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vielleicht or wahrscheinlich

When to use vielleicht or wahrscheinlich

vielleicht or wahrscheinlich

Here is a quick lesson about when to use vielleicht or wahrscheinlich in German. Thanks to @prudvi_naik who sent this question via Twitter.

First of all, vielleicht and wahrscheinlich are part of a bigger group of Modalwörter comment adverbs that define the likelihood of a statement.

Besides vielleicht and wahrscheinlich you can express the grade of likelyhood between völlig sicher absolutely certain and unmöglich impossible by using womöglichwohl, eventuell or höchstwahrscheinlich.

unmöglich impossible 0%
womöglich if anything / if possible 10%
eventuell maybe 25%
wohl probably  50%
wahrscheinlich likely  75%
höchstwahrscheinlich in all likelihood 80%
sicherlich definitely 90%
völlig sicher absolutely certain 100%

Finally, here is a nice title from a related master’s thesis defense I found on the Internet. Can you translate the sentence? Post it in the comments below!

„Möglicherweise ist sicherlich wahrscheinlicher als vielleicht“

complimentary close in german

Complimentary Close in German – How to close a Letter or Email

In this article you’ll learn about the complimentary close in German, ranging from formal over informal to intimate.

  • hochachtungsvoll auch: mit vorzüglicher Hochachtung – Yours faithfully / truly (formal)
  • Mit freundlichen Grüssen auch: Mit freundlichem Gruss – Kind regards; Sincerely yours (the standard)
  • Beste Grüsse auch: Mit bestem Gruss – Best regards (neutral)
  • Viele Grüsse – With (many) regards to…
  • Schöne Grüsse – (nice) Regards (friendly)
  • Liebe Grüsse, abbr. LG –  love (affectionate)
ausserdem:
  • Herzliche Grüsse – Affectionate regards 
  • Viele liebe Grüsse – lots of love (friendly, affectionate)
  • Es grüsst Sie (in business, rather formal) – With regards from (business partner)
  • Viele Grüsse aus…(+ Ort) – Many greetings from (Munich etc.)
  • Alles Liebe! – love
  • Alles Gute! – All the best!
  • Dein / Deine + Name – your …
  • In Liebe,  Dein / Deine – love, your … (intimate)
How to Say You are Welcome in German

Five Ways How to Say You are Welcome in German

In this German vocabulary video lesson you learn five ways How to say You are Welcome in German, colloquial ,formal and alternative expressions.

Vocaculary from the video:

  • Bitte schön. – Not at all.
  • Bitte sehr. – You are welcome.
  • Gern geschehen. – You are welcome.
  • Mit Vergnügen. – My pleasure.
  • Bitte. – Never mind.

More ways to say Thank you in German:

  • Gern. – Don’t mention it!
  • Sehr gern. – You’re welcome.
  • Aber gern (doch)! – With pleasure!
  • Nichts zu danken! – You’re welcome!
  • Schon gut. – Never mind. / All right.
  • Kein Problem! – (that’s) Fine. No worries.
  • Da nich’ für. (Northern G.) – Don’t mention it.
Keep in mind that the little word bitte/Bitte!/Bitte? is really versatile. It can also be used to express please, not at all, you’re welcome, here you are, don’t mention it, there you go, it’s all right, never mind, pardon. Always pay attention to the context to find the exact translation.
How to Say Thank You in German

Five Ways How to Say Thank You in German

In this vocabulary video lesson you learn five ways How to say Thank You in German, colloquial and formal with more expressions in the blog post.

Vocaculary from the video:

  • Danke schön. – Thank you.
  • Danke sehr. – Thank you very much.
  • Vielen Dank. – Thanks a lot. / Many thanks. 
  • Herzlichen Dank. – Thank you very much (indeed). / lit. Heartily thanks.
  • Ich danke Ihnen (dir, euch). – Thank you very much. / lit. I thank you.

More ways to say Thank you in German:

  • Schönen Dank. – Thanks a lot. 
  • Besten Dank. – Many thanks. lit. Best thanks.
  • Haben Sie vielen Dank. – lit. Have many thanks. (formal)
  • Ich bin dir / Ihnen / euch sehr dankbar. – I’m very grateful (lit. to you).
  • Ein herzliches Dankeschön. – a (heartily) thank-you (from the heart)
  • Danke vielmals. – Thank you very much indeed. / thanks a million
  • Tausend Dank. – lit. a thousand thanks = thanks a million / thanks a bunch
  • Na schönen Dank, auch! (ironisch) – Thanks a bomb! (ironically)
  • Danke. – thanks (rather informal)
  • Dank(e) dir. – thanks (to you) (collo.)
most common verbs in german

The 25 Most Common Verbs in German

most common verbs in germanHere is a list of the 25 most common verbs in German. Over the years I started to make videos in which I conjugate the verb in the most common tenses and for all persons.

You can click on the verb to go directly to the video and below you find a playlist of all videos I made up to now. The rest of the verbs will follow!

  1. sein – to be
  2. haben –  to have
  3. werden – to become
  4. können – can, be able to
  5. müssen – must, have to
  6. wollen – to want
  7. mögen – to like
  8. wissen – to know
  9. machen – to make
  10. sollen – should, ought to
  11. sagen – to say
  12. heissen – to be called
  13. gehen – to go, walk
  14. sehen – to see, watch
  15. lassen – to let, allow, have done (combined with another verb)
  16. geben – to give
  17. kommen – to come
  18. finden – to find
  19. bleiben – to stay, remain
  20. denken – to think
  21. nehmen – to take
  22. tun – to do
  23. bringen – to bringen
  24. glauben – to believe
  25. sagen – to say, tell