How to say good / bad in German: gut / schlecht

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How to say good / bad in German: gut / schlecht

Learning German for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say good / bad in German: gut / schlecht
Say it out loud: “goot / shlest

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Some more helpful words in our German Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – die toilette  (dee twah let)
come with me – kommen sie mit  (kohm men zee mitt)
do you speak english? – sprechen sie english?  (shpreh kin see english?)
excuse me – entschuldigen sie  (ent shool' duh gen zee)
excuse me (to get past) – entschuldigung  (in shool dee gung)
good / bad – gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
how do you say…? – wie sagt man…  (vee zahgt mahn…)
how much is this? – wie viel kostet das?  (vee feel cost it dahs?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – kann ich…  (kahn iH)
maybe – vielleicht  (vill eyesht)
no problem – kein problem  (kine prob leem)
please – bitte  (bit tuh)
sorry – pardon  (pahr dohn)
thank you – danke  (dahn kuh)
what is that? – was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
where is… – wo ist  (woe ist)
yes / no – ja / nein  (yah / nine)

And here’s how to say good / bad in other languages!

Arabic–Jayed / Saye'  (ja yed / sa yeh)
Chinese–Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
Croatian–dobro / loše  (doe bro / lō shay)
Czech–dobrý / špatný  (doe BREE / schpaht NEE)
Finnish–hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
French–bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
German–gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
Italian–buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
Japanese–Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
Korean–Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
Polish–dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
Portuguese–Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
Russian–horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
Spanish–bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
Swahili–nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
Thai–Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
Turkish–iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
Vietnamese–Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)

Something good is one that pleases you while something bad is one that doesn't please you. This words are opposite of each other and are used to identify one feelings about something e.g. on the first trip in the native land, your host may ask you "was the experience today "good / bad" (gut / schlecht)? Get instant access to the German Language Set.

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