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Introducing Yourself and Your Friends in German

Meeting and greeting often requires introductions. You might be accompanied by friends when you meet somebody, or you might have to introduce your wife or husband to your boss at a formal dinner party. [more…]

Getting to Know German Verb Tenses

"Tense" is the grammarians' preferred word for "time." Depending when the action that you're talking about is taking place, you pick a tense. The ways to look at the concept of time differ slightly from [more…]

Going Out to a Restaurant in Germany

Eating out is quite popular in Germany, and you will find that there is no big difference between going out to a restaurant in Germany and the U.S. In many German restaurants, you don't have to wait to [more…]

Mastering the Calendar and Dates in German

Thirty days has September, April, June, and November. You should be happy to know that this little rhyme translates easily into German. But don't get overly confident yet — you still have to figure out [more…]

Placing Telephone Calls in German

When German speakers pick up das Telefon (dâs -le-fohn) (phone), they usually answer the call by stating their last name — particularly when they are at their office. If you call somebody at home, you [more…]

How to Ask Questions in German

How do you ask basic questions in German? Well, German interrogative words mean the same as they do for English: who, what, when, where, why, and how. By knowing basic German interrogatives, you'll be [more…]

Common Conversational Words and Phrases in German

By mastering the basics of polite conversation, you can put yourself and the person you're talking with at ease. You'll find that there are many words and phrases that come up in most everyday conversations [more…]

German Greetings and Good-Byes

When traveling in German-speaking countries, you'll find that the words and phrases you use most frequently will be the common German greetings (Grüße) [more…]

German Travel-Related Words and Phrases

Traveling in German-speaking countries can be confusing if you can't read the signs or understand the instructions you're given. Learning a few useful travel-related words and phrases in German before [more…]

How to Ask for and Understand Directions in German

Exploring German-speaking countries can be quite an adventure, but if you want to be sure to see everything on your list, you need to know how to ask for directions and how to understand the directions [more…]

How to Ask For Help in German

Know how to ask for help in German before you have an actual emergency. By learning a few simple German words and phrases for emergencies, you can save valuable time in a crisis. The simplest way to ask [more…]

How to Make Introductions in German

Learning the proper way to make introductions in German can help you get off to the right start. The German language tends to be a bit more formal than American English. Consequently, introductions in [more…]

Money and Banking Phrases in German

Traveling is expensive, so it's crucial to have a good understanding of German phrases for money and banking. While in a German-speaking country, the best way to ensure that you get the most for your money [more…]

German Vocabulary for Shopping

Develop a German shopping vocabulary to gain a new cultural experience when traveling. Whether you're shopping for clothes, food, or souvenirs, you can use the following German phrases to help you find [more…]

How to Make Small Talk in German

Making small talk in German is just the same as in English. Touch on familiar topics like jobs, sports, children — just say it in German! Small talk describes the brief conversations that you have with [more…]

How to Order Food in German

Whether you're on a short visit to a German-speaking country or planning to live there, knowing how to order food in German is essential. Eating out can be a lot of fun, especially if you know some basic [more…]

How to Say Dates and Times in German

When making plans, appointments, and travel arrangements in German-speaking countries, you need to be able to state dates and other calendar terms in, well, German. Understanding the days of the week, [more…]

How to Count in German

When it comes to numbers and counting in German, you follow most of the same patterns as in English. Counting in German is relatively simple because of these similarities in structure, so it's really just [more…]

Speaking German at Work

Speaking German at work and school doesn't have to be complicated. Whether you’re looking for a job in a German-speaking country or just need to talk with coworkers there, you'll need to know some key [more…]

How to Make Appointments in German

In most German-speaking countries, people are a bit more formal than in the United States. They prefer to set appointments for most everything. Consequently, it is important to learn how to make appointments [more…]

Basic Questions in German

If you travel to a German-speaking country and need to know the time or where something is located, or you just want to get some basic information, a few common questions can come in very handy. [more…]

Useful German Expressions and Greetings

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 [more…]

German Phrases for Emergencies

If you’re traveling in a German-speaking country and find yourself in an urgent situation, you can get the assistance you need by memorizing these important German phrases. [more…]

The German Calendar

Getting to know the days and months of the German calendar helps you keep track of your travel plans, German holidays, and engagements. [more…]

Ordering in a German Restaurant

If you go to a German restaurant, these expressions can come in very handy. Practice them first, so that you can relax and enjoy the dining experience. [more…]

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