Travelling – present and future


When you learn German in a classroom, you may not truly believe, deep down, that there are people somewhere in the world who speak nothing else. Sure, you know it intellectually, but you can’t really take it in.

But one day you’ll go to a German-speaking land and be startled by how fast, how well and how intensely the people there speak their mother tongue. So the more you learn now, the more you’ll be able to take in when you plunge into that foreign, captivating world.

This page introduces some vocabulary and quizzes that will help you to talk and write about travelling in the present tense.

Creating your own Quizlet like the one below is an organised way to write down and practise  the vocabulary that you learn. Your memory may not be as fickle as mine, but all people’s memories tend to betray them at stressful moments. Speaking a foreign language in front of a group of native speakers is a perfect example of such a stressful moment.

Imagine, for instance, your first day in Germany. Your hostess asks you, „Wie geht es dir?“ Even though you’ve answered that question in class 58 times, words fail you. You goggle at her and say, „Ich bin fünfzehn Jahre alt.“

How embarrassing. The German teenagers in the vicinity howl with laughter and you want to climb into your suitcase and fly home.

These mortifying moments can sometimes be part of the fun. But all the same, by creating your own digital flash cards, like those below, you will gradually become more conversant with the phrases and words that you need in many contexts.

Here’s a Quizlet with travelling words and phrases to help you acquire some vocabulary for travelling – so that you can travel in your mind and one day, hopefully, on a jet plane.

In order to speak and write correctly about travelling, you will also need to be able to conjugate the verbs used for travelling. The fill-the-gap quiz below will test and consolidate your knowledge of how to conjugate verbs. By clicking on the light bulb on the top left of the quiz window, you can check the conjugation of all the verbs used. Remember the standard endings for regular verbs:

Example: fliegen – to fly

REGULAR ENDINGS: e – st – t – en – t – en

ich fliege – I fly … Nächste Woche fliege ich nach Vietnam.
du fliegst – you fly (singular) … Wann fliegst du nach Deutschland?
er/sie fliegt – he/she flies … Mein Vater fliegt morgen nach Sydney.
wir fliegen – we fly … Wir fliegen in einer Woche nach London.
ihr fliegt – you fly (plural) … Wann fliegt ihr nach Berlin?
sie fliegen – they fly … Die Schüler fliegen nach München.

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