Basic German phrases

This free German language lesson is not to be missed - just a few minutes with the Rocket German team and you'll know a range of basic German phrases to use when socializing with German people.

 

Maybe you want to blend in with the locals or perhaps you need to apologize! Either way, these common German expressions are essential for your German survival kit. Try to use these words in your daily life and it will help you to remember them – it won’t hurt your friends and family to learn a little German too!

Basic German phrases

  • Sparkling wine in German
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Frohes neues Jahr!
Happy New Year!
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Gut gemacht!
Well done!
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Viel Erfolg!
Be lucky!
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Zum Wohl!
Good health!
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Prost!
Cheers!
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Guten Appetit!
Enjoy your meal!
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Gute Reise!
Have a good trip!
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Alles Liebe!
Lots of love!
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Viel Spaß!
Have fun!
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Viel Glück!
Good luck!
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Pass auf dich auf!
Take care! (casual)
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Passen Sie auf sich auf!
Take care! (formal)
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Herzliche Grüße von…
Best wishes from...
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Frohe Weihnachten!
Merry Christmas!
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Frohe Ostern!
Happy Easter!
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Schöne Ferien!
Have a nice vacation!
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Gesundheit!
Bless you!
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Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
Best wishes on your birthday!
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Mein Beileid!
With sympathy!
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Herzlich Willkommen!
Welcome!
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Herzlichen Glückwunsch!
Congratulations!
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Herzliche Grüße an…
Best wishes to...
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Alles Gute!
All the best!
Let’s review how to apologize again. The easiest way to apologize in German is to say…

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Entschuldigung!
Excuse me!
Or in a more casual way…

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Entschuldige!
Excuse me!
You could also say…

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Das tut mir leid!
I'm sorry to hear that!

A very polite, but less common way of apologizing in German is to say…

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Verzeihung!
Forgiveness!
If someone stepped on your toes and apologized you might want to say…

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Macht nichts!
No worries!
That’s it for today’s lesson.

Bis bald!

Paul Weber
Paul Weber
Rocket German

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