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

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Important verbs

(to) besein
(to) havehaben
(to) do / (to) maketun
can / (to) know how tokönnen
(to) know (how)wissen
(to) know / (to) be acquainted withkennen
(to) understandverstehen
(to) speak / (to) talksprechen
(to) listen tohören

(to) hearhören
(to) seesehen
(to) feelfühlen
(to) liveleben
(to) wantwollen
(to) needbrauchen
(to) likemögen
(to) lovelieben
(to) givegeben
(to) takenehmen
(to) playspielen
(to) laughlachen
(to) comekommen
(to) gogehen
(to) go (by…)fahren
(to) writeschreiben
(to) readlesen
(to) countzählen
(to) pronounceaussprechen
(to) spellbuchstabieren
(to) conjugatekonjugieren
(to) remember(sich) erinnern
(to) forgetvergessen
(to) eatessen
(to) tryversuchen
(to) usebenutzen
(to) openöffnen
(to) closeschließen
(to) greet / (to) welcomebegrüßen
(to) beginbeginnen
(to) endenden
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