Basic German Verbs

Basic German Verbs 2017-03-20T16:45:35+00:00

Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic German conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning German“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

Important verbs

EnglishGermanPronunciation
(Audio)
(to) be
sein
(to) have
haben
(to) do / (to) make
tun
can / (to) know how to
können
(to) know (how)
wissen
(to) know / (to) be acquainted with
kennen
(to) understand
verstehen
(to) speak / (to) talk
sprechen
(to) listen to
hören
zuhören

(to) hear
hören
(to) see
sehen
(to) feel
fühlen
(to) live
leben
(to) want
wollen
(to) need
brauchen
(to) like
mögen
(to) love
lieben
(to) give
geben
(to) take
nehmen
(to) play
spielen
(to) laugh
lachen
(to) come
kommen
(to) go
gehen
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)
fahren
(to) write
schreiben
(to) read
lesen
(to) count
zählen
(to) pronounce
aussprechen
(to) spell
buchstabieren
(to) conjugate
konjugieren
(to) remember
(sich) erinnern
(to) forget
vergessen
(to) eat
essen
(to) try
versuchen
(to) use
benutzen
(to) open
öffnen
(to) close
schließen
(to) greet / (to) welcome
begrüßen
(to) begin
beginnen
(to) end
enden

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