Useful German Phrases for Oktoberfest

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Photo for useful phrases - lederhosen - English

Lederhosen – 

Shorts, but in leather, worn handsomely and elegantly in Alpine regions of Europe — with H-shaped suspenders — by men and women.

Here’s a fun, handy glossary with useful phrases in German and English translations we’ve put together for your Oktoberfest experience!

 

  • How to say cheers in German:
  • Prost! or Ein Prosit! (a toast)
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    Bier stein

    Commonly found in Bavaria, largest state of Germany, steins are earthenware, often decorative, large beer mugs.

    Bierkrug –

    Glass beer mug that comes in a liter or half liter. A liter is about two pints. Mugs are often collected for their emblems of local brewers or regions.

    Bierstiefel –

    A glass beer boot available and can be filled at some German bars and restaurants.

    Tracht

    Costume or festive dress some wear to Oktoberfest — a colorful way to show your Oktoberfest/Octoberfest spirit.




    Schweinshaxe

    German cuisine’s roasted ham hock (also called roasted pork knuckle), often served with sauerkraut, potatoes or dumplings.

    Gurkensalat

    Refreshing cucumber salad, prepared with herbs and yogurt or sour cream.

    Schnitzel

    Boneless, tenderized meat, coated with flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then fried for a snack or main course.

    Spätzle

    Popular egg and flour noodle or dumpling, shaped by hand.

    Wurst

    Sausage, which can include bratwurst and other varieties. Great with a pretzel!

    Senf –

    Mustard, which can come in several varieties, including sweet (süßer) or hot (scharfer).

    Currywurst –

    A favorite street food choice and dish at restaurants – pork sausage, often fried, served with curry ketchup.

    Zwetschgendatschi

    Delicious German plum sheet cake or pie. 

    Frühstück –

    Breakfast

    Kaffee / kaffee mit milch und zucker –

    coffee / coffee with milk and sugar

    Wasser / eiswasser –

    Water / ice water

    Toilette

    Restroom or ask for the WC (water closet).

    Danke / bitte –

    Thanks / please

    Ja / nein, danke –

    Yes / no thanks (or not for me).

    Köstlich

    Delicious!

    Guten Tag –

    Hello, or good day.





    Freut mich

    Pleased to meet you!

    Wo ist –

    Where is..? E.g., Wo ist die toilette?

    Wie komme ich nach –

    How do I get to…

    E.g. Wie komme ich nach der bahnhof (the train station)?

    Fährt dieser zug / bus nach..?

    Does this train / bus go to..?

    Taxi zum flughafen/hotel, bitte –

    Taxi to the airport / hotel, please.






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