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Dreams or dreams? Machine or machine? The German spelling has many pitfalls and is not easy. But there are tips and tricks on how to learn the correct spelling. You can find the most important ones here.

Status: 09/22/2011 | archive

In order for you to understand our tips, you need to clarify some basic terms that keep coming up.

How do you find an unknown word?

Words that you don't know can of course be looked up in the dictionary. But you don't find every word immediately. How to find "house line", "retained" or "blurred" is explained here:

Saying words, pensive words, and memo words

To make it easier for you to practice, we divide all words into:

  • Sayings
  • Thoughtful words
  • Mnemonics

With this subdivision, you can find out more about how a word is spelled. You will now find out what the individual "parts of speech" mean and which tricks and rules you should remember.


What is a say?

In the German language there are many words that you can write exactly as you speak them. We refer to these words as Sayings.
Examples: the wall, the lettuce, the cucumber, fish, find, red, blue.

If you are not sure, speak the words accurate and clear off and listen carefully. Pay attention to it!

Now is the time to think ...

Many words are written as they are spoken. There are only a few places that you have to pay attention to. With thoughtful words, there are a few tricks that will help you spell words correctly when you are unsure. Read the following pages carefully.

Thoughtful words

What is a thought word?

Many words can be spelled correctly by thinking. We call them Thoughtful words. With certain tricks (spelling strategies) you can quickly find out what to do in the event of a "mistake". Memorize these writing strategies and practice them.

Sometimes the memory is required

But even these strategies don't always help. The spelling of some words can actually only be remembered.


What is a catchword?

You can find out how to write a word correctly by speaking closely or by thinking carefully. However, some words have special spellings that you need to remember. We call these words Mnemonics. Here you can find out which notices there are.

Large and lower case


Always capitalize at the beginning of a sentence

A new sentence always begins after a period, exclamation mark or question mark.

Spelling mistakes often creep in if you don't know the rules for upper and lower case. Sure, the beginning of a sentence must always be capitalized, but do I now write "I'm going to swim" or "I'm going to swim"?

Here you can read through rules and memorize them. Just click through!

There are also numerous rules for separating and combining words. You can read and practice this under GRIPS German 11 "Separation and summary writing".

How do I practice my spelling correctly?

All of the tricks and strategies for say words, thought words, and memo words are very helpful. But it doesn't do you any good to just memorize these rules. Proper practice is required. You can see how this works if you click through "Practice spelling correctly".