• Blaine Pike

In brief: Teach the most popular spelling patterns to help students expand their AQA German vocabulary quickly.


Continuing with the theme of shameless shortcuts (which basically means exposing students to as much GCSE vocabulary as quickly as possible), I've ranked the top sound / spelling patterns on the AQA German syllabus to help students expand their vocabulary fast.


I've sorted each tip using my "similarity index", which means cognates and similar words come first in my results (so the students can spot links even faster).


If you have any students currently self-isolating, why not get them to focus on their vocabulary strategies? These skills are appropriate for all ages and levels.



1. German t ⮕ English d

There are 143 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



2. German b ⮕ English f/v


There are 83 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



3. German f/ff ⮕ English p


There are 70 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



4. German g ⮕ English y


There are 67 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



5. German d ⮕ English th


There are 62 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



6. German tz ⮕ English t


There are 32 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



7. German ss/ß ⮕ English t


There are 31 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



8. German ch ⮕ English k


There are 29 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



9. German k ⮕ English ch


There are 17 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



10. German cht ⮕ English ght


There are 14 instances of this sound pattern in the AQA German syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



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Vielen Dank!


Blaine




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