Common German Pleasantries

Here you will find my top 20 common German pleasantries, such as 'please', 'thank you' and 'you're welcome'. 

Common German Pleasantries 

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.

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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

(For ready-made thank you sentences and more common German phrases, please click here.) 


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