German important frequent words list

95% of all German vocabulary you'll ever need - in your pocket.

Now available as E-book and as a physical copy.

The German - English Frequency Dictionary - Essential Vocabulary provides you with the 2.500 most used words in German to English, with 2.500 examples sentences and exact pronunciation through International Phonetic Alphabet entries.

By knowing the 2.500 most common words and verbs you will be able to understand 95% of all daily spoken German, and 85% of all written German text.

By having a base vocabulary, you will be able to discover unknown words through context. More than enough to make language learning natural, easy, and fun.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Learning words by frequency is the fastest way to fluency. Pretty much a no-brainer. By knowing the most important and most common words, you're able to express yourself quick and effortlessly.
  • Expand your vocabulary and feel for the language fast. The example sentences help you discover German vocabulary, get used to grammar, sentence structure, common idioms and expressions and help you remember words faster.
  • Read anywhere, instantly. Our E-books are delivered to you instantly and can be read on any iPhone, Android phone, Tablet, E-Reader or PC, MacBook or Laptop.
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Key Features

  • 2500 most common German words. These carefully selected words make up 95% of all daily spoken German, and 85% of all German text you will encounter in books, newspapers and websites.

  • 2500 German to English Example Sentences. Expand your vocabulary by discovering new words through context. Words learned naturally trough context are internalized faster.

  • International Phonetic Alphabet entries. You'll always know how to pronounce German the right way.

  • Available in both E-book format and as a physical copy.

  • Contains study hacks & tips. To help you gain a practical knowledge of German.. ASAP!

The Science Behind This Book

We believe in science. We believe that speaking a language in the shortest amount possible, is the #1 goal. Facts why our language books are so efficient:

1. We teach you written and spoken German vocabulary.

Every scientific study out there starts with stating that subtitles are the best way to discover word frequencies that you will use in day to day situations.

"Previous evidence has shown that word frequencies calculated from corpora based on film and television subtitles can readily account for reading performance, since the language used in subtitles greatly approximates everyday language."*

Our dictionaries are made out analyzing millions of German subtitles. Subtitles are the best choice to find out how often you use a word. Subtitles correlate to both spoken and written texts, respectively 73% and 85%, according to science.

Other frequency lists often base themselves on written texts (e.g. newspapers, fiction novels, non-fiction books, etc.) While this helps discover the most common words, it lays the focus on written vocabulary.

Our frequency dictionaries are unique, because they cover both spoken and written vocabulary.

 

2. You'll know actual useful words fast.

Remember studying a language in high-school? In most language learning programs,  you start with the basics.

You go through each chapter, starting at 1. Chapters are divided thematically.

This approach is wrong. It is utterly ineffective.

Traditional learning methods are designed to make you able to handle yourself in a broad range of situation.

Example:

Traditional learning methods have you learn words like "throat" very early on.

But "Die Kehle" (throat) is only ranked as the #4789 most common word in German. Not very effective if you ask me.

Our frequency dictionaries teach you actual useful words, words that you are most likely to encounter and use in real life situations. 

 

3. Always pronounce German words the right way.

Our dictionaries contain phonetically written German entries. If you're using the e-book version of our frequency dictionaries, the text-to-speech helps you with pronunciation by playing the German words as audio.

If you're studying vocabulary from a word list, pronunciation might not always be straightforward.

In English, take for example the words:

  • slayer:      /ˈsleɪə/
  • prayer:    /pɹɛə(ɹ)/

While the spelling is similar, the way the words are pronounced is completely different.

By phonetically spelling words, you'll always get your pronunciation right. We use the international phonetic alphabet for phonetic spelling of German words.

 

4. Humans are programmed to learn vocabulary through sentences.

Learning words from a pure word list isn't exactly natural. When you were learning your native language, you got input in the form of whole sentences.

This is how you discovered grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary naturally.

Science has discovered that words learned through context are internalized faster. By giving meaning to a word through German to English example sentences, we mimic the way of natural language learning.

And, as a bonus, by actively studying the example sentences and their translation, you will expand your vocabulary by learning other words through context.

The 2500 example sentences consist out of 95.000 words. That is like having read a 250 page novel in your target language.  Great vocabulary practice, isn't it?

 

5. Example Sentences work with spaced repetition.

Our example sentences repeat more used words more often. By frequently encountering previously learned vocabulary you will learn faster through the principle of  spaced repetition.

Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned
material; this exploits the psychological spacing effect.

"Using spaced repetition as a study technique is effective because you are deliberately hacking the way your brain works" - The Guardian

Spaced repetition helps you remember vocabulary faster and better.

How often do you need to revisit your vocabulary? That is a secret we will tell you in our books..

How Much German Vocabulary Do You Need To Know For Fluency?

While it’s important to note it’s impossible to pin down these numbers and statistics with 100% accuracy, these are a global average of multiple sources. According to research, this is the amount of vocabulary needed for varying levels of fluency.

  1. 250 words: the essential core of a language. Without these words, you cannot construct any sentence.
  2. 750 words: those that are used every single day by every person who speaks the language.
  3. 2500 words: those that should enable you to express everything you could possibly want to say, although some creativity might be required.
  4. 5000 words: the active vocabulary of native speakers without higher education. You will understand 95% of all written texts.
  5. 10,000 words: the active vocabulary of native speakers with higher education.
  6. 20,000 words: what you need to recognize passively in order to read, understand, and enjoy a work of literature such as a novel by a notable author.

What level of German will I have with this book?

The German English Frequency Dictionary covers vocabulary from roughly A1 to B1.

To measure language proficiency, we use the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) ratings.

Basic User

  • A1: Beginner. You are able to to communicate and exchange information in a simple way. E.g: CAN ask simple questions about a menu and understand simple answers.
  • A2: You are able to handle simple, straightforward information and you can to express yourself in familiar contexts. E.g: You are able to take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

Independent User

  • B1: You can express yourself in a limited way in unfamiliar situations, and you can deal in a general way with non-routine information. E.g: You are able to ask to open an account at a bank, if it is straightforward procedure.
  • B2: You are able to achieve most goals and express yourself on a range of topics. E.g: You are able to show visitors around and give a detailed description of a place.

Mastery

  • C1: You'll be able to communicate with the emphasis on how well it is done, in terms of appropriacy, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics. E.g: You are able to handle hostile questioning with confidence. You can get and hold your turn to speak.
  • C2: The capacity to deal with academic or cognitively demanding material. You are able to use language to good effect at a level of performance which may in certain aspects be more advanced than that of an average native speaker.
    E.g: You are able to scan texts for relevant information, and grasp the main topic of texts, reading almost as fast as a native speaker.

 

However, the Common European Languages Framework does not provide a clear vocabulary size for any of its levels, so we do not know how many knows words are expected at each level.

In 2009, a scientific study tried to measure vocabulary size needed for fluency. These are the results for English, French and Modern Greek.

Keep in mind that Italian is a romance language, just like French. Results will be comparable to French.0

The German English Frequency Dictionary - Essential Vocabulary covers vocabulary roughly from A1 to B1.

 

CEFR levelVocabulary size: EnglishVocabulary size: FrenchVocabulary size: Modern Greek
A1<150011601486
A21500 – 250016502237
B12750 – 325024223288
B23250 – 375026303956
C13750 – 45003212 
C24500 – 50003525 

Vocabulary size and the CEFR (Milton and Alexiou 2009)