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German phrase and meaning
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 Phrase English Translation
Guten Morgen Good Morning
Guten Tag Good Day
Guten Abend Good Evening
Wie heißen Sie? What is your name?
Grüß Gott Greetings
Entschuldigen Sie bitte Excuse 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?
Ja Yes
Nein No
Danke Thanks
Es tut mir leid I am sorry
Bitte You're welcome
Ich heisse My name is
Es geht mir gut, danke I'm fine, thanks
Ich weiß I know
Sprechen Sie Englisch Do 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 Glück Good Luck
Danke schön Thank you very much
Ich bin froh, Sie kennenzulernen Pleased to meet you
Wunderbar! Wonderful/Super
Fühlen Sie sich wie zu Hause Feel at home
Freilich To be sure! Indeed!
(Herzlichen) Glückwunsch Congratulations
Gesundheit! Bless you - used when one is sneezing
Jetzt geht mir ein Licht auf Now I get it
Herzlich willkommen Welcome
Gott sei Dank! Thank God!
Das macht Spaß That's fun!
Ich spreche nur gebrochen deutsch I only speak some sentences in German
Fühlen Sie sich wie zu Hause Feel at home
Das läßt sich hören! That's good to hear!
Ich möchte essen I want to eat
Ich möchte Wasser I want water
Verstehen Sie? Do you understand?
Wiederholen Sie Say it again/Please repeat
Viel Vergnügen! Have fun!
Bitte nehmen Sie Platz! Please take a seat
Ich habe mich verlaufen I am lost
Ich werde Ihnen Geld geben You will be rewarded
Machen Sie sich bequem Make yourself comfortable
Alles Gute Good luck
Was ist denn los? What's the matter?
Gute Nacht! Good night!
Wo befindet sich die Toilette, bitte Where is the toilet, please?
Danke, es geht mir gut Thanks, I'm fine
Bitte bedienen Sie sich! Please help yourself!
Was ist Ihre Adresse? What is your address?
Links Left
Rechts Right
Verzeihung Pardon
Hoffentlich! Hopefully
Könnten Sie das bitte wiederholen? Could you repeat that please?
Ich werde Ihnen Bescheid sagen I will inform you
Wo ist ...? (when asking for directions to a place) Where is ...? (name of the place)
Ich brauche Auskunft I 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.