10 Essential Phrases for your First Week in Germany

When you first arrive in Germany, you're likely to find that you're not able to express yourself as effectively as you'd like. After reading an article in DW with 10 key phrases for travelers, we decided to put together a list of the 10 essential phrases for your first week as a student in Germany.

Das passt mir gut/schlecht. 

When making plans, this is a go-to for telling someone whether or not their suggested time or destination suits you. 

Warm oder kalt?

Don't assume that the rent you find online is all-inclusive. Kalt means just the rent, while Warm means that utilities are included. 

Ich habe den Anschluss verpasst.

Problems with the Deutsche Bahn are an inevitability in Germany. If you miss your connection, you'll need to go to the info counter and ask for a voucher to get on another train. Don't be surprised if you use this phrase quite a bit.

Wo kann ich mich anmelden?

In Germany, when you move, it's required that you register at the city hall in your new city. This is a simple process, but oftentimes it can be a challenge to actually find the office where you submit the forms. Just ask someone this when you enter the building and you'll save yourself the stress of trying to figure it out yourself.

Danke gleichfalls!

You'll find yourself being thanked, wished well, and congratulated a lot in Germany. It's good to have a standby response when you're interacting with clerks in stores, waiters and your local Dönermann. 

Bleiben Sie bitte am Apparat.

There's a good chance that you'll spend a decent amount of time on the phone in your first week in Germany. If you need to find a document or a moment to process what you've just heard, you'll need to be able to ask the person on the other side of the line to hold on.

Sagen Sie mir bitte rechtzeitig Bescheid.

During your first week in Germany, you may have to wait for the final answer to some of your questions. If you want to ask an official to inform you as soon as possible, this is a valuable phrase to know.

(Bitte) lass mich in Ruhe!

When you're on the train or walking down the street, you may need to ask to be left alone. Drop the "bitte" if you need to make the expression more forceful. 

Wie komme ich dahin?

You may know the address, but that doesn't mean you know how to get there. When asking for directions, this is a crucial phrase.

Kann ich mit Kreditkarte bezahlen?

Germans use credits cards far less commonly than people from most other European countries, so always bring cash. If you forget, make sure this is your first question when you sit down at a restaurant. 

Noch ein Bier, bitte!

Whether you're at Oktoberfest or just out at your local Kneipe, this is a phrase that most every student needs with some regularity.