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Learning German, Part 3: Easy Phrases Dealing With Emergencies

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Rebecca Scudder • updated: 6/29/2014

One of the most important things you can learn in a foreign language is how to ask for help in situations of theft, illness and accident. Find a list of German phrases in simply constructed grammar you can use in case of an emergency.

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    Nouns and Gender

    German nouns are always capitalized and therefore easy to recognize in the written language. The German language has three Germany genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. Unfortunately, there is no general rule to suggest noun gender, so each noun needs to be learned with its article. They are:

    Der = (the) masculine

    Die = (the) feminine

    Das = (the) neuter

    The same applies to the indefinite articles. They are:

    Ein = (a) masculine

    Eine = (a) feminine

    Ein = (a) neuter

    To make matters a little more interesting, the indefinite article follows the declination of the noun, but for the purpose of short phrases these rules can be ignored.

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    I Need, I Have, I Want

    Below see the first person singular for these important phrases:

    I need = ich brauche

    I have = ich habe

    I'm looking for = ich suche

    Remember the pronunciation of ch from the previous article.

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    Stop, Thief!

    If someone has stolen your wallet, suitcase or briefcase or you feel in danger of being attacked or assaulted, say:

    Help! = Hilfe!

    My money has been stolen = Mein Geld ist gestohlen or (easier) Mein Geld ist weg (gone).

    My suitcase has been stolen = Mein Koffer ist gestohlen or Mein Koffer ist weg.

    I need help = Ich brauche Hilfe.

    I need a policeman = Ich brauche die Polizei.

    Where is a telephone? = Wo ist ein Telefon?

    Do you speak English = Sprechen Sie englisch?

    I need an interpreter = Ich brauche einen Dolmetscher.

    There is the thief = Da ist der Dieb.

    Short emergency exclamations:

    Fire! = Feuer! (n)

    Accident = Unfall (m)

    Help! = Hilfe (f)

    Injured people = Verletzte (f)

    My husband = Mein Mann

    My wife = Meine Frau

    My child = Mein Kind

    My friend (male) = mein Freund

    My friend (female) = Meine Freundin

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    I Don't Feel So Well

    I have a headache = Ich habe Kopfschmerzen.

    I'm feeling ill = Mir ist schlecht.

    I need a doctor = Ich brauche einen Arzt.

    Quick! = Schnell!

    I need a hospital = Ich brauche ein Krankenhaus

    Where is the hospital? = Wo ist das Krankenhaus?

    I have diabetes = Ich habe Diabetes.

    I am allergic to.. = Ich bin alergisch gegen...

    Penicillin = Penizilin (n)

    Antibiotics = Antibiotika (f)

    I have hayfever = Ich habe Heuschnupfen.

    I have diarrhea = Ich habe Durchfall,

    I need to vomit = Ich muss brechen.

    My stomach hurts = Mein Bauch tut weh.

    I need a specialist = ich brauche einen Spezialisten.

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    Car = Auto (n)

    Motorbike = Motorrad (n)

    Bicycle = Fahrrad (n)

    Pedestrian = Fussgaenger (m)

    Traffic light = Ampel (f)

    Red = rot

    Green = Gruen

    Yellow = Gelb

    Left = links

    Right = rechts

    Street = Strasse (f)

    There is an accident = Ein Unfall ist passiert.

    Call an ambulance = Rufen Sie einen Krankenwagen (Ambulanz will also be understood).

    He/she doesn't move = Er/sie bewegt sich nicht.

    Dead = tot

    Head injury = Kopfverletzung (f)

    Leg injury = Beinverletzung (f)

    Arm injury = Armverletzung (f)

    I'm in pain = Ich habe Schmerzen.

    Blood = Blut (n)

    Broken bone = gebrochener Knochen.

    Unconscious = ohnmaechtig

    I come with you = Ich komme mit.

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    For online help pronouncing German words, try LEO, a German translator with pronunciation. Just type in the word you want to hear, and click on the speaker.

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