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German: Phrases > Simple conversations

The sentences presented in this section will help you with the most basic expressions in German, such as "good day" and "thank you". It will certainly not be enough in order to start a conversation in German, however being able to say a few words in the country's native language will evoke sympathy and understanding.

Many people in Germany speak English as a second language quite well. However it is considered to be polite to ask first.

English
German
I speak a littlebit … Ich spreche ein bißchen ...
I am from … Ik komme aus ...
I don't understand. Ich verstehe Sie nicht.
Could you repeat that, please? Können Sie das bitte wiederhohlen?
Could you speak a bit slower, please? Können Sie langsamer sprechen, bitte?
What does this mean? And that? Was bedeutet dies? Und das?
Could you write that down for me? Können Sie das für mich aufschreiben?
Could you spell it out for me? Können Sie das für mich buchstabieren?
May I introduce myself to you? Darf ich mich Ihnen vorstellen?
I am … Ich bin ...
"This is …
… my wife / my husband.
… my girl-friend / boy-friend.
… my mother / father.
… my son / daughter."
"Das ist ...
... meine Frau / mein Mann.
... meine Freundin / mein Freund.
... meine Mutter / mein Vater.
... mein Sohn / meine Tochter."
In which city do you live? In welche Stadt wohnen Sie?
I am … years old. Ich bin ... Jahre alt.
May I ask you something? Darf ich Sie etwas fragen?
What kind of work do you do? Was für Arbeit machen Sie?
"I …
… work at the office.
… am a businessman.
… am an engineer.
… am a student.
… am a lawyer.
… am a doctor.
… am retired.
… am unemployed."
"Ich ...
... arbeite im Büro.
... bin Geschäftsmann.
... bin Ingenieur.
... bin Student.
... bin Anwalt.
... bin Arzt.
... bin Rentner.
... bin arbeitslos."
Would you like to make a photo of me / us? Würden Sie einen Foto von mir / uns machen?
Press this button. Dücken Sie auf diese Knopf.
Leave me alone. Lassen Sie mich in Ruhe!

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