German Spelled Like English Somewhat

German Spelled Like English Somewhat are words similar to English, but spelled somewhat differently than English -- although easily recognizable as clearly related to English.

After German Spelled Like English, the next easiest for English speakers are these German Words Spelled Somewhat Like English.

The foreign version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize foreign words similar to ones in English -- and deduce what the foreign words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

German words pronounced like English are listed with their pronunciations enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: Bier -- [‘beer’] in the pronunciation guide.

To keep German pronunciation easiest, German words are shown to have a similar pronunciation to English if the stress is on the same syllable, and the letters are pronounced enough alike that Germans will probably understand what you mean if you pronounce those words as you do in English.

Later you can listen to how Germans pronounce them, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically German.

An easiest introduction to German pronunciation is to pronounce each of these German words spelled somewhat like English. By hearing how the German pronunciation is somewhat similar to and somewhat different from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the German pronunciation system.

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German Spelled Partly Like English

Note: German nouns are always capitalized.

GERMAN -- ENGLISH -- [SAY GERMAN]

Adresse -- address -- [ah-DREHS-uh]

Akne -- acne -- [‘acne’]

Akupunktur -- acupuncture -- [‘acupuncture’]

Alkohol -- alcohol -- [‘alcohol’]

allergisch -- allergic -- [ah-LEHR-geesh]

alles -- all -- [AHL-uhs]

Antibiotika -- antibiotics -- [ahn-tee-bee-OH-tee-kah]

antiseptisch -- antiseptic -- [ahn-tee-ZEHP-teesh]

Aromatherapie -- aromatherapy -- [‘aromatherapy’]

Asthmatiker -- asthmatic (n) -- [ahst-MAHT-eek-ehr]

attraktiv -- attractive -- [‘attractive’]

automatisch -- automatic -- [ow-toh-MAHT-ihsh]

Bäckerei -- bakery -- [‘bakery’]

Banane -- banana -- [‘banana’]

Batterie -- battery -- [‘battery’]

beginnen -- begin -- [beh-GIHN-nuhn]

beste -- best -- [BEHST-eh]

Bier -- beer -- [‘beer’]

Bluse -- blouse -- [BLOO-zuh]

braun -- brown -- [‘brown’]

Brokkoli -- broccoli -- [‘broccoli’]

Brosche -- brooch -- [BROHSH-uh]

Brot -- bread -- [broht]

brünett -- brunette -- [‘brunette’]

Buttermilch -- buttermilk -- [‘buttermilk’]

campen -- camp (v) -- [KAHMP-uhn]

Champagner -- champagne -- [shahm-PAHN-yehr]

Chikorée -- chickory -- [‘chickory’]

Creme -- cream (ointment) -- [krehm]

Dezember -- December -- [‘December’]

Diabetiker -- diabetic (n) -- [dee-ah-BEH-tee-kehr]

Diamant -- diamond -- [dee-ah-MAHNT]

Dutzend -- dozen -- [‘dozen’]

Eis -- ice -- [‘ice’]

Ende -- end (n) -- [‘END’-uh]

Englisch (language) -- English -- [‘English’]

englisch -- English -- [‘English’]

erste -- first -- [EHR-stuh]

Fähre -- ferry -- [FEHR-uh]

Feld -- field -- [fehld]

Fieber -- fever -- [FEEB-ehr]

finden -- find -- [FIHND-uh]

Fisch -- fish -- [‘fish’]

Flunder -- flounder -- [‘flounder’]

frei -- free -- [‘free’]

Freund -- friend -- [froynt]

frisch -- fresh -- [frihsh]

für -- for -- [fewr]

Garten -- garden -- [GAHR-tuhn]

gebrochen -- broken -- [geh-BROHKH-uhn]

gestohlen -- stolen -- [guh-SHTOHL-uhn]

Glas -- glass -- [‘glass’ as in British: glahs]

Guave -- guava -- [‘guava’]

gut -- good -- [goot]

Haarspray -- hairspray -- [HAHR-shpray]

Hallo -- hello -- [hah-LOH]

Handbuch -- handbook -- [‘handbook’]

Haus -- house -- [‘house’]

helfen -- help (v) -- [HEHL-fuhn]

Hering -- herring -- [‘herring’]

heterosexuell -- heterosexual -- [‘heterosexual’]

homosexuell -- homosexual -- [‘homosexual’]

hier -- here -- [‘here’]

ich -- I -- [eekh]

Ingenieur -- engineer -- [‘engineer’]

Inseckt -- insect -- [‘insect’]

interessant -- interesting -- [ihn-teh-rehs-SAHNT]

ist -- is -- [ihst]

Jacke -- jacket -- [YAH-kuh]

Joghurt -- yogurt -- [‘yogurt’]

Kaffee -- coffee -- [‘coffee’]

kalt -- cold -- [kahlt]

Kamera -- camera -- [‘camera’]

Kanada -- Canada -- [‘Canada’]

kann -- can (v) -- [‘can’ as in British: kahn]

Kaper (food) -- caper -- [‘caper’]

Karabiner -- carabiner -- [‘carabiner’]

Karamell -- caramel -- [‘caramel’]

Kasino -- casino -- [‘casino’]

Kasse -- cashier -- [KAH-suh]

Kathedrale -- cathedral -- [kah-teh-DRAHL-uh]

katholishe -- Catholic -- [kah-TOH-leesh-uh]

Kind -- kid (child) -- [kihnt]

Klasse -- class -- KLAH-suh]

klassische -- classical -- [KLAHS-ihsh-uh]

Kognak -- cognac -- [‘cognac’]

Kompliment -- compliment -- [‘compliment’]

Kondom -- condom -- [‘condom’]

Konferenz -- conference -- [‘conference’]

Konzert -- concert -- [‘concert’]

Kopie -- copy (n) -- [KOH-pee-uh]

Koriander -- coriander -- [‘coriander’]

koscher -- kosher -- [‘kosher’]

kosten -- cost (v) -- [KOHS-tuhn]

Kotelett -- cutlet -- [‘cutlet’]

Krämpfe -- cramps -- [KREHMP-fuh]

Krebs -- crabs -- [‘crabs’]

Kristall -- crystal (glass) -- [krihs-TAHL]

kühl -- cool -- [kewl]

küssen -- kiss (v) -- [KEW-zuhn]

Lamm -- lamb -- [‘lamb’]

lang -- long -- [‘long’]

lauter -- louder -- [LOWT-ehr]

Leder -- leather -- [LEH-der]

Licht -- light -- [leekht]

Likör -- liqueur -- [‘liqueur’]

machen -- make -- MAHKH-uhn]

Makkaroni -- macaroni -- [‘macaroni’]

Maniküre -- manicure -- [mah-nee-KEW-ruh]

Markt -- market -- [mahrkt]

Medizin -- medicine -- [‘medicine’]

mehr -- more -- [‘more’]

mein -- my -- [mien]

meine -- my -- [MIEN-uh]

Milch -- milk -- [‘milk’]

Milchshake -- milkshake -- [‘milkshake’]

Morgen -- morning -- [MOHR-guhn]

Motorboot -- motorboat -- [‘motorboat’]

Musik -- music -- [moo-ZEEK]

muss -- must -- [moos]

Nacht -- night -- [nahkht]

Nudel -- noodle -- [‘noodle’]

Nugat -- nougat -- [‘nougat’]

Nummer -- number -- [NOOM-ehr]

Oktober -- October -- [‘October’]

Ohrringe -- earrings -- [OH-reeing-uh]

Oktopus -- octopus -- [‘octopus’]

Öl -- oil -- [‘oil’]

Omelett -- omelet -- [‘omelet’]

Oper -- opera -- [OH-pehr]

Paket -- package -- [pah-KEHT]

Palast -- palace -- [pah-LAHST]

parken -- park (v) -- [‘PARK’-uhn]

Pediküre -- pedicure -- [peh-dee-KEW-ruh]

Penizilin -- penicilin -- [‘penicilin’]

Penthaus -- penthouse -- [‘penthouse’]

Perle -- pearl -- [PEHR-luh]

Picknick -- picnic -- [‘picnic’]

Platin -- platinum -- [platin]

Preis -- price -- [‘price’]

Programm -- program -- [‘program’]

Rasierer -- razor -- [rah-ZEER-ehr]

Reis -- rice -- [‘rice’]

reparieren -- repair -- [reh-pah-REER-uhn]

reservieren -- reserve (v) -- [reh-zehr-VEER-uhn]

reserviert -- reserved -- [reh-zehr-VEERT]

Reservierung -- reservation -- [reh-zehr-VEE-roong]

romantisch -- romantic -- [roh-MAHNT-eesh]

Ruine -- ruin (n) -- [roo-EE-nuh]

Safran -- saffron -- [‘saffron’]

Salat -- salad -- [‘salad’]

salzig -- salty -- [SAHL-tseek]

Sandalen -- sandals -- [zahn-dahl-uhn]

Schrein -- shrine -- [‘shrine’]

Schuhe -- shoes -- [‘shoe’-uh]

sehen -- see -- [ZEH-uhn]

Sellerie -- celery -- [‘celery’]

senden -- send -- [ZEHND-uhn]

Shecks -- checks -- [‘checks’]

sitzen -- sit -- [ZIHT-tsuhn]

Sommer -- summer -- [‘summer’]

sprechen -- speak -- [SHPREHKH-uhn]

Stadion -- stadium -- [SHTAH-dyohn]

Stopp! -- Stop! -- [‘Stop!’]

studieren -- study -- [shtoo-DEE-ruhn zee]

Supermarkt -- supermarket -- [ZOO-pehr-mahrkt]

Synagoge -- synagogue -- [zewn-uh-GOH-guh]

Tee -- tea -- [teh]

Telephon -- telephone -- [‘telephone’]

Tempel -- temple -- [‘temple’]

Toilette -- toilet -- [‘toilet’]

Tomate -- tomato -- [‘tomato’]

Trüffel -- truffle -- [‘truffle’]

Telefon -- telephone -- [tehl-uh-FOHN]

über -- over -- [EW-behr]

Vanille -- vanilla -- [‘vanilla’]

Vater -- father -- [FAH-tehr]

Veganer -- vegan (n) -- [VEH-gah-nehr]

Vegetarier -- vegetarian (n) -- [veh-guh-TAH-ree-ehr]

wann -- when -- [vahn]

Wasser -- water -- [VAH-sehr]

Wasserfall -- waterfall -- [vahs-ehr-fahl]

Wein -- wine -- [vien]

Wermut -- vermouth -- [‘vermouth’]

Woche -- week -- [VOHKH-uh]

Wodka -- vodka -- [‘vodka’]

Zentimeter -- centimeter -- [‘centimeter’]

Zigarre -- cigar -- [tsee-GAHR-uh]

Zigarrette -- cigarette -- [tsee-gahr-EHT-uh]

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