Basic German Words & Phrases    
       

Basic Words & Phrases

From please and thank you to good morning and good night you'll have what you need to be polite and win a smile for trying.

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Pronunciation
Yes/No.Ja/Nein.yar/niyn
Yes, please/No, thank you.Ja, bitte/Nein, danke.yar bitt-er/niyn dang-ker
Please.Bitte.bitt-er
Thank you.Danke. dang-ker
You're welcome.Bitte.bitt-er
Here is/are...Hier ist/sind... heer ist/zint...
Hello/Good morning/afternoon.Hallo/Guten Morgen/Tag. hal-lo/goot-en mor-gen/targ
Hello/Good evening.Hallo/Guten Abend.hal-lo/goot-en ar-bent
Goodbye.Auf Wiedersehen. owf vee-der-zay-en
Good night.Gute Nacht. goot-er naxht
How are you?Wie geht es Ihnen?vee gayt ess een-en
Very well, thanks.Danke, gut. dang-ker goot
Excuse me. Entschuldigen Sie.ent-shool-dig-en zee
Do you speak English?Sprechen Sie Englisch?shprexh-en zee eng-lish
Can you help me?Können Sie mir behilflich sein?kern-en zee meer be-hilf-lixh ziyn
I don't understand.Ich verstehe nicht. ixh fair-shtay-er nixht
I don't know. Ich weiß nicht.ixh viyss nixht
Please write it down.Bitte schreiben Sie es auf.bitt-er shriy-ben zee ess owf
Sorry.Entschuldigung.ent-shool-dig-oong
Leave me alone!Lassen Sie mich in Ruhe! lass-en zee mixh in roo-er
Where?Wo? voe
When?Wann?van
How?Wie?vee
Why?Warum?va-room
Who?Wer?vair
Which?Welches?vel-shes
Where is...?Wo ist...?voe ist....
How much?Wie viel?vee-feel
How many?Wie viele?vee feel-er
What's that? Was ist das?vass ist dass
I'd like... Ich hätte gern... ixh hett-er gairn...
I want...Ich möchte...ixh merxht-er
I like it.Es gefällt mir.ess ge-felt meer
I don't like it.Es gefällt mir nicht. ess ge-felt meer nixht
OK/Agreed.In Ordnung/Einverstanden.in ord-noong/iyn-fer-shtan-den
That's fine.Das ist gut. dass ist goot
Here are some common verb forms you will need:  
I want/We want...Ich will/Wir wollen...ixh vill/veer voll-en
I am/We are....Ich bin/Wir sind...ixh bin/veer zint
I have/We have... Ich habe/Wir haben... ixh har-ber/veer har-ben