Make the most of your time in Düsseldorf by using these helpful German phrases to get out and about! Our German colleague has come up with the following to get you started...
Guten Morgen! Good Morning!
Guten Tag! Good day!
Guten Abend! Good Evening!
Sprechen Sie Englisch? Do you speak English?
Ich komme aus…[den USA/Kanada/Australien/Großbritannien]. I am from…[the USA/Canada/Australia/UK].
Danke. Thank you.
Tschüß! Bye! (see the video below for pronounciation)
Out and about
Ein Bier bitte. A beer, please.
Wo ist die Toilettee? Where is the toilet?
Wo ist Dä Spiegel? Where is the speigel (a nostalgic cultural icon (*cough* dive) in Altstadt that will transport you to another era...)
Darf ich mit Kreditkarte bezahlen? May I pay with credit card? (Not everywhere lets you pay with a credit card, so check beforehand)
Ein Glas Leitungswasser, bitte. A glass of tap water, please. (You need to specifically ask for tap water if you do not want to get charged for a glass or bottle of mineral water, which is the norm in Germany.)
Kann ich bitte eine Quittung haben? Can I have a receipt, please?
Einen Tisch für [zwei/drei/vier], bitte. A table for [two/three/four], please.
Bringen Sie mich bitte zu dieser Adresse. Please bring me to this address.
Ich liebe deutsche... I love German...
- Wurst! Sausage!
- Bier! Beer!
- Frauen! Women!
- Männer! Men!
- Anything else you can think of :)
TIP: The Google Translate App is a great tool to have in your back pocket when you're traveling — it can translate printed text without you even having to type it in to your phone! For example, if you're looking at a German menu, you can use the app to scan the menu page and it will translate each word instantly. It's hard to explain, check out this video to see it in action.
We hope you'll find these German phrases helpful at glasstec 2018 and while you're out exploring the beautiful city of Düsseldorf. If you'd like to practice your German on us, head to stand A53 in Hall 10 — look for the giant owl, you can't miss it!