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50 Useful German Essay Words and Phrases

Essay-writing is in itself already a difficult endeavor. Now writing an essay in a foreign language like German---that’s on a different plane of difficulty.  

To make it easier for you, here in this article, we’ve compiled the most useful German essay phrases. Feel free to use these to add a dash of pizzazz into your essays. It will add just the right amount of flourish into your writing---enough to impress whoever comes across your work!

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Now here’s your list!

erstens

firstly

zweitens

secondly

drittens

thirdly

Einleitend muss

man sagen...

To begin with,

one has to say...

Man muss ...

in Betracht ziehen

One needs to take ...

 into consideration

Ein wichtiger Aspekt

von X ist ...

An important aspect

of X is ...

Man muss erwähnen,

dass...

One must mention

 that ...

im Vergleich zu

in comparison to...

im Gegensatz zu

in contrast to...

auf der einen Seite

on the one hand

auf der anderen Seite

on the other hand

gleichzeitig

at the same time

angeblich

supposedly

vermutlich

presumably

in der Tat

in fact

tatsächlich

indeed

eigentlich

really;

actually

im Allgemeinen

in general

möglicherweise

possibly

eventuell

possibly

im Durchschnitt

on average

auβerdem

besides;

moreover

jedoch

however

trotzdem

nevertheless

in jedem Fall / jedenfalls

in any case

das Wichtigste ist

the most important

thing is

ohne Zweifel

without a doubt

zweifellos

doubtless

verständlicherweise

understandably

grundsätzlich

fundamentally

anscheinend

apparently

äuβerst

extremely

heutzutage

nowadays

infolgedessen

as a result of this

in diesem Fall

in this case

verhältnismäβig

relatively

genauso wichtig

wie dies ist .....

just as important

as this is ...

unglaublich

unbelievably

aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach

in all probability

im Grunde

basically;

fundamentally

in Wirklichkeit

in reality

Dieses Beispiel

illustriert ...

this example

illustrates

Diese Szene zeigt,

dass...

this scene shows

that...

Dieses Ereignis macht

klar, dass ...

this event makes

it clear that

wahrscheinlich

likely

offensichtlich

obviously

sonst

otherwise

wie oben erwähnt

as mentioned above

Es scheint, dass ...

It seems that

kurz gesagt

in short

Zusammenfassend

kann man sagen

In conclusion

one can say ..


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