Tips and Notes
Welcome to German :)
Often, it's best to just dive into the practice. See how it goes! You can always revisit the Notes section later on.
German genders are strange
Conjugating regular verbsVerb conjugation in German is more complex than in English. To conjugate a regular verb in the present tense, identify the stem of the verb and add the ending corresponding to any of the grammatical persons, which you can simply memorize. For now, here are the singular forms:
Example: trinken (to drink)
|English person||ending||German example|
|you (singular informal)||-st||du trinkst|
Conjugations of the verb sein (to be)Like in English, sein (to be) is completely irregular, and its conjugations simply need to be memorized. Again, you will learn the plural forms soon.
|I am||ich bin|
|you (singular informal) are||du bist|
|he/she/it is||er/sie/es ist|
Literally, "Umlaut" means "around the sound," because its function is to change how the vowel sounds.
No continuous aspect
There's no such thing as Ich bin trinke or Ich bin trinken!
When translating into English, how can I tell whether to use the simple (I drink) or the continuous form (I am drinking)?
Unless the context suggests otherwise, either form should be accepted.