English | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

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

General - Conversation

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

General - Complaints

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

General - Swearing

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