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German-English Cognates

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?

6 comments on “German-English Cognates
  1. appu says:

    I want to learn german grammer

  2. Gabe Kranzler says:

    I just loved the experience .

  3. Rekha Shrestha says:

    sehr güt für lernen..

  4. Nisha bitto says:

    I want to learn deutsch step by step from starting in contrast to English. Can you help me? I am going to college to learn but their teachers don’t speak English and I am unable to understand grammar specially. I am ready to learn but with the one who can teach me in English and who knows English grammar nicely. Can you help me, please? one small problem is there I am not capable to pay.

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