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Ich bin in Frankfurt geboren
On this page, you will get to know two German verbs and their conjugations. In English, conjugations
are quite easy, since only the third person singular has a verb-form different from the infinitive
(we add the 's' to the infinitive e.g. 'he comes'). However, in German as well
as in many other European languages, every pronoun has its own ending. Thus, you need to change
a verb accordingly, when you use different pronouns with this verb.
Let's go back to Niels, Katrin and Anne, who we have got to know on the previous pages of this lesson.
Niels is attending a party at his University in Karlsruhe and meets Katrin and Anne,
who introduce themselves to him.
Read the following dialog aloud and try to understand what everyone says.
Ich heiße Katrin.
Hi. My name is Katrin.
s your name?
Ich heiße Niels. (to Anne)
|My name is Niels. And yours?|
|Nice to meet you. Where are you (guys) from?|
m from Berlin. And you?
m here from Karlsruhe. But I was born
|Anne: Ach so! |
|Oh. I was born |
in Frankfurt, too.
|Anne (talking about Katrin): |
|But she was born |
The previous dialog uses some forms of the verb 'kommen'. Look at the following table, which
shows, how 'kommen' (to come) is conjugated in German. A conjugation of a verb defines how this verb
changes, when used with different pronouns.
|1st||ich komme||wir kommen|
|2nd||du kommst||ihr kommt|
|3rd||er kommt||sie kommen|
'Kommen' is completely regular. Regular verbs have the following features in German.
The 'ich'-form ends with an 'e'. The du form ends with an 'st'. The 'er' and 'ihr' forms end
with a 't' and are therefore the same.
And finally, the 'wir' and 'sie/Sie' forms end with 'en' and thus are also the same.
You also got to know the expression 'ich bin in ... geboren'. This is a construction that uses the
verb 'sein' (to be) plus the German 'geboren' (born). Unfortunately, 'sein' is
completely irregular and there are no rules like for 'kommen' or other regular verbs.
|1st||ich bin||wir sind|
|2nd||du bist||ihr seid|
|3rd||sie ist||sie sind|
Now let's do some exercises to further strengthen the newly learned grammar.