Die fünf Sinne Teil 2 Sehen – Seeing in German

Sehen Der Erste Sinn

Die fünf Sinne Teil 2 Sehen – Seeing in German

Seeing in German should be simple, but with the verb taking so many potential prefixes (z.B. ansehen, versehen, nachsehen) and synonyms for sehen (z.B. blicken, gucken, kieken, kucken, schauen, lugen usw.) it can get a little confusing.

To keep it simple learn the following verbs for talking about sight and seeing in German:

sehen = to see 

  • Ich sehe das Bild. (I see the picture.) 

schauen = to look / to watch

  • Maria schaut Fussball. (Maria is watching football.)

blicken = to glance / to look

  • Er blickte ihm neugierig über die Schulter. (He looked at him curiously over his shoulder.)

luege = to look (Swiss-German)

  • Luege mal! (Look at that! / Look at this! / Take a look!)

Conjugations of sehen

Präsens

Präteritum

Perfekt + haben

ich

sehe

sah

gesehen

du

siehst

sahst

er/sie/es

sieht

sah

wir

sehen

sahen

ihr

seht

saht

Sie/sie

sehen

sahen

German words commonly associated with sehen:

Nouns:

sehen nomen

Adjectives:

sehen adjektiven

For the word sight learn these words:

die Sicht = the view into the distance

  • Die neuen Wohnhäuser versperren uns die Sicht auf den See. (The new apartments are blocking our view of the lake.)

der Blick = the sight or view / the look 

  • Wenn Blicke töten könnten! (If looks could kill!)
  • Im Chalet Bergheim hat das Bad ein geniales Blick aufs Matterhorn. (In Chalet Bergheim the bath has a wonderful view of the Matterhorn.)

Expressions (Redewendungen)

  • den Wald vor lauter Bäumen nicht sehen (to miss the forest for the trees)
  • schwarz sehen (to be pessimistic)
  • etwas ähnlich sehen (to resemble something)
  • etwas entspannt sehen (to be cool with something)
  • jemanden/etwas kritisch sehen (to be critical of someone / something)
  • flüchtig sehen (to catch a glimpse)

Das Auge:

Being able to talk about the eye is particularly helpful, when it comes to seeing a doctor (Arzt bzw. Ärztin) about any issues might have with your eyes or sight.

Auge - Bildwörterbuch
Augapfel - Bildwörterbuch

It is amazing how much language learning tends to forget the importance of sight beyond the ability to read. Remember that when you’re learning German or any language, understanding the context is important and often visual cues will help you to make sense of what is going on. A waiter isn’t going to ask you about your grades in school, and a doctor probably isn’t going to ask you if you want coffee.

Continue reading our series on the five senses by clicking the links below.

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