Useful German Expressions and Greetings

Part of the German For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Practice these German greetings and expressions, which you’ll use daily when you visit a German-speaking country. With these expressions, you can communicate politely, feel more confident, and travel more comfortably.

English German Pronunciation
Hello! Hallo! -loh! (informal greeting)
Good day! Guten Tag! gooh-ten tahk!
Good evening! Guten Abend! gooh-ten ah-bent!
Good-bye! Auf Wiedersehen! ouf vee-der-zey-en!
Please./You’re welcome. Bitte. bi-te.
Thank you. Danke. dân-ke.
Excuse me. Entschuldigung. ênt-shool-dee-goong.
My name is…. Ich heiße…. iH hays-e….
Pleased to meet you. Freut mich. froyt miH.
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