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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 24: Have you been to Berlin? 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 Have you been to Berlin? In German this is
Rilana: Warst du schon einmal in Berlin?
The first word in the question is
Rilana: warst
Jason: meaning was in English.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) warst
Jason: Listen again and repeat.
Rilana: warst
{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: du
Jason: meaning you.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) du
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: du
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: warst du
{pause}
And next
Rilana: schon
Jason: meaning already.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) schon
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: schon
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: warst du schon
{pause}
And next
Rilana: einmal
Jason: meaning once.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) einmal
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: einmal
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: warst du schon einmal
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: in
Jason: meaning in.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) in
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: in
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: warst du schon einmal in
{pause}
And next
Rilana: Berlin
Jason: which is Berlin.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Berlin
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: Berlin
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: warst du schon einmal in Berlin
{pause}
Jason: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Have you been to Berlin??
Rilana: Ja, zwei Mal.
Jason: "Yes, I've been twice.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Ja, zwei Mal.
{pause}
To say "no", in a simple way, just say:
Rilana: Nein, noch nicht.
Jason: Which is like saying No, not yet. in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Rilana: (Slowly) Nein, noch nicht.
Jason: And one more time at normal speed:
Rilana: Nein, noch nicht.
Jason: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Rilana: ja
Jason: meaning yes.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ja
Jason: Now repeat
Rilana: ja
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: zwei
meaning two.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) zwei
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: zwei
{Pause}
Jason: And after that
Rilana: Mal
meaning time.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Mal
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: Mal
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, Yes, I've been twice., and then repeat.
Rilana: Ja, zwei Mal.
{pause}
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace twice with but only once.
Rilana: aber nur ein Mal
Jason: but only once
Rilana: (slow) aber nur ein Mal (regular) aber nur ein Mal
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with but only once
Rilana: Ja, aber nur ein Mal.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace twice. Say Yes, I've been but only once.
{pause}
Rilana: Ja, aber nur ein Mal.
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace but only once with several times.
Rilana: mehrere Male
Jason: several times
Rilana: (slow) mehrere Male (regular) mehrere Male
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with several times
Rilana: Ja, mehrere Male.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for but only once. Say Yes, I've been several times.
{pause}
Rilana: Ja, mehrere Male.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace several times with about ten times.
Rilana: ungefähr zehn Mal
Jason: about ten times
Rilana: (slow) ungefähr zehn Mal (regular) ungefähr zehn Mal
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with about ten times
Rilana: Ja, ungefähr zehn Mal.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for several times. Say Yes, I've been about ten times.
{pause}
Rilana: Ja, ungefähr zehn Mal.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone a stranger asks you Have you been to Berlin?. You want to answer Yes, I've been twice.. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Warst du schon einmal in Berlin? (five seconds) Ja, zwei Mal.
Jason: Now you want to say Yes, I've been but only once.. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Warst du schon einmal in Berlin? (five seconds) Ja, aber nur ein Mal.
Jason: You want to say Yes, I've been several times.. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Warst du schon einmal in Berlin? (five seconds) Ja, mehrere Male.
Jason: You want to answer Yes, I've been about ten times.. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Warst du schon einmal in Berlin? (five seconds) Ja, ungefähr zehn Mal.
Jason: You want to ask someone if they have been to Berlin. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Warst du schon einmal in Berlin?
{pause}
Jason: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Rilana: Warst du schon einmal in Berlin?
{pause}
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 24

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Monday at 7:42 am
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Hi Emelyne,


Well, in that case it's high time that you go.😉

But since Xmas markets have finished now,

you'd better wait till May or after.


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Emelyne
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Nein, noch nicht.😞

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Thursday at 2:37 pm
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Hi Jéssica,


Well done!


A small correction, it would sound better if you said "Ich habe vor, sehr bald hinzufahren." (gehen - walking is for shorter distances) :)


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Jéssica
Sunday at 7:53 am
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Noch nicht. :disappointed: Aber ich habe vor sehr bald gehen.

(Is that correct?)

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Cynthia
Wednesday at 2:41 pm
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The translation for Mal in the Lesson Materials and Review does not match the audio. The written shows: "multiplication mark; stigma" as the translation. This has nothing to do with the audio, which translates mal as "time or times."