Knowing the lingo is the first step to committing to visiting a new country. A few key phrases can clear up confusion, make traveling easier and help make new friends. Here are some words to help you on your journey to German living.
This is the largest State in Germany. Bayern is the southern most state and home to Munich which is home to the famous Beer festival, Oktoberfest. If you end up in this area, it’ll do you well to know this word, so you know what the heck people are talking about when people say “Bavarian” culture.
Please and Thank you.
Even if you end up asking the question in english, it’s always nice to throw in a bitte and danke to show the locals that you’re trying. Just using these small words can make a world of difference when speaking to the locals.
If you’re feeling extra, you can change it to Danke schön and vielen Dank to make yourself sound very grateful 🙂
Nothing is more irritating than trying to get to the airport when you’re running late and for some reason, travel days, people are always running late. Sometimes the train will have both english and german on the outside to make it less confusing, but not always. Be German. Be prepared.
Der Zug fällt aus
The train is cancelled.
Unfortunately, this is a phrase I saw a lot of in the last few months living in Munich. Normally and stereotypically, the trains run on time and are reliable, but sometimes there are traffic accidents or technical malfunctions (tecknisches Störungen).
You don’t need to know how to say this word, but it helps to be familiar with it just incase you see it written beneath the sign of your train. You will spend a lot of time waiting for trains that aren’t coming if you forget these words.
ohne Halt bis..
No stop until..
This one is very useful for public transport. When there is a change in the trains, sometimes there will be a moving sign under you train train name that says “ohne Halt bis Ostbahnhof”. This means that the train isn’t stopping until Ostbahnhof. Make sure that you are not getting on a train that won’t stop at your station. Usually they will stop at the next main train station.
Main Train Station.
There is a Hauptbahnhof in every city. This is where all the trains converge and sometimes also where most of the busses drop you off when you are coming from out of town.
Usually there are restaurants, ticket counters and stores located inside. It’s the one-stop-shop of German cities. They even have stores that are except from the ‘closed on Sundays’ law.
Thanks for reading! Hope this helps you on your way to being German!