German | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

Can you help me, please?
Können Sie mir bitte helfen?
Asking for help
Do you speak English?
Sprechen Sie Englisch?
Asking if a person speaks English
Do you speak _[language]_?
Sprechen Sie _[Sprache]_?
Asking if a person speaks a certain language
I don't speak_[language]_.
Ich spreche kein _[Sprache]_.
Clarifying that you don't speak a certain language
I don't understand.
Das verstehe ich nicht.
Explaining that you don't understand

General - Conversation

Standard greeting
Informal greeting
Good Morning!
Guten Morgen!
Greeting used in the morning
Good Evening!
Guten Abend!
Greeting used in the evening
Good Night!
Gute Nacht!
Greeting used when leaving in the evening/night or before going to bed
How are you?
Wie geht es Dir?
Polite small talk enquiring about the other person's well-being
Good, thank you.
Gut, danke.
Polite reply to 'How are you?'
What’s your name?
Wie heißt du?
Asking the other person's name
My name is ___.
Mein Name ist___.
Telling someone your name
Where are you from?
Woher kommst Du?
Asking about someone's origin
I am from___.
Ich bin aus___.
Answering about your origin
How old are you?
Wie alt bist du?
Asking about someone's age
I am___years old.
Ich bin___Jahre alt.
Answering about your age
Positive reply
Negative reply
Filler word to add polite touch
Here you go!
Used when giving something to someone
Thank you.
Thanking someone
Thank you very much.
Vielen Dank.
Thanking someone very warmly
You're welcome.
Gern geschehen.
Politely replying to a 'thank you'
I am sorry.
Es tut mir Leid.
Apologizing for something
Excuse me.
Getting the attention of someone
It's OK.
Schon gut.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
No problem.
Kein Problem.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Watch out!
Making someone aware of a danger
I am hungry.
Ich habe Hunger.
Used when feeling hungry
I am thirsty.
Ich habe Durst.
Used when feeling thirsty
I am tired.
Ich bin müde.
Used when feeling tired
I am sick.
Ich bin krank.
Used when feeling sick
I don't know.
Ich weiß nicht.
You don't know the answer to a question
It was nice meeting you.
Es war nett, Sie kennenzulernen.
Polite good-bye phrase after first meeting
Auf Wiedersehen!
Saying farewell

General - Complaints

I would like to make a complaint.
Ich möchte mich beschweren.
Polite way of starting your complaint
Who is in charge here?
Wer ist hier der Verantwortliche?
Finding out who is responsible
This is totally unacceptable!
Das ist wirklich inakzeptabel.
Strongly expressing your dissatisfaction
I want my money back!
Ich will mein Geld zurück!
Asking for a refund
We have been waiting for over an hour.
Wir warten seit über einer Stunde.
Complaining about long waiting times

General - Swearing

This food tastes like crap!
Dieses Essen schmeckt scheiße!
Rude way of showing displeasure with your food
This drink tastes like piss!
Dieses Getränk schmeckt wie Pisse!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a drink
This place is a shithole!
Dieser Ort ist ein Drecksloch!
Rude way of showing displeasure with an establishment
This car is a wreck!
Dieses Auto ist Schrott!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a car
The service sucks!
Die Bedienung ist eine Katastrophe!
Rude way of showing displeasure with the service
This is a total rip-off!
Das ist eine totale Abzocke!
Rudely complaining about a high price
That is bullshit!
Das ist doch Blödsinn!
Rude way of showing disbelief in something someone said
You are a stupid moron!
Du bist ein Vollidiot!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her intelligence
You don't know shit!
Du verstehst einen Dreck davon!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her knowledge
Piss off!
Verpiss dich!
Rudely telling a person to leave immediately
Let's settle this outside!
Lass uns das draußen regeln!
Asking a person to fight outside of an establishment