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English to German: Learn Common Phrases and Key Words in German

This page contains a wide selection of common German phrases and key words which are essential to those learning to speak German. On this page you'll find a list of English to German translated words like Yes, No, Please, and Thank you, plus translated phrases like What is your name?, How are you?, and Can you speak slower? I don't speak German.

There's plenty more, but I'm not going to list them all up here! Simply scroll down to see the full list and the accompanying translations. I've attempted to put them into categories for organisational purposes.

English to German Common Words and Phrases:

Whether you are taking online German classes, doing distance learning German, or studying German abroad in Europe, our English to German 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

Yes ➔ Ja

No ➔ Nein

Please and Thank You

Please ➔ Bitte

Thanks / Thank you ➔ Danke

Thank you all ➔ Danke euch allen

Thank you very much ➔ Danke schön

Thank you very much ➔ Danke sehr

Thank you very much ➔ Danke vielmals

What is Your Name?

What's your name? ➔ Wie Heisst du?

My name is... ➔ Mein Name ist...

I am called... ➔ Ich heiße...

How Are You?

How are you? ➔ Wie geht es dir?

How are you? ➔ Wie geht's?

I feel bad ➔ Mir geht es schlecht

I feel good ➔ Mir geht es gut

My German Isn't Good

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

I don't speak German ➔ Ich kann kein Deutsch

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

Where are You From?

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

I'm from Canada ➔ Ich komme aus Kanada

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

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

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

I'm from the UK ➔ Ich komme aus England

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

When is Your Birthday?

When is your birthday? ➔ Wann haben Sie Geburtstag?

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

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

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

Other Useful Phrases

How old are you? ➔ Wie alt bist du?

What is this? ➔ Was ist das?

Help me ➔ Hilf mir

*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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