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Hallo, ich bin Laura. Hi everybody! I’m Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In the last lesson, we learned how to use German adjectives easily.
In this lesson we will start a series of lessons dedicated to the most common German verbs, the ones you will certainly hear all the time!
The first verb in our series will be gehen, which means "to go". Of course we will use this word along with many different destinations.
You will see that in German you have to use appropriate linking words to connect gehen to your destination.
So imagine someone asks you Wohin gehst du in den Ferien? That means "Where are you going for your holidays?" in an informal form.
So if you are going to a ski resort for example you will say in German Ich gehe in die Berge.
[slowly] Ich gehe in die Berge.
So let’s break down this answer:
First we had:
Ich gehe which is "I am going ..."
It is the 1st person form of the verb gehen, "to go" in present indicative tense.
After it was in which is the connection between the verb and your destination, so it’s like "to" in English.
Finally we had die Berge which is a noun that means "the mountains".
So now, let’s have an explanation of these connecting words between Ich gehe "I go" and your destination.
If your destination is singular feminine, as is the case with die Natur, " the nature", you have to use in die after Ich gehe.
All together it is Ich gehe in die Natur, literally "I’m going to the nature."
But, if you are going to a singular masculine destination, this time you will have to say Ich gehe + in den, as in Ich gehe in den Süden that means "I am going to the south".
And then you can also go to a neutral destination of course. Let’s go to "the museum", das Museum and we say Ich gehe in das Museum. "I am going to the museum". You can even shorten the sentence and say ins instead of in das and say Ich gehe ins Museum.
And if you are going to a plural destination, whether feminine, masculine or neutral you will also use ich gehe + the feminine form as in our first example Ich gehe in die Berge. "I am going to the mountains."
Now it’s time for Laura’s insights.
In most cases it’s much easier to tell your friends if you are going to an actual city or country. Just say Ich gehe as You know already, + nach, which also means to and finally You add the name like Berlin or Deutschland "Germany".
Ich gehe nach Japan. "I am going to Japan". Ich gehe nach London. "I am going to London" and so on.
Here you don’t have to worry about feminine, masculine or neutral.
So, in this lesson, we learned how to use the verb gehen and to use correct linking words with it to talk about your destination.
Next time we’ll learn another very useful verb, machen.
Do you know what this German verb means? I’ll be waiting for you in the next Deutsch in 3 Minuten. Bis bald!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Friday at 07:41 AM
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Hi Shital,

Thank you for your questions.

Yes, "nach" does have several different uses, for instance in the sentence:

"Es ist fünf nach acht." (It is five past eight.) Nach, like so many other prepositions, can have

several different uses.

Which brings me to the second part of your question:

It would go beyond the framework of this community blog to explain all the uses of a number of

prepositions. I have, however, looked them up with the search function we offer (top of the page -

the magnifying glass), and I found among others, the following lesson on prepositions:


I hope I was able to answer your question this way.😉

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Kind regards,


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Friday at 03:23 PM
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Hi ,

Can we use nach for other things like movies,museum ?

And what is difference between usage of nach/zu/in ?

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Wednesday at 02:24 AM
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Hallo Onyx,

Danke schön for your kind feedback! 😉 We are very happy to hear you found it so useful!

If you ever have any questions, please let us know!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,


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Wednesday at 09:19 AM
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I find the way the grammar in this lesson is explained very helpful, thanks so much!

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Thursday at 08:20 AM
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Hi Miguel,

You are right, except "nach" can also be used

for cities.

Best of luck with your studies! 😉

Thank you.

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Kind regards,


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Wednesday at 06:47 AM
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hi teacher, we use "in" for any destination and "nach" only for countries?

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Monday at 06:04 PM
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Hello Amerikanerin,

Thank you for posting. If no article is used the plural adjective ends in -e, e.g. "Schöne Ferien". If the noun would be used with article it would be "die schönen Ferien".

Just let me know if you have further questions.



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Wednesday at 06:38 PM
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Hi! I don't understand the following:

Schöne Ferien. Why?

If it’s:

Guten Tag

Schönen Tag

Guten Tag

Schönen Abend,

Gute Nacht

Schönen Urlaub


Why isn’t it: Schönen Ferien (Ferien is plural and the plural adjective should end in -en).

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Saturday at 12:41 PM
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Hello Israel,

Thank you very much for you comment! ?

The difference between "Ferien" and "Feiertag" is that "Feiertag" is more specifically used as "official holiday" or "public holiday", whereas "Ferien" is more "vacation" or "holiday" in general. I hope this helps!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,


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Wednesday at 02:58 AM
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Was Unterschied zwischen Ferien zum fiertag?

A dank