Learning German: Vocabulary for Grocery Shopping, Cooking and Cooking Implements


Germany is quite famous for her fresh products markets. Visit a 'Wochenmarkt' or weekly market, mostly held at weekends in the


marketplace or 'Marktplatz.' Or else shop in a supermarket. Be aware, that Germany uses the metric system. Here are some measures;

1 inch = 2.54 cm (Zentimeter)

1 foot = 30.4801 cm

1 pound = 453.5 gr

1 gallon (US) = 3.7853 liters

1000 gr = 1 kg (Kilogramm)

500 gr = 1/2 kg or 1 Pfund

You buy fruit, meat, fish and vegetables by Kilogramm or Gramm.

1 piece = 1 Stueck (n)

1 slice = 1 Scheibe (f)

1 dozen = 1 Dutzend (n)

Remember also, that shopping trolleys are available at supermarkets, but you need either a 50 cent coin or a 1€ coin to operate them. The money is returned when you return the trolley. Most supermarkets charge between 1 cent and 10 cents for plastic carrier bags. Get a shopping basket for your grocery shopping. Sales tax is included in the price tags and not charged separately at the check out.

Shopping and Groceries

Shopping basket – Einkaufskorb (m)

Viktualienmarkt in Munich

Shopping trolley – Einkaufswagen (m)

Groceries – Esswaren (f)

Market – Markt (m)

Supermarket – Supermarkt (m)

Check out – Kasse (f)

Where is….? – Wo ist….?

I want…. – Ich moechte….

Bread – Brot (n)

Butter – Butter (f)

Bun – Broetchen (n)

Ham – Schinken (m)

Bacon – Speck (m)

Cheese – Kaese (m)

Eggs – Eier (f)

Sausage – Wurst (f)

Jam – Marmalade (f)

Meat – Fleisch (n)

Fish – Fisch (m)

Chicken – Huhn (n)

Low fat – fettarm

No fat – fettfrei

Oil – Oel (n)

Fruit – Obst (n)

Vegetables – Gemuese (n)

Lettuce – Salat (m)

Tomatoes – Tomaten (f)

Onions – Zwiebeln (f)

Peas – Erbsen (f)

Beans – Bohnen (f)

Baked beans – Baked beans

Tunafish – Thunfisch (m)

Salmon – Lachs (m)

Condiments- Gewuerze (f)

Salt – Salz (n)

Sugar – Zucker (m)

Pepper – Pfeffer (m)

Asparagus – Spargel (m)

Carrots – Karotten(f)

Potatoes – Kartoffeln (f)

Pasta – Nudeln (f)

Flour – Mehl (n)

Rice – Reis (m)

Brown – braun

White – weiss

Organic – organisch

Sauces – Sossen (f)

Soup – Suppe (f)

Tin – Dose (f)

Fresh – frisch

Frozen – gefroren

Milk – Milch (f)

Coffee – Kaffee (m)

Tea – Tee (m)

Now that you have all the ingredients, you want to go home and start cooking.


Kitchen – Kueche (f)

Stove – Herd (m)

Gas or electric? – Gas oder elektrisch?

Grill – Grill (m)

I want to cook – ich moechte kochen

Fridge – Kuehlschrank (m)

Freezer – Gefrierschrank (m)

To bake – backen

Sink – Spuehlbecken (n)


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