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

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