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Same same but (sounds) different – Part 1 Posted by on Feb 9, 2010 in Language

Did you know that there are a lot of words in German that are exactly the same in English? Yes there are! Of course the pronunciation is different from time to time, but the meaning and spelling are mostly the same.

I decided to come up with a little series about this topic, so I´ll start with the letters A to E. If you can think of additional words beginning with these letters, pleases don´t hesitate to leave a comment!

Here we go:

German

English

Alphabet

alphabet

Altar

altar

Anorak

anorak

Arm

arm

Baby

baby

Ball

ball

Ballett

ballet

Band

band

Bank (Geldinstitut)

bank

Basketball

basketball

bitter

bitter

blind

blind

blond

blond

Boss

boss

bringen (mitbringen)

bring

Bus

bus

Butter

butter

Chance

chance

Code

code

Computer

computer

Cousin

cousin

Dessert

dessert

Drama

drama

Experiment

experiment

extra

extra

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