92 Basic German Phrases To Survive Your First Conversation With A Native Speaker

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Have you ever wanted to learn German?

Or are you planning a trip to a German-speaking country?

In order to get started and have your first basic conversations in German, you're going to need to learn some words!

In this post, you'll learn about 92 basic phrases and words that can help you.

To make it easier for you, I've divided the phrases into different categories.

  1. German Greetings & Introductions
  2. “I do not understand!” – Getting Out Of Sticky Situations
  3. Numbers In German
  4. Visiting A German Restaurant
  5. Transport – Getting Around In Germany
  6. Asking For Directions
  7. Shopping In German
  8. Dealing with Medical Emergencies
  9. Finding Hidden Gems

Whether you are going to Germany or Austria or Switzerland, chances are you can get by in English. But if you speak some German too, you'll be able to connect more with German speakers. 

Having a few common German phrases will make you experience these countries in a completely different way.

And even at home, learning German will allow you to learn more about German culture and connect with German speakers in your local community.

You don't need to have a natural flair for languages. Learning a few key phrases and being able to use them is a great start. 

You never know, maybe learning these phrases will motivate you to go on and learn to speak German fluently.

To make it as easy as possible in your German conversations, I've created it ,

Note: The anglicised pronunciation is listed for each phrase is approximate. There are certain aspects of German pronunciation which are unique sounds not used in English. To download these for free, just click here .

German Greetings & Introductions

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If you want to make a good impression with German speakers, you can read a few basic phrases to meet and greet people.

After all, you're going to be greetings every time you have a conversation in German!

These phrases are simple, easy to remember and long for help.

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“I Do Not Understand!” – Getting Out Of Sticky Situations

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A new language – something every new German learner wants to experience! This can phrases will help you stay in control of the situation and make a huge difference.

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Numbers In German

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Whether you're at the supermarket, ordering in a restaurant, or just having a normal conversation, it's essential to know how to use numbers in English. Let's get to it!

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Visiting A German Restaurant

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One of the most enjoyable cultural experiences you can have in a German-speaking country is visiting a restaurant and trying out some of the sumptuous local dishes.

The following phrases cover all the questions and statements you need to make when eating out, from asking for a table to paying the bill!

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Transport – Getting Around In Germany

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There are lots of practicalities to consider when taking a trip to Germany, including finding your way around. Finding the right train or bus on time isn’t always easy and you don’t want to end up being the ‘foreigner’ who is holding up the ticket queue!

In this section, we’ll learn some key transport phrases that will help you quickly and easily navigate your way around any German-speaking city or country.

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Asking For Directions In German 

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Public transport in Germany is notoriously excellent, but there are some places you'll need to walk or drive to yourself. And for most of us, that means occasionally getting lost and asking for directions!

Here are the phrases you need to ask and receive directions in English:

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Shopping In German

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Whether in the supermarket, the shopping center or the local farmer's market you're going to buy things at some point or another!

[And even haggle a bit!] Just like you would in English.

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Dealing With Medical Emergencies

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Hopefully, you'll never need the phrases in this section! Nonetheless, it's always good to know some basic medical vocabulary so that you can handle an emergency if you're unwell or suffer from an accident.

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Finding Hidden Gems In German-Speaking Countries 

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Finally, let's learn a few more phrases that do not fall into any particular category. These final phrases will allow you to sound more polite and natural. So I've included a couple of questions you can ask the locals, so you can find the hidden gems in Their cities and have a more authentic German experience!

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Your Next Steps In German

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So there you have it: a collection basic phrases to help you get started on your new adventure!

With these phrases in your back pocket, you will soon find yourself having your first basic conversations and getting excited about continuing to improve your German.

So now that you've learned the basics, are you ready to take the next step in your German adventure?

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It's my German Uncovered course, and it's designed to take you from beginner to B1 Intermediate level.

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I've just made a special audio of all the phrases in this article which you can download and use to practice your German right away! The download also includes a PDF of all the phrases so you can listen and read along at the same time.

If you're planning to travel to Germany and want to start using some basic English, this audio and PDF are perfect for bringing with you on your tablet or phone!

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How many of these phrases did you know already? Which new phrases do you think are most useful for you in your conversations? Let me know in the comments below.

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