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Do Germans Engage in Small Talk?

Updated: May 2

Yes, Germans do engage in small talk, especially in social or informal settings such as at work, in cafes, or at social gatherings. While German small talk may not be as extensive or as common as in the UK and in the US, it still plays a role in building relationships and establishing rapport. In this blog post, I list some good topics for small talk in Germany, along with examples.

Small talk topics in German
Small talk topics in German

How to Engage in Small Talk in German

  1. Weather: Example: "Das Wetter ist heute wirklich schön, oder?" (The weather is really nice today, isn't it?) Learn more about how to talk about the weather in German in our dedicated post.

  2. Weekend Plans: Example: "Hast du am Wochenende etwas Besonderes geplant?" (Do you have any special plans for the weekend?)

  3. Hobbies and Interests: Example: "Was machst du gerne in deiner Freizeit?" (What do you like to do in your free time?) Lean how to talk about your hobbies and how to use gern in German in our post dedicated to this topic.

  4. Travel: Example: "Warst du schon einmal in (destination)?" (Have you ever been to (destination)?) Explore how to discuss holidays in German in another post.

  5. Sports: Example: "Hast du das Fußballspiel gestern gesehen?" (Did you see the football game yesterday?)

  6. Current Events or News: Example: "Hast du von den aktuellen Nachrichten gehört?" (Have you heard about the current news?)

  7. Food and Drink: Example: "Ich habe gestern ein neues Restaurant ausprobiert. Kennst du es?" (I tried a new restaurant yesterday. Have you heard of it?)

  8. Work or Study: Example: "Wie läuft es bei der Arbeit/Studium?" (How's work/study going?)

  9. Local Culture or Events: Example: "Bist du schon einmal auf das Stadtfest gegangen?" (Have you ever been to the city festival?)

  10. Compliments:

  • Example: "Dein Outfit sieht wirklich toll aus." (Your outfit looks great.)

Remember, the key to successful small talk in Germany, as in any culture, is to be polite, respectful, and genuinely interested in the conversation. Asking open-ended questions and actively listening to the other person's responses can help keep the conversation flowing smoothly.

On our German language learning blog, you'll find comprehensive explanations of topics as wide ranging as German adjective declensions, the Konjunktiv II in German, and the German passive voice.



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