Basic German phrases

This free German language lesson is not to be missed - just a few minutes with the Rocket German team and you'll know a range of basic German phrases to use when socializing with German people.

Maybe you want to blend in with the locals or perhaps you need to apologize! Either way, these common German expressions are essential for your German survival kit. Try to use these words in your daily life and it will help you to remember them – it won’t hurt your friends and family to learn a little German too!

Here are some of the most basic German sentences to get you started. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and more German sentences.

  • Alles Gute! - All the best!
  • Herzliche Grüße an… - Best wishes to...
  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch! -  Congratulations!
  • Herzlich Willkommen! - Welcome!
  • Mein Beileid! - With sympathy!
  • Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! - Best wishes on your birthday!
  • Gesundheit! - Bless you!
  • Schöne Ferien! - Have a nice vacation!
  • Frohe Ostern! - Happy Easter!
  • Frohe Weihnachten! - Merry Christmas!

How to pronounce basic German phrases

Sparkling wine in German

Alles Gute!

All the best!

Herzliche Grüße an…

Best wishes to...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Congratulations!

Herzlich Willkommen!

Welcome!

Mein Beileid!

With sympathy!

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

Best wishes on your birthday!

Gesundheit!

Bless you!

Schöne Ferien!

Have a nice vacation!

Frohe Ostern!

Happy Easter!

Frohe Weihnachten!

Merry Christmas!

Herzliche Grüße von…

Best wishes from...

Passen Sie auf sich auf!

Take care! (formal)

Pass auf dich auf!

Take care! (casual)

Viel Glück!

Good luck!

Viel Spaß!

Have fun!

Alles Liebe!

Lots of love!

Gute Reise!

Have a good trip!

Guten Appetit!

Enjoy your meal!

Prost!

Cheers!

Zum Wohl!

Good health!

Viel Erfolg!

Be lucky!

Gut gemacht!

Well done!

Frohes neues Jahr!

Happy New Year!

Let’s review how to apologize again. The easiest way to apologize in German is to say…

Entschuldigung!

Excuse me!

Or in a more casual way…

Entschuldige!

Excuse me!

You could also say…

Das tut mir leid!

I'm sorry to hear that!

A very polite, but less common way of apologizing in German is to say…

Verzeihung!

Forgiveness!

If someone stepped on your toes and apologized you might want to say…

Macht nichts!

No worries!

That’s it for today’s lesson.

Why not check out some more lessons on German phrases next?

Bis bald!

Paul Weber
Paul Weber
Rocket German


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