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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