Most Germans speak not only German (Deutsch), but also excellent English as a secondary language, especially younger Germans. Almost all Germans speak at least some English, although some may be shy about it. Many West Germans are also conversant in French, while many East Germans may be conversant in Russian. It is not uncommon for many Germans to be polyglots.

In the smaller towns in the black forest, English is limited except for the younger people. Most restaurant menus are in German and translations from a dictionary can be hard to find. Most waitresses will try and help but if they are busy this can be a hassle.  

This one page phrasebook can be very handy when at the airport, restaurant, and hotel. Just print it out and you're on your way. 

 One Page German Phrasebook

WORDS AND PHRASES NUMBERS

  Pronunciation  
Man/Gent's Room Mann/Herren Man/Hair-ren One Eins
Woman/Ladies Room Frau/Damen Frau/Dar-men Two Zwei
Child/Children Kind/Kinder
Three Drei
Hello (on the phone) Hallo   Four Vier
How are you? (informal) Wie geht's? Vee-gates? Five Fünf
How are you? (formal) Wie geht es ihnen? Vee gate ess eenen?    
Do you speak English? Sprechen sie Englisch? Sprecken zee English? Six Sechs
Hello (in person) Guten Tag Gutten Targ Seven Sieben
Good evening Guten Abend Gutten Arbend    
My wife Meine Frau Miner Frau Eight Acht
My husband Mein Mann Mine Man Nine Neun
I understand Ich verstehe Ich fer-stay Ten Zehn
I don't understand Ich verstehe das nicht Ich fer-stay dass nicht    
I don't know Ich weiß es nicht Ich vice ess nicht Eleven Elf
Help! Hilfe! Hill-fer! Twelve Zwölf
Thank you Dankeschön Danker-shern Thirteen Dreizehn
Thank you very much Vielen Dank! Feelen Dank! Fourteen Vierzehn
 Where is....?  Wo ist...? Voh ist...?  
The Train station Der Bahnhof Derr Barn-hoff Fifteen Fünfzehn
Restroom Toilette/WC Toilet/Vay-See Sixteen Sechzehn
The Airport Der Flughafen Derr Floog-harfen Seventeen Siebzehn
The Post Office Der Post Derr Posst Eighteen   Achtzehn
I'm looking for... Ich suche... Ich soo-kerr... NineteenNeunzehn
I would like...please ich möchte...bitte Ich muk-ter...bi-tuh  Twenty  Zwanzig
 a glass of waterein Glas Wasser ayn glahs vah-ser Thirty Dreissig
 "check" please (I would like to pay, please)Zahlen, bitte  S(t)ah-len, bit-tuh Fourty Vierzig
 How do you say...in German? Wie sagt man...auf Deutsch? Vee sakt mahn...of Doitsch? Fifty Fünfzig
What is.......? Was ist......?

Vass ist...?

SixtySechzig
Who is......? Wer ist......? Verr ist...? SeventySiebzig
When is......? Wann ist......? Van ist...? EightyAchtzig
Why is......? Warum ist......? Varrum ist...? NinetyNeunzig
Cell phone/Mobile Handy Handy One-HundredEinhundert
Train Zug Tsoog One-ThousandEintausend
Subway/Underground U-Bahn, S-Bahn Oo-barn, Ess-Bahn One-Million Eine Million
Tram/Streetcar Straßenbahn Strassen-barn    
I'm ill Ich bin krank Ich bin crank    
I need... Ich brauche Ich brow-kerr    
Drugstore/Chemist's Apotheke Appo-taker    
Doctor Arzt Arr-st    
Hospital Krankenhaus Cranken-house