This is the place for the first lesson in German.
Dialogue: Two people introduce themselves[edit | edit source]
The following dialogue is between two persons who just met and introduce themselves. After reading it listen to the audio file to get a feeling for the German language (in case you wonder: the voice of Jörg is spoken by a French native):
|Franz||Hallo, wie heißt du ?||Hello, what is your name ?|
|Jörg||Hallo, ich heiße Jörg. Und du ?||Hello, my name is Jörg. What about you ?|
|Franz||Ich heiße Franz.||My name is Franz.|
|Jörg||Wie alt bist du ?||How old are you ?|
|Franz||Ich bin neunzehn Jahre alt, und du ?||I am 19 years old, what about you ?|
|Jörg||Ich bin zwanzig.||I am 20 (years old).|
|Franz||Gut. Bis später !||Ok. See you later !|
|Jörg||Tschüss !||Bye !|
The first thing we find in this dialogue is the conjugation of a verb. In German, all verbs are conjugated for all pronouns, different to English. Think of it as the verb "to be": I am, you are, he is, they are, etc. German has distinct conjugations for every verb. For instance, the verb "sein":
- ich bin
- du bist
- er/sie/es ist
- wir sind
- Ihr seid
- sie/Sie sind
You will learn more about conjugating verbs in further lessons.
The other thing we notice on the dialogue is that the age is said as in English. I am 19 years old -> Ich bin neunzehn Jahre alt. In other languages, like French or Spanish the age is said using "to have... years" instead of using "to be ... years old": "J'ai 30 ans" -> "Tengo 30 años".
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