Describe yourself in German

It’s useful to know how to describe yourself in German when you’re meeting new people, speaking to an official person or filling out a form. After this free audio lesson you’ll find it easier to talk about yourself in German.


If you’re booking into at a hotel, or going for an interview, you will be asked some basic personal questions in German. What is your name? Where are you from? What is your date of birth?

So let’s get started with some numbers in German…

How to describe yourself in German

Numbers in German

Questions and Answers

Let’s go through some of the most common questions you might be asked, whether you’re filling out a registration form in a hotel or at the consulate getting a new passport. In these situations, you’ll be addressed with ”Sie” the formal form of “you.” So, though you have seen some of these questions before, all the questions below are expressed formally.

Personal details in German

When you’re responding, you can follow one of the simple formats below. Just insert the appropriate information in the brackets. When you talk about your date of birth you have to add the ending –ten to the number. For example: “Mein Geburtstag ist am fünften vierten 1984.” (05.04.1984). There are only two exceptions where the whole number changes: “ersten” (first) and “dritten” (third).

Filling out Forms

If you find yourself being asked to fill out forms with your personal details, you won’t get the complete questions that you’ve studied above. Instead, you’ll get short words or phrases.

 
German
English
Example
 
Name
Name
Paul Weber
Nationalität
Nationality
deutsch (german)
Geschlecht
Gender
männlich (male)
Alter
Age
24
Geburtsdatum
Date of Birth
06.07.1982
Adresse
Address
Bergstraße 10
Telefonnummer
Telephone Number
0049-555-555
Passnummer
Passport Number
1111111

Bis bald!

Paul Weber
Paul Weber
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