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German: Phrases > Greeting & introducing yourself

The sentences presented in this section will help you with the most basic expressions in German. 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
Good morning. Guten Morgen.
Good afternoon. Guten Tag.
Good evening. Guten Abend.
Good night. Gute Nacht.
Hello! Hallo!
Hi! Hallo!
How are you doing? Wie geht es?
(Very) Good. (Sehr) Gut.
Excellent! Ausgezeichnet.
Yes. Ja.
No. Nein.
May I introduce myself to you? Darf ich mich Ihnen vorstellen?
My name is … Mein Name ist ...
I am … Ich bin ...
I am called … Ich heiße ...
"I come from …
… The Netherlands.
… America.
… England.
… France.
… Spain.
… China.
… Japan."
"Ich komme aus ...
... Die Niederlande.
... Amerika.
... England.
... Frankreich.
... Spanien.
... China.
... Japan."
Where do you come from? Woher kommen Sie?
Thank you. Danke schön.
Please / Here you are. Bitte schön.
You're welcome. Gern geschehen
May I introduce you to …? Darf ich Sie an ... vorstellen?
Nice to meet you. Es ist mir ein Vergnügen.
Goodbye. Aufwiedersehen.
Bye! Tschüß.
"Until (See you) …
… tomorrow.
… the day after tomorrow.
… this afternoon.
… this evening.
… next week.
… in an hour.
… later."
"Bis ...
... morgen.
... übermorgen.
... am Nachmittag.
... heute Abend.
... nächster Woche.
... in einer Stunde.
... später."
It's nice weather. Das Wetter ist schön.
It's raining. Es regnet.
It's cloudy. Es ist wolkig.
It's windy. Es wäht.
I did not understand you. Ich habe Sie nicht verstanden.
Could you repeat that again, please. Können Sie das bitte wiederhohlen?
"Do you speak …
… English?
… German?
… French?
… Spanish?"
"Sprechen Sie ...
... Englisch?
... Deutsch?
... Französisch?
... Spanisch?"
Can you speak more clearly, please? Können Sie deutlicher sprechen, bitte?
Where is …? / Where are …? Wo is ...? Wo sind ...?
Can you tell me …? Können Sie mir sagen ...?
Can you show me …? Können Sie mir zeigen ...?
Can you help me, please? Können mich mich bitte helfen?
Hurry! Schnell!

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