Basic German words

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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German word list

Here's a list of common German phrases that will help you communicate during your travels around Germany. Having a basic German vocabulary with a handful of important words will make your trip much more enjoyable and the locals will appreciate your efforts.

English
German
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

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