Is there an etymological connection between these two words that share a similar meaning? And also, do they share the same meaning?


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They share a common origin as said in the comments. However, freuen is a verb, froh is an adjective.

Also the meanings are slightly different:

Ich freue mich über .../Ich freue mich auf ...
I am happy ... /I'm looking forward to ...


Ich bin froh
I am glad


Yes they share the same meaning, but both words are used differently:

Ich freue mich, dass die Sonne scheint.


Ich bin froh, dass die Sonne scheint.

Just because nobody mentioned it: 'freuen' is a verb and 'froh' an adjective.

And no, it's raining :(

  • I did mention it and no, the meaning is not exactly the same! froh sein is different from sich freuen. :-) Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 13:34
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    Yes, you where faster ;) And yes, its 'slightly different' but 'they share the same meaning' like 'glad' and 'happy' do ;)
    – nilsK
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 13:40

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