Useful German Expressions and Greetings

By Paulina Christensen, Anne Fox, Wendy Foster

Part of 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.