What are the most common German words

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Germans only use around three to four percent of the vocabulary of their mother tongue in their daily conversations. "The average German speaker has around 12,000 to 16,000 words in stock, including 3,000 to 4,000 foreign words," said Helmut Walther, consultant at the Society for German Language (GfdS).

According to the Germanist, the total German vocabulary is estimated at 300,000 to 400,000 words. In the standard work of the German language, the "Duden in ten volumes", there are 300,000 explanations of meanings alone. It is not unusual for Germans to use only a small part of their vocabulary in the language. "We don't need more words in everyday life," said the expert. Each person can choose the part they need to speak from the large number of words. However, people can understand a lot more. "On average, Germans understand four times as many words as they use themselves," said Walther.

A normal German text consists of 95 percent of the 4000 most common words, said Walther. "The rest is hardly needed." According to Walther, 90 percent of a text can be understood with the 2000 most frequent words. The most used terms in the German vocabulary are "die", "and", "in", "zu" and "den". Nouns make up half of the vocabulary, verbs and adjectives / adverbs each make up a quarter. "The other parts of speech are hardly relevant," said Walther.

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