The top 25 German nouns are very useful words to know because they are the 25 most frequently used nouns in the German language. Language learners should learn them because they are being used quite often.

1. das Jahr (pl.:-e) year
2. das Mal (pl.:-e) time (as in number of times)
3. das Beispiel (pl.:-e) example
4. die Zeit time
5. die Frau (pl.:-en) woman, wife, Mrs.
6. der Mensch (pl.:-en) human being, man
7. das Kind (pl.:-er) child
8. der Tag (pl.:-e) day
9. der Mann (pl.: Männer) man
10. das Land (pl.: Länder) country, land
11. die Frage (pl.:-n) question
12. das Haus (pl.: Häuser) house
13. der Fall (pl.: Fälle) fall, case
14. die Leute (pl.) people
15. die Arbeit (pl.:-en) work, job
16. das Prozent (pl.:-e) percent
17. die Hand (pl.: Hände) hand
18. die Stadt (pl.: Städte) city
19. der Herr (pl.: Herren) man, gentleman, Mr.
20. der/das Teil (pl.:-e) part
21. das Problem (pl.:-e) problem
22. die Welt (pl.:-en) world
23. das Recht (pl.:-e) right, law
24. das Ende (pl.:-n) end
25. die Million (Mio.) (pl.:-en) million

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Source: A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners. Randall Jones & Erwin Tschirner, 189 p. (2006).