German is one of the most interesting languages to learn. Knowing German opens one to a world of opportunities such as getting a chance to study in the best universities in the world at a very cheap price, access to high paying jobs across Europe, the best medicare facility in the world and living in one of the most beautiful countries! Yes, that’s right, Germany has it all.
One thing has to be said though, one doesn’t necessarily need to know German to travel in Germany but if you are to live there, you better pull up your socks and get to working. Learning German is going to be a long ride and you need all the guidance and materials possible
There are loads of apps which teach German, not to mention hundreds of thousands of videos and tons of free blogs providing every piece of information possible. Across the world and in Germany, there are many training centres and academies which teach German both online and offline. Adding to this lost, you can find German meet up groups, German books and magazines and many many more such materials.
Introduction to Common German Wordlists
So with such a plethora of material, how should one start? Simple, you need to start through wordlists. How did you start studying a second language? You start memorizing the list of all common words such as months of the year, list of birds, list of animals and many more. You can find hundreds of such wordlists online, in the form of blogs, pdfs, ppts and even quizzes. Don’t beat your heard too much. Start slow and target the easiest lists.
List of animals in German
One of the most common German wordlists which serve as a starting point to anyone learning German is “the list of animals in German”. It is quite easy and simple since most animal names are very similar to English and thus you can cover a lot of words in a single shot. The best part about this tagged blog article is that they give you over a hundred example sentences.
A simple example is “hund” refers to dog which actually you can remember as hound. Another example is “Katze” which translates literally to cat.
List of common Verbs in German
Secondly, start with “list of common Verbs in German”. You don’t need to memorize 1000 or 2000. Start off with the top fifty and work your way to a hundred. Also note that you need to memorize only 2 or 3 a day since you need to learn loads of sentences with each of these verbs so that you are comfortable with the usage of the verb in the right place in the right time. This is probably one of the most important lists as you tend to use verbs in almost every single sentence
List of Colors in German
Third, you can go ahead with “List of colors in German”. This is also a very simple list since most of the words are very similar to English. This list will serve you quite well as you tend to use colors for describing objects and food articles. For example, the German word for “Blue” is “Blau” which as you can see is a very simple straightforward translation. You can get this list of all Colors in German memorized with less than one hour.
List of Herbs and Spices in German
When you go to Germany, I am pretty sure that one thing you need to do is cook on your own. The “list of Herbs and Spices in German” will serve you well there since you will be able to go to the supermarket and get the spices that you want which will make your meals more delectable. Another important aspect of this is that this list will help you when you are reading a German menu card. You can order food with the spices and herbs that you like instead of randomly stabbing in the dark.
List of Vegetables in German
Obviously if you go to the supermarket, you’re going to buy fruits and vegetables. So the “list of all vegetables in German” is one of the most common German wordlists which serve as a starting point when you are starting to learn German. These are survival lists and you cannot manage without them. Similar to the list of all animals in German, the list of all Vegetables is quite easy and simple since the words are quite similar to English. Anyone can cover the entire wordlist in a single shot within an hour.
The other common word lists
The other most common wordlists which you can spend some time memorizing are:
- List of most common adjectives in German
- List of common adverbs in German
- Parts of the human body
- Members of the family in German
- Fruits and Berries
- Numbers and basic currency calculation in German
- Months of the year and days of the week in German
Ideally, you need to spend the first one month of your German learning journey memorizing just tons and tons of these simple wordlists. They will ensure that you end up understanding at least a few words in every German sentence when you have a conversation. You can end up guessing the remaining part of the sentence by filling in the blanks and hence you will be able to make super simple conversations easily in German.
About the Author: Vivek Hariharan
The author of this article is Vivek Hariharan, a a language buff from Germany. He owns and runs a free multi language blog called Childhood Stories which has dual language short stories in 8 languages which makes no money and gives him little pleasure.
Since the age of 13 he has had only one ambition: to become a published and famous author and he hasn’t changed since. He is just as immature and just as broke and just as “not famous”. His passion is to write a fiction series which will create an entire universe which he can live in and in that at least he has money to laugh at like a maniac.