Now, imagine you're from Germany Respond to the question.
Rilana: Woher kommst du? (five seconds) Ich komme aus Deutschland.
Jason: Now, imagine you're from France. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Woher kommst du? (five seconds) Ich komme aus Frankreich.
Jason: Imagine you're from Spain. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Woher kommst du? (five seconds) Ich komme aus Spanien.
Jason: Now you want to ask that person where they're from. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Woher kommst du?
Jason: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 2

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Hi Claire,


Very nice to meet you too, and welcome to GermanPod101.

That's a nice intro.๐Ÿ‘ One tiny little detail:

Freut mich, Sie kennezulernen. (This would be one sentence, maybe

separated by a comma as I did.)


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Hi Josinei,


Nice to meet you and welcome to GermanPod101.๐Ÿ˜‰

You have come to the right place if you want to learn German quickly.

Please allow me to make a few tiny little changes to your sentences:

Hallo, mein Name ist Josinei. Ich komme aus Brasilien.


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Claire
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Hallo. Ich heiรŸe Claire. Ich komme aus Amerika. Freut mich. Sie kennezulernen. Tschรผss!

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Hallo mein Name ist Josinei

Ich komme aus dem Brazil

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Hello Mich and JT,


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George
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Hallo, mein Name ist George und ich komme aus Zypern.

Freut mich Sie kennenzulernen!!

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Hallo Jasmin,


Vielen Dank fรผr deinen Kommentar! Let me correct some small details:

"Mein name ist Jasmin und Ich kommen aus den USA." should be " Mein Name ist Jasmin und ich komme aus den USA."

"Freit mich Sie kennenzulernen" should be "Freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen."


Keep up the good work studying ?!


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Hallo Fahim,


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Hallo Camila,


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Hallo,


Mein name ist Jasmin und Ich kommen aus den USA.


Freit mich Sie kennenzulernen