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 NotesEdit

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.


Lesson 1Edit

  • fühlen sich = to feel
  • befinden sich = to be
  • lohnen sich = to be worth it

Lesson 2Edit

  • ergeben sich = to give up
  • interessieren sich = to interest oneself
  • freuen sich = to look forward to
  • melden sich = to get in touch
  • setzen sich = to seat oneself

Lesson 3Edit

  • wünschen sich = to wish
  • 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 4Edit

  • anmelden sich = to enroll oneself
  • eintragen sich = to register
  • waschen sich = to wash oneself
  • verlaufen sich = to be lost
  • erinnern sich = to remember


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