>Language Lessons: German


In this new series, we at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh want to introduce our readers to essential foreign language phrases.  While the world is becoming effectively smaller, and in large cities, you will always find someone who speaks English, making an effort to speak someone else’s language is always appreciated (we know this from personal experience). Our first language featured is German. German is spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein.

With that, here are some useful German phrases.  Please check out the About.com German Language Guide for more info.

Hello.  Guten Tag. (GOO-ten tak)

Goodbye.  Auf Wiedersehen. (owf-VEEder-zane)

Please.  Bitte.(BIT-tuh)

Thank you.  Danke. (DAHN-kuh)

You’re welcome. Bitte. (BIT-tuh)

Excuse me. Entschuldigen Sie. (ent-SHOOL-de-gen zee)

Yes.  Ja. (Yah)

No.  Nein. (Nine)

Where is….?  Wo ist…? (VO ist)

Do you speak English?  Sprechen Sie Englisch? (SHPREK-en zee ENG-lish)

Check out About’s guide for audio pronounciations for these and other phrases!  And if you’re interested in learning more about Germany, click here for details about an upcoming program for students!


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