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Word Frequency in German - Worthäufigkeit

The Top 1,000 German Words

Words Most Likely to Be Encountered in an Average German Text

German Word Frequency: Part 1 (1-100)

For an introduction to this list, see The German Top 1,000 and the comments below.

Also see our Top 100 Basic German Words (edited, ranked).

Top 1,000 Words in German
Computer analysis of word frequency
with single word variations
1-20 21-40 41-60 61-80 81-100
der
die
und
in
den
von
zu
das
mit
sich
des
auf
für
ist
im
dem
nicht
ein
Die
eine
als
auch
es
an
werden
aus
er
hat
daß*
sie
nach
wird
bei
einer
Der
um
am
sind
noch
wie
einem
über
einen
Das
so
Sie
zum
war
haben
nur
oder
aber
vor
zur
bis
mehr
durch
man
sein
wurde
sei
In
Prozent
hatte
kann
gegen
vom
können
schon
wenn
habe
seine
Mark**
ihre
dann
unter
wir
soll
ich
eines
Es
Jahr
zwei
Jahren
diese
dieser
wieder
keine
Uhr
seiner
worden
Und
will
zwischen
Im
immer
Millionen
Ein
was
sagte
  Click on any linked word for related grammar/info.
  *dass (ss) is word 261
  **der Euro was put into circulation in Jan. 2002, so "Mark" (Deutsche Mark, DM) is probably less frequent now. See: Der Euro kommt
NEXT 100 > Words 101-200
Source: Projekt Wortschatz - Universität Leipzig
Stand vom 8. Jan. 2001

A few observations about this list:

  • In the first 100 words, there are only five nouns, all of which have to do with money/figures or dates/time (Prozent, Mark, Uhr, Jahr/Jahren, Millionen), probably reflecting news content.
  • Since several simple past tense forms (Imperfekt, war, wurde, sagte) appear in the top 100, it might be better to introduce the past tense earlier in German instruction/learning.
  • A similar analysis of conversational German, as opposed to German in print, would yield very different results. However, reading is a very important language skill.
  • Zipf's Law seems to hold true: There is an inverse relationship between the length of a word and its frequency. (The most frequent words are monosyllabic. The longer the word, the less it's used, and vice versa.)
  • This list includes a lot of duplicates because it considers various spellings and capitalization of the same word to be different words. For a list that eliminates such duplicates, see the Top 100 Basic German Words (edited, ranked).

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