Separable verbs in German are a special group of verbs that have a prefix at the front that can move! When you use the verb, you take that prefix off the front of the verb and you send the prefix all the way to the end of the sentence.
Here are a few examples:
fernsehen - it separates into "fern" and "sehen."
Hannah sieht nur ein bisschen fern.
(Hannah only watches a little TV.)
vorstellen - it separates into "vor" and "stellen."
Ich stelle meine Eltern vor.
(I introduce my parents.)
anfangen - it separates into "an" and "fangen."
Ich fange die Hausaufgaben an.
(I start the homework.)
mitbringen - it separates into "mit" and "bringen."
Oma bringt den Apfelkuchen mit.
(Grandma brings the apple cake with.)
When you use the separable verb as the main verb of the sentence, the stem of the verb stays on Position 2 and the prefix gets sent way back to the end of the sentence.
Watch this verb in action!
I'm happy to introduce Die Gymnastin to you--the gymnast! Die Gymnastin has been learning German for well over a year now and she's found an excellent way to help you think about separable verbs. She came up with this idea all by herself!