Must-Know German Phrases

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 of 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. Ich stimme dir zu. – I agree with you.
  13. Haben Sie schon auf? – Are you open yet?
  14. Darf ich mal vorbei? – May I pass by?
  15. Schön, Sie kennen zu lernen. – Nice to get to know you.
  16. Können Sie das bitte wiederholen? -Could you say that again please?
  17. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag. – Happy Birthday.
  18. Entschuldigung, darf ich Sie etwas fragen? – Excuse me, could I ask you something?
  19. Ich möchte nach… – I want to go to…
  20. Wie lange dauert das?– How long does it take?
  21. Zeigen Sie mir das bitte auf der Karte? – Can you show me on the map?
  22. Geht es hier lang? – Is it this way?
  23. Gibt es ein Krankenhaus in der Nähe? – Is there a hospital near here?
  24. Es tut hier weh. – It hurts here.
  25. Ich suche ein nettes Café in der Nähe. – I’m looking for a nice cafe in the area.
  26. Stimmt so. – Keep the change.
  27. Das gefällt mir. – I like it.
  28. Ich möchte /  Ich hätte gern… – I’d like…
  29. Sonst noch etwas? – Anything else?
  30. Alles ist in Ordnung. – Everything is fine.
  31. Keine Ahnung. – I have no idea.
  32. Leider habe ich keine zeit. – Sadly, I do not have any time.
  33. Das geht nicht. – That does not work for me.
  34. Kannst du das bitte wiederholen? – Could you repeat that please?
  35. Ich habe zeit nach eins. – I have time after one.
  36. Mir ist heiß/kalt. – I am hot/cold.
  37. Wo ist die nächste Toilette? – Where is the closest restroom?
  38. Natürlich. – Of course.
  39. Woher kommen Sie? – Where are you from? (Formal)
  40. Ich komme aus England. – I am from England.
  41. Wann fährt der Zug ab? – When does the train depart?
  42. Wie spät ist es? – What is the time?
  43. Ich schaue mich nur, danke. – I am just looking, thank you.
  44. Bitte wiederholen Sie! – Will you please repeat that
  45. Ich verstehe nicht. – I do not understand.
  46. Ich brauche Hilfe. – I need some help.
  47. Kein Mensch versteht es. – No one understands it.
  48. Haben Sie Andenken? – Do you have souvenirs?
  49. Darf ich mit Kreditkarte bezahlen? – May I pay with credit card?
  50. Wie viel kostet das? – How much does that cost?
  51. Kan ich bitte die Speisekarte sehen? – Can I see the menu please?
  52. Mit laktosefreier Milch, bitte. – With lactose-free milk please.
  53. Ist das glutenfrei? – Is that gluten-free?
  54. Zum Bahnhof, bitte. – To the train station please.
  55. Wo ist die Bushaltestelle? – Where is the bus stop?
  56. Darf ich bitte einen U-Bahnplan sehen? – May I see a underground train map please?
  57. Trotzdem danke. – Thank you anyway.
  58. Haben Sie noch ein Zimmer frei? – Do you have an open room?
  59. Wo ist der beste Supermarkt? – Where is the best supermarket?
  60. Lassen Sie mich nicht in Ruhe. – Do not leave me alone.
  61. Dankeschön. – Thank you.
  62. Kann ich Sie schnell etwas fragen? – Could I quickly ask you something?
  63. Gibt es hier in der Nähe etwas Interessantes zu sehen? – Is there anything interesting to see in this area?
  64. Ich schaue mich nur um. – I’m just looking around.
  65. Die Rechnung, bitte. – The bill please.
  66. Ich will nicht mal darüber nachdenken, wie das Leben ohne dich wäre. – I don’t even want to think about what life would be like without you.
  67. Ich kann nicht glauben, wie perfekt wir für einander gemacht sind. – I can’t believe how perfectly we were made for each other.
  68. Du lässt meine Seele singen, wenn du in einen Raum gehst. – You make my soul sing when you walk into a room.
  69. Ich schätze dich über alles anderes in meinem Leben. – I cherish you above anything else in my life.
  70. Du bist mein Schatz – das kostbarste Ding in meinem Leben. – You are my treasure – the most precious thing in my life.

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


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  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.

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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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