German-English Cognates 8

You have probably noticed that German and English share many words that look or sound the same (cognates), because they share a common root. Recognizing the patterns that exist between the two languages can often help you guess the meanings of many words in German that you have never seen before.

This activity focuses on one of those patterns. Based on this information, see if you can find the correct English cognates of each of the German words. And then guess the pattern of correspondence between German and English.

(Note that consonants have much stronger correspondences than vowels.)
  • Before submitting and viewing the answers, look at your choices. What pattern of correspondences between German and English consonants can be observed above?
5 comments on “German-English Cognates 8
  1. Dilchi says:

    the G sound in German relates with the Y sound (IPA : /J/ ) in English.

  2. Bita says:

    Its really amazing to find cognates relation.
    In farsi(persian lang.)we have 600 cognates with english!
    Thx again!

    • Considering that Farsi, German, and English are all Indo-European languages, it’s perhaps not so surprising. :)

      Of course, there are also the words that get shared between languages due to increased cultural contact over time, but these would not be called cognates.

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