German Vocabulary

The German vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: eins  Audio Two: zwei  Audio Three: drei  Audio
Four: vier  Audio Five: fünf  Audio Six: sechs  Audio
Seven: sieben  Audio Eight: acht  Audio Nine: neun  Audio
Ten: zehn  Audio First: erster  Audio Second: zweiter  Audio

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: Montag  Audio Tuesday: Dienstag  Audio Wednesday: Mittwoch  Audio
Thursday: Donnerstag  Audio Friday: Freitag  Audio Saturday: Samstag  Audio
Sunday: Sonntag  Audio Now: jetzt  Audio Yesterday: gestern  Audio
Today: heute  Audio Tonight: heute Abend  Audio Tomorrow: morgen  Audio

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: Obst  Audio Apples: Äpfel  Audio
Bananas: Bananen  Audio Tomatoes: Tomaten  Audio
Potatoes: Kartoffeln  Audio Onions: Zwiebeln  Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: rot  Audio Green: grün  Audio Blue: blau  Audio
White: weiß  Audio Black: schwarz  Audio Grey: grau  Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: Frühstück  Audio Lunch: Mittagessen  Audio
Dinner: Abendessen  Audio Milk: Milch  Audio
Coffee: Kaffee  Audio Bread: Brot  Audio

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: sonnig  Audio Windy: windig  Audio Rainy: regnerisch  Audio
Snowy: verschneit  Audio Cold: kalt  Audio Hot: heiß  Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: Junge  Audio Girl: Mädchen  Audio
Son: Sohn  Audio Daughter: Tochter  Audio
Brother: Bruder  Audio Sister: Schwester  Audio
Man: Mann  Audio Woman: Frau  Audio
Father: Vater  Audio Mother: Mutter  Audio
Grandfather: Großvater  Audio Grandmother: Großmutter  Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: Haus  Audio Toilet: Toilette  Audio Room: Zimmer  Audio
Bedroom: Schlafzimmer  Audio Kitchen: Küche  Audio Table: Tisch  Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: Katze  Audio Dog: Hund  Audio Mouse: Maus  Audio
Bird: Vogel  Audio Cow: Kuh  Audio Horse: Pferd  Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: Socken  Audio Shoes: Schuhe  Audio Trousers: Hose  Audio
Shirt: Hemd  Audio Sweater: Sweatshirt  Audio Coat: Mantel  Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: Englisch  Audio French: Französisch  Audio German: Deutsch  Audio
Spanish: spanisch  Audio Italian: Italienisch  Audio Portuguese: Portugiesisch  Audio
Greek: Griechisch  Audio Russian: russisch  Audio Arabic: Arabisch  Audio
Hindi: Hindi  Audio Chinese: Chinesisch  Audio Japanese: Japanisch  Audio


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Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: Taxi  Audio Bus: Bus  Audio
Hotel: Hotel  Audio Reservation: Buchung  Audio
Airport: Flughafen  Audio Passport: Reisepass  Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: Schüler, Student  Audio Teacher: Lehrer  Audio Pen: Kugelschreiber  Audio
Books: Bücher  Audio Page: Seite  Audio Dictionary: Wörterbuch  Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: Hand  Audio Feet: Füße  Audio Hair: Haar  Audio
Eye: Auge  Audio Mouth: Mund  Audio Nose: Nase  Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: Krankenwagen  Audio Doctor: Arzt  Audio
Hospital: Krankenhaus  Audio Pharmacy: Apotheke  Audio
Police: Polizei  Audio Stomach Ache: Bauchschmerzen  Audio

As you can see, this German vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.