Top Business German Phrases

Top Business German Phrases – Most Common Business German Phrases

When communicating in German business, it’s important to know the differences between written and spoken language, and face-to-face versus phone talks. For example, a casual “Hallöchen!” is okay with colleagues, but in a business letter, start with a formal greeting like “Sehr geehrter Herr [name]” (“Dear Mr. [name]”). Phone chats, a challenge for non-natives, often follow a pattern. Learn key phrases like “Hallo! Kann ich bitte mit Herrn [name] sprechen?” (“Hello! Can I speak to Mr. [name]?”). Whether you’re venturing into German business or just need basics for correspondence, here are essential Business German phrases.

Top Business German Phrases:


Guten Morgen – Good morning

Guten Tag – Good day

Guten Abend – Good evening

Discussing Business Topics:

Ich würde gerne das Projekt vorstellen – I would like to present the project.

Du kannst das Gespräch beginnen – You can start the conversation.

Ich stimme zu – I agree.

Ich teile nicht deine Meinung – I don’t share your opinion.

Es war ein kleines Missverständnis – It was a small misunderstanding.

Wann unterzeichnen wir den Vertrag? – When do we sign the contract/agreement?

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Interacting With Co-workers in German:

“Kann ich dich um einen Gefallen bitten?” – Can I ask you a favor?

“Lass uns eine Kaffeepause machen?” – How about a coffee break?

The question, “Können wir uns duzen?” (Can we switch to informal ‘you’?), reflects the evolving nature of workplace relationships.

Business Emails:

Liebe Kollegen – Dear colleagues

Mit freundlichen Grüßen – Kind regards

Zögern Sie nicht, mich zu kontaktieren – Don’t hesitate to contact me

Ich freue mich darauf, bald von Ihnen zu hören – I look forward to hearing from you soon

Ich freue mich auf deine Antwort – I look forward to your response

Ich bin gespannt auf deine Meinung dazu – I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it

Kannst du mir die E-Mail weiterleiten? – Could you forward me the email?

Ich nehme dich in Kopie – I’ll copy you in

Scheduling A Business Meeting in German:

(Wir) müssen ein Treffen planen – We need to schedule a meeting

Das Treffen ist für heute geplant – The meeting is scheduled for today.

Er/Sie hat die Teilnahme bestätigt – He/She confirmed attendance.

Könntest du den Konferenzraum reservieren? – Could you reserve the conference room?

Keine Sorge, alles ist geregelt! – Don’t worry, everything is settled!

In business German, be formal and use “Sie” unless both agree on the informal “du” for a more relaxed setting.
In German offices, it’s common to use Herr or Frau + surname instead of first names, even with long-time colleagues.
To master business German, grow your vocabulary with work-related words. It takes time, but with a good language foundation, it’s doable.

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