You try to learn something in German! That's what brought you here, right? You are in the right track. As a learner of the German Language, I created this blog to share resources I found online or from school when I find them very useful. In this manner, I can just go here and look at them again when I need to review them or if I forgot something.
So here we are. Ich lerne gern Deutsch. Lernen Sie auch Deutsch? For German experts, I add in each post simple sentences with English translations of what I want to express. Please feel free to comment or correct. Thank you!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Top 100 German Words with English Meanings

Some observations about the top 100 German words:
• The top 10 words make up 27% of words that occur in German. The top 20 words account for about 35% of words that appear in German written and spoken texts.

• The top 100 German words contain only 4 nouns, three of which have to do with time.

• The top 100 German words include 30 different adverbs, more than 20 pronouns, and 16 prepositions. Small function words thus play a dominant role in making sense of German texts.

• The top 100 German words list 16 different verbs. These include 4 of the 6 modal verbs. Also included are the verbs commonly used as auxiliary verbs in German, suggesting that compound verb tenses are used relatively frequently in German.

The word list below is based on a scientific study conducted by Randall Jones & Erwin Tschirner. For a much longer list of the most common 4034 German words (!), consult their book A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners.

1. der / die / das (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 (pron.) she, her; they, them; Sie (pron.) you (formal)
11. von (prep.) from, of
12. nicht (adv.) not
13. mit (prep.) with
14. es (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 (pron.) he
21. so (adv.) so; thus, this way, such
22. dass (conj.) that
23. können (verb) can, to be able
24. dies (pron.) this, that
25. als (conj.) as, when; (adv.) than
26. ihr (pron.) you, her; (poss. adj.) her, their, hers, theirs; Ihr (poss. adj.) your (formal)
27. ja (adv.) yes; certainly, really
28. wie (adv.) how; as
29. bei (prep.) by, with, at
30. oder (conj.) or
31. wir (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
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
53. mein (poss. adj.) my
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 (pron.) me
65. wollen (verb) to want
66. ganz (adj.) whole, all the; (adv.) quite
67. mich (pron.) me
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) time; mal (conj.) times [math]; (adv.) 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 (pron.) us
84. weil (conj.) because
85. unter (prep.) under
86. denn (conj.) because; (adv./flavoring particle)
87. stehen (verb) to stand
88. jede, jeder, jedes (art./pron.) every, each
89. Beispiel, das, -e (noun) example
90. Zeit, die (noun) time
91. erste, erster, erstes (adj.) first
92. ihm (pron.) him, it
93. ihn (pron.) him
94. wo (adv.) where
95. lang (adj.) long; lange (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
100. oben (adv.) above, up there


A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners, by Randall Jones & Erwin Tschirner, 189 p. (2006)
This provides a frequency list of the most common 4034 words in the German language based on a broad text corpus of contemporary German. Each entry lists the word's rank, part of speech, its English translation, a sentence demonstrating the word's usage in context, and the number of occurrences of the word per million words of the corpus. Entries also list common collocations, phrases, or combinations. In addition, the dictionary contains much supplemental information that students and instructors will find useful. There is an additional alphabetical list of the 4034 words, ordered lists of the top 100 most frequent German nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, proper nouns, and irregular verbs, and additional lists of the most common prepositions, conjunctions, abbreviations, and collocations. Of interest are also the 21 thematically organized lists interspersed throughout the book (e.g., numbers, colors, weather, personal pronouns, kinship terms) that rank and provide frequencies of the included words. This is a useful book for instructors and students alike.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

German Word of the Day Widget for "Webbielady Lernt Deutsch" Blog

learn German word of the day widgetToday, I added the German Word of the Day widget in this blog, "Webbielady Lernt Deutsch".--> See the right sidebar (mid area of the blog). I find it a very helpful tool for me and for anyone who will visit this site. The word changes everyday so I better check my own site in a daily basis for this feed. If you like also to see the German Word of the Day, simply pass by here and see it. I am also collecting the words and theire respective meanings so that I can review them during weekends. A nice idea, isn't it?

The lovelier part? I will put the nominnative article, der, die or das, to each word if its applicable since our widget does not provide it.

Feel free to visit here everyday or to visit - The Fastest Way to Learn German Guaranteed as these words are from there, I am just taking note so that I will have chance to review on weekends.

Find below the collection of the words:

der Röntgenbild

Meaning: x-ray
Sample German Sentence Usage: "Der Doktor und die Krankenschwester machen ein


von dem Brustkorb des Patienten."

Sample Sentence Translated in English: "The doctor and the nurse are taking an x-ray of the patient's chest."

More Phrases in German ad their English Translations

-Röntgenbild des Brustkorb (x-ray of the chest)

-Röntgenbild eines Knochens (x-ray of a bone)

die Fachhochschule
Meaning: college
Sample German Sentence Usage: "Ich habe Engineering studiert, als ich auf die Fachhochschule gegangen bin."
Sample Sentence Translated in English: "I studied engineering while I was in college."
More Phrases in German ad their English Translations
-Fachhochschule für Engineering (College of Engineering)