How are you? in German

How do you ask "How are you?" in German – and how do you reply? You’ll learn some formal and informal ways to ask people how they are in this free German audio lesson.

We all like to make a good first impression, and feeling confident with some basic German will help you do just that. And because you never know when you might need to say “I’m sorry” in German, we’ll teach you that too.

Listen carefully to the German pronunciation and practice speaking aloud. Make sure you take the first opportunity to try these phrases out on a native speaker – it will help you to remember them!

Asking how are you in German

For friends or family :

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Wie geht es dir?
How are you?
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Wie geht’s?
How are you?
  • On the telephone in German

For strangers or more senior persons:

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Wie geht es Ihnen?
How are you?

What do you say if someone asks you one of these questions?

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Gut, danke.
Well, thanks.
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Sehr gut.
Very well.
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Wie immer.
As always.
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Ein bisschen müde.
A little tired.
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Ich bin krank.
I'm sick.
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So la-la.
So-so.
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Nicht schlecht.
Not bad.
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Schlecht.
Bad.
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Alles in Ordnung.
All good.
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Ganz gut.
Quite good.

A common follow-up question is , “And you?”, “Und Ihnen?” or more informal “Und dir?”

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Und Ihnen?
And you? (formal)
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Und dir?
And you?
  • How are you?

If someone tells you that he or she is not feeling well you could say the following…

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Das tut mir leid.
I'm sorry.

If someone is feeling great you might want to say the following…

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Das freut mich.
Nice to hear.

The above words are extremely important. From experience, I know that the most important phrase in any language is how to say you’re sorry!

Others disagree. They say that there are THREE important phrases that you absolutely must know in any language. They are:

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Das tut mir leid
I'm sorry
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Ich liebe dich
I love you
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Ich brauche Hilfe
I need help

Hmm, I can’t think of a situation in which I’d need to use all three, but I’ll leave it to your imagination!

Bis bald!

Paul Weber
Paul Weber
Rocket German

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