"Ich laufe."

Translation:I walk.

May 1, 2013



Is there another word for "run" and/or "walk"? It seems kinda important to be able to make a distinction between those two actions in speech.

May 1, 2013


From what I've gathered... gehen is generally used for walk. Laufen usually means run, and Rennen means to run in a race.

August 20, 2013


My german friend (from Northern Germany) says that they almost always use Laufe for run and Gehen for walk!

February 21, 2014


Danke ;D

May 1, 2014


dude, don't believe it. yes you'd think one actual German would give you the right answer but I'm in germany and I've asked A LOT of people this question. Some say laufen IS running. Some insist that it is walking. Some say it's either walking or running. All do agree that walking is slower than laufen and laufen is slower than running.

December 2, 2014


If so, is laufen actually something like a trot?

April 3, 2015


So...is laufen more of a brisk walk, then? Hurrying along but not outright sprinting?

July 23, 2015


So is it like a jog

January 23, 2016


So why do more Germans not get disqualified in Olympic walking races?

May 11, 2018


This explains my confusion of this sentence. Thank you.

September 27, 2017


I'm not a native speaker but I can try to clarify.

I've been in Germany three times and plenty of Germans use "laufen" to mean walk, but they also use other terms. Keep in mind, Germans often walk much faster than average Americans, so their "walk" might seem like a "run" or at least a hurried walk to some people. I don't know if it's regional, but I've spent most of my time around Berlin and heard lots of people use "laufen" to mean walking--especially when people are talking about it as an alternative to taking transit.

Germans also have a separate word, "spazieren", which means a slow, more leisurely walk, with a connotation of less focus or direction. So "spazieren" is more like "go for a walk" whereas "laufen" seems to be a focused thing that is typically faster, if this makes sense? I think that "walk" in English corresponds to something roughly in between both of these words, and "run" seems also roughly in between "laufen" and "rennen". "Rennen" I think of as having an even faster connotation than the word "run" -- i.e. it's almost a little closer to "race" or "sprint" (but not completely here).

I hope this clarifies! And I'd love to hear from a native speaker if my impression of these words are accurate.

October 27, 2015



July 12, 2016


Just for people or can objects also run in a race? Can das Farhzeug rennt?

February 25, 2017


Many thanks. Is Laufen as jog or general running?

April 13, 2018


If you are a competitive runner you would always say Ich laufe, ich bin Läufer/in. If you are an occasional runner, you can use the verb 'joggen'.

March 31, 2019

December 25, 2013


This link was very helpful, thank you.

December 10, 2014


Thank you!

February 18, 2016


run - rennen, laufen walk - gehen, laufen, zu Fuss gehen

May 3, 2013


What about jogging? Its between those two and i think i needs to have its own word too

August 1, 2015


If it really matters, another word will often be used.

July 17, 2013


there is another word for run: ich renne, wir/sie rennen or er/sie rennt

April 26, 2016


In Austria "laufen" is running. "Gehen" is walking or going. "Spazierien" is going for a stroll. I've not ever heard an Austrian say "laufen" for walking, and our grammar is the same as in Germany (only some nouns are different).

January 31, 2015


You also use auxiliary verbs sein and haben a bit differently though. But that's off the main topic

February 18, 2016


I mean Austrians

February 18, 2016


It's a shame, as "Lola Lauft" is a better title than "Lola Rennt".

June 5, 2015


I've been told on here to use "laufe" for BOTH walk and run, how can that be right???

January 11, 2014


I have the same problem. I don´t know when to translate like "walk" and in which case like "run". these are 2 deferance actions

February 4, 2014


My family is German, as in, they all speak German and were born there. They have never used the verb laufen for walking, they've only ever used gehen and spazieren. Laufen, as stated by some earlier, is for running while rennen is more for racing. I do hope this gets adjusted soon as it might make some of the others practicing German get looked at weird when they say they want to go on a run rather then on a walk when a walk would be considered normal and a run bizarre. And I apologize if it was cleared up and I only added to what has been solved, there were multiple posts that I did not scroll through everything.

June 24, 2017


What's different between läuft & laufe... What unmlauts do here?

April 5, 2018


I have the same question, I understand the difference about [ -fe / fe] between "ich laufe" and "Er läuft", just don't get when to use the umlaut or not ?

November 29, 2018


It says in the Tips and Notes for the lesson:

A few common verbs change the vowel in the second and third person singular. Normally the vowel will change:

from a to ä from e to i(e)

I think it's just a general rule.

December 1, 2018


If i wanted to say "i want to walk" or "i want to go for a walk" would 'ich will eine laufe' be correct?

February 7, 2017


"I want to walk" is about: "Ich möchte (noch) einen Spaziergang machen." Or: "Ich möchte etwas rausgehen (go outdoor)." "Ich bin (I am going to) laufen." Or: "Ich bin dann mal joggen."

June 5, 2017


Read all the comments but still not satisfied. Somebody help me. Laufe = walk, run

November 25, 2014


I'm in Germany (Berlin) and I've asked A LOT of people this question. Some say laufen IS running. Some insist that it is walking. Some say it's either walking or running. All do agree that walking is slower than laufen and laufen is slower than running.

Also, German is incredibly unsatisfying at times, so maybe repress your need for contentment ;) Personally, ich freue mich nicht über reflexive verbs.

December 2, 2014


So what you're saying is that laufen is jogging?

December 4, 2014


Or walking or running, depending on the speaker. You're not getting an easy answer out of me because the Germans won't give me one either ;P

December 4, 2014



February 16, 2015


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March 29, 2015


I wrote "i walk" and it said it is worng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 30, 2015


Why Duo does not have a verb conjugation session for Smartphones??

September 27, 2015


Why nobody s not doing something useful? Like explaining laufen for subjects? Is it regular or irregular? Ich laufe, du laufst..??

November 8, 2015


ich laufe du läufst sie läuft (he too) Das Wasser (es) läuft. ihr lauft (kein ä) wir, Sie und sie laufen.

May 29, 2016


Afaik laufen in english is run.

February 13, 2016


Usually, ja.

May 29, 2016


Maybe it's kinda like how you'd say "I'm running errands" in English, even though you're not LITERALLY running while doing those errands. Either way, I was taught in school that laufe = running, and I'm sure any native German speakers would assume that's what you mean if you use that word as a foreign speaker of the German language.

June 21, 2017


I though spazieren was the work for walking?

November 16, 2017


What if I wann run

January 22, 2018


What if I wanna run?

January 22, 2018


The way I walk "laufe" is correct in both ways :-p

May 27, 2018


In this case, shouldnt "ich laufe" translate to "i walk/run"?

October 16, 2018
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