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New German Lesson: The Present Perfect Formed with Sein

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

Lesson Script

The Present Perfect Formed with Sein
Das Perfekt gebildet mit Sein

Using "Sein" as an Auxiliary Verb to form the German Present Perfect Tense das Perfekt
In German, the present perfect tense is used to talk about things that have happened in the recent 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 "sein" form. Sein as an auxiliary verb is usually used with verbs of movement, such as "to run" or "to jump". For example: "I jumped" is translated in German as "Ich bin gesprungen". In this sentence, "bin" is a conjugation of the auxiliary verb "sein", and "gesprungen" is the past participle of the action verb "springen". Let's practice this.

I went home.
Ich bin nach Hause gegangen.

He came too late.
Er ist zu spät gekommen.

You woke up early today.
Du bist heute früh aufgewacht.

It became late.
Es ist spät geworden.

I fell asleep after the movie.
Ich bin nach dem Film eingeschlafen.

They already drove home.
Sie sind schon nach Hause gefahren.

We jumped into the lake.
Wir sind in den See gesprungen.

He flew to California.
Er ist nach Kalifornien geflogen.

I stayed at home yesterday.
Ich bin gestern zu Hause geblieben.

Did you go to the concert?
Bist du zum Konzert gegangen?

I went to the concert on Friday.
Ich bin am Freitag zum Konzert gegangen.

Did you guys move to Berlin already?
Seid ihr schon nach Berlin umgezogen?

We already moved to Berlin.
Wir sind schon nach Berlin umgezogen.

He climbed the tree.
Er ist auf den Baum geklettert.

She died two days ago.
Sie ist vor zwei Tagen gestorben.

They already went to the movies.
Sie sind schon ins Kino gegangen.

Did you guys arrive safely?
Seid ihr gut angekommen?

We arrived safely.
Wir sind gut angekommen.

She arrived three hours ago.
Sie ist vor drei Stunden angekommen.

Formal you drove too fast.
Sie sind zu schnell gefahren.

The flowers grew very quickly.

Die Blumen sind sehr schnell gewachsen. 

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