How to Express an Opinion in German

Expressing agreement and disagreement

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If you've got an opinion, the German language has a ton of ways to express it. Not all are as straight forward as Ich stimme zu (I agree). Some are phrases and idioms you need to memorize to carry on a natural-sounding conversation. 

Here are some common ways to your opinion in German

Expressing Agreement and Disagreement in German

  • Das ist zweifelhaft.  That is doubtful.
  • Das stimmt (nicht).  That's (not) right.
  • Da haben Sie (Un)Recht.  You are (not) right.
  • Das finde ich auch.  I think so, too.
  • Sie haben (nicht) recht.  You are (not) right.
  • Da bin ich ganz Ihrer(anderer) Meinung.  I completely (dis)agree with you.
  • Ich teile Ihre Meinung. –  I share your opinion.
  • Natürlich/Selbstverständlich (nicht)! – Of course (not)!
  • Darüber sind wir uns einig. –  We're in agreement with that.
  • Genau/Eben. – Exactly.
  • Da stimme ich mit Ihnen überein. – I completely agree with you.
  • Da muss ich widersprechen. I have to disagree with that.
  • Ganz und gar nicht. Not at all/Absolutely not. 
  • Keinesfalls. – No way.
  • Auf keinem Fall. – Absolutely not.
  • Wir sind damit einverstanden. - We agree on that.
  • Ich bin für/gegen ... – I am for/against ...
  • Ich bin pro/contra ... – I am for/against ...
  • Da liegen Sie völlig falsch. – You're completely wrong with that.
  • So ein Quatsch/Was für ein Blödsinn! – What nonsense/rubbish!

Expressing Indifference in German

  • Das ist mir egal. – It's all the same to me/I don't care.
  • Es ist mir völlig gleichgültig. – I don't care at all.
  • Das macht mir nichts aus. – It doesn't matter to me.
  • Macht nichts. – Doesn't matter.
  • Das ist mir wurscht. – I couldn't care less.
  • Ich habe nichts dagegen. – I have nothing against it.
  • Meinetwegen … – As far as I'm concerned ...
  • Von mir aus … - As far as I'm concerned ... 

    Asking for Somebody's Opinion in German

    • Was halten Sie von …? – What do you think of ...?
    • Was denken Sie über ....? – What do you think about ...?
    • Wie ist Ihre Meinung über ...? – What is your opinion on ...?
    • Wie ist Ihre Ansicht über ...? – What is your view on ...?
    • Wie finden Sie ...? – What do you think of ...?
    • Sind Sie der Meinung, dass ...? – Are you of the opinion of/that ...?
    • Sind Sie der Ansicht, dass ...? – Are you of the view that ...?
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    Bauer, Ingrid. "How to Express an Opinion in German." ThoughtCo, Aug. 16, 2017, thoughtco.com/how-to-express-an-opinion-in-german-1444542. Bauer, Ingrid. (2017, August 16). How to Express an Opinion in German. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-express-an-opinion-in-german-1444542 Bauer, Ingrid. "How to Express an Opinion in German." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-express-an-opinion-in-german-1444542 (accessed October 20, 2017).