Languages › German How to Conjugate the German Word Fahren Learn the Right Words to Discuss Traveling in German. Share Flipboard Email Print Peter Cade / Getty Images German Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary By Hyde Flippo Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on January 27, 2019 One useful verb for any wanderer to learn is to travel. In German, the word fahren means to travel or to go. Learning to properly conjugate this word will help you tell your new friends all about your journey. If you're lost and looking for directions, you'll be thankful you know how to say "we're traveling to Berlin" when asking for help. In some cases fahren is also used to mean drive or have driven, this will usually be apparent from the context of the sentence. Stem-Changing Verbs German, like many other languages, has what is known as stem-changing verbs. This means that the stem or ending of the word is what changes based on who the action is referring to. These endings will remain consistent throughout the language for regular stem-changing verbs. Unlike in English, where I take and we take uses the same form of the verb in German the stems of the verb would change. This can make learning the language easier because you only need to remember the roots of most verbs. Unfortunately, nehmen is also an irregular verb. This means there are times when it does not follow the normal rules of stem-changing verbs. Learn How Fahren is Conjugated in All Tenses The following charts will show you how the German verb fahrenis conjugated in all its tenses and moods. Fahren Present Tense - Präsens Singular Deutsch English ich fahre I travel/am traveling du fährst you travel/are traveling er sie fährt es heshe travelsit Plural wir fahren we travel/are traveling ihr fahrt you (guys) travel/are traveling sie fahren they travel/are traveling Sie fahren you travel/are traveling Examples: Fahren Sie heute nach Hamburg?Are you going/traveling to Hamburg today?Er fährt mit dem Zug.He's taking the train. Possible meanings of fahren: to travel, go, drive, ride, sail, take, move, transport Fahren Simple Past Tense -Imperfekt Singular Deutsch English ich fuhr I traveled du fuhrst you (fam.) traveled er fuhrsie fuhres fuhr he traveledshe traveledit traveled Plural wir fuhren we traveled ihr fuhrt you (guys) traveled sie fuhren they traveled Sie fuhren you traveled Fahren Compound Past Tense (Pres. Perfect) Perfekt Deutsch English Singular ich bin gefahren I traveled/have traveled du bist gefahren you (fam.) traveledhave traveled er ist gefahrensie ist gefahrenes ist gefahren he traveled/has traveledshe traveled/has traveledit traveled/has traveled Plural wir sind gefahren we traveled/have traveled ihr seid gefahren you (guys) traveledhave traveled sie sind gefahren they traveled/have traveled Sie sind gefahren you traveled/have traveled See more verbs in our 20 Most-Used German Verbs. Fahren Past Perfect Tense Plusquamperfekt Deutsch English Singular ich war gefahren I had traveled du warst gefahren you (fam.) had traveled er war gefahrensie war gefahrenes war gefahren he had traveledshe had traveledit had traveled Plural wir waren gefahren we had traveled ihr wart gefahren you (guys) had traveled sie waren gefahren they had traveled Sie waren gefahren you had traveled See more verbs in our 20 Most-Used German Verbs. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Flippo, Hyde. "How to Conjugate the German Word Fahren." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/fahren-to-travel-drive-go-present-tense-4081409. Flippo, Hyde. (2020, August 26). How to Conjugate the German Word Fahren. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/fahren-to-travel-drive-go-present-tense-4081409 Flippo, Hyde. "How to Conjugate the German Word Fahren." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/fahren-to-travel-drive-go-present-tense-4081409 (accessed January 18, 2022). copy citation How to Conjugate the German Verb "Laufen" (to Run, Walk) How to Conjugate "Geben" (to Give) in German German Verb Conjugation of Sprechen (To Speak) Learning German "Give and Take" - "Geben, Nehmen" How to Conjugate the German Verb 'Sein' Conjugations of the Most-Used German Verbs What You Need to Know About German Modal Verbs German Regular Verbs: Past Tenses Complete Alphabetical Index of German Verbs German Verb Conjugations: Tun (To Do) German Verb Conjugations of Essen (To Eat) How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take) German Verb Conjugations - denken (to think) - Past Tenses German Verbs - wissen (to know) conjugated in all its tenses Conjugating Liegen (to Lie, Recline, Rest) in All Tenses Conjugating the German Verb Sehen, Meaning 'to See'