• German course for beginners
  • 1 The German alphabet [0/2]
  • 2 German greetings (Hello in German) [0/3]
  • 3 Introduction in german (talking about yourself) [0/2]
  • 4 Counting in German (cardinal and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 5 The Time in German (hours and minutes in German) [0/3]
  • 6 Days of the weeks, months and seasons in German [0/3]
  • 7 Colours in German (blue, green, yellow...) [0/3]
  • 8 Asking for directions in German [0/3]
  • 9 The weather in German (sun, rain, temperature...) [0/3]
  • 10 Family members in German (parents, siblings...) [0/3]
  • 11 Body parts in German [0/3]
  • 12 Countries in German (Europe, Asia, Africa, America) [0/5]
  • 13 Ordering in Germany (restaurant, waiter, dinner) [0/3]
  • 14 German travel phrases [0/3]
  • 15 Grocery shopping in Germany [0/3]
  • 16 German proverbs [0/3]
  • 17 Animal names in German (pets, mammals, birds, ...) [0/4]
  • 18 Clothing in German (shoes, accessories, ...) [0/2]
  • 19 Happy birthday in German (parties and congratulations) [0/3]
  • 20 I love you in German (emotions and feedback) [0/3]
  • 21 Needs and opinions in German (polite requests) [0/4]
  • 22 Hobbies in German (sports and games) [0/3]
  • 23 House, room, furniture vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 24 Descriptions in German (appearance and characteristics) [0/5]
  • 25 Business vocabulary in German (work and negotiations) [0/3]
  • 26 Going to the doctor and health vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 27 School vocabulary in German (subjects and persons) [0/3]
  • 28 Places of interest German (post office, infrastructure) [0/3]
  • 29 Nature words in German (parks and outdoor) [0/2]
  • Needs and opinions in German (polite requests)

    In this chapter you will learn how to make polite requests in German, as well as how to agree and disagree in a discussion.

    Making polite requests in German

    Here are some key-phrases you need to know to be polite while making requests in German. Notice, that often times the Subjunctive is used, in order to make the phrase sound nicer.

    Phrase Translation Example
    Kannst du bitte...? Can you please...?

    Kannst du mir das bitte nochmal erklären?

    (Can you please explain that to me again?)

    Könntest du bitte...?

    (The same as the one before, only in Subjunctive)

    Could you pease...?

    Könntest du bitte deutlicher reden?

    (Could you please talk more clearly?)

    Würdest du bitte...? Would you please...?

    Würdest du bitte den Müll rausbringen?

    (Would you please bring out the trash?)

    Ich wäre dir sehr dankbar, wenn.... Ich would be very gratefule to you, when...

    Ich wäre dir sehr dankbar, wenn du mich morgen wecken könntest

    (I would be very grateful to you, if you could wake me up tomorrow)

    Ich hätte eine Bitte.... I have one request....

    Ich hätte eine Bitte, kannst du mich morgen zum Flughafen fahren?

    (I have one request, could you drive me to the airport tomorrow?)


    (whether or not this sounds polite is dependent on the rest of the sentence)


    Was war nochmal das Wort dafür?

    (What was the word for this again?)

    Excuse me in German

    To get the attention of the person you are making the request to, there are several German equivalents in German

    1. Entschuldigung (literally: Apologies)
    2. Entschuldigen Sie (most literal to 'excuse me' - note that the German form of politeness 'Sie' is used to address the person)
    3. Verzeihung (literally: forgiveness)
    4. Pardon (in the French pronunciation - however these days not so common anymore)
    5. Wie bitte? (used when you didn't understand, what a person said - equivalent to 'come again?')

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    Expressing opinions, agreeing and disagreeing

    When having a discussion in German these are a few important phrases, that you might need

    Phrase Translation
    Ich sehe das genauso I feel the same way
    Ich stimme dir zu I agree
    Ich kann dir nicht zustimmen I can't agree with you
    Im Gegenteil In the contrary
    Wenn du mich fragst If you ask me
    Meiner Meinung nach In my opinion
    Entweder...oder... Either...or...
    Was bedeutet das? What is the meaning of this?
    Was denkst du über...? What do you think about...?



    Translate these expressions of needs and wishes into German

    Assign the correct German translation of expressing opinions to the correct translations!

    Fill in the correct German word to complete these needs

    Complete this debate by filling in the correct German word!