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German Expressions



What’s the right wording for a birthday card? What will you tell your friend before her performance? Below are several German expressions of well-wishing:

  • Ich halte/drücke (dir) die Daumen. - I’ll cross my fingers (for you).

  • Hals- und Beinbruch! - Good luck! Break a leg!

  • (Ich wünsche) guten Appetit/gesegnete Mahlzeit. - (I hope you) enjoy your meal.

  • Prost!/ Auf Ihr Wohl!/ Zum Wohl! - Cheers!/ To your health!

  • Ich wünsche Ihnen gute Reise!/ Gute Reise! - Have a nice trip!

  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch! - Congratulations!

  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! - Happy birthday!

  • Gesundheit! - Bless you!

  • Gute Besserung. - Get well soon.

  • Alles Gute! - All the best! Best wishes!

  • Viel Glück! - Good luck!

  • Viel Spaß/Vergnügen! - Have fun!

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