Describe yourself in German
It’s useful to know how to describe yourself in German when you’re meeting new people, speaking to an official person or filling out a form. After this free audio lesson you’ll find it easier to describe yourself in German.
If you’re booking into at a hotel, or going for an interview, you will be asked some basic personal questions in German. What is your name? Where are you from? What is your date of birth?
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How to describe yourself in German
Questions and Answers
Let’s go through some of the most common questions you might be asked, whether you’re filling out a registration form in a hotel or at the consulate getting a new passport. In these situations, you’ll be addressed with ”Sie” the formal form of “you.” So, though you have seen some of these questions before, all the questions below are expressed formally.
When you’re responding, you can follow one of the simple formats below. Just insert the appropriate information in the brackets. When you talk about your date of birth you have to add the ending –ten to the number. For example: “Mein Geburtstag ist am fünften vierten 1984.” (05.04.1984). There are only two exceptions where the whole number changes: “ersten” (first) and “dritten” (third).
Let's go over some numbers in German. This is very helpful when having to provide your date of birth, which you might have to do verbally or fill our a form.
Filling out Forms
If you find yourself being asked to fill out forms with your personal details, you won’t get the complete questions that you’ve studied above. Instead, you’ll get short words or phrases.