The German language has influenced the English language in several ways. There are many words that are used commonly today that have German roots, including sophisticated words and everyday words. There are also some phrases that have German origins, and some idioms have meanings different from those they have in English. There are even some concepts and ideas that originated in Germany and have been adopted by English speakers.
Although not as common as French, Spanish or even Latin, German has had a significant impact on the English language. Here are some of the ways in which the German language has influenced our own.
A number of words we use every day have German origins. These include kindergarten, pretzel, angst, schadenfreude, kindergarten, schnitzel, sauerkraut, and praline. Most of these words are used in everyday conversation and are familiar to native English speakers. However, not everyone is familiar with the German words from which they were derived.
Kindergarten was taken from Kindergarten, the German term for children’s garden, or school for young children. Pretzel is from the German word for a twisted bread. Angst is the German word for anxiety. Schadenfreude is a German word for the pleasure one gets from another’s misfortune. Schnitzel is the German term for a thin slice of meat, usually pork or veal. Sauerkraut is German for fermented cabbage. And praline is a word taken from the German word for hazelnuts.
There are also a number of phrases that are familiar to English speakers but have their origins in the German language. Here are some examples:
Not all the German influences on the English language are words or phrases. There are also a number of concepts and ideas that originated in Germany. Here are some examples:
The German language has had a significant impact on the English language. There are many words that have German roots, including sophisticated words and everyday words. There are also some phrases that have German origins, and some concepts and ideas that originated in Germany have been adopted by English speakers. The German language will continue to play a role in the English language in the future.