Tutorial Transcript

Hallo und willkommen zurück bei German for Beginners -- Deutsch für Anfänger. In the last lesson we learned all about introductions in German, asking for someone's name and saying goodbye. If you missed it, you might wanna check it out first. Otherwise let's get going with German for Beginners Lesson 3. In this lesson you'll learn how to ask for someone's age, occuptation and origin in German, and of course respond to these questions as well. When you meet someone for the first time in Germany it is most likely they will ask you: "Where are you from?" Woher kommst du? (informal) oder: Woher kommen Sie? (formal) You could respond: Ich komme aus Amerika -- I come from America To ask "And where are you from?" in return, you can say: Und woher kommst du? (informal) oder: Und woher kommen Sie? (formal) The person might then want to get to know you better by asking: "How old are you?" Wie alt bist du? (informal) oder: Wie alt sind Sie? (formal) You could respond: Ich bin fünfundzwanzig (25) Jahre alt -- I am 25 years old You could then ask: "And how old are you?" Und wie alt bist du? (informal) oder: Und wie alt sind Sie? (formal) The response might simply be: Ich bin fünfzig (50) If you want to learn the German language all the way, you also need to know about numbers in German. If you don't Now that you know where they are from and how old they are you might ask: "What do you do for a living?" Was machst du beruflich? (informal) oder: Was machen Sie beruflich? (formal) They might say: Ich bin... ein Student -- a student ein Lehrer -- a teacher ein Koch -- a cook To ask this question in return you could simply ask: "And you?" Und du? (informal) oder: Und Sie? (formal) Keep in mind that the difference between the informal and formal way of speaking is all about the way you say "you". Therefore you only need to worry about it when this pops up in a sentence. And don't worry if you get it wrong, they will appreciate the fact that you're speaking in German anyway. You are still learning German, no one will expect you to get it right all the time! Now let's have a look at an entire informal conversation using what you've learnt so far: 1: Hallo! 2: Guten Tag! 1: Mein Name ist Jesse Pinkman. Wie ist dein Name? 2: Ich heiße Walter White. 1: Woher kommst du? 2: Ich komme aus Amerika. Und du? 1: Ich auch! (me too) 2: Wie alt bist du? 1: Ich bin 25 Jahre alt. Und du? 2: Ich bin 50 Jahre alt. 1: Was machst du beruflich? 2: Ich bin ein Lehrer. Und was machst du beruflich? 1: Ich bin ein Koch (I'm a cook) 2: Freut mich dich kennenzulernen. 1: Freut mich auch! 2: Tschüss! 1: Bis später! Before we go let's practice the pronunciation of the more difficult German words you've encountered in this lesson. Repeat after me: kennenzulernen beruflich Amerika später der Koch In the next lesson of "German for Beginners" we'll talk about German numbers, how to pronounce them, how to count in German and what the differences to the English system are. If you have any questions or feedback let me know in the comments section below. If you found this video helpful, please give it a thumbs up to let me know and subscribe to my channel to learn about the German language and culture on a regular basis! Make sure to like my Facebook and follow me on Twitter and Instagram to learn even more German and get exclusive access to German words of the day, extra learning German videos and sneak peeks into my daily life here in Germany. Vielen Dank fürs Zusehen, stay tuned for the next lesson and don't forget to get germanized!