German Phrases Need No Translation

Some German Phrases Need No Translation because the words similar to English will enable you to understand what is meant.

Use the spelling and/or sound of each word similar to English to help you figure out its meaning.

So from the key words similar to English you should be able to make out the meanings of the other German connecting words that are not similar to English. Use the words similar to English as clues to the meanings of the other German words.

Try to just get the overall meaning of each phrase without trying to translate each unfamiliar German word. Many are like phrases in English that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

The easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use when you travel to Germany, you can try to pronounce them, which is not easiest.

Consider each phrase as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. See how far down the list you can get.

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GERMAN PHRASES THAT NEED NO TRANSLATION

GERMAN -- [SAY GERMAN]

allergisch auf Antibiotika -- [ah-LEHR-geesh owf ahn-tee-bee-OH-tee-kah]

allergisch auf Penicillin -- [ah-LEHR-geesh owf ‘penicillin’]

allergische Reaktion -- [ah-LEHR-geesh-uh reh-ahk-SYON]

antiseptische Creme -- [ahn-tee-ZEHP-tee-shuh krehm]

automatische Kamera -- [ow-toh-MAHT-ihsh-uh ‘camera’]

Business-Class -- [‘business-class’]

Check-out -- [‘check-out’]

digitale Kamera -- [‘digital camera’]

Economy-Class -- [‘economy-class’]

E-Mail-Adresse -- [‘e-mail’-ah-DREHS-uh]

express Bus -- [‘express’ boos]

internationale Telephonkarte -- [ihnt-ehr-nah-syoh-NAHL-uh TEHL-uh-fohn-kahrt-uh]

Jet Ski -- [‘jet ski’]

Kaffee mit Milch -- [kah-FEH miht mihlkh]

katholishe Kirche -- [kah-TOH-leesh-uh KEER-khuh]

klassische Musik -- [KLAHS-ihsh-uh moo-ZEEK]

mein Name -- [mien NAHM-uh]

meine Adresse -- [MIEN-uh ah-DREHS-uh]

meine Computer -- [MIEN-uh ‘computer’]

meine E-Mail-Adresse -- [MIEN-uh ‘e-mail’-ah-DREHS-uh]

meine Familie -- [MIEN-uh fah-MEE-lee-uh]

meine Kamera -- [MIEN-uh ‘camera’]

meine Kreditkarte -- [MIEN-uh kreh-DEET-kahrt-uh]

meine Nummer -- [MIEN-uh NOOM-ehr]

meine Periode -- [MIEN-uh pehr-YOH-duh]

Online-Ticket -- [OHN-lien-tee-keht]

Paket per Express -- [pah-KEHT pehr ‘express’]

PIN-Nummer -- [‘PIN’-noom-ehr]

pro Kilometer -- [proh kee-loh-MEH-tehr]

regionale Bier -- [reh-gyoh-NAH-luh ‘beer’]

Sport-Massage -- [shpohrt-mah-SAHDJ-uh]

Tee mit Milch -- [‘tea’ miht mihlkh]

Telefonnummer für ein taxi -- [tehl-uh-FOHN-noom-ehr fewr ien ‘taxi’]

wann ist -- [vahn ihst]

wireless Internet -- [‘wireless internet’]

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DIFFERENT ORDER

Some German phrases have words in a different order than they would be in English, but in spite of this you should be able to understand what the following phrases mean.

GERMAN -- [SAY GERMAN]

E-Mail senden -- [E-mehl ZEHND-uhn]

Fax senden -- [fahks ZEHND-uhn]

hier parken -- [‘here’ ‘PARK’-uhn]

hier campen -- [‘here’ KAHMP-uhn]

hier sitzen -- [‘here’ ziht-tsuhn]

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GERMAN WORD EQUALS ENGLISH PHRASE

In some cases, one word in German is a phrase in English:

GERMAN -- [SAY GERMAN]

Digitalfotos -- [dihd-jih-TAHL-foh-tohs]

Faxnummer -- [FAHKS-noom-ehr]

Hotdog -- [HOHT-dohg]

Insectenspray -- [ihn-ZEHKT-uhn-shpray]

Internetcafé -- [‘internet-café’]

Kontaktlinse -- [KOHN-tahkt-lihnz-uh]

Konzerthalle -- [kohn-TSEHRT-hah-luh]

Kreditkarte -- [kreh-DEET-kahrt-uh]

Liftpass -- [LIHFT-pahs]

Livemusik -- [‘live’-moo-ZEEK]

Popmusik -- [POHP-moo-zeek]

Postkarte -- [‘POST’-kahr-tuh]

Sterlingsilber -- [SHTEHR-leeng-zihl-behr]

Telefonkarte -- [TEHL-uh-fohn-kahrt-uh]

Telefonnummer -- telephone number -- [tehl-uh-FOHN-noom-ehr]

Tennismatch -- [‘tennis’-mahch]

Toilettenpapier -- [toy-LEHT-tuhn-pah-peer]

Touristeninformationsbüro -- [too-REE-stuhn-een-fohr-mah-syohns-bew-roh]

Waschmachine -- [VAHSH-mah-shee-nuh]

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FOR AN EASIER VERSION

For an easier version of these phrases -- with English translations -- go to the web page Easiest German Phrases, where these same phrases and more appear along with the English translations to help you understand the German phrases more easily.

FOR A GREATER CHALLENGE

For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest German Sentences, where some of these same phrases appear in easy German sentences.

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For an easier version of these phrases -- with English translations -- go to the web page Easiest German Phrases.


For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest German Sentences



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