Jessica asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

German phrases to know?

I reall need to learn some conversational German phrases quickly. My relatives from Germany are coming for a visit in about 2 weeks and they don't speak very good English.

Any basic phrases would be helpful!

And please include what it means in English and a exact German pronounciation.


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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Guten Morgen - goot-en mor-gen - Good Morning

    Guten Tag - goot-en tahk - Hello/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 / chow

    Hi / Hello / Bye

    Auf Wiedersehen - owf vee-dair-zayn - Goodbye

    Bis später- biss shpay-ter -See you later

    Bis bald - biss bahlt -See you soon

    Bis morgen - biss mohr-gen - See you tomorrow

    Bitte - bih-tuh - Please

    Danke (schön) - dahn-kuh shurn -Thank you

    Bitte schön - bih-tuh shurn - You'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 veer - Let's go!

    Wie geht es Ihnen? - vee gayt es ee-nen - How are you? Wie geht's? - vee gayts - How 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 gate - I'm ok. (informal)

    Ja / Nein - yah / nine - Yes / No

    Wie heißen Sie? - vee hie-ssen zee - What's your name? Wie heißt du? - vee hiesst doo -What's your name?

    Ich heiße... - ikh hie-ssuh - I am called...

    Freut mich. - froyt mikh - Pleased to meet you. Gleichfalls. - glykh-fals - Likewise.

    Herr / Frau / Fräulein - hair / frow / froi-line - Mister / Misses / Miss

    Woher kommen Sie? - vo-hair koh-men zee - Where are you from? (formal)

    Woher kommst du? - vo-hair kohmst doo - Where are you from? (informal)

    Ich komme aus... ikh koh-muh ows... I'm from...

    Wo wohnen Sie? - vo voh-nen zee -Where do you live?

    Wo wohnst du? - vo vohnst doo - Where do you live?

    Ich wohne in... - ikh voh-nuh in -I live in...

    Wie alt sind Sie?

    vee alt zint zee

    How old are you? (formal)

    Wie alt bist du?

    vee alt bisst doo

    How old are you? (informal)

    Ich bin ____ Jahre alt.

    ikh bin ____ yaa-reh alt

    I am ____ years old.

    Sprechen Sie deutsch?

    shpreck-en zee doytch

    Do you speak German? (formal)

    Sprichst du englisch?

    shprikhst doo eng-lish

    Do you speak English? (informal)

    Ich spreche (kein)...

    ikh shpreck-uh kine

    I (don't) speak...

    Verstehen Sie? / Verstehst du?

    fehr-shtay-en zee / fehr-shtayst doo

    Do you understand? (formal / informal)

    Ich verstehe (nicht).

    ikh fehr-shtay-eh nikht

    I (don't) understand.

    Ich weiß (nicht).

    ikh vise nikht

    I (don't) know.

    Können Sie mir helfen?

    ker-nen zee meer hell-fen

    Can you help me? (formal)

    Kannst du mir helfen?

    kahnst doo meer hell-fen

    Can you help me? (informal)



    Of course

    Kann ich Ihnen helfen?

    kahn ikh ee-nen hell-fen

    May I help you? (formal)

    Kann ich dir helfen?

    kahn ikh deer hell-fen

    May I help you? (informal)

    Wie bitte?

    vee bih-tuh

    What? Pardon me?

    Wie sagt man ___ auf deutsch?

    vee zahkt mahn ___ owf doytch

    How do you say ___ in German?

    Wo ist / Wo sind... ?

    voh ist / voh zint

    Where is / Where are... ?

    Es gibt...

    ess geept

    There is / are...

    Was ist los?

    vahs ist lohs

    What's the matter?

    Das macht nichts.

    dass makht nikhts

    It doesn't matter.

    Das ist mir egal.

    dass ist meer eh-gahl

    I don't care.

    Keine Angst!

    ky-nuh ahngst

    Don't worry!

    Ich habe es vergessen.

    ikh hah-buh ess fehr-geh-sen

    I forgot.

    Jetzt muss ich gehen.

    yetz mooss ikh geh-en

    I must go now.

    Ich habe Hunger / Durst.

    ikh hah-buh hoong-er / dirst

    I'm hungry / thirsty.

    Ich bin krank / müde.

    ikh bin krahnk moo-duh

    I'm sick / tired.

    Ich habe Langeweile.

    ikh hah-buh lahn-guh-vy-luh

    I'm bored.



    Bless you!

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

    herts-likh-en glewk-voonsh


    Sei ruhig!

    zy roo-hikh

    Be quiet!




    Viel Glück!

    feel glewk

    Good luck!

    Ich liebe dich.

    ikh leeb-uh dikh

    I love you.

    hahra soory for the messy things

  • bruyn
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    3 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think a few phrases will do but you will probably be able to manage everything in English, anyway. They'll be able to understand basic stuff like "Would you like some coffee?"...

    Might be helpful to have a dictionary at hand just in case.

    Don't speak too fast! :-)

    Source(s): native German with English relatives ;-)
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  • 1 decade ago

    How are you?: Wie gehts? (Vee gates)

    Good: gut (goot)

    Very good: sehr gut (zare goot)

    I am good/fine: Es geht mir gut (Ess gate meer goot)

    Hello: hallo (hollow)

    Good morning: Guten morgen (gooten morgen)

    Good bye (until we see eachother again): Auf wiedersehen (Owwf feeder sane)

  • Rain
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