Chapter 2: Talking about yourself

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Chapter 2: About yourself
2.1 Wright here are you from?
2.2 Cities and also nations
2.3 The gender ofGermale nouns
2.4 Countries (2)
2.5 Nationalities
2.6 Conversation:Im Café
2.7 Conversation:Im Sitzungssaal
2.8 Professions
2.9 Conversation:Der Beruf
2.10 About Germany kind of
2.11 Gerguy history
2.12 The Germale Länder
2.13 Exercises: German Geography
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2.1 Where are you from?

Having asked just how somebody is and also what their name is, you will certainly then desire to find out wright here they come from. Tright here are 2 major phrases that you have the right to employ for this. (You have the right to listen to them by clicking the sound icon.)

Vocabulary 1: Woher..?
Wright here are you from?I"m from...

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Woher kommen Sie?Woher kommst du?ich komme aus...
(Literally: "Where perform you come from?")
Woher sind Sie?Woher bist du?ich bin aus...
(Literally: "Wbelow are you from?")

You might wish to ask somebody wright here they live. There is one primary expression for this, but remember to distinguish between the "Sie" and also "du" creates relying on the perkid to whom you are talking! Click on the sound symbol to hear these phrases.

Vocabulary 2: Where do you live?
Wbelow execute you live?I live in...
Wo wohnen Sie?Wo wohnst du?ich wohne in...
(Literally: "Wbelow execute you live?")

Questions1. You may have noticed that tright here are different words for "where" in Gerguy. "Woher" suggests "from where", whereas "wo" is the word which is offered once no movement is associated. In succeeding chapters we shall likewise encounter "wohin" which implies "to where":2. Note the word order in Gerguy as soon as a question is being asked. The question word comes initially, complied with by the verb and then the subject of the sentence. We have actually now met numerous examples of this:"Wie geht es Ihnen?" (= "How are you?")"Wie heißt du?" (= "What is your name?")"Wie ist Ihr Name?" ("What is your name?")"Woher kommst du?" ("Wbelow perform you come from?")"Wo wohnen Sie?" ("Where carry out you live?")"Wie schreibt man das?" (= "How perform you compose that?")"Wie buchstabiert male das?" (= "How do you spell that?")

Present out tense of Gerguy verbs (2)You will have detailed that the verbs "wohnen" (= "to live") and also "kommen" (= "to come") offered above have actually the exact same endings as "heißen" in the previous chapter. To help you acquire provided to a complicated part of Germale grammar, we will recreate the present tense of these verbs in full below:

Grammar 1: The verb "wohnen" (= to live)
ich wohneI live
du wohnstSie wohnenYou live(informal/formal)
er/sie/es wohntHe/she/it lives
wir wohnenWe live
ihr wohntSie wohnenYou live(informal/formal)
sie wohnenThey live

1. Note that the existing tense of a German verb has two possible English translations, e.g. "er wohnt" can either expect "he lives"or "he is living" depending upon conmessage. Unfavor English, German has no separate develop to show proceeding action.2.

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You might likewise have noted that the endings for the "wir", "sie" (plural) and also "Sie" forms are the exact same for all verbs. Helptotally, in constant verbs their verb form will certainly be precisely the exact same as the infinitive.

Grammar 2: The verb "kommen" (= to come)
ich kommeI come
du kommstSie kommenYou come(informal/formal)
er/sie/es kommtHe/she/it comes
wir kommenWe come
ihr kommtSie kommenYou come(informal/formal)
sie kommenThey come

Note but that the verb "kommen" is only a regular verb in the current tense. In the vast majority of other Germale tenses it is ircontinual and also its miscellaneous forms must be learned off by heart!

Test yourself!You can test yourself on the current tense of the verb "kommen" by clicking the bar below: