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Berlin Phrases
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Berlin Phrases

This is Berlin. Our mumbled form of German, known as the “Berliner Schnauze” (Berlin slang) is getting rare but it still exists! It’s known to be very “in your face” and slightly sarcastic most of the time – we can’t help it! Some people call that rude….but that’s how we roll. Berliners are hard to crack – but if you do you’ll discover lots of warmth and kindness hidden beneath!

Here’s some useful phrases:

Good morning – “Morjen”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good day – “Tach”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     See you dude – “Hauste rinn Atze”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Thank you – “…” (Berliners don’t say thanks)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ich bin ein Berliner – “Icke bin Berlinah” (JFK got it all wrong)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             One big bottle of beer, please – “Eene grosse Molle bitte”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           One coffee with milk, please – “Een Kaffe bitte”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You have beautiful eyes! – “Du hast rischtieh jeile Augen.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Are you kidding me? – “Du willst ma wohl verkackeiern?!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         How do you do? – “Wie jeht’s?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             All good! – “Allet Paletti!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I feel great! – “Mir jeht’s rischtieh jeil”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cheers! – “Runta mit die Scheesse!” (“down with that shit”)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’m tipsy – “Ick bin schoen anjeballat”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I´m thirsty! – “Ick hab ‘n’ Brand!” (“i’m on fire)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I´m drunk – “Ick bin knuelle”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I’m so hungover – “Ick bin rischtieh jebumst”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can you shut the door please? – “Biste inne S-Bahn jeborn oda watt?” (literally “were you born in the metro?”)                                                                                                                                Can I get your phone number? – “Jibste ma deene Nummah?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How much is it? – “Watt kost’n ditte?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I’m not gonna do that! – “Kannste knicken!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What are you looking at? “Watt kiekst’n so?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               That’s cool – “Ditt is knorke/dufte”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I really don’t care – “Ditt is ma schnurzpiepejal”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shit– “Scheesse”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fuck off! – “Verpiss da jefaellichst!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Night – Tag                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Day – Nacht (*hint hint)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, look at that girl over there! – “Kiek ma – die Olle da druehm!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                           That guy is so annoying – “Der Spacko jeht ma uffn Senkel”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You are welcome – “Jernjeschehn”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’m Outta here, see ya! – “Ick mach ‘n’ Abjang, bis die Tahje!”