Are you looking for good German examples in context? Do you need German collocations or German thesaurus for your work? Our tool deSkELL, a free simplified interface of Sketch Engine, is the right choice for these types of tasks. Try it on

deSkELL (Sketch Engine for Language Learning) is a simple tool for students and teachers of German to easily check whether or how a particular word or phrase is used by real speakers of German. deSkELL is based on the 770-million-word German consists of carefully selected web sources. This tool offers three main features:

  • Examples – display words or phrases in their contexts, it finds up to 40 example sentences containing the word/phrase you searched (view in deSkELL)

deskell - concordance

  • Word sketch (collocations) – explore German collocations. Type a German word and get the most typical combinations (view in deSkELL)

deskell - word sketch

  • Similar words (thesaurus) – get an automatically generated list of up to 40 most similar words. The thesaurus finds not only German synonyms, but generally, all words related to the same topic (view in deSkELL).

deskell - thesaurus

Data sources

All German examples, collocations and synonyms were identified automatically by ingenious algorithms and state-of-the-art software analysing large hundred-million samples of text. No manual work was involved.

SkELL vs. Google Search

SkELL finds good examples of the German word or phrase useful for language learners. Google Search finds web pages with information about the topic specified by the word or phrase.