Name: DUE: Freitag, den 7. September German and English Cognates Knie - blau - Maus - Kaffee - grün - Finger - Biologie German and English share many words that look or sound the same. These are called cognates. See if you can find the English cognates of the German words below and make some generalizations about correspondences in German and English. Use a German-English dictionary for words you cannot find (A good one is the online LEO German<-> English Dictionary http://dict.leo.org/.) List the English cognate for each word. Remember that What generalization can you make based on these cognates are words that look and sound the same in cognates? What rule can you use to explain the both languages. relationship between these German and English words? 1. Pfeife: reif: Rule? Pfanne: pflücken: helfen: Apfel: Pfeffer: Bischof: 2. Nacht: Licht: Rule? acht: lachen: hoch: Sicht: recht: Fracht: 3. Ding: Feder: Rule? dick: Bad: dünn: denken: danken: Vater: 4. Garten: gut: Rule? trinken: selten: Brot: Bett: tropfen: alt: 5. besser: Salz: Rule? Wasser: Kessel: Fuß: Katze: sitzen: Zinn: 6. sieben: lieben: Rule? halb: Grab: Fieber: Rabe: Weib: Kalb: (over) 2 7. Speculate on the reasons for these similarities between German and English. 8. Can you think of any more cognates in German and English? Because of these similarities, learning German is not only easy but can also give you new insights about the English language.
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