Business German Phrases

Learn important business German phrases with this easy-to-follow and free online German lesson with audio. Learn ready-made phrases to help you write emails, letters, answer the telephone, take part in meetings and hold presentations confidently in German. 

Business German Phrases

Before we start, please make sure you are familiar with my German greetings lesson where you will find a collection of basic German phrases for complete beginners. These will help you get the all-important introductions off to an easy and confident start.

Emails and Letters

Here you will find numerous business German phrases for use in everyday letters and emails. Impress your colleagues and customers with these useful business German phrases.

Dear Sir or Madam Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren

Dear Mr. / Dear Mrs./Miss/Ms - Sehr geehrter Herr  / Sehr geehrte Frau                  

(Mrs., Miss and Ms all fall under the word 'Frau' in German)

Yours faithfully - Mit freundlichen Grϋβen

Yours sincerely - Mit freundlichen Grϋβen

With kind regards - Mit besten Grϋβen

Many regards - Viele Grüße

I am writing on behalf of ... - Ich schreibe im Auftrag von

Please may I introduce myself ... - Darf ich mich vorstellen

In reference to our telephone call on ... - 
Im Bezϋg auf unser Telefonat vom ...

I am sorry for any inconvenience caused - 
Ich möchte mich fϋr eventuell verursachte Unannehmlichkeiten entschuldigen

Please see attached ... - Im Anhang finden Sie ...

Please see enclosed ... - Anbei finden Sie ...

I am emailing to ask ... - Ich schreibe bezϋglich ...

We are writing to enquire about ... - 
Wir schreiben, um uns bezϋglich ... zu erkundigen

I would appreciate your help on this subject - 
Ich wϋrde Ihre Hilfe bezϋglich dieses Themas begrϋβen

Can you please manage / deal with this? - Können Sie das bitte erledigen?

What is your email address? - Wie ist Ihre E-Mail-Adresse?

My email address is ... - Meine E-Mail-Adresse ist ...

What is your postal address ... - Wie ist Ihre Anschrift?

My postal address is ... - Meine Anschrift ist ...

Thank you in advance - Vielen Dank im Voraus

Thank you for your co-operation -                                   Vielen Dank fϋr die gute Zusammenarbeit

Please let me know if you have any questions - 
Sagen Sie mir bitte Bescheid, falls Sie Fragen haben

I look forward to hearing from you soon - 
Ich freue mich darauf, bald von Ihnen zu hören

Telephone calls

Taking and making telephone calls in a foreign language is always nerve-wracking. I have compiled the following business German phrases to enable you to feel at ease when dealing with clients, colleagues and suppliers on the telephone.

Here are my top business German telephone phrases:

Good morning/afternoon, ... speaking - how can I help you? - 
Guten Morgen/Tag, .... am Apparat - wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?

Sorry, Mr./Mrs./Miss ... is currently not in the office - 
Leider ist Herr/Frau ..... zur Zeit nicht im Bϋro

He/She is in a meeting at the moment - 
Er/Sie ist zur Zeit in einem Meeting

Would you like to leave a message? - 
Möchten Sie eine Nachricht hinterlassen?

I would like to speak to ... - Ich möchte mit ... sprechen

I am calling on behalf of ... -Ich rufe im Auftrag von ... an

Who is calling please? - Wer ist am Apparat bitte?

Just a second please - Einen kleinen Augenblick bitte

Hold the line please - Bleiben Sie bitte dran

Sorry, could you please repeat that - Entschuldigung, könnten Sie das bitte wiederholen?

Sorry, but I think you have the wrong number - 
Entschuldigung, aber ich glaube Sie sind hier falsch

What is your name please? - Wie ist Ihr Name bitte?

How do you spell that? - Wie buchstabiert man das? 

I will put you through - Ich stelle Sie durch

What is your telephone number? - Wie ist Ihre Telefonnummer?

My telephone number is ... - Meine Telefonnummer ist..

Would you like him/her to call you back? -
Soll er/sie Sie zurϋckrufen?

What time should I/he/she call you back? - Wann soll ich/er/sie Sie zurϋck rufen?

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Meetings / Presentations

The one most nerve wracking thing you will ever do in German is hold a meeting or presentation - I speak from experience!

Any knowledge you had of business German rapidly disappears once you have numerous sets of eyes focusing in on you.

But fear not, here are my top business German phrases for surviving presentations and meetings.

I would like to arrange a meeting with .... on ... - 
Ich möchte am ..... ein Meeting mit .... vereinbaren

Can you please arrange a meeting for me with ...? - 
Können Sie mir bitte ein Meeting mit ... vereinbaren?

What time does the meeting start? - Wann fängt das Meeting an? 

Who will be attending the meeting? - Wer wird an dem Meeting teilnehmen?

Can you please send me the agenda/the minutes? - 
Können Sie mir bitte die Agenda/das Protokoll zuschicken?

What are the objectives of the meeting? - 
Was sind die Ziele des Meetings?

When is the deadline? - Wann ist der Termin?

Who will be taking the minutes? - Wer schreibt das Protokoll?

Welcome to the ..... meeting - 
Herzlich willkommen beim ... Meeting 

Today, I will be presenting about ... - 
Heute präsentiere ich ϋber ... 

Can I please introduce you to ... - Darf ich Ihnen ... vorstellen

During this meeting we will discuss the following topics - 
Während des Meetings werden wir ϋber die folgenden Themen sprechen

The objectives of this meeting are ... - 
Die Ziele des Meetings sind ...

Please interrupt me if you have any questions - 
Bitte unterbrechen Sie mich, wenn Sie Fragen haben

All questions at the end please - 
Fragen bitte am Ende der Präsentation stellen 

Does anybody have a question regarding this matter? -
Hat jemand eine Frage dazu?

Could you give us an example please? - 
Können Sie uns bitte ein Beispiel geben?

What are your views on this? - Wie ist Ihre Meinung dazu?

May I interrupt? - Darf ich kurz unterbrechen? 

Who agrees/disagrees? - Wer stimmt zu / stimmt nicht zu? 

I/We agree with that - Ich/wir stimme(n) zu 

I/We don't agree with that - Ich/wir stimmen(n) nicht zu

In my opinion ... - Meiner Meinung nach ...

We propose/recommend that ... - Wir empfehlen, dass ...

We recommend that the following actions be taken -
Wir empfehlen, dass folgende Maβnahmen ergriffen werden 

I have a question - Ich habe eine Frage 

Thank you for listening - Vielen Dank fϋr Ihre Aufmerksamkeit 

Thank you for your input - Vielen Dank fϋr Ihre Beiträge

If you are a beginner and interested in learning more, please visit my common German phrases (highly recommended!) to help you in a variety of business situations.

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