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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):

person German English
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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