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Basic Lesson No 18

Possessive Pronouns: mein/dein

Basic German Lesson 1 and 2
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mein(e) / dein(e)

In this lesson I would like that you practice a little with the two possessive pronouns mein and dein.

I bet you wonder why they have sometimes an e“ at the end. Do you know why? Let’s listen to some sentences and if you cannot guess why, don’t worry, I’ll explain it farther down. Just a little hint: It has to do with the gender of the nouns they are referring to.

How To Learn With Part A

  1. Read and listen a few times.
  2. Repeat after the speaker.
  3. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  4. After a few repetitions go on to part B (farther below).

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      Lesson 18A

Wie alt bist du?
How old are you?

A dialog between Max and Luc: 

Wie alt bist du?
How old are you?

Ich bin 20 Jahre alt.
I’m 20 years old.

Wie alt sind deine Eltern?
How old are your parents?

Meine Eltern sind beide 40 Jahre alt.
My parents are both 40 years old.

Wie alt ist dein Baby?
How old is your baby?

Mein Baby ist 10 Tage alt.
My baby is 10 days old.

Wie alt ist deine Oma?
How old is your grandma?

Meine Oma ist 60 Jahre alt.
My grandmother is 60 years old.

Wie alt ist dein Opa?
How old is your grandpa?

Mein Opa ist 120 Jahre alt.
My grandfather is 120 years old.

Boah ey, dein Opa ist 60 Jahre älter als deine Oma.
Wow, your grandpa is 60 years older than your grandma.

Er ist doppelt so alt wie sie.
He is twice her age.

Ja, er ist sehr reich, weißt du.
Yeah, he is very rich, you know?

Mein Opa ist ein Millionär.
My grandpa is a millionaire.

Ach so!
Oh, I see!

Basic Lesson No 18B

Possessive Pronouns: mein/dein

Basic German Lesson 1 and 2

How To Learn With Part B

Question and Answer Part

This technique is very effective to save new information (the words, pronunciation, structure etc.) in your brain. Don't be afraid of part B. I use the same words as in part A.

  1. Read and listen a few times to the question and answers.
  2. Answer the questions in the pauses (you may look also at the answers).
  3. After a few times don't look at the answers anymore.
  4. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  5. Repeat the lesson until you can answer the questions easily.
  6. Sign up to my e-mail course and learn how to use the storytelling method (TPRS method) in order to learn to speak German fluently.
How to learn with part B

Question and Answer Part

This technique is very effective to save new information (the words, pronunciation, structure etc.) in your brain. Don't be afraid of part B. I use the same words as in part A.

  1. Read and listen a few times to the question and answers.
  2. Answer the questions in the pauses (you may look also at the answers).
  3. After a few times don't look at the answers anymore.
  4. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  5. Repeat the lesson until you can answer the questions easily.
  6. Sign up to my e-mail course and learn how to use the storytelling method (TPRS method) in order to learn to speak German fluently.

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      Lesson 18B

Fragen und Antworten:

 

Frage:
Sind meine Eltern 40 oder 90 Jahre alt?

Antwort:
40 Jahre
Meine Eltern sind 40 Jahre alt.
Meine Eltern sind beide 40 Jahre alt.

Ist mein Baby 10 Tage oder 15 Monate (months) alt?
10 Tage
Mein Baby ist 10 Tage alt.

Wie alt ist meine Oma?
60 Jahre
Meine Oma ist 60 Jahre alt.
Aber noch sehr sportlich.
(But still very athletic.)

Ist mein Opa 30 Jahre oder 120 Jahre alt?
120 Jahre
Mein Opa ist 120 Jahre alt.
Das ist sehr alt.

Ist mein Opa älter oder jünger als meine Oma?
älter
Mein Opa ist älter als meine Oma.

Ist mein Opa doppelt so alt wie meine Oma?
Genau, mein Opa ist doppelt so alt wie meine Oma.
Er ist doppelt so alt wie sie.

Und ist mein Opa arm oder sehr reich?
reich
Mein Opa ist reich.
Er ist sehr reich.
Mein Opa ist ein Millionär.

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mein(e) / dein(e)

Did you find out when we use the e?

We use mein or dein (without the e) when these words refer to a noun with a masculine or neuter article.

der Opa (der = masculine article)
das
Baby (das = neuter article)

We use meine or deine when these words refer to a noun with a feminine or plural article.

die Oma (die = feminine article)
die Kinder (die = plural article, because more than one child)

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      Lesson 18C

Hör zu (listen):

das Baby
=> mein Baby, dein Baby

der Opa
=> mein Opa, dein Opa

die Oma
=> meine Oma, deine Oma

die Kinder (plural)
=> meine Kinder, deine Kinder

Don’t worry about technical terms!

Don’t worry about technical terms like: possessive determiners, possessive pronouns and so on (besitzergreifende Bestimmungswörter, Possessivpronomen…).

These names are not so important.

Keep it up – you can do it!

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