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Top 10 German Expressions to Sound Like a Local

Best German Slang Words: Sound like a German local!

German is one of the most important languages in the world with around 100 million speakers. An official language in 6 countries and several international institutions, German is also recognised as a minority language in another 13 countries. The unique German variants, such as Austrian or Swiss Standard German, don’t exclude the most common German slang expression that any German-speaking local would know. If you are learning German, using colloquial phrases is a must in order to understand any informal conversation and achieve a good level of fluency. We have selected for you the top 10 German slang expressions that you should know!

Na? Hello

Was geht? What’s up?

Mach’s gut Take care (when saying goodbye)

Jein – Yes, but (It’s a mix between ja and nein)

Kohle Money

Prost! Cheers

Einen Kater haben Having a hangover

Luft bei dir! Things are going well for you! (When someone shares good news with you)

Hau ab! – Get lost!

Naja Well (At the start of a sentence)

September is German Month at Cactus!

If you are currently studying German or would like to do so, then this is the perfect month for you! Every day we are going to post a video of the #germanwordoftheday which will increase your vocabulary and show you the spelling, translation and correct pronunciation of new words or expressions in German. You can find our #germanwordoftheday across our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and You Tube.

Why learn German?

Germany has the most powerful economy within the European Union and its language shares the Germanic origin of the English language, which makes it easier to learn than you may think. German is also an official language in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and all the European institutions. The second most commonly used scientific language, German has an undisputed importance in any academic, technological or economic field. If you are interested in finding out more about the German language and culture, we offer several options for you: 10-week German evening language courses in London, Bournemouth, Brighton, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Oxford as well as 5-week German evening language courses in London and Brighton. If you are also thinking about planning a new move in your career, don’t hesitate to check our German For Business Courses or one of our specialist language courses such as Engineering German Courses.

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