German Phrases

This page contains a table including the following: German phrases, expressions and words in German, conversation and idioms, German greetings, and survival phrases. It also helps if you simply want to know what to say when chatting in German!

Most of the sentences below are used for everyday life conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them.

If you don't know how to say a word then check our alphabet in German which can be found on the menu above to get some help.

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German Phrases

Here you can either watch the German phrases in these 2 videos or read them as text in the table below:


German Lessons
German Phrases

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English Phrases German Phrases
 
English Greetings German Greetings:
Hi! Hallo! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Good morning! Guten Morgen! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Good evening! Guten Abend! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Welcome! (to greet someone) Willkommen! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
How are you? Wie geht's dir/ Ihnen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I'm fine, thanks! Danke, mir geht's gut! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
And you? Und dir/Ihnen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Good/ So-So. Gut/ So la-la Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Thank you (very much)! Danke (vielmals)!/ Vielen Dank! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Gern gescheh'n!/ Keine Ursache!/ Kein Problem! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Hey! Friend! Hey! Kumpel! (only for male people) Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I missed you so much! Du hast/ Sie haben mir so gefehlt! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
What's new? Was gibt's Neues? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Nothing much Nicht viel. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Good night! Gute Nacht! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
See you later! Bis später! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Good bye! Auf Wiedersehen!/ Tschüß! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Asking for Help and Directions
I'm lost Ich habe mich verlaufen! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Can I help you? Kann ich dir/ Ihnen helfen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Can you help me? Kannst du/ Können Sie mir helfen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? Wo ist (das Badezimmer/ die Apotheke?) Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Go straight! then turn left/ right! Gehen Sie geradeaus! Dann links / rechts abbiegen! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I'm looking for john. Ich suche John. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
One moment please! Einen Augenblick, bitte! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Hold on please! (phone) Bleiben Sie dran, bitte! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
How much is this? Was kostet das?/ Wie teuer ist das? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) Entschuldigen Sie bitte...! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Excuse me! ( to pass by) Darf ich mal vorbei? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Come with me! Kommen Sie mit! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example

    

How to Introduce Yourself
 
Do you speak (English/ German)? Sprechen Sie (Englisch/ Deutsch)? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Just a little. Nur ein bißchen. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
What's your name? Wie heißen Sie? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
My name is ... Ich heiße... / Mein Name ist... Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss… Herr/ Frau/ Fräulein (not used anymore) Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Nice to meet you! Schön, Sie kennenzulernen! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
You're very kind! Du bist/ Sie sind sehr freundlich! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Where are you from? Woher kommst du/ kommen Sie? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I'm from (the U.S/ Germany) Ich komme (aus den U.S.A./ aus Amerika / aus Deutschland) Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I'm (American) Ich bin (Amerikaner) Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Where do you live? Wo wohnst du/ wohnen Sie? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I live in (the U.S/ Germany) Ich wohne (in den U.S.A./ in Amerika/ in Deutschland) Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Did you like it here? Gefällt es dir/ Ihnen hier? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Germany is a wonderful country Deutschland ist wunderschön Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
What do you do for a living? Was ist dein/ Ihr Beruf? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I work as a (translator/ businessman) Ich bin (Übersetzer/Dolmetscher) / Geschäftsmann Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I like German Ich mag Deutsch Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I've been learning German for 1 month Ich lerne seit einem Monat Deutsch Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Oh! That's good! Oh! Das ist toll! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
How old are you? Wie alt bist du/ sind Sie? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old. Ich bin (zwanzig, dreißig,...) Jahre (alt). Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I have to go Ich muß gehen/ los! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I will be right back! Ich bin sofort wieder da! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Wish Someone Something
Good luck! Viel Glück! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Happy birthday! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Happy new year! Ein frohes neues Jahr! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Merry Christmas! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Congratulations! (Herzlichen) Glückwunsch! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Enjoy! (for meals...) Guten Appetit! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I'd like to visit Germany one day Ich möchte eines Tages (mal) nach Deutschland reisen Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Say hi to John for me Grüß/ Grüßen Sie John von mir! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Bless you (when sneezing) Gesundheit!
Good night and sweet dreams! Gute Nacht und träum was schönes! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Solving a Misunderstanding
I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) Entschuldigung, ich habe Sie nicht verstanden! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Sorry (for a mistake) Entschuldigung!/ Es tut mir leid! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
No Problem! Kein Problem!/ Keine Ursache! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Can You Say It Again? Kannst du/ Können Sie das nochmal wiederholen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Can You Speak Slowly? Kannst du/ Können Sie (etwas) langsamer sprechen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Write It Down Please! Schreib/ Schreiben Sie es bitte auf! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I Don't Understand! Ich verstehe das/ dich/ Sie nicht! (das:that, dich:you, Sie:you polite) Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I Don't Know! Ich weiß (es) nicht! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I Have No Idea. Ich habe keine Ahnung.
What's That Called In German? Wie heißt das auf deutsch? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
What Does "gato" Mean In English? Was bedeutet "nacht" auf englisch? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
How Do You Say "Please" In German? Wie sagt man "please" auf deutsch? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
What Is This? Was ist das (hier)? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
My German is bad. Mein Deutsch ist schlecht. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I need to practice my German Ich muß (mein) Deutsch üben. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Don't worry! (Nur) Keine Sorge! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
German Expressions and Words
Good/ Bad/ So-So. gut/ schlecht/ so la-la Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Big/ Small groß/ klein. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Today/ Now heute/ jetzt Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Tomorrow/ Yesterday morgen/ gestern Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Yes/ No ja/ nein Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Here you go! (when giving something) Bitte sehr!/ Bitte schön! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Do you like it? Gefällt's dir/ Ihnen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I really like it! Mir gefällt es sehr gut! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I'm hungry/ thirsty. Ich habe Hunger/Durst. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night. am Morgen/morgens/ am Abend/abends/ in der Nacht Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
This/ That. Here/There dies(es/er/e)/ das. hier/ dort. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Ich/ Du. Er/ sie Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Really! Wirklich?!/ Echt?! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Look! Guck (mal)/ Schau (mal)! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Hurry up! Beeil dich!/ beeilen Sie sich! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
What? Where? was?/ wo? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
What time is it? Wieviel Uhr ist es?/ Wie spät ist es? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm. Es ist zehn Uhr. Sieben Uhr dreißig/ halb acht. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Give me this! Gib mir das! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I love you! Ich liebe dich/ Sie! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I feel sick. Ich fühle mich nicht wohl. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I need a doctor Ich brauche einen Arzt. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
One, Two, Three eins, zwei, drei Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Four, Five, Six vier, fünf, sechs Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten sieben, acht, neun, zehn Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m looking for a pharmacy Ich suche eine Apotheke Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Are there any side effects? Gibt es irgendwelche Nebenwirkungen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
My Doctor said ... Mein Arzt sagte (mir) ... Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
The class was canceled Die Stunde ist ausgefallen Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
My (telephone) number is ... Meine Telefonnummer ist ... Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
You can call me at any time Du kannst mich jederzeit anrufen Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
You can send me a text message Du kannst mir eine SMS/Textnachricht schicken Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
You can write me an E-Mail Du kannst mir eine E-Mail schreiben Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Why didn‘t I think of that? Warum ist mir das nicht eingefallen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I noticed that, too Das ist mir auch aufgefallen Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
The telephone bill is due Die Telefonrechnung ist fällig Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Enjoy the meal! Guten Appetit! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m bored Mir ist langweilig Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Be quiet! Sei ruhig! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Get lost! Verschwinde! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
What‘s wrong with you? Was hast Du? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Are you crazy? Spinnst Du? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Leave me alone! Lass mich in Ruhe! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I miss you Ich vermisse dich Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I love you Ich liebe dich Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I like you Ich mag dich/Ich habe dich gern Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Are you free tomorrow evening? Hast Du morgen Abend Zeit? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I would like to invite you to dinner Ich möchte Dich zum Abendessen einladen. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
You look beautiful! Du siehst schön aus! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Can you tell me more about you? Kannst Du mir mehr über Dich erzählen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m single Ich bin Single Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m married Ich bin verheiratet Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m not interested! Interessiert mich nicht! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Can I have your phone number? Kann ich deine Telefonnummer haben? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Would you like to go for a walk? Möchtest Du spazieren gehen? Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m just kidding Ich mache nur Spaß Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m serious Ich meine es Ernst. Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m vegetarian Ich bin Vegetarier Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I‘m a vegan Ich bin ein Veganer Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I don‘t eat pork! Ich esse kein Schweinefleisch! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
I don‘t drink alcohol Ich trinke keinen Alkohol Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
My God! Liebe Güte! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
Oh gosh! Ach je! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example
It sucks! Mist! Download Adobe Flash to hear audio example

I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some German phrases, expressions and words. Make sure to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. If you want to practice what you have learnt here, go to Language Test.