Tanzen Conjugation in German

Instructor: Sandra Salajic

Sandra has a master's degree in teaching German. She has taught middle and high school German, and worked on different on- and offline courses with kids and adults.

In today's lesson, we are going to take a look at the German verb ''tanzen'' which means 'to dance.' We will learn how to conjugate the verb and use it in different situations and sentences.

Let's Dance!

Whether you are at a party, a wedding, or just hanging out with friends - chances are that sooner or later you will want to dance! Dancing is one of the most popular social activities and has been around forever.

In German, you will say tanzen (TAHN-tsehn) - 'to dance' and in this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate this verb and use it in in different sentences and phrases. So let's hit the dance floor!

Tanzen in Present Tense

Pronoun Conjugation Pronunciation Pronunciation Meaning
ich tanze eeh TAHN-tseh I dance
du tanzt doo TAHN-tst you dance (singular)
er tanzt ehr TAHN-tst he dances
sie tanzt zee TAHN-tst she dances
es tanzt ehs TAHN-tst it dances
wir tanzen veer TAHN-tsehn we dance
ihr tanzt eehr TAHN-tst you dance (plural)
sie tanzen zee TAHN-tsehn they dance
Sie tanzen zee TAHN-tsehn You dance (singular and plural formal)

The verb tanzen is a regular verb.

Usually, to form the present tense of the regular verbs, we will remove the infinitive ending -en and add the present tense endings -e,-st,-t for singular and -en,-t,-en for plural. If you take a closer look at the conjugation of the verb tanzen, you will see that there is something a little different here.

For the second person singular, du (you), instead of adding the ending -st, we add just -t - du tanzt. Why is that so?

In German, all the verbs whose stem ends in the letter -z will, instead of the ending -st, get the ending -t in the second person singular. So instead of du tanzst it will be du tanzt.

When you think about it, this little change helps us in pronouncing the verb, since du tanzst is almost unpronounceable!

The rest of the conjugation follows all the rules of the other regular verbs in the present tense.

Translation: She dances very well.
dance

Examples

We already mentioned that the verb tanzen means 'to dance.' Let's take a look at some of the situations in which you can dance and use this verb:

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