Coming to Germany? Wether you are here for a vacation or for the long-haul, you need to have a certain grasp of the language to fully be able to enjoy your time here. German is not to hard if you prepare ahead of time. I’ve gathered a few words together to get you started on your journey. These were some of the first words that I needed when arriving. Enjoy!
Stimmt/ Stimmt so/ das Stimmt:
This phrase is very useful in restaurants and at Wiesn. When you are paying for anything and you want to server to “keep the change”, you simply give them the cash and say “Stimmt” or “Stimmt so”. This works well at Wiesn for tipping, becuase you dont have to say much and it is easy to pronounce (*Schtimmt* especially important when drunk), so you can feel like a real Bayarisch Mann oder Frau.
Here, let’s try it out:
Server: “Servus! Wollen Sie was zum trinken?”
You: “Ja..bitte. Drei Maß, bitte”
S: “Helles oder Weiss?”
Du: “Weiss, natürlich!”
S: “Na, gut. Kostet Sie 36 euro.”
Du: *hands over 40 euro* “Stimmt so”
S: “Ja, vielen Dank!”
Look at you! Now, you’re speaking like a true German.
Die Toilete/ WC:
This one is pretty straight forward.
“Wo ist die (pronounced Dee) Toilete?”
Normally, you will find the WC sign if you are out, but when there is not a toilet or sign in sight (which there wont be, because the toilet situation in Germany is actually crazy), you will need to be able to talk to someone, or else. Don’t forget to bring change, toilets will cost you a pretty penny in train stations and service stations.
ATM. This word is very important, because in Germany, cash is king. There aren’t a lot of places that will accept card and if they do there is usually a minimum spending amount (and you don’t want to get swindled into having to buy 25 euros worth of fries just to be able to pay).
“Entschuldigung, wo ist eine Bankautomat?”
Plan on having a few bills handy when going out. ATM also charge you a pretty penny with every withdrawal, so take out more than you think you need to save on some fees. Normally, I would recommend carrying tons of cash, but Germany is a pretty safe place so it doesn’t bother me.
To remove the guild, in layman’s turns, excuse me. As a foreigner in Germany, you will be using this work a lot: when a bike almost hits you, when you bump into someone in the store and when you stumble through a german sentence only to start speaking in english again.