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German Cognate Verbs from English

cognate is a word that has its origins in a word from another language, and there are many verbs in German that have their roots in the English language. Some of these German verbs have in common the fact that they end with -ieren, are usually weak verbs, and usually do not use the prefix ge- in the past participle.


Many English verbs that end in consonants can be turned into German verbs by adding the suffix -ieren, such as "to profit":

Davon profitieren wir jetzt natürlich.

We're profiting from this, of course.

Caption 2, Mama arbeitet wieder - Kapitel 3: Papa ist weg

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Sometimes you drop a "y" from an English verb and add -ieren to make it German, such as "to study": 

Ab dem Wintersemester möchte ich nämlich Medizin studieren.

Namely starting in the winter semester, I would like to study medicine.

Caption 23, Konstantin - ein Freiwilliger in Israel

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Many English verbs ending in -ize can simply take the German -isieren ending, such as "to organize": 

Vor jedem Event muss man alles organisieren.

Before every event one has to organize everything.

Caption 37, Traumberuf - Windsurfer

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Further Learning
Take a few English verbs such as to alarm, to dominate, to export, to exist, to modernize, to probe, to reserve, and to ventilate, and see if you can construct German verbs from them based on the ideas above, then go to German Yabla and find the words used in a real world context. 

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