So what are the easiest German words and phrases to learn for tourists? Learning languages means hard work but it pays off. I can agree with it, as I can speak several languages, as English is not my mother tongue. Before visiting a country I like to learn couple of sentences in that certain language. At least: “hello”, “how are you?”, “How can I get to the…?” and so on. It isn’t a big something and I don’t find myself in an unpleasant situation. But of course it doesn’t mean that I will understand everything or I could do academic writing – no. Anyway it’s always a good idea to study some sentences when you plan to travel.

On planning a trip to Germany, my advice is the same. Although Germans can speak English very well and fluently, they like – as a matter of fact every nation appreciates – if you can speak a few words or phrases. German is not as easy language, though. But perhaps after checking Insider Monkey’s list you will expect to learn this language. In these days it is very easy to find someone whom you can chat with in German, for instance in social media. You may speak to the person in English, and he/she can answer in German. This is a specific language with specific pronunciation, and they often use very, vey long words.

In order to get the right answer, Insider Monkey has consulted sites like Fodors, FluentU and ielanguages. Then the words and phrases were ranked by the number they were used on these sites, or they were recommended to study. Also you can find discussions on Quora which provide you numerous ways in which you can easily acquire the German language.

We have picked three phrases from Insider Monkey’s list (the first one is the German, and then you can see its translation, also in their article you can watch a short video about how to pronounce the phrases). Tag/Hallo- Hi/Hello; Ich heiße- My name is, and Wie heißen Sie?-What is your name? It is really worth reading all the expressions.
For any further interesting information, you should read Insider Monkey’s article about the easiest German words and phrases to learn for a tourist.


I am from Hungary, Europe. I graduated as a theologian, and social pedagogue.