German Lessons

How to Introduce Yourself in GermanLesson 1

Welcome to your first German lesson. Let's explore this beautiful language and give you a quick introduction to German.

๐Ÿ’ก In this lesson, you'll learn how to introduce yourself in German. You'll learn:
  • Basic German greetings
  • How to introduce yourself
  • The German verb 'sein'

Welcome to your very first German lesson. The German language is full of interesting quirks, weird behaviours and random verbs.

Basic Introductions ๐Ÿ‘‹

Let's first learn how to introduce yourself in German. The most common German greetings are Hallo and Guten Tag.

Guten Tag

Some variations for Guten Tag are Guten Morgen (good morning) for the morning, and Guten Abend for greeting someone in the evening.

Saying Goodbye is just as easy: Just say TschรผรŸ or Auf Wiedersehen.

My Name is ...

If Hallo is all you say, that won't get you very far and it might also not be the best way to make new friends. Let's try to introduce ourselves properly:

Hallo. Ich bin Tom!

Hello. I am Tom!
Willst du nicht _____ Philosophie studieren? Das ist doch viel interessanter!
Exercise 1.1: Grammatical Gender

Useful Phrases for Introducing Yourself

Now that's a little bit better! Before moving on with the lesson, here are a few other ways you might want to say when introducing yourself:

Ich heiรŸe Tom.
My name is Tom.
Wie heiรŸt du?
What's your name?
Wie geht's?
How are you?
Freut mich, dich kennenzulernen!
Pleasure to meet you!
Ich komme aus Berlin. Und du?
I am from Berlin. And you?

The verb sein

So, as you have seen, Ich bin means I am. Let's now see how to use the verb sein (to be) with all the other pronouns:

Ich bin
I am
Du bist
You are
Er ist
He is
Sie ist
She is
Es ist
It is
Wir sind
We are
Ihr seid
You are
Sie sind
They are

Basic Sentences

If you would now also know some German adjectives like tall, beautiful or funny, you could already start stringing together some basic sentences, like She is funny and They are tall.. Why don't we do that?


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