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german compliments

German Phrases: Learn the TOP 15 German Compliments

GermamNEW1Hello Junkies!

Want to learn how to compliment in German… and seriously impress some Germans? Well, that’s why you’re here. Here’s a quick German compliment lesson – a 2-3 minute read.

Today, you’ll learn 15 German Compliments for life, love, friends and of course, work. Don’t worry – they’re usable for males, females, friends, lovers, coworkers and all kinds of people. So, you will..

  • say these compliments in German.
  • learn with English translations
  • impress the hell out of German people

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1. Du bist gutaussehend.

  • You’re handsome.

This one’s for guys. Don’t worry, there are plenty of compliments for females down below.

german compliments

2. Großartige Arbeit!

  • Great job!

This is a very general compliment. Basically if someone has done a great job (duh) or accomplished a goal. Use it when you want to praise someone for their work. Good for friends, coworkers, family and anyone.

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3. Deine inneren Werte sind noch schöner als dein Äußeres.

  • Your inside is even more beautiful than your outside.

Aw, now this is poetic. And this sounds like it’s been taken straight out of a romantic German drama. If you want to express this compliment – this is for you.

german compliments

4. Dank dir möchte ich ein besserer Mensch werden.

  • You make me want to be a better person.

Another awfully poetic and impressive compliment. And I hope my German lessons make you want to be a better person as well!

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5.  Die Jacke steht dir.

  • That jacket looks nice on you.

A must-know compliment. If you want to comment on something other than a “jacket,” simply replace it with another word like… “shirt” or “pants” or “gloves.” Why not!? Anyway, this is one you should use a lot – for guys or girls. Especially German girls.

german compliments

6.  Du bist schlau!

  • You’re smart!

Great to use for little kids. Just as good to use for your friends. And in general, who doesn’t like to be told that they’re smart?

This is an all-around compliment you can use for anyone.

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7.  Du bist ein toller Freund.

  • You are an awesome friend..

This is just a good German compliment to use for your friends. Even they deserve a nice word or two once in a while, right?

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8.  Du hast einen tollen Sinn für Humor.

  • You have a great sense of humor.

Great to use on anyone. We all like to think that we’re funny. Please tell me I’m funny.

german compliments

9.  Dein Lächeln ist wunderschön.

  • Your smile is beautiful.

Great compliment to use. Why? Everyone comments on general looks. This is specific. It’s about something that’s unique to them… their smile! Use it and expect awesome results. I guarantee it.

german compliments

10.  Ich liebe deine Kochkünste.

  • I love your cooking.

Ooh, very important compliment to use on the ladies. Why? They feel good about their cooking talent. They cook more. You eat more. It’s a win-win situation. Just don’t get fat like I did.

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11.  Du hast guten Geschmack.

  • You have good taste.

This is a nice compliment you can use on most people – friends, family, coworkers and anyone on your level. Basically, it’s typically used to comment on their tastes in fashion, movies, books, etc. etc. Similar as how you would use it in English.

Works best on girls!

german compliments

12. Du siehst wunderschön aus.

  • You look gorgeous.

Again, this is one of those German compliments that you must know. If you want the girl to like you, tell her a damn compliment! Stop the small talk. Get to the point… “daaaang, girl, you lookin’ GOOD! Umph!” … except in German, of course.

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13.  Du bist sehr redegewandt.

  • You have a way with words.

This compliment’s for anyone that’s a good talker… and probably, better used for guys when they’re saying all those nice things to girls. You might get this compliment by using all the other compliments I listed here.

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14. Ich weiß, dass es ein schwieriges Projekt war, aber Ihre Leistung hat meine Erwartungen übertroffen.

  • I know that it was a tough project, but your performance exceeded my expectations.

Now, obviously this German compliment can really only be used for employees… or perhaps students. Well, if you’re a boss… (do many bosses read my site? get back to work!), here’s something for you!

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15.  Ihr Lebenslauf ist beeindruckend.

  • Your resume is impressive.

Again, not a typical compliment, but definitely a good one to hear if you’re applying for jobs. So, if you just happen to be interviewing a German person… use this!

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So, what do you think?

There are only 15 German compliments here. Do you know any more? If you have more to add to this list, be sure to leave a comment below.

I read all comments and will add it to my list.

Hope you enjoyed this!

– The Main Junkie

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