Now let’s learn some basic German conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in German.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning German“.

Basic German words & phrases: conversations

Video: How to Introduce Yourself in German

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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcomebitte
gern geschehen

you’re very welcomebitte sehr
thank youdanke
thank you very muchdankeschön
Excuse me!Entschuldigung!


I understand.Ich verstehe.
I don’t understandIch verstehe dich nicht.
Ich verstehe Sie nicht.

Hello (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?Hallo?

What does that mean?Was bedeutet das?
I don’t know.Ich weiß nicht.
I don’t speak Polish.Ich spreche kein Polnisch.
I speak a little Polish.Ich spreche ein Bisschen Polnisch.
Do you speak english? (informal)Sprichst du Englisch?
Do you speak english? (formal)Sprechen Sie englisch?
Yes, I do speak english.Ja, ich spreche Englisch.
No, I don’t speak english.Nein, ich spreche kein Englisch.

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!Bitte langsamer sprechen!
Nice to meet you!Schön dich kennenzulernen!
How are you?Wie geht’s?
Good, thank youGut, danke!
I’m well, thanks!Mir geht’s gut, danke!
Not bad, thanks!Nicht schlecht, danke!
very badsehr schlecht
What’s your name?Wie heißt du?
My name is [...].Ich heiße […].
What’s your first name?Wie ist dein Vorname?
My first name is [...]Mein Vorname ist […].
How old are you?Wie alt bist du?
I’m [...] years old.Ich bin […] Jahre alt.
What are your hobbies?Welche Hobbies hast du?
What do you like doing?Was machst du gerne?
Was tust du gerne?

What are you doing (at the moment)?Was machst du (gerade)?
Was tust du (gerade)?

Where do you live?Wo wohnst du?
I live in [...]Ich wohne in […].
I’m from EnglandIch komme aus England.
I’m EnglishIch bin Engländer
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