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German Phrases!

Here is a post to help anyone struggling or just wants to learn some german phrases ^^ By the way these are only the basic phrases there are tons of phrases but that would take forever to make a post about plus I'm still a beginner these are just basic phrases I have learned on duolingo, so please correct me if I get any of them wrong! enjoy :)

Hello (informal) -- Hallo

Hello/Good day -- Guten Tag

Bye (informal) -- Tschüss

Goodbye -- Auf Wiedersehen

No -- Nein

Yes -- Ja

Thank you -- Danke schön

Good morning -- Guten Morgen

Good night -- Gute Nacht

I am sorry -- Es tut mir leid

Please -- Bitte

I hope this helped you! :)

May 13, 2018



........Danke schön :)


Oh okie thank you!


Awesome! This is great! I love how you put the "Formal"-"Informal" next to the words! Without being critical, just a teeny-tiny correction: 'Thank you' is "Danke" and 'Thank you very much' is "Danke schön"! :) Are you going to do more of these? Because I'm going to put it into a notepad to give it to beginners.


Wow thanks and i will correct the danke schön thanks for telling me! and i would love to do more of them!


Keine Problem! I'm looking forward to adding them! Good luck Kate!


correction to you Desert-Rose: thank you very much is "vielen Dank" "Danke schön" is a level in between "vielen Dank" and just "Danke"


Also there is "You're welcome" which is also "Bitte" in German.


Yes, I vaguely remember that one - Bitte schön!


That is an informal abbreviation. Correct: "Bitte sehr." or "Bitte schön".


Every little bit helps - Danke!


your welcome! Bitte schön :)


Some extra phrases (for advanced learners and people interested in dialects)

Hello (informal) -- Hallo
Servus (mostly Bavaria/Austria, means "i am at your service"/ literally "i am your slave")

Hello/Good day -- Guten Tag
saying Taag/Tahg (stretch the a!) and leave out Guten is the same, at least in Austria, although less formal
Grüß Gott (Austria and again Bavaria i think)
(Ich) grüße Sie (formal)
Grüß(e) Dich/ = griaß di (informal)
Grüß(e) Euch/ = Griaß eng (informal)
Grüß(e) Ihnen (never heard it that way)/=Griaß Iana (actually super formal because it is the "Ihrzen" form ("extreme" form of "Siezen") but since it is outdated it became an informal greeting probably as a joke)

deri/habidieri/hawädeerä and certainly a lot other different spellings possible (very informal! Austria! actually "Habe die Ehre (gnädige Frau/gnädiger Herr)" which is very(!) formal and outdated ~Honor to meet you.)
((the very short deri does not, but habideri also means ❤❤❤, ~get the f outta here))

Bye (informal) -- Tschüss/ Tschau=Ciao/ Servus/ Bis bald/ Bis später/ Bis dann/ Bis morgen/ Baba (greetings to your father (Papa)... kind of baby language, but really common in Austria)

Goodbye -- Auf Wiedersehen (auf is sort of optional, but makes it a little more formal) / (Auf) Wiederschauen (once again Austria!)

No -- Nein
not really -- wrong German: nicht wirklich (but used and understood), correct German: eigentlich nicht

Yes -- Ja
Yep -- Jepp/ Jupp/ Jo/ Klaro

Thank you -- Danke
Thank you very much-- Danke schön / Danke vielmals

Good morning -- Guten Morgen/ Moin - Moin Moin (northern Germany)
Morgähn if you are still tired (gähn = yawn) ;-)

Good night -- Gute Nacht / Guts Nächtle (cute version)

I am sorry -- Es tut mir leid / Entschuldigung / Pardon (there is a ton of French in German, suitable only for minor faux pas though)

Excuse me -- Entschuldigen Sie (formal)/ Entschuldige (informal) / Entschuldigung (both) Pardon (both)


I already know all of these phrases but I think it is really nice that you did this for others. You go Girl! #Girlsrock#Germanisawesome#GoldenRule


Thank you -- Danke schön < Usually "Danke." is enough. You use "Danke schön." rather in contexts where whatever you want thank someone for is unusual or unexpected. Example:

You buy something in a store. It is polite to thank the person who sold you the stuff, and vice versa. Just use "Danke." or "Danke sehr".

Someone lends you a helping hand, or gives you a present. "Danke schön!" or "Vielen Dank!"

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