German grammar - the past tenses
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German grammar - the past tenses

Learn how to conjugate the German perfect, imperfect & pluperfect tenses, and when to use them.
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Created by Angelika Davey
Last updated 2/2017
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 12 Articles
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
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
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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.
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.

Who 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.
Curriculum For This Course
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General information about this course
3 Lectures 08:23

A little bit about me ☺

Feel free to ignore it, if you've already seen it in a different course. To mark it as completed, in the dashboard, just click on the little circle to the right of the lecture to turn it blue.

Preview 02:53

A little general information about using Udemy courses. You can ignore this if you are familiar with Udemy courses. To mark it as completed, in the dashboard, just click on the little circle to the right of the lecture to turn it blue.

How to navigate inside this course
03:45

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

Preview 01:45
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The perfect tense
2 Lectures 02:18

A quick overview about the perfect tense.

What is the perfect tense?
00:32

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

Two important verbs!
01:46
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The perfect tense with HABEN
11 Lectures 35:29

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

Preview 05:27

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

Preview 03:34

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.

regular separable verbs with haben
04:55

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.

Irregular verbs with 'haben' part 1: ge+stem+en
02:09

part 2 ge+stemchange+en
04:21

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

part 3, separable verbs: prefix+ge+stem+en
02:05

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

part 4, separable verbs: prefix+ge+stemchange+en
02:21

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

part 5: mixed verbs
01:59

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

part 6, separable mixed verbs
01:40

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.

part 7, no ge at the beginning
03:11

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!

List of irregular verbs with HABEN
03:47

What are the correct past participles of the following verbs?
9 questions
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The perfect tense with SEIN
3 Lectures 11:35

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

The perfect tense: verbs with 'sein'
08:22

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.

List of verbs with SEIN
02:15

Haben oder sein?
5 questions

Now it's your turn ☺

Over to you!
00:57
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The imperfect tense
5 Lectures 22:54

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

The imperfect tense, regular verbs
04:56

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

The imperfect tense: irregular verbs
06:21

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

The imperfect tense, used in spoken German
05:53

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.

List of irregular imperfect tense verbs
04:48

Test your imperfect verbs
3 questions

It's your turn again ☺

Over to you!
00:56
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The pluperfect tense
2 Lectures 04:42

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

The pluperfect tense
03:43

Your turn again ☺

Over to you!
00:59
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Putting it all together
4 Lectures 04:07
Quick recap of the three past tenses
00:52

What happens to new verbs in the past tense
01:02

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

How to practise on your own
00:40

Further options for students to learn more German

Bonus lecture: What next?
01:31
About the Instructor
Angelika Davey
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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!