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New German Lesson: The Present Perfect Formed with Haben

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We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "The Present Perfect Formed with Haben", a new Beginner level German language lesson, on Language Mentor! 

Lesson Script

The present perfect formed with Haben

Das Perfekt gebildet mit Haben

Using "Haben" as an Auxiliary Verb to form the German Present Perfect Tense das Perfekt
In spoken German, the present perfect tense is used to talk about things that have happened in the past. The present perfect tense can be formed in two ways, using either "haben" or "sein", combined with the past participle of an action verb. In this lesson we introduce you to the "haben" form. Here's an example: "I read the book" is translated in German as "Ich habe das Buch gelesen." In this case "habe" is the conjugated form of "haben" and "gelesen" is the past participle of "lesen". By the way, while the present perfect is usually used in spoken German, formal written German generally uses the simple past tense, so "I read the book", in this case, would be translated as "Ich las das Buch", … but we're not going to cover the simple past tense in this lesson. Let's practice the present perfect now.

I read the book.
Ich habe das Buch gelesen.

We sold our house.
Wir haben unser Haus verkauft.

They lost the game.
Sie haben das Spiel verloren.

You ordered the wrong wine.
Du hast den falschen Wein bestellt.

Formal you repaired the car quickly.
Sie haben das Auto schnell repariert.

You guys ate all the cherries.
Ihr habt alle Kirschen gegessen.

They cooked Italian food today.
Sie haben heute Italienisch gekocht.

I forgot it.
Ich habe es vergessen.

We played table tennis yesterday.
Wir haben gestern Tischtennis gespielt.

He already cleaned his room.
Er hat sein Zimmer schon aufgeräumt.

It just rained.
Es hat gerade geregnet.

You guys bought a new car.
Ihr habt ein neues Auto gekauft.

You ordered fish.
Du hast Fisch bestellt.

I watered the flowers.
Ich habe die Blumen gegossen.

She cut the cake nicely.
Sie hat den Kuchen gut geschnitten.

He already did the dishes.
Er hat den Abwasch schon gemacht.

We bought three chairs and a table today.
Wir haben heute drei Stühle und einen Tisch gekauft.

The cat just gave birth to her babies.
Die Katze hat gerade ihre Babys geboren.

The sun was shining all day.
Die Sonne hat den ganzen Tag geschienen.

The airplanes reached their destination.
Die Flugzeuge haben ihr Ziel erreicht.

Many stores have opened again.
Viele Geschäfte haben wieder geöffnet.

They just booked their vacation.
Sie haben gerade ihren Urlaub gebucht.

It cooled down.
Es hat sich abgekühlt.

You wrote me an email.
Du hast mir eine Email geschrieben.

I set the table.
Ich habe den Tisch gedeckt.

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