English-German Shopping Phrases and Vocabulary

Shopping Terms in German-Speaking Europe

The following English-German phrasebook contains common expressions that might be used when shopping in Germany, Austria, or German Switzerland.

Shopping Phrases and Pronunciation

These are sentences and phrases you are likely to encounter when shopping in a German-speaking country. The phonetic pronunciations shown below are only an approximate guide.

Hello!
Guten Tag! - Grüß Gott! (Austria/Bavaria)

  • When entering a smaller German shop, it is customary to exchange hellos with the shopkeeper or sales clerk. See the procedure for leaving below.


    May I help you? (salesperson)
    Was darf es sein? (Verkäufer/in)

    May I help you? (salesperson)
    Darf ich Ihnen helfen? (Verkäufer/in)

    customer
    der Kunde m., die Kundin f.

    I'm looking for...
    Ich suche...
       a dress - ein Kleid (eye-n KLITE)
       a shirt - ein Hemd (eye-n HEMT)
       athletic shoes - Sportschuhe (SHPORT SHOO-a)
       a postcard - eine Postkarte (eye-na POST-KAR-ta)

    I'm just looking.
    Ich sehe mich nur ein wenig um.

    I'm just looking.
    Ich schau nur ein bisschen herum.

    SALE! - SPECIAL OFFER! - REDUCED!
    Ausverkauf! - Sonderangebot! - Reduziert!

    • German stores usually offer two big sales each year: the Sommerschlussverkauf in late summer and the Winterschlussverkauf towards the end of winter.


    I'd like...
    Ich möchte... (eech MURG-ta)

    Can you fix/repair this?
    Können Sie das reparieren? (KURN-en zee das REP-ah-rear-en)

    What size are you? (salesperson)
    Welche Größe haben Sie? (Verkäufer/in)

    Do you have it in a different color?


    Haben Sie das in einer anderen Farbe?

    May I try it on?
    Darf ich es/ihn/sie anprobieren? (das/der/die)

    It's too big/small.
    Das ist mir zu groß/klein.

    How much is it? - How much does it cost?
    Wie viel kostet es? (er/sie) (VEE feel KOST-et es)

    That's too expensive.
    Das ist zu teuer.

    Do you take credit cards?
    Nehmen Sie Kreditkarten? (NAME-en zee kred-DIT-kar-ten)

    I'll take it.


    Ich nehme es (ihn, sie). (ich NAY-muh es [een, zee])

    cashier / check-out counter
    die Kasse (dee KA-suh)

    Is this intended as a gift? (salesperson)
    Soll das ein Geschenk sein?

    Can I get this gift-wrapped?
    Kann ich das als Geschenk eingepackt bekommen?

    Good-bye!
    Wiederseh'n! (VEE-der zane) - auf Wiedersehen! (owf VEE-der zay-en)

    • When leaving a shop in Austria or Germany, it is usual for the customer and shopkeeper to exchange good-byes: Wiederseh'n!

    English-German Glossary for Stores and Shops 

    BUSINESSES | STORES | SHOPSGeschäfte | Läden 

    The following English-German glossary lists the German words for various kinds of shops, stores, and businesses—as well as the items or services offered. F

    Tip: For related vocabulary, do a Google.de or Yahoo.de search for the category you want. For instance, to find vocabulary for pastry or pastry shops, use the term "Konditorei" to find online sources of vocabulary (and pastries). Also see the examples in the glossary below.

    Noun genders: r (der, masc.), e (die, fem.), s (das, neu.)
    Abbreviations: adj. (adjective), Br. (British), n. (noun), pl. (plural), v. (verb)

    EnglishDeutschWas? What?
    antique stores AntiquitätengeschäftAntiquitäten pl.
      Note: Don't confuse s Antiquariat (second-hand bookstore) with s Antiquitätengeschäft (antique store).
    appliance stores ElektrogeschäftElektrogeräte
    auto dealer/dealership
      car sales/dealership
    r Autohändler
    e Autohandlung
    s Autohaus
    Autos
    auto mechanic
    auto repair/garage
    r Automechaniker
    e Autowerkstatt
    Autoreparaturen
    bakerye BäckereiBrot, Brötchen
    bar, pube Kneipealkoholische Getränke
    barber (shop)r Herrenfriseure Herrenfrisur
    beauty salon, parlorr Damenfriseure Damenfrisur (hair-do)
    bookstore, bookshope BuchhandlungBücher pl.
      Bücher online > See the German Amazon.de or BOL.de online bookstores for German bookstore terms and books in German.
    business, store, shops Geschäft, r Laden--
    butcher shope Fleischerei
    e Metzgerei
    s Fleisch
    candy store, confectioneryr SüßwarenladenSüßwaren
    car hire/auto rentalr Autoverleih
    e Autovermietung
    Autovermietung
    clothier
    clothing store
    r Herrenausstatter (men)
    r Modesalon (ladies)
    e Kleidung
    computer stores Computergeschäft
    r Computerladen
    Computer, Rechner
    dairy stores Milchgeschäfte Milch, r Käse
    delicatessens Feinkostgeschäftr Feinkost
    department stores Kaufhaus
    s Warenhaus
    fast alles
    drugstoree DrogerieToilettenartikel pl.
      Note: A German Drogerie does not sell drugs or medicine. You can only buy toiletries and other non-drug items. For medicine (even just aspirin!) you have to go to an Apotheke (pharmacy).
    dry cleanere Reiningung, chemische ReinigungKleider reinigen
    electrical stores ElektrogeschäftElektrogeräte
      Fachgeschäft > The German term das Fachgeschäft refers to any store or business that specializes in whatever it sells. In such a store there are usually Fachleute (specialists) who know a lot about the product or service offered.
    florists BlumengeschäftBlumen
    furniture stores Einrichtungshaus
    s Möbellager
    r Hausrat
    Möbel pl
      Ikea has more than 35 outlets (Niederlassungen) in Germany. See the German Web site of the international (Swedish) Ikea chain for furniture and housewares vocabulary.
    gift shopr Geschenkladen
    Geschenke
    (sign)
    Geschenke
    grocery stores LebensmittelgeschäftLebensmittel
    hardware stores EisenwarengeschäftEisenwaren
    health food stores Reformhaus
      Also see "organic food store" below
    Biokost/Lebensmittel
    Heilkräuter
    jeweler, jewelry storer JuwelierRinge, Schmucksachen
    laundromat, laundretter WaschsalonKleider waschen
    laundry (firm)e WäschereiKleider waschen
    mail order storer Versand, s Versandkaufhausfast alles
    marketr Marktfast alles
    newsstandr KioskZeitschriften, Zeitungen
    office supplies storer BürobedarfladenBürobedarf, Büroausstattung
    online store
    online shop
    s Onlinegeschäft
    r Onlineshop
    fast alles
      Onlinegeschäfte > The German divisions of the Staples and Office Discount online stores are a good source of German vocabulary... or office supplies! Same for the German Ikea for furniture or Amazon.de for books, DVDs, CDs, electronics, toys, and much more.
    opticianr OptikerAugengläser, Brillen
    organic food store
    (wholefood shop)
    r Bioladen
    s Reformhaus
    Biokost/Lebensmittel
    Heilkräuter
      Bioläden > Besides fans of Biokost (organic/health food), a Bioladen is also popular with vegetarians (Vegetarier) and the ecologically-minded (recycled paper, bleach-free detergents, etc.). The British call this a "wholefood shop." Similar to, but older than Bioläden, the first Reformhäuser were established in the 1890s. In addition to organic and chemical-free food, a Reformhaus also sells herbal medicines (Heilkräuter) and other natural products.
    pastry shope Konditoreis Gebäck
    pet store, pet shope ZoohandlungHaustiere, Tierbedarf
    pharmacy/chemiste ApothekeMedikamente
      Apotheke > See Drogerie (drugstore) above for more about German pharmacies.
    photo shops FotogeschäftFilm, Kameras
    rent-a-car/auto rentalr Autoverleih
    e Autovermietung
    Autovermietung
    restaurants Restaurants Essen
    second-hand bookstore
    used-books store
    s Antiquariatantiquarische Bücher
    shoe stores SchuhgeschäftSchuhe
    shop, store, businessr Laden, s Geschäft--
    shopping center/malls Einkaufszentrum--
    souvenir shopr Andenkenladen
    r Souvenirladen
    s Andenken, s Souvenir
    sporting goods stores SportgeschäftSportausrüstungen
    stationery stores SchreibwarengeschäftPapier, Schreibwaren
    supermarketr Supermarktfast alles
    tobacco shop
    tobacconist
    r Tabakwarenladen
    e Trafik (Austria)
    Zigaretten, Tabakwaren
    toy stores SpielwarengeschäftSpielwaren, Spielzeuge
    watch repair shopr UhrmacherUhren reparieren