Classroom Phrasebook 1 for Teachers and Students of German

In der Schule - Students

Student Phrases

Below you'll find an English-German collection of phrases and expressions for the German-language classroom. This phrasebook is intended as an aid for students who will use the target language (die Zielsprache - Deutsch) in a classroom setting.

Classroom Phrases 
FORMS of ADDRESS: Mrs./Ms. Schmidt, Mr. Schmidt
ANREDEFORMEN: Frau Schmidt, Herr Schmidt

Note: Always address your teacher, professor or other school personnel as Sie! Your fellow students should be addressed as du (one) or ihr (more than one).

Hi there! Hi everyone!
Hallo allerseits! Hallo alle zusammen!

Sorry I'm late.
Tut mir Leid, dass ich zu spät komme.

What does ___ mean?
Was bedeutet/heißt ___?

What's the German for ___?
Was heißt ___ auf Deutsch?

I don't understand.
Ich verstehe nicht.

More slowly, please.
Lamgsamer bitte.

Pardon? What was that? (I didn't understand)
Wie bitte? (Avoid Was?, the German equivalent of "Huh?")

Could you please repeat that? (to teacher)
Bitte wiederholen Sie das!

Could you please repeat that? (to student)
Noch einmal bitte!

May I go to the restroom?
Darf ich auf die Toilette?/aufs Klo?

Could I go out/leave for a minute?
Darf ich kurz mal hinausgehen?

How do you spell that?
Wie schreibt man das?

I've already done that.
Ich hab' das schon gemacht.

Do we have homework?
Haben wir Hausaufgaben?

Which page/exercise?
Welche Seite/Übung?

I don't know.
Ich weiß nicht.

I have no idea.
Ich habe keine Ahnung.

yes - no - OK
ja - nein - Schon gut.

What's the difference between ___ and ___?
Was ist der Unterschied zwischen ___ und ___?

Note: See our German Alphabet page for the sounds of the German ABC's.