Was machst du gern? – A crossword for verb learning

In order to describe your hobbies in German, you will need to learn a number of verbs. The verbs on this page are the building blocks of everyday conversation. You will need them all.

First, there is a little starter pack of regular verbs, which in the present tense conform to the pattern of endings you would expect, as shown in the little diagram below:

ich   -e wir  -en
du  -st ihr     -t
er/sie/es  -t   sie (they) -en

A Recipe for a Conjugated Verb

Figuring out verb endings is a bit like following a recipe…

Ingredients 

  • Verb stem (usually the syllable before -en)
  • Verb ending (as shown above)
  • Subject of verb 

Method

  • Take the verb stem
  • Work out who is carrying out the action
  • Add the right ending to the stem

Regular Verbs (in the Present Tense)

  • machen – to make or do
  • gehen – to go
  • hören – to hear
  • spielen – to play (a game or an instrument)
  • besuchen – to visit (e.g. friends)
  • chatten – to chat on the internet 

Irregular Verbs

There is a group of common nouns that take the expected endings as shown above, but that have a little mutation in their stem in the second and third person singular. I think of them as rebels, but they are friendly rebels, for they vary from the norm in a predictable way.

They are the stem-changing verbs. In the second and third person singular, their vowel sound changes. Once you know that a verb belongs to this group of friendly mutants, however, it is surprisingly easy to remember this little quirk and to apply it consistently. Here are some of the stem-changers, listed according to the kind of stem change:

a becomes ä in…

  • fahren – to drive, to ride on a wheeled vehicle (du fährst, er/sie fährt)
  • tragen – to wear, to carry (du trägst, er/sie trägt)

e becomes ie in…

  • sehen – to see (du siehst, er/sie sieht)
  • lesen – to read (du liest, er/sie liest)

e becomes i in…

  • essen – to eat (du isst, er/sie isst)
  • sprechen – to speak (du sprichst, er/sie spricht)
  • nehmen – to take (du nimmst, er/sie nimmt)
  • helfen – to help (du hilfst, er/sie hilft)
You can revise and practise conjugating many of these verbs in the crossword below. 
Hobbys und Freizeit – Hobbies and Leisure Time

Crossword solution here

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