German Phrases (Common Expressions)

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This section contains 400 of the most used phrases in German. This should help you improve your speaking, reading and writing. Exploring the whole list will make it easier to start conversations and understand what was said to you. I divided this section into 4 pages, the first 100 are listed on this page, then the rest here: phrases 2, phrases 3, phrases 4. Each page contains 100 common expressions. Going through each page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at German Classes.

Phrases Tips

To make sure you are more likely to remember each expression, try to first to read the sentence without hearing it, then click to hear how it is prnounced, then read it out loud 3 times while imagining yourself vividly talking to somone. Also try to practice what you memorized from time to time, to make it stick.

Here are the first 100 common phrases. You will find a lot of them are about greeting someone, introducing yourself or asking where someone is from ... etc. Basically, these are expressions which you might use when starting a conversation with someone you have just met.

Phrases in German

Phrases German Audio
How are you? (informal)Wie gehts?
How are you? (formal)Wie geht es Ihnen?
What's up? (colloquial) Was ist los?
I'm fine, thank you!Ich bin gut, danke!
Hi!Hallo! / Guten Tag!
Good morning!Guten Morgen!
Good afternoon!Guten Nachmittag!
Good evening!Guten Abend!
And you? (informal)Und du?
And you? (formal)Und Ihnen?
We speak two languagesWir sprechen zwei Sprachen
They speak four languagesSie sprechen vier Sprachen
I visited one countryIch besuchte ein Land
She visited three countriesSie besuchte drei Länder
She has one sisterSie hat eine Schwester
He has two sistersEr hat zwei Schwestern
Welcome!Willkommen! / Herzliches Willkommen!
Do you like it here?Finden Sie es hier gefallen?
See you later!Bis später!
Thank you very much!Vielen Dank!
I really like it!Ich mag es wirklich!
Thank you!Danke!
You're welcome! (in response to "thank you")Bitte! / Bitte schön!
Have a nice day!Schönen Tag noch!
Good night!Gute Nacht!
Have a good trip!Gute Reise!
It was nice talking to you!Es war schön, mit dir / Ihnen zu reden.
Am I right or wrong?Bin ich richtig oder falsch?
Is he younger or older than you?Ist er jünger oder älter als du?
Is the test easy or difficult?Ist der Test leicht oder schwer?
Is this book new or old?Ist das ein neues oder altes Buch?
This is so expensiveDies ist sehr teuer

More Sentences

English German Audio
I don't speak KoreanIch spreche nicht Koreanisch
I love the Japanese languageIch liebe die japanische Sprache
I speak ItalianIch spreche Italienisch
I want to learn SpanishIch möchte Spanisch lernen.
My mother tongue is GermanMeine Muttersprache ist Deutsch
Spanish is easy to learnSpanisch ist leicht zu lernen
He has a Moroccan rugEr hat einen marokkanischen Teppich
I have an American carIch habe ein amerikanisches Auto
I love French cheeseIch liebe Französisch Käse
I'm ItalianIch bin Italiener / Ich bin Italienerin
My father is GreekMein Vater ist Griechisch.
My wife is KoreanMeine Ehefrau ist Koreanisch.
Have you ever been to India?Haben Sie schon einmal in Indien?
I came from SpainIch kam aus Spanien
I live in AmericaIch lebe in Amerika
I want to go to GermanyIch möchte nach Deutschland zu gehen
I was born in ItalyIch wurde in Italien geboren
Japan is a beautiful countryJapan ist ein schönes Land
Long time no seeLange nicht gesehen
I missed youIch habe dich vermisst
What's new?Was gibt's Neues?
Nothing newNichts Neues
Make yourself at home!Fühlen Sie sich wie zu Hause.
Have a good tripGute Fahrt
Can I practice Italian with you?Kann ich Italienisch mit dich üben?
I speak French but with an accentIch spreche Französisch, aber mit einem Akzent
I was born in MiamiIch wurde in Miami geboren
I'm from JapanIch komme aus Japan
The letter is inside the bookDer Brief ist innerhalb des Buches
The pen is under the deskDer Stift ist unter dem Schreibtisch
Can I help you?Kann ich Ihnen helfen?
Can you help me?Können Sie mir helfen?
Can you show me?Können Sie mir zeigen?
Come with me!Komm mit mir!
Downtown (city center)Innenstadt
Excuse me! (to ask someone)Entschuldigen!
Go straightFahren Sie geradeaus
How can I get to the museum? Wie kann ich zum Museum?
How long does it take to get there?Wie lange dauert es, um dorthin zu gelangen?
I'm lostIch bin verloren
I'm not from hereIch bin nicht von hier
It's far from hereEs ist weit von hier
It's near hereEs ist hier in der Nähe
One moment please!Einen Moment bitte!
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Turn rightrechts abbiegen


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Here are the rest of the German phrases: phrases 2, phrases 3, phrases 4. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn German homepage.

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