German Spelled Like English

German Spelled Like English are some of the easiest words in German for English speakers.

The German words below are followed by their pronunciations to help you realize that these foreign words spelled exactly like English are really German words.

Some of the following German words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like 'Computer' and 'Internet'. Some others have been borrowed from French -- [‘Aperitif’] or from other languages by both English and German.

German words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: Baby [‘baby’] in the following 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.

The easiest introduction to German pronunciation is to pronounce each of these German words spelled like English. By hearing how the German pronunciation differs 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 Like English

Note: German nouns are always capitalized.

ENGLISH -- GERMAN -- [SAY]

adapter -- Adapter -- [‘adapter’]

aftershave -- Aftershave -- ['aftershave']

AIDS -- AIDS -- ['aids']

apartment -- Apartment -- [‘apartment’]

aperitif -- Aperitif -- [‘aperitif’]

April -- April -- [ah-PRIHL]

arm -- Arm -- [‘arm’]

arthritis -- Arthritis -- [ahr-TREE-tihs]

aspirin -- Aspirin -- [ahs-pih-REEN]

August -- August -- [OW-goost]

auto -- Auto -- [OW-toh]

avocado -- Avocado -- [‘avocado’]

baby -- Baby -- [‘baby’]

babysitter -- Babysitter -- [‘babysitter’]

bank -- Bank -- [‘bank’]

bar (place) -- Bar -- [‘bar’]

baseball -- Baseball -- [‘baseball’]

basketball -- Basketball -- [‘basketball’]

beige -- beige -- [BEH-zhuh]

bikini -- Bikini -- [‘bikini’]

bus -- Bus -- [boos]

butter -- Butter -- [BOO-tehr]

café -- Café -- [‘cafe’]

camping -- Camping -- [‘camping’]

casino -- Casino -- [‘casino’]

CD -- CD -- [TSAY-day]

cent (Euro) -- Cent -- [‘cent’]

Celsius -- Celsius -- ['celsius']

check-in -- Check-in -- [‘check-in’]

check-out -- Check-out -- [‘check-out’]

Christ -- Christ -- [kreest]

club -- Club -- [kloop]

cola (soda) -- Cola -- [‘cola’]

computer -- Computer -- [‘computer’]

cracker -- Cracker -- [‘cracker’]

cricket (sport) -- Cricket -- [‘cricket’]

deodorant -- Deodorant -- [deh-oh-doh-RAHNT]

diesel -- Diesel -- ['diesel']

digital -- Digital -- [dee-geeh-TAHL]

dill -- Dill -- [‘dill’]

display -- Display -- ['display']

dollar (U.S.) -- Dollar -- [‘dollar’]

donut (doughnut) -- Donut -- [‘doughnut’]

drink (n) -- Drink -- [treenk]

DVD -- DVD -- ['day-fow-day']

e-mail -- E-Mail -- [‘e-mail’]

e-ticket -- E-Ticket -- [AY-tee-keht]

euro -- Euro -- [oy-roh]

express -- Express -- [‘express’]

extra (additional) -- extra -- [‘extra’]

fax -- Fax -- [‘fax’]

film (movie) -- Film -- [‘film’]

finger -- Finger [‘finger’]

florist -- Florist -- [‘florist’]

foto (photo) -- Foto -- [‘foto’]

gate(s) (airport) -- Gate(s) ['gate']

gel (hair) -- Gel -- ['gel’]

gin -- Gin -- [‘gin’]

gluten -- Gluten -- [‘gluten’]

golf -- Golf -- [‘golf’]

grill -- Grill -- ['grill']

halt -- Halt -- [‘halt’]

hamburger -- Hamburger -- [‘hamburger’]

hammer -- Hammer -- [‘hammer’]

hand -- Hand -- [hahnt]

hockey -- Hockey -- ['hockey']

hotel -- Hotel -- [‘hotel’]

in -- in -- [‘in’]

information -- Information -- [ihn-fohr-maht-SYOHN]

insulin -- Insulin -- [in-zoo-LEEHN]

international -- international -- [inter-naht-syoh-NAHL]

internet -- Internet -- [‘internet’]

internet café -- Internet Café -- [‘internet cafe’]

internet-service -- Internet-service -- [‘internet service’]

jazz -- Jazz -- [‘jazz’]

jeans -- Jeans -- [‘jeans’]

jet ski -- Jet Ski -- [‘jet ski’]

ketchup -- Ketchup -- [‘ketchup’]

kilo -- Kilo -- [‘kilo’]

kilometer -- Kilometer -- [KEE-loh-meh-tehr]

kiwi (fruit) -- Kiwi -- [KEE-vee]

liter -- Liter -- [‘liter’]

lotion -- Lotion -- [loht-SYOHN]

manager -- Manager -- [‘manager’]

mango -- Mango -- [‘mango’]

margarine -- Margarine -- [mahr-guh-REE-nuh]

marzipan -- Marzipan -- [MAHR-tsee-pahn]

massage -- Massage -- [mah-SAHDJ-uh]

mayonnaise -- Mayonnaise -- [mah-yoh-NAY-zuh]

medium (cooked) -- medium

meeting -- Meeting -- [‘meeting’]

meter -- Meter -- Meter -- [MEH-tehr]

mild -- Mild -- [meeld]

mini-bar -- Mini-Bar -- ['mini-bar']

minute -- Minute -- [mee-NOOH-tuh]

mixer (blender) -- Mixer -- ['mixer']

moment -- Moment -- [moh-MEHNT]

moped -- Moped -- [‘moped’]

motor -- Motor -- [‘motor’]

museum -- Museum -- [moo-ZEH-oom]

muffin -- Muffin -- [MOO-fihn]

name -- Name -- [NAHM-eh]

November -- November -- [‘November’]

OK -- OK -- ['okay']

olive -- Olive -- [oh-LEE-vuh]

online-ticket -- Online-Ticket -- [‘online-ticket’]

orange (color) -- orange (color)

oregano -- Oregano -- [oh-ray-GAH-noh]

papaya -- Papaya -- [‘papaya’]

paprika -- Paprika -- [pahp-reeh-KAH]

park (n) -- Park -- [‘park’]

pasta -- Pasta -- [‘pasta’]

penis -- Penis -- [PAY-nihs]

person -- Person -- [pehr-SOHN]

pilsner -- Pilsner -- [‘pilsner’]

pizzeria -- Pizzeria -- [‘pizzeria’]

pizza -- Pizza -- [‘pizza’]

pool -- Pool -- [‘pool’]

portion -- Portion -- [pour-TSYON]

post (post office) -- Post -- [‘post’]

problem -- Problem -- [prohb-LEHM]

professor -- Professor -- [‘professor’]

pullover (sweater) -- Pullover -- [POOL-oh-fehr]

rap (music) -- Rap -- ['rap']

recycling -- Recycling -- ['recyling']

region -- Region -- [rehg-YOHN]

restaurant -- Restaurant -- [rehs-toh-RAHNT]

ring -- Ring -- [‘ring’]

route -- Route -- [ROO-tuh]

rucksack -- Rucksack -- [ROOK-zahk]

rugby -- Rugby -- ['rugby']

rum -- Rum -- [room]

safe (for valuables) -- Safe -- [sehf]

salami -- Salami -- [zah-LAH-mee]

sandwich -- Sandwich -- [‘sandwich’]

sardine -- Sardine -- [zar-DEE-nuh]

sauce -- Sauce -- [ZOH-suh]

sauna -- Sauna -- [ZOW-nuh]

scanner -- Scanner -- ['scanner']

scotch -- Scotch -- [‘scotch’]

seminar -- Seminar -- [zehm-ee-NAHR]

September -- September -- [zehp-TEHM-behr]

service -- Service -- ['service']

shampoo -- Shampoo -- [SHAHM-poo]

sherry -- Sherry -- [‘sherry’]

sightseeing -- Sightseeing -- ['sightseeing']

ski (n) -- Ski (n) -- [shee]

snowboard -- Snowboard -- [‘snowboard’]

souvenir -- Souvenir -- ['souvenir']

spaghetti -- Spaghetti -- [‘spaghetti’]

sport -- Sport -- [‘sport’]

sport massage -- Sport Massage -- [‘sport’-mah-SAHDJ-uh]

statue -- Statue -- [STAH-too-ay]

steak -- Steak -- [stehk]

steakhouse -- Steakhouse -- [STEHK-‘house']

student -- Student -- [shtoo-DEHNT]

super (gas) -- Super -- [‘super’]

surfboard -- Surfboard -- [‘surfboard’]

sweatshirt -- Sweatshirt -- ['sweatshirt’]

tampon -- Tampon -- [‘tampon’]

taxi -- Taxi -- [‘taxi’]

Team -- Team -- [‘team’]

Tennis -- Tennis -- [‘tennis’]

Tequila -- Tequila -- [‘tequila’]

Terminal (airport) -- Terminal -- [tehr-mee-NAHL]

Theater -- Theater -- [teh-AH-tehr]

Ticket -- Ticket -- [‘ticket’]

Toast -- Toast -- [‘toast’]

Tofu -- Tofu -- [‘tofu’]

Tonic -- Tonic -- [‘tonic’]

Tour -- Tour -- ['tour']

Tourist -- Tourist -- [too-RIST]

T-shirt -- T-Shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]

USA -- [OO-ehs-ah)

Vagina -- Vagina -- [vah-GEEH-nah]

Vitamin -- Vitamin -- [vee-tah-MEEN]

Volleyball -- Volleyball -- [‘volleyball’]

warm -- warm -- [vahrm]

Whisky -- Whisky -- [VEES-kee]

Winter -- Winter -- [VIHNT-ehr]

wireless -- wireless -- [‘wireless’]

Zoo -- Zoo -- [tsoh]

Zucchini -- Zucchini -- [‘zucchini’] -- [tsoo-KEE-nee]

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In some cases two words spelled like English are joined together to form one German word:

GERMAN -- -- [SAY]

Bustour -- [boos-‘TOUR']

Digitalfotos -- [dihd-jih-TAHL-foh-tohs]

Expressbus -- [‘espress’-boos]

Hotdog -- [‘hot dog’]

Jazzclub -- [YAHTS-kloop]

Liftpass -- [‘lift pass’]

Mountainbike -- ['mountain bike']

Skilift -- [SHEE-‘lift']

Sportmassage -- [‘sport’-mah-sah-GUH]

Tennismatch -- [‘tennis match’]

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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.


For a greater challenge, see German Spelled Somewhat Like English for words similar to English, but spelled differently.


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