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German Phrases to Know to Make Your Trip to Germany Smooth

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Planning a trip to Germany? These German phrases will not only help you communicate more effectively. They will also go along way to build some credibility with your new German friends. This post contains important German phrases to help in getting transportation, communicating at the restaurant, as well as getting help.

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Greetings

German Phrases for Greetings
EnglishGermanPronunciation
Good DayGuten TagGOO-ten tahk
Good MorningGuten MorgenGOO-tun MOR-gun
Good EveningGuten AbendGOO-tun AH-bunt
How are you?Wie geht’s? vee GATES?
Good, thanksGut, dankegoot, DAN-keh
GoodbyeAuf Wiedersehenowf VEE-dur-zane

Be Polite

EnglishGermanPronunciation
PleaseBitteBEE-tuh
Thank youDanke schönDAN-kuh shurn
You’re WelcomeBitte schön! BEE-tuh shurn
Excuse Me (Begging pardon)Entschuldigungent-SHOOL-dee-goong
I’m sorryEs tut mir leides toot meer lite
Do you speak English?Sprechen Sie Englisch?shprekhun zee ENG-leesh
I don’t understand Ich verstehe das nichteesh fur-SHTAY-uh dahs nikht
I can’t speak German (well)Ich spreche kein Deutscheesh spreh-khuh kine doitsh

Getting Transportation

German Phrases for getting Transportation
EnglishGermanPronunciation
Take me there, please. Bringen Sie mich bitte dahin.BRING-en zee mikh BIT-tuh dah-HIN
How much is a ticket to __?Was kostet eine Fahrkarte nach __?vass KOSS-tet igh-nuh FAHR-kahr-tuh nahkh __?
One ticket to __, please.Bitte eine Fahrkarte nach __BIT-tuh IGH-nuh FAHR-kahr-tuh nahkh __
Where is the train/bus to __? Wo ist der Zug/Bus nach __?OH ist dayr TSOOK/BOOSS nahkh __?
Does this train/bus stop in/at _____? Hält dieser Zug/Bus in/bei_____? helt DEE-zer TSOOK/BOOSS in/by _____?

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At the Hotel

German phrases for the hotel
EnglishGermanPronunciation
Do you have rooms available?Sind noch Zimmer frei?ZINT nokh TSIM-mer FRIGH?
How much is a room for one person/two people? Wieviel kostet ein Einzelzimmer/
Doppelzimmer? 
vee-feel KOSS-tet ighn IGHN-tsel-tsim-mer/DOP-pel-tsim-mer?)
May I see the room first?Darf ich das Zimmer erstmal sehen?Darf ikh dahs TSIM-mer ayrst-mahl ZAY-en?
Is breakfast/supper included? Ist Frühstück/Abendessen inklusive?ist FRUU-shtuuk/AH-bent-ess-en in-kloo-ZEE-vuh?
I would like to check outIch möchte auscheckenikh MOOKH-tuh ows-check-en

Getting Around

EnglishGermanPronunciation
Where is the toilet, please?Wo ist die Toilette, bitte?voh eest dee twah-LET-uh BEE-tuh
Do you know where … is?Wissen Sie, wo … ist?VEE-sun zee voh … eest
How do I get to the train station?Wie komme ich zum Bahnhof?vee KOM-muh ikh tsoom BAHN-hohf?
How do I get to ___ hotel?Wie komme ich zum ___ Hotel?ee KOM-muh ikh tsoom ___hoh-TELL
Can you show me on the map?Kannst du/Können Sie mir das auf der Karte zeigen?kahnst doo/KOON-en zee meer dahss ouf dayr KAHR-tuh TSIGH-gen?

Let’s Go Shopping

German phrases for shopping
EnglishGermanPronunciation
How much is this? Was kostet das? vahss KOSS-tet dahss?
That’s too expensiveDas ist zu teuerahss ist tsoo TOY-er
I’m not interestedIch habe kein Interesseikh hah-buh kighn in-ter-ES-se
Ok, I’ll take itOK, ich nehme esoh-kay, ikh NAY-muh ess
Can I have a bag?Kann ich eine Tüte haben?kahn ikh IGH-nuh TUU-tuh HAH-ben?
Do you accept credit cards?Kann ich mit Kreditkarte zahlen? kahn ikh mit kray-DEET-kahr-tuh TSAH-len?

At the Restaurant

EnglishGermanPronunciation
A table for one person/two people, please. Ein Tisch für eine Person/zwei Personen, bitteighn TISH fuur IGHN-uh payr-ZOHN/TSVIGH payr-ZOHN-nen, BIT-tuh
Can I look at the menu, please? Ich hätte gerne die Speisekarteikh HET-tuh GAYR-nuh dee SHPIGH-zuh-kahr-tuh
Is there a house specialty? Gibt es eine Spezialität des Hauses?gipt ess igh-nuh shpeh-tsyah-lee-TAYT dess HOW-zess?
I would like __. Ich möchte __.ikh MERKH-tuh
I’m a vegetarian. Ich bin Vegetarierikh bin vay-gay-TAH-ree-er
May I have a glass of __? Könnte ich ein Glas __ haben?KOON-tuh ikh ighn glahss _____ HAH-ben?
It was deliciousEs war hervorragendess vahr hayr-FOR-rah-gent
The check, pleaseZahlen, bitteTSAH-len, BIT-tuh

Getting Help

EnglishGermanPronunciation
I need your
help
Ich brauche deine/
Ihre Hilfe
eesh BROW-khuh
DIGH-nuh/EE-ruh HEEL-fuh
I’m lostIch habe mich verirrteesh HAH-buh meesh fer-EERT
I lost my bagIch habe meine Tasche verloreneesh HAH-buh migh-nuh TAH-shuh fer-LOH-run
I need a doctorIch brauche einen Arzteesh BROW-khuh IGH-nuh ARTST
Can I use your phone?Kann ich dein/Ihr Telefon benutzen?kahn eesh dighn/eer tay-lay-FOHN buh-NOOT-sun?

We hope you find this post of German phrases helpful and enjoy using them while you’re traveling in German speaking countries. If you would like more help learning German for your trip check out these sites that offer Apps as well, Duolingo, Innovativelanguage.com and Babbel.com.

For more language options for different countries check out our post Essential Spanish Phrases to Make Communication Easier and Travel Tips for First Timers to Paris.

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