1. Learn German
  2. German Course
  3. Basics
Basics

Basics

Browse scenario-based lessons that teach you how to talk about this topic in German.

Click on a lesson to see what you'll learn for free

Asking Basic Questions
BasicsBasics
12 words/phrases to learn
Basic Responses
BasicsBasics
15 words/phrases to learn
Polite Expressions
BasicsBasics
6 words/phrases to learn

Most popular German Lessons for this topic

Asking Basic Questions

Lesson
12 words/phrases

Basic Responses

Lesson
15 words/phrases

Polite Expressions

Lesson
6 words/phrases

Useful Expressions 1

Lesson
14 words/phrases

Asking for Help 1

Lesson
5 words/phrases

Greetings & Goodbyes

Lesson
8 words/phrases

Numbers 1-10

Lesson
10 words/phrases

Numbers 11-20

Lesson
10 words/phrases

Numbers 21-100

Lesson
17 words/phrases

Days of the Week

Lesson
14 words/phrases

Times of the Week

Lesson
8 words/phrases

Times of the Day

Lesson
17 words/phrases

Telling the Time

Lesson
12 words/phrases

Frequencies & Length of Time

Lesson
14 words/phrases

Months & Dates

Lesson
16 words/phrases

On the 1st, 2nd, 3rd...

Lesson
8 words/phrases

Colors

Lesson
11 words/phrases

Clothes 1

Lesson
13 words/phrases

Clothes 2

Lesson
10 words/phrases

Measuring Things

Lesson
10 words/phrases

First, Second, Third...

Lesson
7 words/phrases

Washing Your Hands

Lesson
13 words/phrases

Needing the Toilet

Lesson
11 words/phrases

Hello?

Lesson
1 words/phrases

Three Ways To Say 'hello'

Lesson
4 words/phrases

How Are You?

Lesson
3 words/phrases

I'm Good, And You?

Lesson
5 words/phrases

Awkward Small Talk

Lesson
6 words/phrases

Talking About the Weather

Lesson
9 words/phrases

Happy Swiping

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Long Time No See

Lesson
10 words/phrases

Never Ending Call

Lesson
15 words/phrases

Lockdown Haircut

Lesson
8 words/phrases

Incorrect Address

Lesson
11 words/phrases

Gotta Go

Lesson
11 words/phrases

Who's Calling?

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Wrong Number

Lesson
4 words/phrases

Mic Off

Lesson
12 words/phrases

Good Morning

Lesson
2 words/phrases

Where Are My Glasses?

Lesson
8 words/phrases

Not Bad

Lesson
10 words/phrases

Calling Your Mom

Lesson
11 words/phrases

Are We There Yet?

Lesson
4 words/phrases

I Am a Grown Man!

Lesson
11 words/phrases

To Us!

Lesson
5 words/phrases

Snack Theft

Lesson
11 words/phrases

Left and Right

Lesson
14 words/phrases

Happy Birthday

Lesson
14 words/phrases

Just Google It

Lesson
12 words/phrases

How to Order a Cappuccino

Lesson
5 words/phrases

What Are You Looking At?

Lesson
3 words/phrases

How Long Are You Going to Stay?

Lesson
10 words/phrases

You Are So Lazy

Lesson
7 words/phrases

Your Wallet

Lesson
4 words/phrases

Do You Speak English?

Lesson
9 words/phrases

It's Hot In Here

Lesson
5 words/phrases

Where Is The Next Supermarket?

Lesson
13 words/phrases

Do You Like It?

Lesson
4 words/phrases

Asking For The Library

Lesson
5 words/phrases

Asking For the Restroom

Lesson
7 words/phrases

Serve Yourself

Lesson
6 words/phrases

Asking For the Park

Lesson
7 words/phrases

Bless You!

Lesson
6 words/phrases

How to Hem and Haw

Lesson
7 words/phrases

Watching Soccer

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Topmodel

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Can I?

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Are You Ok?

Lesson
1 words/phrases

3 ways to Say "Great to See You!"

Lesson
16 words/phrases

3 ways to Say "I Am Hot"

Lesson
9 words/phrases

You Go First

Lesson
5 words/phrases

Say It Right "Vögeln vs Vögel"

Lesson
10 words/phrases

To Kill 2 Birds With 1 Stone

Lesson
18 words/phrases

Are You Blind?!

Lesson
20 words/phrases

Say It Right "Bored vs. Boring"

Lesson
16 words/phrases

Say It Right "to Bypass vs to Hit"

Lesson
8 words/phrases

Is It True "German Sounds Harsh"

Lesson
19 words/phrases

Say It Right "To Be Hot"

Lesson
7 words/phrases

Better Kick It

Lesson
12 words/phrases

Great Gift

Lesson
4 words/phrases

3 Ways to Say "Cheers!"

Lesson
5 words/phrases

I Love You

Lesson
3 words/phrases

3 Ways to Say "I Can't Decide"

Lesson
23 words/phrases

Paying Cash

Lesson
12 words/phrases

Hide & Seek

Lesson
9 words/phrases

How To Pronounce "ie"

Lesson
3 words/phrases

How To Pronounce "ei"

Lesson
13 words/phrases

Formal & Informal

Lesson
26 words/phrases

How To Negate a Verb

Lesson
21 words/phrases

Asking For Help 2

Lesson
5 words/phrases

Putting a Picture On the Wall

Lesson
8 words/phrases

3 Ways To Show Surprise

Lesson
10 words/phrases

3 Ways To Say Goodbye

Lesson
6 words/phrases

Good Night

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Choosing a Movie

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Compound Nouns

Lesson
22 words/phrases

Why Not?

Lesson
2 words/phrases

3 Different Ways To Use "Bitte"

Lesson
5 words/phrases

How To Buy Time

Lesson
16 words/phrases

Cheers!

Lesson
4 words/phrases

Is That For Me?

Lesson
5 words/phrases

Running Late

Lesson
1 words/phrases

Thanks

Lesson
1 words/phrases

I Don't Get It

Lesson
3 words/phrases

WiFi Password

Lesson
8 words/phrases

How To Pronounce "ä,ö,ü"

Lesson
5 words/phrases

How To Pronounce "ß"

Lesson
4 words/phrases

Sorry!

Lesson
1 words/phrases

Can You Help Me?

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Granny, I Am Hungry

Lesson
4 words/phrases

Where Is... ?

Lesson
9 words/phrases

Awesome!

Lesson
1 words/phrases

Good Luck

Lesson
2 words/phrases

For Real!?

Lesson
1 words/phrases

Pardon?

Lesson
2 words/phrases

Every Online Meeting Be Like...

Lesson
4 words/phrases

How Much?

Lesson
2 words/phrases

You Hang Up First

Lesson
5 words/phrases

How To Ask a Closed Question

Lesson
6 words/phrases

Pour Me a Drink

Lesson
2 words/phrases

How Are You Doing?

Lesson
2 words/phrases

You Hang Up

Lesson
5 words/phrases

You Got Mail

Lesson
11 words/phrases

How to Buy Yourself Time

Lesson
17 words/phrases

Glutton

Lesson
6 words/phrases

3 Ways To Say "Sorry!"

Lesson
6 words/phrases

How To Properly Insult

Lesson
1 words/phrases

3 Things To Say When Procrastinating

Lesson
8 words/phrases

The 5 Stages of Compound Nouns

Lesson
12 words/phrases

Mann or man?

Lesson
18 words/phrases

German Plural

Lesson
29 words/phrases

Apples & Tenses

Lesson
3 words/phrases

How to Say I Am Tired

Lesson
6 words/phrases

5 Things Your Body Does

Lesson
6 words/phrases

Danke Schön Or Dankeschön

Lesson
17 words/phrases

5 More Things Your Body Does

Lesson
5 words/phrases

All 6 German Tenses

Lesson
24 words/phrases

Synonyms for Good

Lesson
16 words/phrases

Important German Questions

Lesson
14 words/phrases

Prepositions & Vacation

Lesson
15 words/phrases

Hilfreich or Hilfsbereit

Lesson
18 words/phrases

All about Hands

Lesson
6 words/phrases

Annoying Habits

Lesson
15 words/phrases

German Interjections

Lesson
13 words/phrases

Patterns

Lesson
11 words/phrases

Funny Words: Lampenfieber

Lesson
13 words/phrases

The 5 Senses

Lesson
13 words/phrases

Most Used Words in German

Lesson
12 words/phrases

How to use Probieren

Lesson
33 words/phrases

The Meaning of 'auf'

Lesson
28 words/phrases

Hospital In German

Lesson
23 words/phrases

To Stand In the Snake

Lesson
30 words/phrases

Don't Do This

Lesson
15 words/phrases

Animal Sounds

Lesson
3 words/phrases

German VS Swiss German

Lesson
14 words/phrases

Declination After Alle

Lesson
19 words/phrases

Different Means of Transport

Lesson
7 words/phrases

Almost Done

Lesson
25 words/phrases

Different Packagings

Lesson
8 words/phrases

Onomatopoeias

Lesson
28 words/phrases

Animal Sounds 2

Lesson
14 words/phrases

Kitchen Sounds

Lesson
7 words/phrases

Animal Sounds 3

Lesson
24 words/phrases

More Interjections

Lesson
10 words/phrases

Sounds from Nature

Lesson
22 words/phrases

No Problem

Lesson
3 words/phrases

Please!

Lesson
2 words/phrases

Bless You! 2

Lesson
1 words/phrases

Search for #content you enjoy

Learn to talk about what you’re actually interested in
Watch videos
48,000+ videos of native speakers
Learn the words
We teach you the words from the videos
Chat with MemBot
Practice speaking with our AI language partner
The Memrise secret sauce
Learn
Memorize vocabulary
Immerse
Understand people
The Memrise secret sauce
Communicate
Be understood by people
Frequently Asked Questions
How quickly will I be able to start saying these words and phrases in the real world?
You can start speaking these phrases from day one! Our talk-first approach not only helps you learn a new language fast, but we build your confidence to speak from the very first lesson.

When you worry too much about grammar and rules, it can make you feel like you’re never ready to speak and start disconnecting from the language. That’s why we get you to start speaking from the beginning, and let you choose to learn what’s important to you. If you like to travel, learn that first. If you need it to further your career, learn phrases that’s useful there instead. When you focus on material that excites you, you'll be more motivated to practice regularly and immerse yourself in the language. Soon enough, you'll be chatting away in your new language like a native speaker.
How useful are these words and phrases?
These hand-picked words and phrases are chosen by our language experts for two reasons: that they are useful in real-life situations, and they are spoken in the same way that a local would.

There is nothing more discouraging to a language learner than finding out that the phrases they’ve spent hours learning are irrelevant or outdated. You trust us to not only to teach you the language but to do it in a way that is useable in the real world and can connect with native speakers. Otherwise, what’s the point in learning a language if you can’t use it in real situations?
Is Memrise really more effective than textbooks?
There are three problems that Memrise addresses from textbook learning. The first is that people often feel disengaged because they feel the content is either boring or irrelevant. We let you choose what’s important to you so you don’t have to wait to learn those phrases. Second, you can’t hear how the language sounds in a textbook. That’s why we have thousands of videos of native speakers to teach you instead. Lastly, you don’t get to speak it out loud. Our talk-first approach not only helps you learn a new language fast, but we build your confidence to speak from the very first lesson.