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Common German Phrases

A list of the most common German phrases ordered by their frequency of use. Normally these phrases have meanings that are more than the sum of their parts, more than their component words would indicate, so they are good to learn even if you know their individual words.

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1 immer noch
          1. adv. still
2 es gibt
          1. v. there is, there are
3 vor allem
          1. adv. above all (of prime importance), especially
4 ich auch
          1. Phrase. me too
5 immer wieder
          1. adv. over and over, again and again, time and again
6 was für
          1. det. what; what kind of
                Was für Getränke habt ihr mitgebracht? - What drinks have you brought?
                Du kannst dir vorstellen, was für ein Skandal das war. - You can imagine what a scandal that was.
                Was für Bücher liest du? - What kind of books do you read?
          2. det. (in exclamation, with 'ein') (oh) what; (oh) such
7 am Ende
8 noch einmal
          1. adv. one more time, again
9 nach Hause
          1. adv. home, homeward (mobile, goal-oriented)
10 zu haben
          1. adj. available
                —Entschuldigen Sie, ist dieses Gemälde noch zu haben?—Nein, es ist leider schon verkauft. - —Excuse me, is this painting still available/for sale?—No, I’m afraid it’s already been sold.
                Du bist doch ein gut aussehender junger Mann, ich verstehe nicht, warum du noch zu haben bist! - But you’re a good-looking young man; I don’t understand why you’re still available/single!
11 zu Hause
          1. adv. home, at home (stationary, non-goal-oriented)
                Ist deine Mutter zu Hause? - Is your mother home?
12 zum Beispiel
          1. adv. for example, for instance
13 überhaupt nicht
          1. adv. not at all
14 mein Gott
          1. interj. oh my God
15 zu viel
          1. adv. too much
16 nicht wahr
          1. Phrase. (tag question, rather formal) right?; is it?; is it not?
                Du bist sicher die Claudia, nicht wahr? - You must be Claudia, aren't you?
17 eines Tages
          1. adv. one day, someday
                Eines Tages wirst auch du es verstehen. (Someday you will understand it too.)
18 das heißt
          1. adv. that is, that is to say
19 keine Ahnung
          1. Phrase. no idea
20 wenn nicht
          1. conj. unless
                Du kannst mich nicht verstehen, wenn du nicht Deutsch sprichst. - You can't understand me, unless you speak German.
21 und zwar
          1. adv. namely
22 im Moment
          1. adv. at the moment
23 wie viel
          1. det. how much; how many
          2. adv. (fairly rare) how much; how often
24 auf jeden Fall
          1. prep. in any event, definitely, in any case, at any rate, anyway, anyhow, absolutely, by all means
                (synonyms, jedenfalls)
25 einfach so
          1. adv. just like that, just so
          2. adv. just because
          3. adv. willy-nilly, haphazardly
26 hin und her
          1. adv. back and forth, to and fro
27 ach so
          1. interj. ah, oh, I see; expresses understanding or surprise
28 bis jetzt
          1. adv. so far (until now; previously; yet)
          2. adv. to date (until now; until present time)
29 auf der anderen Seite
          1. adv. on the other hand
30 für immer
          1. adv. forever, indefinitely
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