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.
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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!
Let's begin this lesson on how are you in German!
Asking how are you in German
For friends or family :
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Wie geht es dir?
How are you?
How are you?
For strangers or more senior persons:
Wie geht es Ihnen?
How are you?
What do you say if someone asks you one of these questions?
Ein bisschen müde.
A little tired.
Ich bin krank.
Alles in Ordnung.
A common follow-up question is , “And you?”, “Und Ihnen?” or more informal “Und dir?”
And you? (formal)
If someone tells you that he or she is not feeling well you could say the following…
Das tut mir leid.
If someone is feeling great you might want to say the following…
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:
Das tut mir leid
Ich liebe dich
I love you
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!
For more on the use of German questions check out these lessons...
- Dining in a German restaurant? How about asking for the bill in German. Your guests will be impressed!
- In this lesson you'll find lots of helpful German question phrases.
- Check out this lesson on the German question words.
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