Verbs in German

Verbs are a key part of any language. The German verbs list below will help you learn common German verbs in no time. Together with other basic nouns and adjectives, this will quickly allow you to express basic things in German. For even more German verbs, take a look at our learning resources for German at the end of the page.

Basic German Verbs

to open in Germanöffnen (öffnete, geöffnet)
to close in Germanschließen (schloss, geschlossen)
to sit in Germansitzen (saß, gesessen)
to stand in Germanstehen (stand, gestanden)
to know in Germanwissen (wusste, gewusst)
to think in Germandenken (dachte, gedacht)
to win in Germangewinnen (gewann, gewonnen)
to lose in Germanverlieren (verlor, verloren)
to ask in Germanfragen (fragte, gefragt)
to answer in Germanantworten (antwortete, geantwortet)
to help in Germanhelfen (half, geholfen)
to like in Germanmögen (mochte, gemocht)
to kiss in Germanküssen (küsste, geküsst)
to eat in Germanessen (aß, gegessen)
to drink in Germantrinken (trank, getrunken)

German Action Words

to take in Germannehmen (nahm, genommen)
to put in Germanlegen (legte, gelegt)
to find in Germanfinden (fand, gefunden)
to steal in Germanstehlen (stahl, gestohlen)
to kill in Germantöten (tötete, getötet)
to fly in Germanfliegen (flog, geflogen)
to attack in Germanangreifen (griff an, angegriffen)
to defend in Germanverteidigen (verteidigte, verteidigt)
to fall in Germanfallen (fiel, gefallen)
to choose in Germanwählen (wählte, gewählt)

Movements in German

to run in Germanlaufen (lief, gelaufen)
to swim in Germanschwimmen (schwamm, geschwommen)
to jump in Germanspringen (sprang, gesprungen)
to pull in Germanziehen (zog, gezogen)
to push in Germandrücken (drückte, gedrückt)
to throw in Germanwerfen (warf, geworfen)
to crawl in Germankrabbeln (krabbelte, gekrabbelt)
to fight in Germankämpfen (kämpfte, gekämpft)
to catch in Germanfangen (fing, gefangen)
to roll in Germanrollen (rollte, gerollt)

German Business Verbs

to buy in Germankaufen (kaufte, gekauft)
to pay in Germanbezahlen (bezahlte, bezahlt)
to sell in Germanverkaufen (verkaufte, verkauft)
to study in Germanlernen (lernte, gelernt)
to call in Germantelefonieren (telefonierte, telefoniert)
to read in Germanlesen (las, gelesen)
to write in Germanschreiben (schrieb, geschrieben)
to calculate in Germanrechnen (rechnete, gerechnet)
to measure in Germanmessen (maß, gemessen)
to earn in Germanverdienen (verdiente, verdient)
to count in Germanzählen (zählte, gezählt)
to scan in Germanscannen (scannte, gescannt)
to print in Germandrucken (druckte, gedruckt)

German Vocabulary Books

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Learn German - Quick / Easy / Efficient

This vocabulary book is a curated German word frequency list with 2000 of the most common German words and phrases. Following the Pareto principle (80/20 rule), this book is built to streamline the learning process by concentrating on the core words and sentence structures. The result is a unique book ideal for driven learners and language hackers.

German Vocabulary Book

This German vocabulary book contains more than 3000 words and phrases and is organized by topic to make it easier for you to pick what to learn first. It is well suited for learners of all levels who are looking for an extensive resource to improve their vocabulary or are interested in learning vocabularies in one particular area of interest.

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