German Grammar (Present Tense & Survival)

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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, Contact us from the page 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 you bis bald
I write with a pen Ich schreibe mit einem Stift
You love apples Du magst Äpfel
You give money Du gibst Geld
You play tennis Du spielst Tennis
He reads a book Er liest ein Buch
He understands me Er versteht mich
She has a cat Sie hat eine Katze
She knows my friend Sie kennt meinen Freund
We want to learn Wir wollen lernen
We think Spanish is easy Wir denken, Spanisch ist einfach
You (plural) work here Ihr arbeitet hier
You (plural) speak French Ihr sprecht Französisch
They drive a car Sie fahren ein Auto
They smile Sie 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

Accident Unfall
Allergy Allergie
Ambulance Krankenwagen
Asthma Asthma
Danger Gefahr
Doctor Arzt
Headache Kopfschmerzen
Heart attack Herzinfarkt
Help me hilf mir
Hospital Krankenhaus
Medicines Arzneimittel
Pharmacy Apotheke
Poison Gift
Police Polizei
Stomach ache Bauchschmerzen
Stroke Schlaganfall


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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!
Fire! Feuer!
I feel sick Mir ist schlecht
It hurts here Es tut mir hier weh
It’s urgent! Es ist dringend!
Stop! Halt!
Thief! Dieb!
Where is the closest pharmacy? Wo ist die nächste Apotheke?
You look beautiful! (to a woman) Du siehst schön aus!
You have a beautiful name Du hast einen schönen Namen
This is my wife Das ist meine Frau
This is my husband Das ist mein Mann

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

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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