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What would you do if you are lost in a foreign land, with no knowledge about the language that the natives speak? The thought itself is scary. Well, if the nature of your work is such that you often have to travel to different countries, or you love to travel, a great way to make things easier would be to learn the basic phrases from the native language, especially the ones that are used for greeting the natives and making a general conversation. If you are planning a trip to Germany, you can avoid unnecessary hassles by learning a few commonly used expressions or phrases of the German language. If you ever get lost, the knowledge of such phrases would surely be a life-saver. Here's a compilation of German words and phrases that you could learn to ensure that your stay at Germany is hassle-free.

German Phrases and their Meaning

Here is a collection of basic phrases that you can use to introduce yourself and greet the local residents. Even if you are planning to stay for a short duration in Germany, it would not hurt to learn a few words or basic phrases that are often used in everyday conversation.

German PhraseEnglish Translation
Guten MorgenGood Morning
Guten TagGood Day
Guten AbendGood Evening
Wie heißen Sie?What is your name?
Grüß GottGreetings
Entschuldigen Sie bitteExcuse me, please
Gern geschehen!/ Keine Ursache!You're welcome
Haben Sie viel zu tun?Are you busy?
Wie geht's?How are you?
Darf ich mich vorstellen?May I introduce myself?
Wissen Sie hier Bescheid?Do you know your way around here?
JaYes
NeinNo
DankeThanks
Es tut mir leidI am sorry
BitteYou're welcome
Ich heisseMy name is
Es geht mir gut, dankeI'm fine, thanks
Ich weißI know
Sprechen Sie EnglischDo you speak English?
Ist das Ihnen recht?Is it all right with you?
Wie geht es Ihnen?How are you? (Formal)
Wie geht's?How are you? (Casual)
Das laß ich mir gefallen!I'm glad about that
Du hast/ Sie haben mir so gefehlt!I missed you so much!
Bis später!See You Later!
Viel GlückGood Luck
Danke schönThank you very much
Ich bin froh, Sie kennenzulernenPleased to meet you
Wunderbar!Wonderful/Super
Fühlen Sie sich wie zu HauseFeel at home
FreilichTo be sure! Indeed!
(Herzlichen) GlückwunschCongratulations
Gesundheit!Bless you - used when one is sneezing
Jetzt geht mir ein Licht aufNow I get it
Herzlich willkommenWelcome
Gott sei Dank!Thank God!
Das macht SpaßThat's fun!
Ich spreche nur gebrochen deutschI only speak some sentences in German
Fühlen Sie sich wie zu HauseFeel at home
Das läßt sich hören!That's good to hear!
Ich möchte essenI want to eat
Ich möchte WasserI want water
Verstehen Sie?Do you understand?
Wiederholen SieSay it again/Please repeat
Viel Vergnügen!Have fun!
Bitte nehmen Sie Platz!Please take a seat
Ich habe mich verlaufenI am lost
Ich werde Ihnen Geld gebenYou will be rewarded
Machen Sie sich bequemMake yourself comfortable
Alles GuteGood luck
Was ist denn los?What's the matter?
Gute Nacht!Good night!
Wo befindet sich die Toilette, bitteWhere is the toilet, please?
Danke, es geht mir gutThanks, I'm fine
Bitte bedienen Sie sich!Please help yourself!
Was ist Ihre Adresse?What is your address?
LinksLeft
RechtsRight
VerzeihungPardon
Hoffentlich!Hopefully
Könnten Sie das bitte wiederholen?Could you repeat that please?
Ich werde Ihnen Bescheid sagenI will inform you
Wo ist ...? (when asking for directions to a place)Where is ...? (name of the place)
Ich brauche AuskunftI need some information
Kannst du/ Können Sie mir helfen?Can you help me?
Einen schönen Tag allerseits!Have a nice day!
Guten Appetit!Enjoy the meal
Auf Wiedersehen!Good-bye!
Tschüs!Bye-bye!

This was an assorted collection of some of the basic German phrases that will help you to communicate with the natives of Germany. Before you leave for Germany, make it a point to remember these phrases and their meanings. If you have some knowledge of the native language, the local residents will surely appreciate the fact that you put in some effort to learn a few phrases of their language and they will certainly be more receptive.