Last updated: August 13, 2018
Are you traveling to Germany? Then it might be a good idea to learn a few German phrases and expressions before departure. The Germans like to speak their own language instead of English, and if truth to be told, the level of English is about the same as in France.
You can absolutely have a good stay just using English, but don’t expect to have a meaningful conversation.
In short, if you learn a few German expressions and phrases, your trip to Germany will be more fun and rewarding. German is not so different after all and in many cases, one can understand the meaning without knowing the language fluently.
If you think it’s hard to learn more than a few greeting words and daily phrases, you could at least learn a few funny German words to spread some joy while meeting locals.
Below I have collected lots of words and phrases in German that gives you everything you need for a successful stay.
German greeting phrases
|Good morning||Guten Morgen|
|Good day||Guten Tag|
|Good evening||Guten Abend|
|See you||Bis Bald!|
|Good bye||Auf Wiedersehen|
Useful German Phrases and expressions to memorize
These are probably the most useful phrases in German. Below you will find everyday phrases and expressions that will make life easier. It can be anything from small talk with hotel staff to a stranger on the town or staff in the shop.
|How are you?||Wie geht’s?|
|What’s your name?||Wie heisst du?|
|Excuse me (more polite)||Entschuldigen Sie|
|Thank you very much||Danke schön|
|You’re welcome||Bitte schön|
|I don’t understand||Ich verstehe nicht|
|I don’t german very well||Ich spreche kein Deutsch|
|Do you speak English?||Sprechen Sie Englisch?|
|Where’s the toilet?||Wo ist die Toilette, bitte?|
German is a polite language and words like bitte and danke schön are particularly important to use and remember. Even if you speak English, it may be respectful and nice to add bitte when you ask for something or danke schön when you say thanks.
All Germans are using these two words frequently.
German Phrases on the restaurant
As a tourist, it is unlikely that you will go to a restaurant. Therefore it is a good idea to learn a few restaurant phrases so you can order food and drinks. Below you will also find a list of words for the typical dishes and drinks.
|Could I see the menu, please?||Kann ich bitte die Speisekarte sehen?|
|Would you like something to eat?||Möchten Sie gerne etwas essen?|
|Would you like something to drink?||Möchten Sie gerne etwas trinken?|
|Medium Rare||Mittleres seltenes|
|What could you recommend?||Was können Sie empfehlen?|
|Enjoy your meal||Guten Appetit!|
|Could you pass me the…?||Können Sie mir geben…?|
|How much will it cost?||Wie viel kostet es?|
|Check, please||Die Rechnung, bitte|
|Can I pay with card?|| Kann ich mit Kreditkarte|
German Food and Drink phrases
|White wine||Der Weißwein|
|Red wine||Der Rotwein|
|Soda||Brause / softdrink|
|Water without gas||Stilles wasser|
|Water with gas||Wasser mit kohlensäure|
Germans are generally friendly and helpful. If one goes astray or looking for something in particular, it may be useful to know what the different directions is called in German. Below are some of the most common directions.
|In the beginning of..||Das anfang der|
|In the end of..||Das ende der|
|Excuse me, where is…?||Entschuldigung, wohin ist…?|
How to count in German
Being able to count on the German is always an advantage, especially when you’re about to do some shopping, or if you’re sitting in a restaurant. If you are going to bargain on any market, it is better to use German numerals.
Below, you have everything you need to be able to count from 1 to 100 in German. As you can see after twenty, simply add the number + und before, like this “einundzwanzig” for twenty-one and “zweiundzwanzig” for twenty-two.
As you can probably guess thirty, forty and so on works the same way. The only thing that changed is the suffix, such as “einunddreißig” is thirty one and “zweiundvierzig” equal to forty two. If you would rather say, thirty three or forty four, it would be “dreiunddreißig” and “vierundvierzig”.
Below you can see how to count from 1 to 100 in German.
|One million||Eine Million|
There, now you have everything needed for a successful trip to Germany. You learn German phrases for restaurant visits and everyday expressions and German greetings and German numerals.
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