German-English Cognates 3

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 3
  1. Roman says:

    there is a mistake here – Fieber correct fever not heave

  2. Marianne says:

    Still a problem with the marking of “Fieber”.

  3. Jackie says:

    There is an error with to have – the German says “heben” not “haben”

    • Jackie says:

      Oh my apologizes, I didn’t realize heave was an option! Thank you for this exercise!

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