They can mean the same, but "laufen" more often refers to "to run", while "gehen" is more often used for "to walk" or "to go". For example: Sie läuft drei Runden. - She is running three rounds. Sie geht über die Straße. - She walks across the road.
Ah... yes. You are right, "she runs" could also be translated as "sie rennt". It depends on the context - if someone is just going for a run, for fun and to exercise, you wouldn't use "rennen".
"Rennen" has more connotations of competition, like "das Auto-/ Pferde-/ Hunde-/ Radrennen", while "laufen" is just moving quickly, in humans as well as animals.and things. "Das Wasser läuft.". "Die Maschine läuft." "Mein Auto läuft gut."
.Human runners will always be called "Läufer", never "Renner", although their competition can be either called "ein 400m Rennen" or "ein 400m Lauf", though most speakers prefer the latter.
Somehow "rennen" sounds faster and more 'driven' than "laufen". You can say "Er läuft langsam", or "Er läuft schnell", but only "Er rennt schnell". "Langsam" can't be used with "rennen", it would be an oxymoron.
I always thought "spazieren" works better for walking/strolling around the park/beach/ect
so... läuft can mean both walking and running? why not change the word to Aladeen while we are at it :P
Shouldn't lauft (with the umlaut) be pronounced like oi instead of the way this lady is saying it? It's been 40 years since I've studied German, but that's the way I remember it, could be wrong...
Something is wrong in British schools. I spent 4 years learning German, with two different teachers. Neither mentioned that laufen can mean walk. Or the distinction between laufen and rennen. Thanks Dl!
"She walks"is the correct translation, every other use of the verb in this section is translated as "walk". Please be consistent.
It is a capital because its at the start of a sentence. Also if its the SIe (capital formal form) the verb is conjugated differently.
If the are some German runners here: does "laufen" mean "to run" and "rennen" mean "to race"? Like in English, "I ran 5k yesterday just for fun" and "I raced 5k yesterday and set my personal best time".