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Verb help for early German-learners

I often see that many early German-learners are quite confused about the verbs, making posts in the lessons and discussion. I just wanted to give newbies a little help so they don't get discouraged. I will conjugate the irregular verbs before the first checkpoint here on Duolingo in the present tense, giving a table to conjugate regular verbs. Remember to think in German and not translate. Don't say you are = du bist because it could also be ihr seid or even Sie sind. Regular verbs will be noted at the end. By the way, I only mean verbs that are regular in the present tense, other tenses may be irregular.

Remember the following as well.

  • ich = I
  • du = you (singular, informal)
  • er/sie/es = he/she/it
  • wir = we
  • ihr = you (plural, informal)
  • sie; Sie = they; you (singular and plural, formal)

Irregular Verbs

Conjugation of essen, to eat

  • ich esse
  • du isst
  • er isst
  • wir essen
  • ihr esst
  • sie; Sie essen

Conjugation of haben, to have

  • ich habe
  • du hast
  • sie hat
  • wir haben
  • ihr habt
  • sie; Sie haben

Conjugation of laufen, to run, to walk

  • ich laufe
  • du läufst
  • er läuft
  • wir laufen
  • ihr lauft
  • sie; Sie laufen

Conjugation of lesen, to read

  • ich lese
  • du liest
  • sie liest
  • wir lesen
  • ihr lest
  • sie; Sie lesen

Conjugation of mögen, to like

  • ich mag
  • du magst
  • er mag
  • wir mögen
  • ihr mögt
  • sie; Sie mögen

Conjugation of schlafen, to sleep

  • ich schlafe
  • du schläfst
  • sie schläft
  • wir schlafen
  • ihr schlaft
  • sie; Sie schlafen

Conjugation of sehen, to see

  • ich sehe
  • du siehst
  • er sieht
  • wir sehen
  • ihr seht
  • sie; Sie sehen

Conjugation of sein, to be

  • ich bin
  • du bist
  • sie ist
  • wir sind
  • ihr seid
  • sie; Sie sind

Conjugation of sprechen, to speak

  • ich spreche
  • du sprichst
  • er spricht
  • wir sprechen
  • ihr sprecht
  • sie; Sie sprechen

Conjugation of tragen, to wear, to carry

  • ich trage
  • du trägst
  • sie trägt
  • wir tragen
  • ihr tragt
  • sie; Sie tragen

Conjugation of waschen, to wash

  • ich wasche
  • du wäschst
  • er wäscht
  • wir waschen
  • ihr wascht
  • sie; Sie waschen

Regular Verbs

Here are the verb endings for regular verbs.

  • ich -e
  • du -st
  • sie -t
  • wir -en
  • ihr -t
  • sie; Sie -en

Here is an example of how to apply this.

Conjugation of trinken, to drink

  • ich trinke
  • du trinkst
  • er trinkt
  • wir trinken
  • ihr trinkt
  • sie; Sie trinken

And now the list...

  • beginnen, to begin
  • bezahlen, to pay
  • brauchen, to need
  • bringen, to bring
  • gehen, to go, to walk
  • kennen, to know (a person, a place)
  • lernen, to learn
  • reichen, to suffice
  • rennen, to run
  • schmecken, to taste
  • schreiben, to write
  • schwimmen, to swim
  • spielen, to play
  • trinken, to drink
  • verpassen, to miss (an appointment, a chance)

I hope this can come in handy to some of you!

Happy learning!

January 10, 2015

57 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaseyKandi

Thank you!

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

No problem! Glad you appreciate it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mkbedell

Oh my gosh... super helpful! I can never get the hang of conjugating and I will be using this a lot! Danke!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Very happy to, thanks for telling.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ciccahh

very good!!!!!Sometimes this link below help me too: http://www.info.pro.br/instituto_steiger/8/83s/831.htm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Priya7

Hi; I just wanted to correct a typo. For the verb trinken, it's sie/Sie trinken not trinkten. Great list!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Thank you! If anyone else finds one, please let me know!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/volumniax

Thank you! This is the right tool at the right time for me :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nyucleon

Danke! bookmarking this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Glad you find it helpful!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toanngosy

Bookmark right a way! many thanks for this note


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oscart182

Someone, sticky this...please...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

I'll take that as a compliment, thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oscart182

You should. Thank you for making this. Clears up a lot of confusion.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angel-mar77

Very nice! Was this verbs I was looking for to improve my learning in German. Thank you very much to share it with Us. I also want to print. Do you think is possible do this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

You can print the page or just copy the stuff into Microsoft Word (or similar) and print there.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lee546

proceeds to copy onto notepad thank you muchly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brendanashworth

I'd add that there is are stem change verbs in German (maybe link to this, which explained it to me: http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/grammar/stemchangeexpl.html), and how laufen is a -> ä, essen is e -> i, etc. It only happens in du & er.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

Yep. Most irregularities are like that in German. Du hast, and, Er hat, are irregular, but the rest isn't. I think people will start to realize this as they learn.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hootahoot

thanks for this, very useful!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

I'm glad you find it so!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaviesOlivia

wow thanks this is so useful!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

No problem, good luck on your German studies!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brina431719

Thank you! This is very helpful and will save me some work! I've got to the point where, knowing the way I work and learn, I think I need to write a lot of this grammar out so that I can properly learn it and apply it....and you've just gone and done most of it for me! You're a star :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

I'm glad to have helped :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HunterWildVampsm

Thank you so much this will totally be super useful :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

I appreciate your enthusiasm (is that a tv show? Curve that enthusiasm... Hmm)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillPowhida

Sehr gut, danke!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MoxieZhang

super helpful. bookmarked and get it my evernote for reviewing. BTW, here is a lingot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Portre

very useful, tanx.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zaks96

I wish this was posted earlier , thank you so much !


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    Danke, danke, danke :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

    Bitte, bitte, bitte!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lobobrandon

    Fantastich! Danke schön! Bookmarked


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

    Thank you, and no problem!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angel-mar77

    Hi! Do you know what mean the phrase: Du bist blod.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

    I think you mean blöd which means 'dumb, silly, stupid'. Du bist blöd means You are dumb.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angel-mar77

    Thanks! I posted this question because I'm still in the beginning of my studies and, I really didn't know what that phase means. I know now.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teresa213395

    Thank you. This trips me up daily. Could you recommend a good verb table book. There are so many on Amazon. I borrowed one from my library which is good but out of print.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MZSFng

    Thank you!!!

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