The German Language
German is the base language from where languages like High and Low German, Dutch and English are derived from. These days German is spoken as an official language of Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and the majority of Switzerland. There are many different dialects, especially in Switzerland and Austria, South Tyrol in Italy and Limburg in Belguim. The main dialects that exist within Germany and are large enough to take notice of are Bavarian and Swabian and Badner which cover the whole of southern Germany, Alsatian in France, Plattdeutsch in northern Germany, while Hessian, Saxon, East Frisian and Plattdeutsch are main dialects of the north. It might be noted that Plattdeutsch is the current dialect from where the inhabitants of current day England migrated from.
These days as High German is spoken in all the big cities in Germany, thereare German Slang words that are understood all over German. Of course regional differences exist. Swiss Slang and Austrian Slang can and usually have their own slang words that are not understood in other German speaking countries.
Greetings / Salutations
Alles klar/ gut?
Is all well/ good?
Hear from you again (on the telephone)
Auf Wiedersehen (formal)
See you later
See you tomorrow
See you real soon
See you later
Es geht schon
So- so (reply to how are things?)
Fühlen Sie sich wie zu Hause
Feel at home
Hey (the state of Hess)
Enjoy your meal
Guten Morgen mein Herr. Haben sie gut geschlafen?
Good morning Sir. Did you sleep well?
Good day (used until the evening)
Good slide (into the New Year)
Komm gut heim
I hope you get home safely
Morning (northern Germany)
Schön dich kennengelernt zu haben
Nice to meet you
Schönen Tag noch
Have a good day
Hello, Goodbye (Bavaria)
See you later
Lot’s of luck
Wie gehts dir?/ Wie geht es Ihnen?
How are you? (informal/formal)
Es geht schon! Mir gehts gut/ fabelhaft Liebling/ ausgezeichnet
I’m ok (so-so) I’m good/ fabulous darling/ excellent
Pleased to meet you (formal)
Vielen dank. Das ist sehr nett!
Thanks a lot. That was very nice!
Vielen dank für die blumen
Thanks for the flowers. (I believe this is a song, but used on occassions to be nice to someone)
Wie gehts, wie stehts?
Vee Gai-Tss, Vee Stai-Tss(rhyming)
Was geht bei dir Alter?
What’s going on dude?
Was’n los Alter?
What’s happening dude?
Other German Slang pages from Street Talk Savvy
German Slang Phrases
What are some funny sayings in German? Sayings and slang uses for food? How do you say something is “cool” in German? Well there are many words to say this.
To find some more German Phrases click the link
German Romance and Pick Up Lines
What are some common and good German romance phrases and pick up lines to say to your love interest or loved one? If you feel frustrated because you can’t express yourself, at the most important time,we comes to the rescue. Study below and you could have remarkable results, and maybe you can find your own Heidi Klum or Arnie Schwarzenegger.
Our sections include “On the Hunt” when you are looking for love and saying what you like or think to your friends. Romancecovers the times when you are in love and how to express yourself to a native German speaker. Click here for German Romance and Pick Up Lines
German Slang- In The Bar
Jetzt gehts ab!
The party starts now!Click here for German Slang-In the Bar
German Slang- Having A Laugh
German Slang- Having a Laugh is all about funny things that you might what to say in German. If you want to make people laugh and say funny things then this is the page for you.
“Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof“
I only understand train station (I don’t understand a word, you can also say Bahnhof for short and people will understand what you mean
German Slang- Get Things Off Your Chest
German Slang-Get Things Off Your Chest gives you phrases when you really need to explain the way you feel and not alwas in a happy way. Also you might hear soemone else do the same and it might be directed at you. Learn the phrases we have listed and you will know what they want and maybe save yourself from a bit of trouble
Ich werde ein ernstes Gespräch mit meinem Kissen haben
I’m going to have a serious talk with my pillow (when you are really tired)
Click here for German Slang- Get Things Off Your Chest