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The closest translation I can find so far is Aufgabenliste which is more literally "Task List".

Is there a more commonly used, native way to express the common english phrase "To do list" when using it as a heading or label of such a list?

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I do not know what the difference between a task list and a to-do list is, but you can use:

Liste der offenen Aufgaben
To-do-Liste (we borrowed that word)

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Thanks! In definition there is certainly little to no difference between "Task list" an "To do list", however in common usage you rarely see "Task list" and "To do list" is the much more familiar usage. Informally at least. –  silent__thought Jan 2 '12 at 22:26
To-Do-Liste and Aufgabenliste are the most common ones. You can use either. –  fzwo Jan 2 '12 at 23:13
What about "Aufgabenzettel", especially if one really means this sheet of paper? –  Alexander Galkin Jan 3 '12 at 23:06
That's a suitable translation, too, @AlexanderGalkin. –  John Smithers Jan 6 '12 at 13:39
Aufgabenzettel makes me think of the sheet of paper with your homework on it that gets handed out at university rather than a to-do list. –  fifaltra Dec 31 '13 at 10:05

In addition to John Smithers' answer, this is another term I've heard being used:


I'd say there is a minor difference concerning the connotation:

Aufgabenliste: a list of generic to-do items

Pendenzenliste: a list of pending items

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Are you from Switzerland? I've never heard this term and when looking it up, Duden tells me it is used in Switzerland: duden.de/rechtschreibung/Pendenz –  John Smithers Jan 6 '12 at 13:47

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