how to pronounce sein


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the above transcription of sein is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

sein is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of sein in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:

“… Wir werden uns in vielen Fragen sicherlich nicht einig sein, aber zumindest können wir uns einigen …”

meanings of sein


  1. To exist; there to be; to be alive.
  2. To feel like, to be in the mood for.
  3. To have the next turn (in a game, in a queue, etc.).
  4. Forms the present perfect and past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs.
  5. To be.
  6. To feel, (to experience a condition).
  7. To be "it"; to be the tagger in a game of tag.


  1. Its (agreeing with a neuter or masculine noun).
  2. Used to express an approximate number, often with so.
  3. One's.
  4. His.


  1. Genitive of es.
  2. Genitive of er.


  1. Existence, being, essence (the state and the conditions of being, existing, occurring).

sein frequency in german - A1 level of CEFR

the word sein occurs in german on average 2098.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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