German for Beginners
Top Twenty Words for Absolute Beginners!
Ñ The “hall” part rhymes with tull
Ñ Informal greeting for younger people
Ñ If you want to start a conversation with a
Hallo = Hello
Hallo – instead of Hello
Ñ Informally saying goodbye
Ñ Formal is “Auf Wiedersehn” or
Ñ Informally you can also use Servus, Tschau,
(ciao) or bis bald, mach’s gut, lass es dir gut
gehen, schönen Tag, hau rein, Wiederluege
Tschüss = bye-bye
Tschüss – rhymes with miss
Ñ Are you hungry?
Ñ Do you want some beer?
Ñ Was your plane on time?
Ja = Yes
Ja – rhymes with “ah”
Ñ Do you like Canadian bread?
Ñ Is it possible to drink too much beer?
Ñ Is it easy to learn German?
Nein = No
Nein – rhymes with “pine”
Ñ What do some Bavarans drink in the morning?
Ñ What did they set up the Purity Law to govern?
Ñ What is the best drink to have with sausage?
Bier = Beer
Bier – rhymes with “here”
Ñ There are 14 main types: Bratwurst,
Nürnberger, Blutwurst, Frankfurter
(Bockwurst), Bregenwurst, Knackwurst,
Landjäger, Leberwurst, Leberkäse, Teewurst,
Gelbwurst, Weisswurst, Thüringer, Me^wurst
Wurst = Sausage
Wurst – soft “r”
Ñ What is usually paired with the word “Guten”?
Ñ There are 7 of these a week
Ñ Friday is usually the favourite one
Tag = Day
Tag – rhymes with “lug”
Ñ Often people add the word “Gute” in front of
Ñ Only refers to the hours roughly between 11
pm until 6 am
Ñ You would say “let’s drink a beer this evening”,
rather than let’s drink a beer tonight
Nacht = Night
Nacht – soft “ch”
Ñ Man kann auch Ozean sagen.
Ñ Ferienhaus direkt am See
Ñ Man kann im See Fischen gehen.
See = Ocean or Sea
See rhymes with “way”
Ñ What do you ﬁnd in Bavaria and Southern
Ñ Can also be known as Alps…
Ñ Zugspiee is the highest mountain and belongs
to the Bavarian Alps, The Northern Limestone
Alps and the We^erstein Mountains
Berg = soft “r” like baerg
Ñ Where do you live?
Ñ How many bedrooms does it have?
Ñ Is it made out of wood or stone?
Haus = House
Haus rhymes with “house”
Ñ Major brands are Audi, BMW, Ford-Werke,
Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, Volkswagen…
Ñ Apparently a few weeks ago, an unnamed
German premium automaker bought and
dismantled a Model 3 Tesla Car
Ñ There is no speed limit on the Autobahn – be
Auto – au sounds like ou(t)
Ñ Wieviel Uhr ist es?
Ñ Haben sie die Uhrzeit?
Ñ Germany uses the 24-hour time clock
Uhr = Clock
Uhr – pronounced “uah”
Ñ Also known as WC – Water Closet – or Klo
Ñ May use words like “das stille Örtchen” or “ich
muss mal verschwinden” or “ich geh mich
eben frisch machen
Ñ In hotels will often be labelled “00”
Toile^e = toilet
Toile^e – toy le^ah (approx)
Ñ Do you have one available?
Ñ You can have an Einzelzimmer, a
Doppelzimmer, a Familienzimmer, a
Mehrbe^zimmer, a Zweibe^zimmer and even
Zimmerdienst (room service)
Ñ Where will you sleep tonight?
Zimmer = room
Zimmer – tsimmer (soft r)
Ñ Hauptbahnhof is the name of the main train
station in town
Ñ There are around 4500 train stations and stops
in Germany divided into 7 categories
Ñ Category #1 have shops and customer service
Bahnhof = train station
Bahnhof – bahn hoaf
Ñ Germany has bread called “Brötchen” (bread
rolls), Brezel, Vollkornbrot, Milchbrötchen
(milk roll), croissant (Hörnchen)
Ñ Types of bread include Vollkornbrot,
Roggenbrot, Pumpernickel and 297 others
Ñ Germans eat 87 kilos of bread a year
Brot = Bread
Brot – rhymes with boat
Ñ Also known as Seleer Wasser or Sprudelwasser
Ñ Mineralwasser is the most popular non-
Ñ Germans drink around 177.3 litres per person
Sprudel – Fizzy Water
Sprudel – sproo dell
Ñ Currency is now the Euro
Ñ Used to be DM or Deutschmarks until 2002
Ñ You can change DM at the Bundesbank (the
German Central Bank)
Geld = Currency/Money
Geld = sounds like “gelt”
Ñ In case you want to perfect your pronunciation
and learn how native speakers say it, head to
Ñ German is one of the langues with more than
100,000 pronunciations and here you can type a
word into the search bar and then hear a native
speaker say it out loud.
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