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Use your knowledge of English

Both English and German belong to the same language family, the "Germanic languages". Thus you will be able to utilize the striking similarity between these two languages.

There are thousands of words in German that are very similar to their counterparts in English. Most of these words are very important ones and are frequently used in both languages. The following list contains some words that have very similar if not the same spelling in both languages:

GermanEnglishGermanEnglish
der Fingerfingersingento sing
rotredSofasofa
die HandhandKalendercalendar
der FußfootMannman
PflanzeplantMuttermother
Bettbedschwimmento swim
HaushouseBabybaby
AutocarBuchbook
graugreyWindwind
LampelampRegenrain
siebensevenblaublue


Exercise
Guess the meaning of the following German words:

Example:
Telefon
telephone

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Bruder
?
Glas
?
grün
?
Eisen
?
Kabel
?
Grass
?
Schwester
?
Boot
?
Wasser
?


Capitalization of nouns in German

As you could see above, all nouns in German (Finger, Hand, etc..) start with upper case letters. This rule always applies, even if these words are found in the middle of a sentence. Similar to English, all names of people, animals or locations (cities, countries, ...) are capitalized in German as well.


Exercise
Can you tell whether the following words (after translation into German) would be capitalized or not?

Example:
lake
noun => upper case

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door
?
Australia
?
to run
?
tree
?
Nicole
?
higher
?
talked
?



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