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Learn Common German Phrases and Key Words

This is a great place to start if you are looking for a place to build on your basic German vocabulary - especially when it comes to learning common German phrases and key words. Everyone can learn common German words and phrases with our German to English key words dictionary!

On this page you can learn the translation for such common words as 'Yes' and 'No', plus 'Please' and 'Thank You'. There are also other useful phrases like, 'My name is...', 'How are you?', and 'Help me'. There's plenty more too, so scroll down to learn some new phrases!

German to English Common Words and Phrases:

Whether you are taking online German classes, doing distance learning German, or studying German abroad in Europe, our German to English dictionary is always being updated with new German key words and phrases which makes it an excellent supplement for those trying to learn how to speak German.

View this list of common German phrases with translations from: German to English or English to German

(Words in bold added/corrected during the last update.)

Yes and No

Ja ➔ Yes

Nein ➔ No

Please and Thank You

Bitte ➔ Please

Danke ➔ Thanks / Thank you

Danke euch allen ➔ Thank you all

Danke schön ➔ Thank you very much

Danke sehr ➔ Thank you very much

Danke vielmals ➔ Thank you very much

What is Your Name?

Wie Heisst du? ➔ What's your name?

Mein Name ist... ➔ My name is...

Ich heiße... ➔ I am called...

How Are You?

Wie geht es dir? ➔ How are you?

Wie geht's? ➔ How are you?

Mir geht es schlecht ➔ I feel bad

Mir geht es gut ➔ I feel good

My German Isn't Good

Kannst du bitte langsamer sprechen? ➔ Can you speak slower?

Ich kann kein Deutsch ➔ I don't speak German

Mein deutsch ist nicht gut ➔ My german isn't good

Where are You From?

Ich bin Amerikaner(in) ➔ I am American (add 'in' for female, leave out for male)

Ich bin aus New York ➔ I'm from New York

Ich komme aus den USA ➔ I'm from the USA

Ich lebe/wohne in England ➔ I live in the UK

Ich komme aus Kanada ➔ I'm from Canada

Ich komme aus England ➔ I'm from the UK

Ich komme aus den Niederlanden ➔ I'm from the Netherlands

When is Your Birthday?

Wann haben Sie Geburtstag? ➔ When is your birthday?

Wann hast du Geburtstag? ➔ When is your birthday (Informal)

Mein Geburtstag ist... ➔ My birthday is...

Mein Geburtstag ist im Juni. ➔ My birthday is in June.

Other Useful Phrases

Wie alt bist du? ➔ How old are you?

Was ist das? ➔ What is this?

Hilf mir ➔ Help me

*Common words and phrases list updated: February 6, 2018.

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As many of the translations in the list above are user submitted, it's quite possible for there to be mistakes on the page. If you speak German and have a correction you'd like to share, feel free to leave a message below. Thanks again for any help you can provide.

The Fine Print

I don't speak German myself, so there could be mistakes in the translations. Most of what is here is user-submitted, but I do try to check for accuracy and make corrections as I can. Thanks for your understanding.

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