GERM 433 KG1-K1 Cognates –Notes, Summary AOB 1 Cognates –Notes, Summary, Exercise COGNATES (p. 19) In Aufgabe 3of KG1.1thereare cognatesintroduced. Cognates, besides internationalisms and names often catch our attention and are a good way to approach a German text. When you read a text look for all possible words or signs you already know. If a German word looks a lot like an English word, chances are the meaning is similar too. Such words are called true cognatesand you can use them to get a first insight into the passage you are dealing with. Looking at the examples below, you realize that you will know their English meaning without using a dictionary. True CognatesEnglish equivalent Test Text Butter Buch Lampe Milch Land Park Computer Schule Auto Verbs singen testen parken praktizieren Internationalisms English equivalent Radio Vision Toilette Nation All the above words are called true cognates. Proper names of places and people usually also help understanding a foreign text.