Sound Like a Native Speaker
If you want to get fluent fast, you have to take advantage of some language hacks.
It's important you learn the right survival terms. You don't need to memorize the entire dictionary to be fluent.
Knowing the little tips and tricks will help you get fluent in another language fast.
When you start learning another language, you usually begin with learning how to speak in the present tense.
The issue that you'll quickly notice if you're trying to speak the language is that you'll want to say something in the past tense but you're not sure how to start.
You can't answer what you did yesterday if you don't know how to form the past tense.
By learning the most often used words in YOUR vocabulary, and memorizing the forms of the verb as soon as you learn that new word, you will sound like a native speaker in no time.
In German, there are two different forms of the past tense (just like in English). Das Perfekt is the form used most often in spoken German.
Das Perfekt is made up of a helping verb and the past participle of the verb. The two potential helping verbs that use are:
Sein - to be
Haben - to have
It can be a little confusing figuring out which helping verb to use with which verb and it's definitely something you need to memorize.
I highly recommend when you learn a new verb, to learn how to conjugate the verb in both the present and past tense as well as confirm which helping verb it takes.
Verbs of Movement Take Sein
As a general tip to remember, haben is used more often than sein but the sein verbs are of course, also very important.
Knowing which verbs take sein really make you sound more like a native speaker.
For the most part, verbs relating to movement take the verb "sein."
It's important to note that when it comes to becoming fluent in another language:
If you translate word for word, you will sound just like a nerd.
- Janice Young (Aka Frau Young, my high school German teacher who made learning German so much fun!)
Here are the 15 most used "Sein" verbs in German:
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For more practice, create flash cards for yourself and remember to learn the past participle of the verb as well as the helping verb it takes.
Say it to out loud to yourself, 'bleiben - ist geblieben, bleiben ist geblieben."
Read it, write it, say it out loud, and repeat!
A printable version of the 15 most used Sein Verben auf Deutsch (Sein Verbs in German) as well as an Arbeitsblatt (worksheet) are available for you language learners and teachers out there!
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