German compliments are considered to be the most important social tools made available for people who use spoken German. It is a method for Germans to keep friendships and to keep attached to those they know well. It’s quite surprising how German compliments can be a lead to good opportunities as well.
If you offer compliments in Deutsch it can help to keep a good conversation alive and even make improvements to a relationship.
Compliments usually add to self esteem and rarely hurt
1. ‘Du siehst heute toll aus’ is a unisex statement that means you look fantastic today. It can be useful in a variety of situations, including how you relate to a newly formed partnership as a way of making your mum happy for a while, and even when levelled at someone recovering from a nasty accident.
2. ‘Du bist sehr schön’ means you’re so beautiful. This can apply to both genders.
3. ‘Du siehst umwerfend aus!’ means you look so stunning!
This goes a little beyond the word beautiful when it comes to flattering complements. And can refer to just about anyone in your life at some time or another.
4. ‘Gelb steht dir’ means ‘yellow just suits you well.’
This is obviously a favourite amongst those Germans who like to receive compliments in Deutsch. Knowing all the different colours in German will help when offering flattering comments like this!
5. ‘Deine Frisur gefällt mir’ means ‘I just love your hairstyle.’
This is a handy German compliment which you can use if you want to emphasise to someone that you notice they have a novel haircut.
6. ‘Das ist eines der Dinge, die ich an dir mag’ means ‘that is one of the things I just love about you.’ There couldn’t be a better German compliment than that.
7. ‘Ich liebe dein Lächeln’ means ‘I just love the way you smile.’ Any German would take to this compliment in Deutsch immediately and it could lead to better things for the speaker.
8. ‘Ich mag deine Schuhe’ means ‘I just love your shoes’. This is a great compliment in Deutsch if you are meeting someone informally for the first time. It’s not the sort of compliment you would use at a job interview though!
9. ‘Mit dir kann ich am besten lichen’ means ‘I can enjoy laughing with you’ and for Germans this shows real friendship, even if you make the compliment, so anyone nearby can hear it.
10. ‘Was würde ich ohne dich tun?’ means quite literally, ‘what would I do without you?’ This can be used in virtually any situation, whether to a friend, a work colleague or someone who has helped you out with a small problem.