German phrases and expressions you can learn today

5 funny German idioms Germans actually use

People learning GermanGerman is a fascinating and melodic language that is thought to be the most scientific language in the world. So, why not learn a few basic German phrases and expressions to enhance your general knowledge and become happier in the process?

Leben ist kein Ponyhof.
Literal translation: Life is no pony farm
Meaning: Life can be challenging. / Life wasn't meant to be easy. / Life's no bowl of cherries.

Drück mir die Daumen!
Literal translation: Press your thumbs for me!
Meaning: Wish me luck! / Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Abwarten und Tee trinken.
Literal translation: Wait and drink tea.
Meaning: Just wait
and see.

Ich glaub ich spinne.
Literal translation: I believe I spider.
Meaning: I think I’m going crazy.

Jetzt haben wir den Salat.
Literal translation: Now we have the salad.
Meaning: Now everything is
a mess.

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10 Basic German phrases you need to know

We have prepared a list of common German expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in German in no time. Let's dig in!

  1. 1. Guten Morgen. = Good morning.

    If you find yourself in Austria it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because German speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in German is "Guten Morgen".
    Now enjoy being greeted by a native speaker:

    Guten Morgen.

  2. 2. Guten Tag. = Good afternoon.

    But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Vienna? Well, “Good afternoon” in German is "Guten Tag".
    Now listen to how a German speaker would pronounce it:

    Guten Tag.

  3. 3. Mein Name ist Mondly. = My name is Mondly.

    Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Munich and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "Mein Name ist Mondly" which means "My name is Mondly" in German.
    Listen to how a person from Germany would pronounce this phrase:

    Mein Name ist Mondly.

  4. 4. Es freut mich, dich kennenzulernen. = I'm pleased to meet you.

    Now that you have introduced yourself, a German speaker would respond "Nett, Sie kennenzulernen" which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in German.
    Listen to a native German speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:

    Es freut mich, dich kennenzulernen.

  5. 5. Wie geht's? = How are you?

    At this point, it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in German.
    It’s really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:

    Wie geht's?

  6. 6. Gut, danke. Wie geht es Ihnen? = Fine, thanks. And you?

    If, on the other hand, a German speaker asks you first how are you doing, this is how you can answer politely. Apply the unspoken rule of politeness everywhere you go and many doors shall joyously open in your path.
    Here's a native speaker showing you how to say it:

    Gut, danke. Wie geht es Ihnen?

  7. 7. Ich möchte ein Bier. = I’d like a beer.

    And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Berlin you might have to learn how to order a beer in German.
    Let a native German speaker show you how it's done:

    Ich möchte ein Bier.

  8. 8. Es tut mir leid. = I'm sorry.

    There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say "Es tut mir leid" which means "I'm sorry" in German.
    Listen to how it's pronounced:

    Es tut mir leid.

  9. 9. Bis bald! = See you soon!

    This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in German to a co-worker from Switzerland that you are probably going to see the next day.
    Delight your senses with a German speaker saying the phrase:

    Bis bald!

  10. 10. Tschüss. = Goodbye.

    Let's end with the best way to end a pleasant conversation politely. This is another way of saying "Goodbye" in German.
    Here's how a person from Austria would pronounce it:

    Tschüss.

10 useful German phrases for everyday situations

German landmarkWhile funny German sayings and idioms are the salt and pepper of every conversation, it’s best not to exaggerate. If you are only starting to learn German, make sure to also learn some common everyday phrases that don’t have more than one meaning. Here are ten practical German phrases you can start using right now:

Können Sie mir helfen? – “Can you help me?”
Ich feiere meinen Geburtstag. – “I celebrate my birthday.”
Nein, hungrig bin ich nicht. – “No, I am not hungry.”
Ich komme aus Rumänien. – “I come from Romania.”
Die Rechnung, bitte. – “The bill, please.”
Prost! – “Cheers!”
Wo ist der Bahnhof? – “Where is the
train station?”
Danke! – “Thanks!”
Entschuldigung. – “Excuse me.”
Einen Moment, bitte. – “One
moment, please."

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The benefits of learning the most common German phrases first

Get smarter day by day

Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning German was one of the best choices you ever made.

Have real conversations in German today

Once you start learning a few basic sentences in German you will have the knowledge to start your first German conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real-life conversations to get you speaking German in no time.

Become fluent in German quicker

Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex German phrases and sentences. We gradually build your German knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.

Feel how easy to learn the German language can be

Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common German phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.

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