var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-12157528-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);(function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + ''; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();

Top 500 German words

This word list comes from Randall Jones & Erwin Tschirner’s A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners, which lists the 4034 (!) most commonly used words in German.

Words 1-100101-200 | 201-300 | 301-400 | 401-500

Frequency Dictionary of German

1. derdiedas (def. art.) the; (dem. pron.)  that, those; (rel. pron) who, that
2. und (conj.) and
3. sein (verb) to be; (aux./perfect tense)
4. in (prep.) in (variation: im in the)
5. ein (indef. art.) a, an; (pron.) one (of)
6. zu (prep.) to, at; (adv.) too
7. haben (verb) to have; (aux./perfect tense)
8. ich (pers. pron.) I
9. werden (verb) to become; (aux./future tense); ; (aux./passive voice)
10. sie (pers. pron.) she, her (acc. form of sie [sing.]); they, them (acc. form of sie [pl.]; Sie (pers. pron.) you (formal)
11. von (prep.) from, of
12. nicht (adv.) not
13. mit (prep.) with
14. es (pers. pron.) it
15. sich (refl. pron.) -self
16. auch (adv.) also, too
17. auf (prep.) on, at, in
18. für (prep.) for
19. an (prep.) at, on (variation: am at/on the)
20. er (pers. pron.) he
21. so (adv.) so; thus, this way, such
22. dass (conj.) that
23. können (verb) can, to be able
24. dies- (det. /pron.) this, that
25. als (conj.) as, when; (adv.) than
26. ihr (pers. pron.) you (pl., familiar), her (dat. form of sie [sing.]); (poss. adj.) her, their, hers, theirs (poss. form of sie [sing.], sie [pl.]); Ihr (poss. adj.) your (formal, poss. form of Sie)
27. ja (adv.) yes; certainly, really
28. wie (adv.) how; as
29. bei (prep.) by, with, at
30. oder (conj.) or
31. wir (pers. pron.) we
32. aber (conj.) but; (adv./flavoring particle)
33. dann (adv.) then
34. man (pron.) one, you
35. da (adv.) there; (conj.) because
36. sein (poss. adj.) his, its (poss. form of er, es)
37. noch (adv.) still, yet
38. nach (prep.) after, toward
39. was (pron.) what
40. also (adv.) so, therefore
41. aus (prep.) out, out of, from
42. all (pron.) all
43. wenn (conj.) if, when
44. nur (adv.) only
45. müssen (verb) to have to, must
46. sagen (verb) to say
47. um (prep.) around, at [variation: um … zu in order to]
48. über (prep.) above, over, about
49. machen (verb) to do, make
50. kein (pron.) no, not a/an
51. Jahr das, -e (noun) year
52. du (pron.) you (familiar, sing.)
53. mein (poss. adj.) my (poss. form of ich)
54. schon (adv.) already; (adv./flavoring particle)
55. vor (prep.) in front of, before, ago
56. durch (prep.) through
57. geben (verb) to give
58. mehr (adv.) more
59. andere, anderer, anderes (adj./pron.) other
60. viel (adj./pron.) much, a lot, many
61. kommen (verb) to come
62. jetzt (adv.) now
63. sollen (verb) should, ought to
64. mir (pers. pron.) [to/for] me (dat. form of ich)
65. wollen (verb) to want
66. ganz (adj.) whole, all the; (adv.) quite
67. mich (pers. pron.) me (acc. form of ich)
68. immer (adv.) always
69. gehen (verb) to go
70. sehr (adv.) very
71. hier (adv) here
72. doch (adv.) however, still; (adv./flavoring particle)
73. bis (prep./conj.) until
74. groß (adj.) big, large, great
75. wieder (adv.) again
76. Mal das, -e (noun) timemal (conj.) times [math]; (part.) time(s); once; just
77. zwei (num.) two
78. gut (adj.) good
79. wissen (verb) to know
80. neu (adj.) new
81. sehen (verb) to see
82. lassen (verb) to let, allow, have (something) done
83. uns (pers. pron.) us (acc., dat. form of wir)
84. weil (conj.) because
85. unter (prep.) under
86. denn (conj.) because; (part.) (used in questions to tone down bluntness)
87. stehen (verb) to stand
88. jed- (det./pron.) every, each
89. Beispiel, das, -e (noun) example
90. Zeit, die (noun) time
91. erste, erster, erstes (adj.) first
92. ihm (pers. pron.) him, it (dat. form of er, es)
93. ihn (pers. pron.) him (acc. form of er)
94. wo (adv.) where
95. lang (adj.) longlange (adv.) for a long time
96. eigentlich (adv.) actually; (adj.) actual, real
97. damit (adv.) with it; (conj.) so that
98. selbst, selber (pron.) -self; (adv.) even
99. unser (poss. adj.) our (poss. of wir)
100. oben (adv.) above, up there

30 comments on “Top 500 German words
  1. Emily says:

    Thanks so much this site is just what I was looking for.

  2. Christopher O'Hara says:

    This is brilliant , I wish I’d found this sooner , I have been travelling to Austria and germany for a few years now and I’m now trying to learn the language .
    Thank you .

  3. Faroq Mahhmood says:

    This is very comfortable to learn I wish to ler small sentences on different topics in German with translation in English.

  4. Marlene Alves de Carvalho says:

    Vielen Dank ! ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ♥

  5. Cindy bowser says:

    So cool.

  6. amparo says:

    Thanks so much

  7. Malu Lauwitz says:

    Thank you. I find German professor very informative and useful to all who wish to learn the language or just brushing up.
    More power!

  8. Josphin Seupi says:

    Thanks for all !

  9. ABRAHAM says:

    I would like to learn more German words through your method. Thanks a lot this is a great gift from you and I am lucky. I hope others will also follow this footstep and improve their language skill and enrich their Vocabularies.

  10. Mahmoud says:

    you are very helpful,Thank you

  11. Josef Franz Menoušek says:


  12. Khin Sandar Tun says:

    sehr gut

  13. Enrique says:

    warum immer auf Englisch verfasst????????

    • Ja, tut mir Leid. Vieles ist auf Englisch, eben weil die Seite ursprünglich für Englisch sprechende Deutschlerner konzipiert wurde. Suchen Sie Erklärungen und Materialien, die lediglich auf Deutsch geschrieben sind?

  14. elvira says:

    It’s clear and practical to learn. It’s very useful.

  15. aliyar says:

    to studdy in germman
    for MS

  16. piotr says:

    Prima ! Spitze ! Gut ! Danke!

  17. Ana says:

    Thank you for these study aids.

  18. deutsch-learning says:

    It’s clear and practical to learn. It’s very useful.

  19. MY says:

    Es ist sehr nützlich!

  20. David Gou says:

    Vielen danke!

  21. Jose Diaz says:

    Muchas gracias! Es de mucha ayuda.

  22. Cavit says:

    Es gefalt mir die seite sehr gut.danke

  23. Sherwood says:

    Recently sitted my CCNA exam. Can tell you that it wasn’t an easy exam to study for. For all of you planning to take the CCNA exam I advise you in using the questions and answers from itlibraries, this were the only ones that covered the actual questions on the exam.

  24. Kamal mohamed kamal says:

    Ich möchte lerne duetsche

  25. Kawsar says:

    Vielen dank für Ihre helfe

3 Pings/Trackbacks for "Top 500 German words"
  1. […] The German Professor – Top 500 German words […]

  2. […] the words on this list; i know most of them already, but i’m really bad with […]

  3. […] I looked up the 500 most common words in German and decided to do an analysis.  I have decided to take baby steps, and conquer the first 500 […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *