Lesson 5: Expressing Preferences and Desires in German

Lesson 5: Expressing Preferences and Desires in German

In this lesson, we’ll focus on expressing preferences and desires in German. Being able to communicate what you like and what you want is essential in everyday conversations. Let’s dive into some vocabulary and grammar to help you express yourself effectively.


  1. Mögen – to like
  2. Lieben – to love
  3. Vorziehen – to prefer
  4. Wollen – to want
  5. Brauchen – to need
  6. Ich mag – I like
  7. Du liebst – You love
  8. Er/sie/es bevorzugt – He/she/it prefers
  9. Wir wollen – We want
  10. Ihr braucht – You (plural) need
  11. Sie mögen – They like


  1. Expressing Likes and Dislikes:
    In German, you can express likes and dislikes using verbs like “mögen”, “lieben”, and “vorziehen”. These verbs are conjugated according to the subject of the sentence.

– Ich mag Schokolade. (I like chocolate.)
– Du liebst Musik. (You love music.)
– Er bevorzugt Tee. (He prefers tea.)

  1. Expressing Wants and Needs:
    Verbs like “wollen” and “brauchen” are used to express wants and needs. Again, they are conjugated based on the subject.

– Wir wollen ins Kino gehen. (We want to go to the cinema.)
– Ihr braucht neue Bücher. (You need new books.)

  1. Position of the Verb:
    In German, the verb often comes second in a sentence, especially in statements. When expressing desires and preferences, the verb typically occupies the second position.

– Ich mag Pizza. (Subject – Verb – Object)
– Wir wollen Deutsch lernen. (Subject – Verb – Object)


  1. Translate the following sentences into German:

– I love swimming.
– They prefer coffee.
– We want to visit Berlin.
– Do you like ice cream?
– She needs a new dress.

  1. Write five sentences about your preferences and desires using the vocabulary and grammar learned in this lesson.

Practice Sentences:

  1. Ich liebe Schwimmen.
  2. Sie bevorzugen Kaffee.
  3. Wir wollen Berlin besuchen.
  4. Magst du Eiscreme?
  5. Sie braucht ein neues Kleid.

Additional Resources:

  • Practice conjugating verbs to reinforce your understanding of expressing preferences and desires.
  • Engage in conversations with native German speakers to apply what you’ve learned in real-life situations.
  • Use online resources like language learning apps and websites to further enhance your skills.

Keep practicing and immerse yourself in the language to become more confident in expressing your preferences and desires in German! Bis bald! (See you soon!)

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