German phrases and common sentences

From travel to work and friendship, there are countless benefits to learning German. Find out how Babbel can help you to leverage them, one word at a time.

Reasons to speak German

Open up the world German is the country of science, innovation, architecture, poetry, modern film and art and - of course - hipster culture if you travel to Berlin! It's a vibrant and young country with a powerful position on the world stage. What better reason to expand your horizons than by learning the language? Even a few German phrases will enhance your CV and enable you to make friends as you explore the world around you.

Enrich your interests Perhaps the German wine-growing regions are of particular interest, or you are fascinated by the emerging digital scene? Maybe you've realised that there are over 100 million German speakers and a vast German presence on the internet, with interesting content and new communities to discover simply by gaining the key to friendship - the language!

Learn effectively Who has time to attend summer school lessons? Fixed classes lack flexibility and are slow. Online content may be free but it is often riddled with errors and filled with advertising. Books are great when you read German well but tend to be useful as a learning adjunct as you progress, much like conversational practice with another motivated learner. But for serious speed in your German language progression, an app like Babbel is likely to be the best way forward!

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Useful German phrases for beginners?



Wie geht’s?

How are you?

Vielen Dank

Thank you very much

Mein Name ist

My name is _____

Können Sie das bitte wiederholen?

Could you say that again please?

Es tut mir leid

I'm sorry


Introductions in German







Guten Tag


Guten Abend

Good evening

Lange nicht gesehen!

Long time no see!

Common phrases in German



Ich weiß nicht.

I don't know.

Verstehst du?

Do you understand?

Können Sie das wiederholen?

Please say that again.

Können Sie das bitte aufschreiben?

Please write that down.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Do you speak German?


Best/helpful German travel phrases

Get your German skills holiday ready: Learn the most useful phrases before your feet hit the ground, so you can easily navigate your surroundings, chat to the locals and get the most out of your trip.



Wo ist die Touristeninformation?

Where can I find the tourist information office?

Wie komme ich zum Strand?

How do I get to the beach?

Können Sie mir helfen?

Can you help me?

Wann fährt der nächste Bus?

When is the next bus leaving?

Ich möchte etwas bestellen.

I would like to order a...

Die Rechnung, bitte.

Could I get the bill please?

Schön, dich kennenzulernen.

Nice to meet you!

Vielen Dank!

Thank you!

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