Because English and German are both Germanic languages there are many cognates; meaning that words in German and English are related and you can guess the meaning.

Examples are:

backen – to bake

das Wasser – water

die Schule – school

However, there are words in English that have been taken directly from German and kept the German spelling. We call these words loanwords (which interestingly is a direct translation of the German „Lehnwort“.)

I have compiled a number of these words, some very common, others more specific to a certain topic. I have also included some words that might be spelled more “English”, or might be partially translated.

Here are two examples. You can read more about it on my blog here: