Reflexive verbs - reflexive Verben - describe something you do to yourself.
Compare these sentences:
Question: What am I washing? Answer: The car
Question: What am I washing? Answer: Me
Question: What is the mother bathing? Answer: The baby
Question: What is the mother bathing? Answer: Herself
These are called reflexive verbs because the people doing the action are doing it to themselves.
Reflexive pronouns are the part of the verb which refers to myself, yourself etc, eg:
ich wasche mich und mein Bruder rasiert sich - I’m washing myself and my brother is shaving himself
Here are some facts to help you understand more about using reflexive pronouns with verbs:
Reflexive pronouns using the verbsich duschen
sich duschen is a reflexive verb meaning 'to shower' or 'to have a shower'.
Using the infinitives, practise reflexive verbs by writing these sentences in German. Remember to conjugate the verbs in the usual way and include the right reflexive pronoun.
'Trimm dich' has been a hugely popular campaign to improve German fitness, launched by the Deutscher Sportbund, German Sports Federation. Germans are literally 'trimming themselves' – die Deutschen trimmen sich.
Everywhere you will see cycle tracks, paths for running or walking or a Fitnesszentrum – sports centre or leisure centre.
Young people do sport (Sport treiben) outdoors or in a gymnasium (Turnhalle).
Remember that das Gymnasium is a high school or grammar school and not a gym. It has nothing to do with sport.