How would one translate "my father taught me to play football"? Being relatively new to the language I'm unsure about how to handle the structure. What verb would one use? Lernen? Any held would be appreciated.
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There are several options.
The literal translation would use the verb lehren.
As a native Austrian German speaker I would prefer using beibringen in spoken language though:
... which sounds less formal to my ears.
The verb lernen means to learn, it is what the student does, not the teacher.
"My father taught me to play football" is a weird sentence. It's simple past, so it needs a date/time which could have been mentioned in another phrase, like "My father taught me to play football when I was 6 years old."
The correct translation must be simple past too: Mein Vater brachte mir bei, Fußball zu spielen