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Verbs: Reflexive is the eighty-sixth (assuming left to right) skill in the German language tree. In the four lessons of this unit, the student of German is introduced to the reflexive verbs; verbs like these require the subject and one of the objects to be the same person. For example: they clothed themselves.

Grammar Notes[]

The reflexive verb, just like the English equivalent, has two parts: the verb and the reflexive pronoun. In German, the reflexive pronoun resembles the accusative or dative pronouns:

English German
myself mich/mir
yourself (inf) dich/dir
himself, herself, itself sich
ourselves uns
yourselves euch
yourself (formal), themselves sich

The reflexive pronoun will follow the first verb, regardless of whether the first verb is the reflexive verb or not.

Lessons[]

Lesson 1[]

  • fühlen sich = to feel (emotions)
  • anfühlen sich = to feel (to the touch)
  • befinden sich = to be
  • lohnen sich = to be worth it
  • treffen sich = to meet
  • ansehen sich = to look at

Lesson 2[]

  • ergeben sich = to give up, come about
  • interessieren sich = to interest oneself
  • freuen sich = to look forward to, to be happy about
  • melden sich = to get in touch
  • setzen sich = to seat oneself
  • verkaufen sich = to sell

Lesson 3[]

  • wünschen sich = to wish for
  • sorgen sich = to worry
  • anschauen sich = to check out
  • machen sich = to make oneself (something)
  • sehen sich = to see oneself
  • holen sich = to get something for oneself

Lesson 4[]

  • anmelden sich = to enroll oneself, log in, sign up
  • eintragen sich = to register, sign in
  • waschen sich = to wash oneself
  • verlaufen sich = to be lost
  • erinnern sich = to remember
  • entscheiden sich = to make up one's mind

References[]

Duolingo Lesson: www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Verbs-Reflexive