Here you will find my top 20 common German pleasantries, such as 'please', 'thank you' and 'you're welcome'.
A pleasantry is simply a comment or remark used in polite conversation. While German-speakers tend not to use pleasantries as often as we English-speakers might, they are still very useful to learn.
These words will help you in a variety of different situations. Don't forget: listen to the audio clips to ensure you pronounce them correctly.
Let's get started:
Bitte - Please
Danke - Thank you
Ja, bitte - Yes, thank you
Nein, danke - No, thank you
Herzlichen Glϋckwunsch - Congratulations
Entschuldigen Sie - Sorry / Excuse me
Es tut mir leid - I am sorry (To express sorrow)
Verzeihung - Pardon me
Ich möchte ... - I would like
Können Sie mir behilflich sein? - Can you help me please?
Kann ich Ihnen helfen? - Can I help you?
Bitte / Gern geschehen - You're welcome
Das ist sehr lieb - That is very kind
Prost / Zum Wohl - Cheers
Guten Appetit - Enjoy your meal
Prima / Super - Brilliant
Viel Glϋck - Good luck
Gleichfalls - Likewise
Das ist schade / Schade - That's a shame
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