Oktoberfest 2016: 5 German phrases you need to know

Oktoberfest 2016: 5 German phrases you need to know

The 183rd Oktoberfest is underway! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Oktoberfest, it is a beer festival and travelling funfair, which usually lasts for 16-18 days.

One of the most popular songs played in the beer tents at Oktoberfest is ‘Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkei’ which translated into English means ‘A toast to cheer and good times.

If you are considering attending Oktoberfest in Munich this year, here are 5 phrases that will be useful for you:

1. Zwei Bier, bitte (Two beers, please)

This phrase is one of the most common you will use during your time at Oktoberfest (because one beer is never enough.)

2. Wie heißt du? (What is your name?)

During Oktoberfest, you will meet people from across Germany, Europe and the rest of the World, so it’s good to know who you are speaking with.

3. Welches Zelt gefällt dir am besten? (Which is you favorite tent?)

With a vast amount of large and small tents at Oktoberfest, you can show off your knowledge of the language by asking what their favorite tent is.

4. Prosit (Cheers)

Don’t forget to say ‘Cheers’ before you take your first sip of your Mass Bier, which is 1 Litre in total.

5. Ich hätte gerne… (I would like…)

When you are deciding what beer (Bier) , Brez’n (pretzel), or Knöd’l (dumplings), use this phrase to let your waiter/bartender know what you would like.

So now you have some basic phrases to use at Oktoberfest, it’s time to grab your lederhosen and enjoy the festivities. But be quick, this year’s Oktoberfest ends on 3 October 2016.

If you would like to find more German phrases to use at Oktoberfest or throughout Germany, visit our website to use our free translation tool.

Schönen Tag noch!


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Location of the Week - Pamukkale

Location of the Week: Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale translated means ‘The Cotton Castle’ which is truly fitting for this stunning location.

The terraces of Pamukkale are made up of sedimentary rock, deposited by mineral rich water from the hot springs which gives it the gorgeous color.

It looks like a location you would find in the Antarctic with it’s snow like terraces. However, not all of the terraces are sparkling white colour, some of the minerals falling bring colors.

At the top of pools are the ruins from the city of Hierapolis and some of these ruins are in the bottom of the springs!

In 1988 Hierapolis- Pamukkale was made a World Heritage Site.

#badtranslation - translation mistakes from August

#badtranslation: the best translation mistakes from August

It’s that time of the month again where we take a look back at some of the funniest translation mistakes to be featured on our Facebook page. Here are some of our favorites from August! You won’t believe how these mistakes were allowed to happen…

You’re not allowed to be pregnant here…


Don’t forget to pay for your attention…


Please take care of the flowers…


Stop talking rubbish…


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Have you spotted any other #badtranslation? Let us know by sharing them in the comment section below.



Rio De Janeiro - Olympics 2016

Location of the Week: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What other destination could we chose, other than the hosts of 2016 Olympics.

The games will be held in four zones: Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã.

Beyond the Olympics Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city and it’s most famous beaches are copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Plus a must see is both Cristo Redentor translated as ‘Christ the Redeemer’: Iconic Christ statue and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Something else most people think of when they think of Rio is Carnivals and the flamboyant outfits and floats. A must see! The main carnival is held in Rio every year before lent and is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day. The next event is in February 24 to March 1 2017.


Location of the Week: Mendenhall Ice Caves Of Juneau, Alaska

Wow! I am literally lost for words when I look at this image.

This is a true wonder of the world: mystical, magical, majestic, I could go on….

The ice caves are under the Medenhall Glacier in the southeast area of Alaska. It is possible to hike through the Ice Caves. Admittedly, I do not know how safe I would feel walking through these caves but the experience must be incredible yet surreal.

The sad fact is that this glacier continues to retreat given the increase in yearly temperatures. The Glaciers are affected by climate change because they are a created by the climate.

If you want to learn more about these ice caves and see some incredible images, there is a blog which shows the entire hike to the cave: derek low