Words from German

Study Words

  1. angst [1]
  2. pretzel
  3. waltz
  4. haversack
  5. nosh
  6. sauerbraten
  7. hinterland
  8. verboten
  9. liverwurst
  10. streusel
  11. umlaut
  12. wanderlust
  13. eiderdown
  14. schnauzer
  15. lederhosen
  16. kohlrabi
  17. sitzmark
  18. langlauf
  19. autobahn
  20. Backstein
  21. inselberg
  22. gestalt
  23. einkorn
  24. kitsch [2]
  25. gestapo
  26. schloss
  27. rucksack
  28. echt
  29. bratwurst
  30. knapsack
  31. feldspar
  32. poltergeist
  33. noodle
  34. spareribs
  35. Meistersinger [3]
  36. pumpernickel
  37. Bildungsroman
  38. strudel
  39. bagel
  40. hamster
  41. cobalt
  42. nachtmusik
  43. vorlage [4]
  44. graupel
  45. Wagnerian
  46. cringle
  47. fife
  48. glitz
  49. homburg
  50. kuchen
  51. pitchblende
  52. spritz [5]
  53. prattle
  54. zwinger
  55. spitz
  56. realschule
  57. panzer
  58. stollen
  59. dachshund
  60. seltzer

Challenge Words

  1. schadenfreude [6]
  2. dreidel
  3. weimaraner
  4. ersatz
  5. fräulein
  6. blitzkrieg [7]
  7. gesundheit
  8. pfeffernuss
  9. edelweiss [8]
  10. glockenspiel
  11. rottweiler
  12. schottische
  13. anschluss
  14. wedel
  15. springerle
  16. zeitgeber
  17. pickelhaube
  18. schnecke
  19. Weissnichtwo

Spelling Tips

  1. 1 Don't shy away from consonant clusters! German words often have combinations of three or more consonants that don't occur in thoroughly English words. Examples include ngst in angst, sch in schadenfreude, schn in schnauzer, and nschl in anschluss.
  2. 2 A \k\ sound in a word from German is usually spelled with k at the beginning of a word or syllable (as in kitsch and einkorn) and often with ck at the end of a word or syllable (as in knapsack and glockenspiel).
  3. 3 A long i sound (\ī\) usually has the spelling ei in words from German, as in fräulein, Meistersinger, zeitgeber, and several other words on the list.
  4. 4 The \f\ sound, especially at the beginning of a word, is sometimes spelled with v in German words as in vorlage. Other examples include the non–study-list words volkslied and herrenvolk.
  5. 5 The letter z is far more common in German than in English. Note that its pronunciation is not usually the same as English \z\. When it follows a t, which is common, the pronunciation is \s\ as in spritz, pretzel, blitzkrieg, and several other words on the list.
  6. 6 The \sh\ sound in words of German origin is usually spelled sch as in schadenfreude, whether at the beginning or end of a word or syllable. In schottische, you get it in both places!
  7. 7 A long e sound (\ē\) usually has the spelling ie in words from German, as in blitzkrieg and glockenspiel.
  8. 8 The letter w is properly pronounced as \v\ in German, as you hear in one pronunciation of edelweiss and in wedel and Weissnichtwo. Many German words, however, have become so anglicized that this pronunciation has vanished. Most Americans, for example, say "bratwurst," not "bratvurst."