German Words and Phrases

Some Basic Phrases

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Guten Morgen
goot-en mor-genGood Morning
Guten Tag
goot-en tahkHello/Good Day
Guten Abend
goot-en ah-bent
Good Evening
Gute Nacht
goot-eh nakht
Good Night
Tag / Hallo / Tschüs / Tschau
tahk / hah-loh / tchews / chowHi / Hello / Bye
Auf Wiedersehen
owf vee-dair-zaynGoodbye
Bis später
biss shpay-terSee you later
Bis bald
biss bahltSee you soon
Bis morgen
biss mohr-genSee you tomorrow
Danke (schön)
dahn-kuh shurnThank you
bih-tuh shurnYou’re welcome
Es tut mir leid.
ehs toot meer lite
I’m sorry
Entschuldigen Sie
ehnt-shool-dih-gun zee
Excuse me
Gehen wir!
geh-en veerLet’s go!
Wie geht es Ihnen?
vee gayt es ee-nenHow are you? (formal)
Wie geht’s?
vee gaytsHow are you? (informal)
(Sehr) Gut / So lala
zair goot / zo lahlah(Very) Good / OK
Schlecht / Nicht Gut
shlekht / nisht goot
Bad / Not good
Es geht.
ess gateI’m ok. (informal)
Ja / Nein
yah / nineYes / No
Wie heißen Sie?
vee hie-ssen zeeWhat’s your name? (formal)
Wie heißt du?
vee hiesst dooWhat’s your name? (informal)
Ich heiße…
ikh hie-ssuhI am called…
Freut mich.
froyt mikhPleased to meet you.
Herr / Frau / Fräulein
hair / frow / froi-line
Mister / Misses / Miss
Woher kommen Sie?
vo-hair koh-men zeeWhere are you from? (formal)
Woher kommst du?
vo-hair kohmst dooWhere are you from? (informal)
Ich komme aus…
ikh koh-muh ows…I’m from…
Wo wohnen Sie?
vo voh-nen zeeWhere do you live? (formal)
Wo wohnst du?
vo vohnst dooWhere do you live? (informal)
Ich wohne in…
ikh voh-nuh in I live in…
Wie alt sind Sie?
vee alt zint zeeHow old are you? (formal)
Wie alt bist du?
vee alt bisst dooHow old are you? (informal)
Ich bin ____ Jahre alt.
ikh bin ____ yaa-reh altI am ____ years old.
Sprechen Sie deutsch?
shpreck-en zee doytchDo you speak German? (formal)
Sprichst du englisch?
shprikhst doo eng-lishDo you speak English? (informal)
Ich spreche (kein)…
ikh shpreck-uh kineI (don’t) speak…
Verstehen Sie? / Verstehst du?
fehr-shtay-en zee / fehr-shtayst dooDo you understand? (formal / informal)
Ich verstehe (nicht).
ikh fehr-shtay-eh nikhtI (don’t) understand.
Ich weiß (nicht).
ikh vise nikhtI (don’t) know.
Können Sie mir helfen?
ker-nen zee meer hell-fenCan you help me? (formal)
Kannst du mir helfen?
kahnst doo meer hell-fenCan you help me? (informal)
nah-tewr-likhOf course
Kann ich Ihnen helfen?
kahn ikh ee-nen hell-fenMay I help you? (formal)
Kann ich dir helfen?
kahn ikh deer hell-fenMay I help you? (informal)
Wie bitte?
vee bih-tuhWhat? Pardon me?
Wie sagt man ___ auf deutsch?
vee zahkt mahn ___ owf doytchHow do you say ___ in German?
Wo ist / Wo sind… ?
voh ist / voh zintWhere is / Where are… ?
Es gibt…
ess geeptThere is / are…
Was ist los?
vahs ist lohsWhat’s the matter?
Das macht nichts.
dass makht nikhtsIt doesn’t matter.
Das ist mir egal.
dass ist meer eh-gahlI don’t care.
Keine Angst!
ky-nuh ahngstDon’t worry!
Ich habe es vergessen.
ikh hah-buh ess fehr-geh-senI forgot.
Jetzt muss ich gehen.
yetz mooss ikh geh-enI must go now.
Ich habe Hunger / Durst.
ikh hah-buh hoong-er / dirstI’m hungry / thirsty.
Ich bin krank / müde.
ikh bin krahnk moo-duhI’m sick / tired.
Ich habe Langeweile.
ikh hah-buh lahn-guh-vy-luhI’m bored.
geh-soont-hytBless you!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch!
herts-likh-en glewk-voonshCongratulations!
Sei ruhig!
zy roo-hikhBe quiet!
Viel Glück!
feel glewkGood luck!
Ich liebe dich.
ikh leeb-uh dikh
I love you.

Note: Ichis not actually pronounced ikh,
unless you are speaking a northern dialect of German. If you are speaking
a southern dialect, then it is more like ish. There is no equivalent
sound in English. In standard German, It is somewhere between ish and
ikh and somewhat like a soft hiss of a cat. Technically it is a voiceless palatal
fricative and its voiced counterpart is the y sound in yes.

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  1. zech737 said

    hey thanks for teaching me some german words

    • Howdy,
      i just want everyone to know that i am taking a german class in my grade.
      i am in 10 th grade.

      • Very impressive naturekid…you tackled a language that can be a challenge but once you get the hang of it you’ll wrap it up! I happen to be from Germany and started speaking English when I was 9 years old..can’t say that was any easier lol.
        Frohe Botschaft! 🙂

      • Good for you~!

  2. gabbrunner said

    thanks, while it’s not enough for a longer stay in Germany, that should give us a headstart.

    @howdy, that’s great information

  3. singhs1 said

    Thanks for this! It has been quite helpful 🙂

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  6. Thanks this is really helpful my German is better now! 🙂

  7. What does the word ‘Fehr’ mean? I’m having difficulty finding it online.
    It is listed in front of my family name in a geneology book.
    Thanks in Advance!

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