Exercise 3 for Lesson 4

  3   Listen, and choose the right translation

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Notice how German has no real -ing form. Both „he walks to work“ and „he is walking to work“ is „er geht zur Arbeit“.

It’s wrong to say „er ist gehen zur Arbeit“. You can’t be a verb in German.

Sofia is THE female friend of Igor (DIE Freundin von Igor). Meaning: There’s only one, and that is her – so she’s likely to be his GIRLfriend. If she was just „a friend of Igor“ (one of many) we would rather say „eine Freundin von Igor“, just to avoid confusion.

7 Responses

  1. Sorry, Very confusing! #5. We can’t say “What would she like to work” and we can’t say ‘ what does she want to work”.
    #6. We wouldn’t say “ she doesn’t know it” just ‘she doesn’t know’ or ‘she doesn’t know yet”

    1. Hi! Thanks for your feedback. This is one of the situations where we used the word-for-word approach when translating. We know you guys can speak English already and you’re not here to improve your English. So in this situation it’s more helpful to understand what Germans say word-for-word. “What would she like to work” refers to the kind of job she would like to do.

  2. Hi Christian, I found exercise 3 very hard as I felt not enough time was given in between each number to listen to what you were saying in German. A lot of it I had to guess. What do you think? Cheers Purna

    1. Hi Purna! Everyone is different. The audio is put on auto-repeat in case you missed something. And you can try the exercise as many times as you like.

      P.S. you can also make the audio slower if you want.

  3. Hi, i find the answer to question number 2 is a bit confusing. Also, as per the tips provided “Both „he walks to work“ and „he is walking to work“ is „er geht zur Arbeit“.” If this the case, means both A & B can be correct answer?

    1. Hi Myra! There is only one correct answer. You see it when you click on “View results” at the bottom, together with the transcript of the sentence. So you can compare what was said with the English version.
      In German “he walks to work” and “he’s walking to work” is basically the same, that’s right.

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