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2 | Können Sie mir helfen?

Can you help me?

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Personal pronouns: du, sie, es, wir

German lessons: 2 | Können Sie mir helfen? / Can you help me?: Meili asks Paul for Help Topic: ask for help Grammar: personal pronouns: du, sie, es, wir
Translations

Meili:Meili (name)
noun (f.)
Entschuldigungapology; excuse
noun (f.)
, könnencan; may; to be able to
verb
Sieyou (formal)
personal pronoun
mirme; to me; for me
pronoun
helfento help
verb
?

Meili: Excuse me, can you help me?

Paul:Paul (name)
noun (m.)
Sindare
verb
Sieyou (formal)
personal pronoun
neunew
adjective
inin; into
preposition
MünchenMunich (city)
noun
?

Paul: Are you new in Munich?

Meili:Meili (name)
noun (f.)
Jayes
particle
.

Meili: Yes.

Paul:Paul (name)
noun (m.)
Undand
conjunction
waswhat / something (coll.)
adverb
machento make; do
verb
Sieyou (formal)
personal pronoun
hierhere
adverb
?

Paul: And what are you doing here?

Meili:Meili (name)
noun (f.)
IchI
personal pronoun
willwant
verb
hierhere
adverb
studierento study (in university)
verb
. Undand
conjunction
Sieyou (formal)
personal pronoun
?

Meili: I want to study here. And you?

Paul:Paul (name)
noun (m.)
Wirwe
personal pronoun
könnencan; may; to be able to
verb
duyou
personal pronoun
sagento say
verb
.

Paul: We can say “you”. (meaning: we don’t have to adress each other so formally with „Sie“)

Meili:Meili (name)
noun (f.)
Okok
particle
. Undand
conjunction
waswhat / something (coll.)
adverb
machstmake; do
verb
duyou
personal pronoun
hierhere
adverb
?

Meili: Ok. And what are you doing here?

Paul:Paul (name)
noun (m.)
IchI
personal pronoun
arbeitework
verb
hierhere
adverb
.

Paul: I work here.

Meili:Meili (name)
noun (f.)
Kannstcan
verb
duyou
personal pronoun
mirme; to me; for me
pronoun
helfento help
verb
? IchI
personal pronoun
suchesearch / look for
verb
eina
article
Bürooffice
noun (n.)
.

Meili: Can you help me? I am looking for an office.

Paul:Paul (name)
noun (m.)
Jayes
particle
. Wiehow / like; as (comparison)
adverb
heißtis called
verb
dasthe (neuter); that
article
Bürooffice
noun (n.)
?

Paul: Yes. What’s the name of the office? (lit: how is the office called)

Meili:Meili (name)
noun (f.)
IchI
personal pronoun
weißknow / white
verb / adjective
esit
personal pronoun
nichtnot
particle
. Esit
personal pronoun
istis
verb
Frauwoman; Ms.; Mrs. / wife
noun (f.)
MaywaldsMaywald's
noun
Bürooffice
noun (n.)
.

Meili: I don’t know. It’s Ms. Maywald‘s office.

Paul:Paul (name)
noun (m.)
Hmm… Frauwoman; Ms.; Mrs. / wife
noun (f.)
MaywaldsMaywald's
noun
Bürooffice
noun (n.)
Wowhere
adverb
istis
verb
dasthe (neuter); that
article
?

Paul: Hmm … Ms. Maywald‘s office … where is that?

New words

 

ich arbeite
I work

das Büro
the office

du
you

ein
a

die Entschuldigung
the apology; excuse

es
it

die Frau
the woman; Mrs.

er heißt
he is called

helfen
to help

hier
here

ja
yes

du kannst
you can

können
can; may

machen
to make; do

du machst
you do

Maywald
Maywald (name)

mir
to / for me

München
Munich (city)

neu
new

nicht
not

sagen
to say

sie
she; they

wir sind
we are

studieren
to study (uni)

ich suche
I’m looking for

was
what

ich weiß
I know

ich will
I want

wir
we

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Hint

For talking or writing with

– friends
– people you got friendly with
– family members

you use the word du. Don’t use Sie here. It’s too formal.


Beware
of false friends!

Will sounds exactly like the English will, but it means want.

  1   Comprehension quiz

Meili has been in the city for a short time only.
Meili wants to help Paul find the office.
Paul seems to know where the office is.
Paul works in Munich.

 

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