Confusing German word: sie/Sie – 11


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Confusing German word: sie/Sie

One word (just a little tricky personal pronoun)
with three different meanings:

"Sie""sie" und "sie" surprise was ???

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Don't get confused by the German word "SIE".

It not only means "she" but also "they" and "you" (in the polite form).

she => sie

they => sie

you (polite) => Sie

you (familiar) => du


By the way, the German word for "you" (polite form)
has always a capital first letter ("Sie"). wink

Have a look at the example sentences and you will
understand the differences.



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  Maria trinkt gerne Wasser.   Maria likes to drink water.
  Sie trinkt gerne Wasser.   She likes to drink water.
  Männer trinken gerne Bier.   Men like to drink beer.
  Sie trinken gerne Bier   They like to drink beer.
Können Sie mir helfen?
  Talking to a stranger:
Could you help me?
Kannst du mir helfen?
  Talking to a friend:
Could you help me?
Entschuldigen Sie!
Sie stehen in einer Pfütze.
  Talking to a stranger:
Excuse me!
You are standing in a puddle.
Hey, du stehst in einer Pfütze.
  Talking to a friend:
Hey, you are standing in a puddle.



Question and Answer Part

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Listen and try to answer the questions


Was trinkt Maria gerne – Wasser oder Limonade?
Maria trinkt gerne Wasser.

Wer trinkt gerne Wasser?
Maria trinkt gerne Wasser.

Was trinken Babys gerne?
Babys trinken gerne Milch.
Und sie trinken besonders gerne (particularly fond of) Muttermilch (breast milk).

Trinken Männer auch gerne Muttermilch?
Nein, natürlich nicht (of course not).
Männer trinken doch keine Muttermilch.

Was trinken Männer gerne?
Männer trinken gerne Bier.
Das weiß doch jedes Baby (Every baby knows that).

Was ist in einer Regenpfütze – Wasser oder Limonade?
(der Regen = the rain)
In einer Regenpfütze ist Wasser.
Keine Limonade.
Also niemals aus einer Pfütze trinken! (So never drink from a puddle!)  wink


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The "pf" sound is not easy!

And it is ok if you just use an "f" sound instead of a "pf" sound.
Did you notice? – In the example sentences above I used an "f" sound (Pfütze).
And in the QAG I used a "pf" sound.


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Listen to the "Pf" sound

"p" + "f" = "pf"

"Pfütze", "Pfütze" or just say "Pfütze" (with an "f" sound).

"Pferd", "Pferd" or just say "Pferd" (with an "f" sound).

(Das Pferd = the horse)


Don't worry about the difficult pronunciation!

You will get better and better, you just need a lot of practise.

Es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen!
Means: No one is born a master!

And by the way, don't worry about your accent.

I have an accent too.
Whenever I talk English
I have a German accent – so what?
I don't care!
After all I'm German and not English. wink

Nobody needs to be perfect!



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The verb "trinken" = "to drink" (regular verb).

Ich trinke

Du trinkst

Er, sie, es trinkt

Wir trinken

Ihr trinkt

Sie trinken


German is fun!

Is your German class as boring as watching a banana take a nap?
Well, drop out or try to change the atmosphere,
because learning German has to be fun!


Now go to the lesson:
A Personal Pronoun Instead of the Article and the Noun

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