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GERMAN FLASH CARD PROGRAM Use this program to practice the vocabulary for University of Michigan courses.

  • Get the mobile version (iOS or Android) via the links here!
  • Access the desktop version here. Go to Options > Add Cards > Load Pre-Made Cards to load the cards you want. If you can, take a minute to read the Help menu for more info!
  • Click here to learn about options for making your own flashcards.
A flashcard program is most effective if you can quickly form a simple sentence in your head with each word that comes up. Here are some ideas for doing that!

Strategien zum Vokabellernen Most Frequent German Words
German Vocab Learning Sites General Vocab Learning Resources
German Word of the Day Sites Superwörter/Wortwahl (Vocabulary distinctions and usage notes)
Vokabeln zum Debattieren/Diskutieren Basic "Wie geht's?" Vocabulary
German Words that Express Concepts for which English Lacks Suitable Words Map showing where German words have emigrated Click to enlarge and see more!

Lists of Most Frequent German Words

  • Gateway vocabulary list for German 221/231
    • Includes the 100 most frequent nouns, the 100 most frequent strong verbs, the 100 most frequent weak verbs, the 100 most frequent adjectives, the 100 most frequent adverbs, the most frequent prepositions, the most frequent conjunctions, a few of the most frequent collocations (word groupings), and a few of the most frequent abbreviations.
    • The link takes you to the list, and to a simple multiple choice exercise with which you can practice 40 random items from the list at a time.
  • Older list of the most frequent German words (these 200 or so words make up 1/3 to 1/2 of almost any German text!)
    • This list was originally based on an older source, but has been updated and is still reasonably accurate.
  • List of the 500 Most Frequent German Words Based on the Frequency Dictionary of German (see below)
  • For a list of the 4,000 most frequent German words, see A Frequency Dictionary of German, by Randall L. Jones and Erwin Tschirner, published by Routledge in 2006, ISBN: 0-415-31632-4. The 4,000 most frequent German words are listed in order, and alphabetically in the index, and an example sentence is given for each word.
  •'s list of the 100 most frequent German words Includes some annotations, and links to some related lists.

German Vocab Learning Sites

  • deutschlernerblog: Wortschatz – Deutsch lernen Vocabulary learning resources organized by CEFR levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). Alles auf Deutsch - kein Englisch! Note their series on "Die 200 wichtigsten deutschen Adjektive," "Die schönsten deutschen Wörter," "Redewendungen und Umgangssprache – Deutschquiz," etc.!
  • Focused mostly on nouns. Choose a category of words, roll your mouse over the images to see and hear the German, and take some simple tests to practice the words.

General Vocab Learning Resources

  • Anki flashcards Basically free, except for the iPhone app. The ultimate flashcard site. You can load the app on all your devices and easily sync your progress between devices. Anki uses a spaced repetition algorithm to maximize learning efficiency. It's easy to customize the app, and easy to add images, audio etc. to the cards.
  • Quizlet Create your own study sets, or find existing ones. Then use the learning tools on the site to study the items in your study set. Note the "Long Term Learning" mode, which uses spaced repetition, and the games "Gravity" and "Scatter." Free (or upgrade for more features and no ads). Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS.
  • Free tool that applies memory research to the task of helping you learn vocabulary (or other factual information). Use their existing "courses" to learn some basic vocabulary, or make your own list(s). To get started, create a free account and try making a list with a few words that are giving you trouble. Keep the English translations simple, so you can take advantage of existing mnemonic ideas that other users have already entered. Return to the site for a short time every day and complete the tasks for your list(s). If you like the site, you can gradually expand your list(s), and perhaps also use the site to learn other things!

German Word of the Day Sites

These usually include a translation and a sample sentence with the word.

Vokabellisten für Deutschkurse an der Universität Michigan (zum Teil mit Übungen)

Deutsch 101 (Vorsprung)

Deutsch 102 (Vorsprung)

Deutsch 221/231 (3rd semester)

Deutsch 232: Mathematical and Scientific German

Hartmuts Konversationskurse

Deutsch 325 (German for Engineering I) Deutsch 326 (German for Engineering II)


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