German grammar - the past tenses

Learn how to conjugate the German perfect, imperfect & pluperfect tenses, and when to use them.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

This course has been updated in November 2016.

Are you a German learner and struggling to conjugate German verbs in the past tense?

Do you keep on forgetting how the verbs change from the present tense to the past tense? Do you often wonder if it's a regular or irregular verb or if you need to use HABEN or SEIN?

Is this really annoying you?

Then this course is going to help you!

In this course we will only look at German verbs in the past tense and we'll cover the following:

  • the perfect tense with haben
  • the perfect tense with sein
  • regular verbs
  • irregular verbs
  • separable verbs
  • inseparable verbs
  • the imperfect tense
  • the pluperfect tense

This course is not necessarily designed for you to work your way through.

If you are a beginner then this course isn't for you yet. This course assumes that you already have a sound knowledge of the present tense, so make sure you know how to conjugate verbs in the present tense before buying this course.

If you are an advanced student, you probably know everything in this course but it might be a welcome refresher.

If you are an intermediate student, then either watch all the videos to revise what you have already learned, or pick those chapter that you are struggling with.

It doesn't matter how quickly you complete the course - it isn't a race - the important bit is that you can conjugate verbs in the past tense!

At the end of the course you will have a better understanding of German verbs in the past tense which will make life a lot easier when you want to be able to tell people in German about things you have done.

What are the requirements?

  • Pen and paper to make notes
  • A printer if students wish to print out the lists (optional)
  • Students need to be familiar with German verbs in the present tense before starting this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the difference between the perfect and the imperfect tense
  • Understand when to use HABEN or SEIN in the perfect tense
  • Understand how to form past participles of regular verbs
  • Understand how to form past participles of irregular verbs
  • Understand how to conjugate regular verbs in the imperfect tense
  • Understand how to conjugate irregular verbs in the imperfect tense
  • Understand what the pluperfect tense is and how to use it
  • Have a better understanding about the German past tenses

What is the target audience?

  • This course is not for beginners.
  • This course is for intermediate learners who have a sound knowledge of the German present tense and want to move on to the past tenses.
  • Advanced learners might find it useful to go the basics again.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: General information about this course
02:53

A little bit about me ☺

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01:45

This video will help you work out when to use the perfect tense or imperfect tense.

Section 2: The perfect tense
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A quick overview about the perfect tense.

01:46

These two verbs are VERY IMPORTANT as you will always need one of them in the perfect tense. 

Section 3: The perfect tense with HABEN
05:27

By the end of this lecture you will know exactly how to form the past participle of regular verbs.

03:34

By the end of this lecture you will recognise the regular verbs which have slight variations.

04:55

By the end of this lecture you will know that separable verbs are just as easy as 'normal' verbs when you form the past participle of regular verbs.

02:09

In this lecture you'll learn about those verbs that do have the 'ge' in the past participle, but they don't have the 't'ending.

part 2 ge+stemchange+en
04:21
02:05

In this lecture you'll learn about separable verbs with a past participle of prefix+ge+stem+en

02:21

In this lecture you'll find out about separable verbs where the stem changes in the past participle.

01:59

By the end of this lecture you'll know about the past participle of mixed verbs (ge+stemchange+t)

01:40

By the end of this lecture you also know how separable mixed verbs work.

03:11

By the end of this lecture you'll know about those irregular verbs that don't have the 'ge' at the beginning of the past participle.

Article

This list will hopefully be useful for you to check the past participle of some of the irregular verbs .... until you know them so well that you don't need it anymore!

What are the correct past participles of the following verbs?
9 questions
Section 4: The perfect tense with SEIN
08:22

At the end of this lecture, verbs which take SEIN will be a lot easier to understand.

Article

This list has all (I hope) the verbs that take SEIN and not HABEN. It comes in two parts, the first part consists of all the irregular verbs, the second has the regular verbs.

Haben oder sein?
5 questions
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Now it's your turn ☺

Section 5: The imperfect tense
04:56

At the end of this lecture you will be able to recognise and conjugate regular verbs in the imperfect tense.

06:21

At the end of this lecture you will have a far better understanding of the irregular verbs of the imperfect tense.

05:53

At the end of this lecture you will be able to use some imperfect tense verbs in spoken German.

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This list has a lot (but not all) of irregular imperfect tense verbs. You can either read it here or download it as a PDF.

Test your imperfect verbs
3 questions
Article

It's your turn again ☺

Section 6: The pluperfect tense
03:43

By the end of this lecture you will know what the pluperfect tense is and how to form it.

Article

Your turn again ☺

Section 7: Putting it all together
Quick recap of the three past tenses
Article
What happens to new verbs in the past tense
Article
Article

Some ideas for you to continue practising now that you've completed the course.

Article

Further options for students to learn more German

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Instructor Biography

Angelika Davey, experienced German tutor & translator teaching on & offline

Once upon a time there was a little girl in Germany who had this idea of moving to England as soon as she was grown up and to make all English people like the German language. Then she wanted to be an air hostess, a ballet dancer, a famous singer ……

Fast forward to the present and this little girl hasn’t quite achieved what she wanted, but …

Angelika is a qualified teacher and native German speaker from Lower Saxony in the North of Germany, who moved to England in 1982. She has been teaching German since 1991. Her students are private and business clients, school children and adults in evening classes, with the youngest student being 3 years old and her oldest 80!

Angelika has written six books, one in German and five in English, she translates from English to German and vice versa, and she teaches either face-to-face or via Skype - and now also on Udemy!

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