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Common German Phrases!

Updated on July 16, 2017

Germany is the land of engineering!

The best way to speak, is speak local!

If you're visiting Germany, you might be overwhelmed by the rapid-fire way of speaking their language. Although most of them speak english, some would love it if you can ask them locally so they don't have to think too hard on their reply. So, here's a few phrases you can use while you're in Deutschland!

Let's start with Greetings!

  • Guten Morgen - Good morning!
  • Guten Tag - Good Day, or Good afternoon!
  • Guten Abend - Good evening!
  • Gut Nacht - Good Night!

Use these when meeting a German for the first time! They love formalities!

Now let's introduce ourselves!

  • Ich bin - Literally means "I am." Use this when saying your name. Ex: Ich bin George Washington.
  • Ich Heiße - Literally "I am called." This is another way to tell your name!

Some Germans would use "Mein Namen ist" or my name is, but the word "namen" isn't really grammatical, so this could be used informally.

Where are you from?

  • Ich Komme aus - Means " I am coming from." Then just state the country. although Germans tend to add an isch on the end of it. Ex: Amerikanisch.
  • Ich Kommt aus - Means "I come from." a shortened version of "Ich komme aus."
  • Ich bin aus - Means " I am from."

Now that you can introduce yourself, let's go to asking where places are!

Where is the- ?

Wo ist - means where is. Add these words to ask where a certain place is.

  • Das hotel - the hotel.
  • Die bibliotheek - the library.
  • Die Brücke - the bridge.
  • Der Apothek - the pharmacy.
  • Der Haus - the house
  • Das einkaufzentrum - the shopping mall (center).
  • Der Bahnoff - The train station
  • Das bushaltestelle - the bus stop.

Now you might notice different places have different suffixes (das, der, die) well that's because the suffix das is for gender-neutral things/objects/people, while der is masculine and die is feminine. Unfortunately, you can never know when to put die das or der, so you might have to memorize!

And just a few other words you might want to know.

  • Bitte schon! - Literally means "Please, pretty." but translates to you're welcome.
  • Danke - Thank you, or thanks!
  • Bedienung - The waiter.
  • Entshuldigung - I'm sorry, or excuse me.
  • weit - far. use ist es weit for "is it far?" Or Ist (use words above like das hotel) weit to ask if a certain place is far.
  • Natur, Meer, Himmel, luft. - Nature, Sea, sky, and air respectively.
  • Schon - Pretty. Ex. Die Himmel is schon, "The sky is beautiful!" und(and) Deutschland ist schon, "Germany is beautiful!"
  • Wasser, bier, lebensmittel, - Water, beer, and food. Three things you'd need in Deutschland. Add brot (bread) for good measure.

Can you translate this for me?

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