2 – Basic Phrases to Start a Conversation

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What will you learn?

In this lesson you will learn the most basic phrases to get you started. Those phrases are important to start a conversation, or to build a friendship. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these German phrases.

How to pronounce the basic phrases in German?

In the back of every illustrator there is an explanation for what we use, the translation, and the pronunciation of every phrase. Try to listen to it many times till you master it.

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Wie geht es dir?

Meaning: How are you?

Use: To ask someone about their situation but between friends

Pronunciation:

Wie geht es dir?

Wie geht es Ihnen?

Meaning: How are you? 

Use: To ask people about their health, this is a formal way we use it with bosses, colleges and people we meet them for the first time. 

Pronunciation:

Wie geht es Ihnen?

Mir geht es gut

Meaning: I’m well.

Use: This is the positive answer of “How are you?”

Pronunciation:

Mir geht es gut

Mir geht es nicht so gut

Meaning: I’m not so well.

Use: This is the negative answer of  “How are you?”

Pronunciation:

Mir geht es nicht so gut

Alles in Ordnung?

Meaning: Everything alright?

Use: To ask about the situation (friends and people we know already)

Pronunciation:

Alles in Ordnung?

Wie heißt du?

Meaning: What’s your name?

Use: We use it with kids, or people younger than use, it is informal way to ask about the name.

Pronunciation:

Wie heißt du?

Wie heißen Sie?

Meaning: What’s your name? 

Use: We use it with older people, or people we don’t know. It is a formal. 

Pronunciation:

Wie heißen Sie?

Ich heiße...

Meaning: My name is….

Use: This is the answer phrase of for the name usually. 

Pronunciation:

Ich heiße...

Es freut mich.

Meaning: Pleased to meet you.

Use: This phrase after someone mentioned his/her name directly. 

Pronunciation:

Es freut mich.

Es hat mich gefreut

Meaning: It was my pleasure 

Use: Normally this is phrase at the end of the conversation with some you meet for the first time, and while you are leaving. 

Pronunciation:

Es hat mich gefreut.

Mir auch

Meaning: Me too.

Use: A reply to a sentence that applied on you too.

Pronunciation:

Mir auch

Gleichfalls.

Meaning: Likewise.

Use:A reply to a sentence that applied on you too.

Pronunciation:

Gleichfalls

Try to have a look more than once on the cards, and pronounce them after you play the sound.

Take notes and hang them somewhere you can see easily so it will stay in your mind. If you have no one to address them with those greetings, try to use them with yourself in the correct time, after a while you will find out, that those, greetings in German, became so natural.

If you want to learn greetings and goodbyes in German then check these lessons out!

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