German is a language that scares many non-native speakers as it can appear complex and confusing. With proper instruction and practice, however, this widely-used language can be easy and fun to learn.
One of the keys to learning German–or any new language for that matter– is to look past the typical travel dictionaries and absorb some of the more common expressions or idioms that are used throughout daily life. Getting familiar with typical German expressions will help you better communicate with others when travelling to a German-speaking country.
Check out the infographic below highlighting the 20 most common German expressions.
These German expressions are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg where German idioms are concerned. Learning these expressions and others like them can make the difference between feeling like a tourist and “one of the locals.”
Oftentimes, only private lessons afford one the opportunity to learn a language to this extent. It’s well worth the extra effort, however, when it helps you become more understanding of the culture. Did we miss any common expressions? Let us know in the comments below!
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