Chapter4

You Know More Than You Think

In This Chapter

  • Cognates will help you understand German
  • German words in the English language
  • Beware of false friends

Chances are, you’ve been speaking German for years without even knowing it! Kindergarten, Wind, Mensch, Angst, Arm, blond, irrational—the list of German words you already know is longer than you think. The reason you know so much German is that many words in German are similar to or exactly like their English counterparts. These words are called cognates. Many German words have been used so much by English speakers that they have been swallowed whole, so to speak, into the English language ...

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