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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 5: Do you speak 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 Do you speak German? In German this is
Rilana: Sprichst du Deutsch?
The first word in the question is
Rilana: sprichst
Jason: meaning speak in English.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) sprichst
Jason: Listen again and repeat.
Rilana: sprichst
{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: sprichst du
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: Deutsch
Jason: meaning German.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Deutsch
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: Deutsch
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: sprichst du Deutsch
{pause}
Jason: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Do you speak German??
Rilana: Ja, ein wenig.
Jason: "Yes, I speak a little.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Ja, ein wenig.
{pause}
To say "no", in a simple way, just say:
Rilana: Nein, leider nicht.
Jason: Which is like saying No, sorry. in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Rilana: (Slowly) Nein, leider nicht.
Jason: And one more time at normal speed:
Rilana: Nein, leider 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: ein
meaning a.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ein
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: ein
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: wenig
meaning little.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) wenig
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: wenig
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, Yes, I speak a little., and then repeat.
Rilana: Ja, ein wenig.
{pause}
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace a little with fluently.
Rilana: fließend
Jason: fluently
Rilana: (slow) fließend (regular) fließend
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with fluently
Rilana: Ja, fließend.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace a little. Say Yes, I speak fluently.
{pause}
Rilana: Ja, fließend.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace fluently with some.
Rilana: etwas
Jason: some
Rilana: (slow) etwas (regular) etwas
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with some
Rilana: Ja, etwas.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for fluently. Say Yes, I speak some.
{pause}
Rilana: Ja, etwas.
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace some with but only a little.
Rilana: aber nur ein bisschen
Jason: but only a little
Rilana: (slow) aber nur ein bisschen (regular) aber nur ein bisschen
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with but only a little
Rilana: Ja, aber nur ein bisschen.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for some. Say Yes, I speak but only a little.
{pause}
Rilana: Ja, aber nur ein bisschen.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone asks you if you speak German . You want to answer that you speak a little. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Sprichst du Deutsch? (five seconds) Ja, ein wenig.
Jason: Now you want to answer that you speak fluently Respond to the question.
Rilana: Sprichst du Deutsch? (five seconds) Ja, fließend.
Jason: You want to answer that you speak some. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Sprichst du Deutsch? (five seconds) Ja, etwas.
Jason: Now you want to answer that you speak but only a little. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Sprichst du Deutsch? (five seconds) Ja, aber nur ein bisschen.
Jason: Now you want to know ask someone if they speak German. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Sprichst du Deutsch?
{pause}
Jason: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Rilana: Sprichst du Deutsch?
{pause}
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 5

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Please give your answer to the question below!

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Hi Anirudh,


Let me make a few tiny little changes to your sentence, please:

Es freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen. Woher kommen Sie ?

Und welche Sprachen sprechen Sie ? Lernen Sie auch andere Sprachen zurzeit ?


Thank you.


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


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Hallo JT,


Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar.

Ich wünsche dir weiterhin viel Spaß beim Lernen!


Viele Grüße

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JT
Wednesday at 1:57 am
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Nein, Ich lerne Deutsch


Ich spreche Englisch und Spanisch fließend

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Thursday at 3:02 pm
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Guten Tag ,


Es freut mich, Ihnen kennen zulernen. Woher kommen Sie ?

Und, welche sprachen sprechen Sie ? Lernen Sie auch andere Sprachen zurzeit ?

Vielen Dank !

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Hallo Anirudh,


Vielen Dank für den Kommentar!

Dein Deutsch hört sich schon sehr gut an!

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,


Albert

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Anirudh
Friday at 6:55 am
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Hallo,


Ich heiße Anirudh.

Ich spreche Englisch fließend, und ein bisschen Deutsch und Polnisch.



Auf Wiedersehen.

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Hi Gloria,


Thank you for the compliment, I am pleased to hear that!:smile:


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Gloria
Monday at 11:57 am
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Hallo Jennifer,


Danke! Sie sind eine gute Lehrerin.

(Thank you! You are a good teacher.)

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Friday at 11:06 am
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@Gloria: "Ich spreche Englisch und Spanisch fließend, aber ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch und Französisch. Ich spreche kein Portugiesisch. Vielleicht werde ich Portugiesisch später mit PortuguesePod101 lernen. Ein kleiner Spaß..."

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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Hi David,


perfect sentence! :thumbsup:


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