Mein Schultag – German Words for School

Der riesengroße Schuh
The giant shoe


The first Quizlet below provides the building blocks for talking and writing about school in German. 

Once you think you know all the words, you can test yourself by playing the Space Race game. Remember to click the „ignore the stuff in parentheses“ box before you begin; otherwise you will have to type the plural form and will run out of time, no matter how fast you can type. 

The next Quizlet cycles through the same terms, but provides some sentences as examples of usage. By reading the words in context, you will get an idea of how to form some sentences of your own and gradually broaden your vocabulary. If you have a large screen, you can try playing the Scatter game, which is the one most suited to phrases and sentences.

More Sample Sentences about School

  • Ich mag Kochen. I like Food Tech.
  • Ich finde Mathe interessant. I find Maths interesting.
  • Wir haben Geschichte in der dritten Stunde. We have History in Period 3.
  • Was ist dein Lieblingsfach? What’s your favourite subject?
  • Mein Lieblingsfach ist Musik. My favourite subject is Music.
  • Die Schule beginnt um halb neun. School begins at 8.30.
  • Heute haben wir keine Schule. We don’t have school today.
Two more important verbs to help you describe your feelings and attitudes:
finden – Präsensform
  Singular Plural
First Person ich finde – I find, think wir finden – we find, think
Second Person du findest – you find, think (familiar) ihr findet – you find, think (familiar plural)
Third Person er/sie/es findet (he/she/it finds, thinks) sie finden (they find, think)
 Formal Address Sie finden

Sample Sentences using finden

  • Ich finde es nicht. I can’t find it.
  • Ich finde es kalt hier.  I find it cold here.
  • Findest du wirklich?  Do you really think so?
  • Wie findest du das Buch?  What do you think of the book?
mögen – Präsensform
  Singular Plural
First Person ich mag – I like wir mögen – we like 
Second Person du magst – you like (familiar, singular)  ihr mögt – you like (familiar, plural) 
Third Person er/sie mag – he/she likes sie mögen – they like
 Formal Address Sie mögen – you like

Sample sentences using mögen

This is a very important verb with a variety of meanings. Like finden above and many verbs in different languages, its meanings can change, depending on the context. The examples below illustrate how you can use mögen to say you like something, but as you learn more you will discover the extra powers of this verb.

  • Wasser mag ich lieber als Milch. I prefer water to milk.
  • Die Schüler mögen ihre Deutschlehrerin sehr. The students like their German teacher very much.
  • Sie mag ihn sehr gern. She likes him very much.
  • Mein Bruder mag lieber Wasser. My brother prefers water.
Can you use all the vocabulary above to piece together the conversation below? Try to find three ways of asking about another student’s preferences and three ways of giving your opinion of a school subject. 
What is Mia’s favourite subject? Which subject does Ben find tricky?
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