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1 | Ich bin Paul
I am Paul

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Topic: greet someone, speak formally
Grammar: personal pronouns: Sie, ich, er

Personal pronouns Sie ich er

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Paul: Guten Tag! Ich bin Paul.

Meili: Guten Tag! Woher kommen Sie?

Paul: Ich komme aus Deutschland. Und Sie?

Meili: Aus China.

Paul: Und wie heißen Sie?

Meili: Ich heiße Meili.

Paul: Hallo!

Meili: Oh, wer ist das?

Paul: Igor, er kommt aus Russland. … Wo wohnen Sie?

Meili: Ich wohne in Frankfurt.


New words


aus China from China
ich bin am
das that; the
Deutschland Germany
er ist he is
Frankfurt Frankfurt (city)
Guten Tag! Hello! (‘good day‘)
hallo hello
heißen to be called
ich heiße my name is
Igor Igor (name)
in in; into
ich komme I come
kommen to come
er kommt he comes
Paul Paul (name)
Meili Meili (name)
Russland Russia
Sie you (formal)
und and
wer who
wie how
wo where
woher from where
ich wohne I live
wohnen to live; reside

Paul: Guten Tag! Ich bin Paul.
Paul: Hello! I am Paul.

Meili: Guten Tag! Woher kommen Sie?
Meili: Hello! Where do you come from?

Paul: Ich komme aus Deutschland. Und Sie?
Paul: I come from Germany. And you?

Meili: Aus China.
Meili: From China.

Paul: Und wie heißen Sie?
Paul: And what’s your name?

Meili: Ich heiße Meili.
Meili: My name is Meili.

Paul: Hallo!
Paul: Hello!

Meili: Oh, wer ist das?
Meili: Oh, who is that?

Paul: Igor, er kommt aus Russland. … Wo wohnen Sie?
Paul: Igor, he comes from Russia. … where do you live?

Meili: Ich wohne in Frankfurt.
Meili: I live in Frankfurt.


New words


aus China from China
ich bin am
das that; the
Deutschland Germany
er ist he is
Frankfurt Frankfurt (city)
Guten Tag! Hello! (‘good day‘)
hallo hello
heißen to be called
ich heiße my name is
Igor Igor (name)
in in; into
ich komme I come
kommen to come
er kommt he comes
Paul Paul (name)
Meili Meili (name)
Russland Russia
Sie you (formal)
und and
wer who
wie how
wo where
woher from where
ich wohne I live
wohnen to live; reside

Hint

 If you talk or write to

– a stranger
– an older person
– your boss

you usually address that person in a formal way. So, if you are new in Germany, you would say Sie to almost everybody. Otherwise you might offend people.

Some words often go together:

wohnen + in
Ich wohne in Deutschland.
I live in Germany.

kommen + aus
Ich komme aus Deutschland.
I come from Germany.

Beware of false friends!

wo sounds like who
but it means where

wer sounds like where
but it means who

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Russland China Deutschland er hallo         heiße ich kommt Paul wer wie woher wohne

Grammar

Check out our first personal pronouns:

Sie you (formal)
ich I
er he

In German, verbs change according to the personal pronoun you use. Do you see a pattern?

kommen
ich komme I come
er kommt he comes

heißen
ich heiße I’m called
er heißt he is called

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1 | Ich bin Paul

I am Paul

Learn:

Topic: greet someone, speak formally
Grammar: personal pronouns: Sie, ich, er

Play podcast episode (ad-free)

Play story part only

Play Grammar Explainer

Play Vocabulary Coach