Some German phrases’ words are quite a bit different than in English and it will be very useful to memorize them. They could help you out if tight situations. If in a German speaking country the natives will also be more friendly and helpful even when only trying to speak in German. Talk to a person in his own language and you talk to his heart!

  1. Wie geht’s? – How are you?
  2. Mir geht’s gut. – I’m doing well.
  3. Mir geht’s nicht gut. I’m not doing well.
  4. Ich heiße… – My name is…
  5. Wie heißen Sie? – What is your name?
  6. Können Sie bitte langsamer sprechen?  Could you say that more slowly please?
  7. Es tut mir leid. – I’m sorry.
  8. Verzeihen Sie.Forgive me.
  9. Ich habe mich verlaufen.– I’m lost.
  10. Schreiben Sie das bitte für mich auf. – Please write that down for me.
  11. Macht nichts. Never mind.
  12. In Ordnung. – All right.
  13. Ich stimme dir zu. – I agree with you.
  14. Haben Sie schon auf? – Are you open yet?
  15. Darf ich mal vorbei?– May I pass by?
  16. Schön, Sie kennen zu lernen. Nice to get to know you.
  17. Können Sie das bitte wiederholen?-Could you say that again please?
  18. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag. – Happy Birthday.
  19. Entschuldigung! Excuse me!
  20. Entschuldigung, darf ich Sie etwas fragen? – Excuse me, could I ask you something?
  21. Ich möchte nach… – I want to go to…
  22. Wie lange dauert das?– How long does it take?
  23. Zeigen Sie mir das bitte auf der Karte? – Can you show me on the map?
  24. Geht es hier lang? – Is it this way?
  25. Gibt es ein Krankenhaus in der Nähe? – Is there a hospital near here?
  26. Es tut hier weh. – It hurts here.
  27. Ich suche ein nettes Café in der Nähe. – I’m looking for a nice cafe in the area.
  28. Stimmt so. – Keep the change.
  29. Das gefällt mir. – I like it.
  30. Ich möchte /  Ich hätte gern… – I’d like…
  31. Sonst noch etwas? – Anything else?
  32. Alles ist in Ordnung. – Everything is fine.
  33. Keine Ahnung. – I have no idea.

Have fun learning and let me know if you have other useful phrases!



Further Reading

23 More Need to Know German Phrases

11 German Idioms You Have to Know

5 German Ways to Say I Love You

14 Words Own to German


52 Replies to “33 German Phrases to Know by Heart”

  1. Hi Charlé,
    Just noticed a couple of errors in your sentences.
    18 should be “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag”
    In 33 it should be “Keine Ahnung “
    Sorry to be picky, but it’s important to get these things right.

      1. Don’t be too hard on yourself! FAIL – first attempt in learning! Great job – thank you und Dankeschön 🙂

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    1. Sorry, but this correction is completely wrong. “I’m lost” is “Ich habe mich verlaufen”, not “ich habe mich verloren”. The latter means “I’ve lost myself”.

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