Common German Words

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Common German Words

Learn this collection of everyday German words and phrases and get your German language learning off to the best start possible.

Just before we get started learning some common German greetings, did you know...

In German there is a formal and an informal way of addressing one another, depending on whom you are speaking to and/or how well you know that person.

If you use the informal version during a situation which requires more formality, you run the risk of upsetting the other person and being deemed impolite and, in the worst case, rude and ignorant.

Avoid making such mistakes, particularly during the all-important introductions and business meetings.

My advice: stick to the formal version if you are unsure - you can't go too wrong with this. Please go to my German Pronouns lesson more information on this.


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Common German Greetings

Get the all-important introductions off to a good start by learning these common German words.


Hi - Hi


Hallo - Hello


Guten Tag - Hello (Literally means 'Good day')


Guten Morgen - Good morning


Guten Tag - Good afternoon


Guten Abend - Good evening


Gute Nacht - Good night


Wie geht's? (Informal) - How are you?


Wie geht es Ihnen? (Formal) - How are you?

You can answer:

Gut, danke - Good, thanks, Es geht - So, so, Nicht so gut - Not so good


Ich heiße ...- My name is ...


Ich komme aus ... - I come from ...


Ich wohne in ... - I live in ...


Ich arbeite bei ... - I work for ...


Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English?


Ich spreche Englisch - I speak English


Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch - I speak a little German


Auf Wiedersehen - Goodbye


Tschϋß - Bye


Bis später - See you later


Bis bald - See you soon


Bis morgen - See you tomorrow


Servus - (Used in Southern Germany)


(For a full list, please see my German Greetings lesson.)


Continue to German Words Part 2 - Common German Pleasantries 



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