Present Tense

German Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in German. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at German Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, German, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in German

Present German Audio
I see youbis bald
I write with a penIch schreibe mit einem Stift
You love applesDu magst Äpfel
You give moneyDu gibst Geld
You play tennisDu spielst Tennis
He reads a bookEr liest ein Buch
He understands meEr versteht mich
She has a catSie hat eine Katze
She knows my friendSie kennt meinen Freund
We want to learnWir wollen lernen
We think Spanish is easyWir denken, Spanisch ist einfach
You (plural) work hereIhr arbeitet hier
You (plural) speak FrenchIhr sprecht Französisch
They drive a carSie fahren ein Auto
They smileSie lächeln


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in German

Heart attackHerzinfarkt
Help mehilf mir
Stomach acheBauchschmerzen


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Daily Conversation in German

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our German Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in German

Are you okay?Ist alles in Ordnung?
Call a doctor!Ruf einen Arzt!
Call the ambulance!Ruf einen Krankenwagen
Call the police!Ruf die Polizei
Calm down!Beruhigen Sie sich!
I feel sickMir ist schlecht
It hurts hereEs tut mir hier weh
It's urgent!Es ist dringend!
Where is the closest pharmacy?Wo ist die nächste Apotheke?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Du siehst schön aus!
You have a beautiful nameDu hast einen schönen Namen
This is my wifeDas ist meine Frau
This is my husbandDas ist mein Mann

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in German about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend German Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn German homepage.

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