The first contact with the German language starts with the Romans in the 1st century, but it was only after the 6th that the start of "German" ( high German )was recorded as a language.
It is the native language of 90 million speakers; it is high up on the most spoken language list in the world. It is the main language in Germany and Austria and spoke in parts of Switzerland.
There are two groups of German, High German and Low German.
High German is the main written language and spoke more in the Southern Highlands. The difference between the two is the sound systems.
Low German is from Old Saxon and is spoken more in the Lowlands of Northern Germany.
Here are just a few basic phrases to give you a helping hand if visiting Germany or German-speaking countries.
GOOD MORNING - Guten Morgen
GOOD AFTERNOON - Guten Tag
MY NAME IS - Mein Name ist _
HELLO, HOW ARE YOU ? - Hallo, wie geht’s?
A LARGE BEER PLEASE - Ein großes Bier bitte
SEE YOU SOON - Bis Bald
GOODBYE - Tschüss
EXCUSE ME - Entschuldigung
COULD YOU REPEAT THAT PLEASE - Können Sie das bitte wiederholen?
THANK YOU - Danke
I'M SORRY, I DONT UNDERSTAND - Sorry, aber ich verstehe nicht
I DONT SPEAK GERMAN VERY WELL - Ich spreche nicht gut Deutsch
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH - Sprechen Sie Englisch?
I AM SORRY - Es tut mir leid
SOME FUN SAYINGS - Gifted from our German friend Stefanie 👍
Da Wird ja der Hund in der Pfanne Verrückt
THE DOG IN THE FRYING PAN IS GOING CRAZY ( IF SOMETHING IS OUTRAGEOUS)
Holla die Waldfee
WOW THE FOREST FAIRY ( AN EXPRESSION OF SURPRISE )
Depending on how you say it, this can be positive or negative
Mein Engglisch ist unter aller Sau
My English is under all pig.
Meaning my English is bad.
Dont forget never be shy to use some of the language in the countries you visit, they may love you for it.