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How to use the modal verb können in German 🥇

Modal Verb können

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      Lesson 20

Modal Verb können (conjugation)

 

= to be able to (irregular verb).

Ich kann lachen (to laugh).
Du kannst weinen (to weep / to cry).
Er kann klettern (to climb).
Sie kann flirten (to flirt).
Es kann schleichen (to creep).
Wir können tanzen (to dance).
Ihr könnt Deutsch lernen (to learn).
Sie können hüpfen (to bounce).

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Ich kann… / Ich kann nicht…

Today you can practice with the very important irregular modal verb können (to be able to). By the way, when someone is asking you if you can something and you cannot, then you use the word nicht to negate the sentence.

How To Learn With Part A

  1. Read and listen a few times.
  2. Repeat after the speaker.
  3. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  4. After a few repetitions go on to part B (farther below).

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      Lesson 20A

Singular / Plural

der Hund / die Hunde
the dog

Ein Hund kann schwimmen. 
A dog can swim.

_ _ _

der Fisch / die Fische
the fish

Ein Fisch kann nicht sprechen.
A fish can’t speak.

_ _ _

die Katze / die Katzen
the cat

Eine Katze kann springen.
A cat can jump.

_ _ _

die Schildkröte / die Schildkröten
the turtle

Eine Schildkröte kann nicht rennen.
A turtle can’t run.

_ _ _

der Löwe / die Löwen
the lion

Ein Löwe kann brüllen.
A lion can roar.

_ _ _

das Schwein / die Schweine
the pig

Ein Schwein kann nicht lesen.
A pig can’t read.

The Modal Verb können

Basic Lesson No 20B

Modal Verb können

How To Learn With Part B

Question and Answer Part

This technique is very effective to store new information (the words, pronunciation, structure etc.) in your brain.

Don't be afraid of part B. I use the same words as in part A.

Read and listen a few times to the questions and answers.

  1. Answer the questions in the pauses (you may look also at the answers).
  2. After a few times don't look at the answers anymore.
  3. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  4. Repeat the lesson until you can answer the questions easily.
How to learn with part B

Question and Answer Part

This technique is very effective to save new information (the words, pronunciation, structure etc.) in your brain. Don't be afraid of part B. I use the same words as in part A.

  1. Read and listen a few times to the question and answers.
  2. Answer the questions in the pauses (you may look also at the answers).
  3. After a few times don't look at the answers anymore.
  4. Make sure that you imitate the pronunciation of the speaker.
  5. Repeat the lesson until you can answer the questions easily.

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      Lesson 20B
Fragen und Antworten:

Frage:
Kann ein Hund schwimmen?

Antwort:
Ja, ein Hund kann schwimmen.

Kann ein Fisch sprechen?
Nein, das kann er nicht.
Ein Fisch kann nicht sprechen.

Kann eine Katze springen oder kann eine Katze nicht springen?
Eine Katze kann springen.

Kann eine Schildkröte schnell rennen?
Nein, das kann sie nicht.
Eine Schildkröte kann nicht schnell rennen.
Sie kann noch nicht mal (can’t even) langsam rennen.
Eine Schildkröte kann gar nicht (not at all) rennen.
Eine Schildkröte ist immer ganz langsam.

Kann ein Löwe laut brüllen?
Oh ja, das kann er.
Ein Löwe kann brüllen.
Ein Löwe kann ganz laut brüllen.

Kann ein Schwein lesen?
Nein, ein Schwein kann nicht lesen – oder?
Nein! – Ich glaube nicht. Nee, ich glaube Schweine können nicht lesen – oder?

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