Preliminary characterization of two native insulators on germanium is reported. A technique for preparing oxide by a room temperature chemical technique (wet chemical oxidation) is described. Compositional data based on IR transmission and ellipsometry, as well as characteristics of MOS capacitors based on this film are given. Also, compositional and electrical characterization of nitrided atmospheric pressure oxides are reported here. These films have very low fixed charge and interface state densities, and show excellent potential for use as gate insulators in a germanium MOS technology.