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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 6: How long have you been studying 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 How long have you been studying German? In German this is
Rilana: Wie lange hast du Deutsch gelernt?
The first word in the question is
Rilana: wie
Jason: meaning how in English.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) wie
Jason: Listen again and repeat.
Rilana: wie
{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: lange
Jason: meaning long.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) lange
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: lange
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie lange
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: hast
Jason: meaning you have.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) hast
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: hast
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie lange hast
{pause}
And next
Rilana: du
Jason: meaning you.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) du
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: du
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie lange hast du
{pause}
And next
Rilana: Deutsch
Jason: meaning German.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Deutsch
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: Deutsch
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie lange hast du Deutsch
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: gelernt
Jason: meaning learned.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) gelernt
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: gelernt
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: wie lange hast du Deutsch gelernt
{pause}
Jason: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How long have you been studying German??
Rilana: Für einen Monat.
Jason: "For 1 month.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Für einen Monat.
{pause}
Jason: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Rilana: für
Jason: meaning for.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) für
Jason: Now repeat
Rilana: für
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: einen
meaning one.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) einen
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: einen
{Pause}
Jason: And after that
Rilana: Monat
meaning month.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Monat
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: Monat
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, For 1 month., and then repeat.
Rilana: Für einen Monat.
{pause}
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace 1 month with 2 weeks.
Rilana: zwei Wochen
Jason: 2 weeks
Rilana: (slow) zwei Wochen (regular) zwei Wochen
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 2 weeks
Rilana: Für zwei Wochen.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 1 month. Say For 2 weeks.
{pause}
Rilana: Für zwei Wochen.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace 2 weeks with 3 months.
Rilana: drei Monate
Jason: 3 months
Rilana: (slow) drei Monate (regular) drei Monate
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 3 months
Rilana: Für drei Monate.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 2 weeks. Say For 3 months.
{pause}
Rilana: Für drei Monate.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace 3 months with 6 months.
Rilana: sechs Monate
Jason: 6 months
Rilana: (slow) sechs Monate (regular) sechs Monate
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 6 months
Rilana: Für sechs Monate.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 3 months. Say For 6 months.
{pause}
Rilana: Für sechs Monate.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone asks you how long you have been studying [language]. You have been studying it for 1 month. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie lange hast du Deutsch gelernt? (five seconds) Für einen Monat.
Jason: Imagine you've been studying it for 2 weeks Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie lange hast du Deutsch gelernt? (five seconds) Für zwei Wochen.
Jason: Imagine you've been studying it for 3 months. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Wie lange hast du Deutsch gelernt? (five seconds) Für drei Monate.
Jason: Imagine you've been studying it for 6 months. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie lange hast du Deutsch gelernt? (five seconds) Für sechs Monate.
Jason: Now you want to ask someone how long -they- have been studying [language]. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Wie lange hast du Deutsch gelernt?
{pause}
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 6

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Thursday at 11:25 pm
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Hallo JT,


Great that you've joined us ?!

Let me correct one small detail:

"Ich lerne seit drei wochen Deutsch." should be "Ich lerne seit drei Wochen Deutsch."

The first letter of nouns is written in upper case.


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Anne

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Hallo Anirudh,


Thank you for commenting ?!


Let me correct some small mistakes:

"Ich lerne deutsch, weil ich die Deutsche Kultur und Deutschland liebe!" should be "Ich lerne Deutsch, weil ich die deutsche Kultur und Deutschland liebe!". "Deutsch" as a noun for the language is written in upper case and "deutsch/e/..." is written in lower case, as it's an adjective.


Well done ?!


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JT
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Ich lerne seit drei wochen Deutsch

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Saturday at 11:51 pm
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Hallo,



Ich lerne deutsch, weil ich die Deutsche Kultur und Deutschland liebe !

( Ich habe noch einen Fehler gemacht !)

Auf Wiedersehen .

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Anirudh
Thursday at 3:06 pm
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Guten Tag,


Vielen Dank ! Ich lernen deutsch, weil ich Deutschland und die deutsche kultur liebe !

Bis bald.

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Thursday at 9:45 am
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Hello Anirudh,


Thank you very much for posting!

That sounds like a great goal. Please study hard and you will eventually get there.

I found some little mistakes that I will correct for you:


"Ich mochte deutsch fließend sprechen wie die deutsche Leute." should be "Ich möchte fließend deutsch sprechen wie deutsche Muttersprachler". I hope this helps!


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Anirudh
Friday at 6:58 am
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Hallo,


Ich lerne deutsch seit einem monat.

Ich mochte deutsch fließend sprechen wie die deutsche Leute.

( I would like to speak german fluently like german people)


Auf Wiedersehen !

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@Gloria: Great! Glad to hear this! Keep up the good work! Practice makes perfect! Übung macht den Meister! :thumbsup:

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Gloria
Sunday at 11:37 am
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Hi Jennifer, to answer your question, when I first studied the lesson, it was confusing. But the more I study, the better I understand it. Thank you for the corrections. I am learning to carefully check out plural endings and the gender endings. I especially thank you for writing the question in German and in English so there is no confusion for my understanding it.

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@Gloria: "Diese Lektion ist verwirrend. Ich lerne seit sieben Monaten Deutsch und seit vier Monaten Französisch und vielleicht seit vierzig Jahren Spanisch."

Was genau fandest verwirrend?

What did you think was confusing?


Jennifer

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