Деепричастие is a special form of verb which includes features of a verb and an adverb. So we use it as an additional action to describe the main action. Look at the example:
- Мальчик читает книгу и слушает музыку.
Or we can say:
- Мальчик читает книгу, слушая музыку.
It has the same meaning but as you can see in the second example the verb «слушать» has a different form. This is adverbial participle.
So as you can see from the example we use it when someone is doing two things at the same time:
So everything you have to do is just to replace the infinitive ending -ть of one of two verbs with the ending -я.
Here are some more examples:
- Работая целый день, я думал о тебе — I’ve been thinking about you during the whole work day.
- Он шёл улыбаясь — He was walking and smiling.
- Я читал книгу, смотря телевизор. — I was reading a book while I was watching the TV.