Helpful German emergency phrases


Helpful German emergency phrases

by: Staff | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: January 09, 2017

Whether you are stationed in Germany or exploring its famous sites on vacation, you will need to be prepared to communicate in the event of an emergency. The following phrases will help you speak to the locals when you are trying to say, “I need help!” 

Do you speak English?

Sprechen Sie Englisch? 

“Spresh-en Zee English”


I need help.

Ich brauche Hilfe.

“Ish brau-ka Hill-fah”


My car has broken down.

Mein Auto ist liegengeblieben.

“Mine Ow-toe ist leeg-en-ga-bleeb-en”


I am currently at ...

Ich bin zurzeit ...

“Ish bin tzoo-r-tzite”


There has been an accident.

Es ist ein Unfall passiert.

“Es ist eye-nen Oon-fall pah-ss-eert”


Can you please send the police?

Bitte schicken Sie die Polizei?

“Bitte schicken Zee dee Po-leetz-eye”


Can you please send me an ambulance?

Bitte schicken Sie einen Krankenwagen?

“Bitte schicken Zee eye-nen Kronk-en-vog-en”


I have been injured.

Ich bin verletzt.

“Ish bin fair-letst”


There are injured persons requiring immediate help.

Hier sind verletzte Personen, die dringend Hilfe benoetigen.

“Hear sind fair-letzta Pair-zone-en, dee dring-and Hill-fah ba-nert-i-gen”


The injured person is unconscious.

Die verletzte Person ist ohne Bewusstsein.

“Dee fair-letzta Pair-zone ist own-ah Ba-vust-sein”


The injured person is bleeding.

Die verletzte Person blutet.

“Die fair-letzta Pair-zone blue-tet”


Someone has hit my car.

Jemand hat mein Auto angefahren.

“Yay-mond hot mine Ow-toe on-ge-far-en”


Someone has hit my car and left the scene of the accident.

Jemand hat mein Auto angefahren und Fahrerflucht begangen.

“Yay-mond hot mine Ow-toe on-ge-far-en oond Farr-er-flookt be-gong-en”


Can you please send me a tow truck?

Bitte schicken Sie einen Abschleppwagen?

Bitte schicken Zee eye-nen Up-Schlepp-vog-en”


I work for the U.S. Military.

Ich arbeite für das US-Militaer.

“Ish are-bite-ah foor dah-s Ooh-Ess-Milli-tear”


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