99 genuine ways to compliment and convey beautiful in German

Marie Schmoll

Marie Schmoll

Learning a new language like German is a beautiful journey. The trick to success is focusing on the small accomplishments and keeping a positive attitude. So learn to look for the good things!

Soon, you’ll find beauty in every person, object and situation. This is one of the most valuable life skills. It will help you tremendously when learning something difficult. Once you see all that beauty around you, you’ll want to share it with the world and tell everyone about it - including your German buddies.

That’s why we’ll teach you how to talk about beauty to your friends, colleagues and loved ones - plus the secret to giving appropriate compliments to a German stranger.

Make friends feel special by giving compliments in German.

How to say “beautiful” in German

“Beautiful” in German is “schön” [ʃøːn]. It’s pronounced like the English “shone”, but with an ‘ö’ in the middle. “Wunderschön” is an even stronger word. It translates to “miracle-beautiful”.

Here are three common areas you’ll always find beauty in.

Beautiful people

When you're learning the language, you’ll probably meet some real life Germans, maybe through a class or when you take a trip to a German-speaking country.

Whatever your learning environment looks like, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful people and it’s always nice to find beauty in others and compliment them - whether it’s on their pants or personality.

Beautiful nature

From breathtaking sunsets to a litter of puppies - you’ll always find something positive to say about the beauty of nature. Point out a pretty flower or an interesting animal that catches your eye. You can pick one of our 162 marvelous birds in German and you’ll see there is something uniquely beautiful about every single one of them.

Beautiful design

Another easy way to find beauty is by appreciating all the different creative designs everywhere, for example in architecture, art and fashion. Just learn how to say your favorite beautiful colors in German and point them out.

Thanks to the so-called frequency Illusion, you’ll start seeing them everywhere once you’re looking for them.

How to say “you are beautiful” in German

Man tells girlfriend that she is beautiful in German.

There are so many ways to say You are beautiful in German. Your coworker has gotten a promotion and is beaming with joy today, which makes her especially beautiful in your eyes?

Or your best friend is wearing a new perfume that you’d like to compliment him on? Let them know! You’re about to make their day.

EnglishGermanIPA
You look beautiful!Du siehst schön aus[du: zi:st ʃø:n aʊ̯s]
You look prettyDu siehst hübsch aus[du: zi:st hy:pʃ aʊ̯s]
You look handsomeDu siehst so gut aus[du: zi:st zo: gu:t aʊ̯s]
You look great todayDu siehst heute toll aus[du: zi:st hɔʏ̯tə tɔl aʊ̯s]
You are beautiful, inside and outDu bist schön, von innen und außen[du: bɪst ʃø:n fɔn ɪnən ʊnt aʊ̯szən]
You are so handsomeDu bist so gutaussehend[du: bɪst zo: gu:taʊ̯sze:ənt]
You are so prettyDu bist so hübsch [du: bɪst zo: hy:pʃ]
You’re really good lookingDu siehst wirklich gut aus[du: zi:st vɪɐ̯klɪç gu:t aʊ̯s]
You look gorgeousDu siehst umwerfend aus[du: zi:st ʊmvɛɐ̯fənt aʊ̯s]
You smell niceDu riechst gut[du: ʁi:kst gu:t]
Your smile is contagiousDein Lächeln ist ansteckend[daɪ̯n lɛçəln ɪst anʃtɛkənt]
You have a beautiful faceDu hast ein schönes Gesicht[du: hast aɪ̯n ʃø:nəs gəzɪçt]
What a beautiful nameWas für ein schöner Name[vas fy:ɐ̯ aɪ̯n ʃø:nɐ na:mə]
You’re perfect to meIn meinen Augen bist du perfekt[ɪn maɪ̯nən aʊ̯gən bɪst du: pɛɐ̯fɛkt]
You’re such a beautiful personDu bist so ein schöner Mensch[du: bɪst zo: aɪ̯n ʃø:nɐ mɛnʃ]

How to say a thing is beautiful in German

We put a lot of thought into decorating our homes and picking our cars, accessories and gadgets and hardly get enough praise for it. Here are a number of ways to compliment someone on their design choices and call their lifestyle beautiful in German.

Friends enjoy a beautiful landmark in German.

EnglishGermanIPA
I love your home officeIch liebe dein Home Office[ɪç li:bə daɪ̯n ho:mə ɔfɪs]
I like your backgroundIch mag deinen Hintergrund[ɪç mak daɪ̯nən hɪntɐgʁʊnt]
Exquisite choice of decorVorzügliche Wahl deines Dekors[fo:ɐ̯t͡sy:klɪçə va:l daɪ̯nəs de:kɔʁs]
Your office looks amazingDein Büro sieht fantastisch aus[daɪ̯n by:ʁo: zi:t fantastɪʃ aʊ̯s]
Your house looks greatDein Haus sieht toll aus[daɪ̯n haʊ̯s zi:t tɔl aʊ̯s]
You have a gorgeous homeDu hast ein traumhaftes Zuhause[du: hast aɪ̯n tʁaʊ̯mhaftəs t͡su:haʊ̯zə]
I like your interior designIch mag deine Inneneinrichtung[ɪç mak daɪ̯nə ɪnənaɪ̯nʁɪçtʊŋ]
Who decorated your home?Wer hat dein Zuhause eingerichtet?[ve:ɐ hat daɪ̯n t͡su:haʊ̯zə aɪ̯ngəʁɪçtət]
You have a great taste in furnitureDu hast echt Geschmack für Möbel[du: hast ɛçt gəʃmak fy:ɐ̯ mø:bəl]
What a beautiful lampWas für eine schöne Lampe[vas fy:ɐ̯ aɪ̯nə ʃø:nə lampə]
What a beautiful deskWas für ein schöner Schreibtisch[vas fy:ɐ̯ aɪ̯n ʃø:nɐ ʃʁaɪ̯ptɪʃ]
Your office chair looks pretty comfyDein Bürostuhl sieht schön bequem aus[daɪ̯n by:ʁo:stu:l zi:t ʃø:n bəkve:m aʊ̯s]
I like the viewMir gefällt die Aussicht[mi:ɐ̯ gəfɛlt di: aʊ̯szɪçt]
Beautiful backyardSchöner Garten[ʃø:nɐ ga:ɐ̯tən]
That’s a great car you haveDu hast ein klasse Auto[du: hast aɪ̯n klasə aʊ̯to:]
That’s a great bike you haveDu hast ein klasse Fahrrad[du: hast aɪ̯n klasə fa:ɐ̯ʁa:t]
You did a great job designing thatDu hast das toll gestaltet[du: hast das tɔl gəʃtaltət]
You have styleDu hast Stil[du: hast ʃti:l]
You have great tasteDu hast einen guten Geschmack[du: hast aɪ̯nən gu:tən gəʃmak]

How to compliment someone on their work in German

If you’re working with Germans, a great way to practice the language is by complimenting your colleagues on their work.

Man compliments his work colleagues in German.

EnglishGermanIPA
You did a really great job todayDu hast deine Arbeit heute wirklich toll gemacht[du: hast daɪ̯nə aɐ̯baɪ̯t hɔʏ̯tə vɪɐ̯klɪç tɔl gəmaxt]
You excelled at that presentationDu warst überragend während der Präsentation[du: vaʁst y:bɐʁa:gənt vɛ:ʁənt de:ɐ̯ pʁɛzɛntat͡sjo:n]
I was very impressed by your reportDein Bericht hat mich sehr beeindruckt[daɪ̯n bəʁɪçt hat mɪç ze:ɐ bəaɪ̯ndʁʊkt]
You’re really talentedDu bist wirklich talentiert[du: bɪst vɪɐ̯klɪç talɛnti:ɐ̯t]
You’re really diligentDu bist wirklich fleißig[du: bɪst vɪɐ̯klɪç flaɪ̯sɪç]
You’re really thoroughDu bist wirklich gründlich[du: bɪst vɪɐ̯klɪç gʁʏntlɪç]
Congratulations on a job well doneHerzlichen Glückwunsch, du hast den Job gut gemacht[hɛɐ̯t͡slɪçən glʏkvʊnʃ du: hast de:n d͡ʒɔp gu:t gəmaxt]
You did a great job with that projectDu hast bei dem Projekt großartige Arbeit geleistet[du: hast baɪ̯ de:m pʁo:jɛkt gʁo:saɐ̯tɪgə aɐ̯baɪ̯t gəlaɪ̯stət]
You’re a valuable team member (formal)Sie sind ein wertvolles Teammitglied[zi: zɪnt aɪ̯n ve:ɐ̯tfɔləs ti:amɪtgli:t]
You’re a valuable leader (formal)Sie sind eine wertvolle Führungskraft[zi: zɪnt aɪ̯nə ve:ɐ̯tfɔlə fy:ʁʊŋskʁaft]
I enjoy working with youIch arbeite gern mit dir zusammen[ɪç aɐ̯baɪ̯tə gɛɐ̯n mɪt di:ɐ̯ t͡su:zamən]
You’re my favorite colleagueDu bist mein Lieblingskollege (male) / meine Lieblingskollegin (female)[du: bɪst maɪ̯n li:plɪŋskɔle:gə / maɪ̯nə li:plɪŋskɔle:gɪn]
I appreciate what you do for the companyIch weiß zu schätzen, was du alles für das Unternehmen tust[ɪç vaɪ̯s t͡su: ʃɛt͡sən vas du: aləs fy:ɐ̯ das ʊntɐne:mən tu:st]
You’re good at everything you doDu machst gute Arbeit, in allem, was du tust[du: makst gu:tə aɐ̯baɪ̯t ɪn aləm vas du: tu:st]
You have once again done a great jobDu hast wieder mal super Arbeit geleistet[du: hast vi:dɐ ma:l zu:pɐ aɐ̯baɪ̯t gəlaɪ̯stət]
Well doneGut gemacht[gu:t gəmaxt]
Good jobGute Arbeit[gu:tə aɐ̯baɪ̯t]
Impressive performanceBeachtliche Leistung[bəaxtlɪçə laɪ̯stʊŋ]
Strong performanceStarke Leistung[ʃtaɐ̯kə laɪ̯stʊŋ]

How to compliment someone on their appearance, clothing or things in German

People will appreciate it if you notice their new haircut or a clever outfit. So point it out. It shows that you’re attentive and generous with compliments.

Group of women compliment their friend on her dress in German.

EnglishGermanIPA
I like your styleIch mag deinen Style[ɪç mak daɪ̯nən staɪ̯l]
I like your new outfitIch mag dein neues Outfit[ɪç mak daɪ̯n nɔʏ̯əs ɔu:tfi:t ]
Love your shoesIch liebe deine Schuhe[ɪç li:bə daɪ̯nə ʃu:ə]
Beautiful watchSchöne Uhr[ʃø:nə u:ɐ̯]
Gorgeous necklaceTraumhaft schöne Kette[tʁaʊ̯mhaft ʃø:nə kɛtə]
Fabulous earringsWunderschöne Ohrringe[vʊndɐʃø:nə o:ɐ̯ʁɪŋə]
That’s an incredible dressDein Kleid ist der Wahnsinn[daɪ̯n klaɪ̯t ɪst de:ɐ̯ va:nzɪn]
What a beautiful skirtWas für ein schöner Rock[vas fy:ɐ̯ aɪ̯n ʃø:nɐ ʁɔk]
What a nice suitWas für ein hübscher Anzug[vas fy:ɐ̯ aɪ̯n hy:psɐ ant͡su:k]
Simply stunning outfitDein Outfit ist einfach spitze[daɪ̯n ɔu:tfi:t ɪst aɪ̯nfax ʃpɪt͡sə]
That color looks really good on youDie Farbe steht dir wirklich gut[di: faɐ̯bə ʃte:t di:ɐ̯ vɪɐ̯klɪç gu:t]
That suits you really wellDas passt richtig gut zu dir[das past ʁɪçtɪç gu:t t͡su: di:ɐ̯]
That color looks really good on youDie Farbe steht dir wirklich gut[di: faɐ̯bə ʃte:t di:ɐ̯ vɪɐ̯klɪç gu:t]
Beautiful hairstyleSchöne Frisur[ʃø:nə fʁɪu:ɐ̯]
Did you cut your hair?Hast du Haare geschnitten?[hast du: ha:ʁə gəʃnɪtən]
Looks greatSieht gut aus[zi:t gu:t aʊ̯s]
Aren’t you looking poshDu siehst aber schnieke aus[du: zi:st abɐ ʃni:kə aʊ̯s]
So fashionableSehr schick[ze:ɐ ʃɪk]
StylishStylisch[staɪ̯lɪʃ]
Very elegantSehr elegant[ze:ɐ e:le:gant]
Beautiful as alwaysWunderschön wie immer[vʊndɐʃø:n vi: ɪmɐ]

How to compliment someone on their personality or lifestyle in German

The best compliments are the personal ones. It’s nice to know that someone likes our shoes but at the end of the day, we’re gonna take those off.

What stays are our character traits and our accomplishments - that funny laugh of ours or the fact that we know all the lyrics to Deichkind’s “So ‘ne Musik” - these are the things we truly want to be complimented on.

Woman compliments friend on her personality in German.

EnglishGermanIPA
You are so braveDu bist so mutig[du: bɪst zo: mu:tɪç]
You’re an inspirationDu bist eine Inspiration[du: bɪst aɪ̯nə ɪnʃpi:ʁat͡sjo:n]
You’re impressiveDu bist beeindruckend[du: bɪst bəaɪ̯ndʁʊkənt]
You’re my hero / heroineDu bist mein Held (male) / meine Heldin (female)[du: bɪst maɪ̯nhɛlt / maɪ̯nə hɛldɪn]
You’re fun to be aroundEs macht Spaß, mit dir zusammen zu sein[ɛs maxt ʃpas mɪt di:ɐ̯ t͡su:zamən t͡su: zaɪ̯n]
I like your sense of humorIch mag deinen Humor[ɪç mak daɪ̯nən hu:mɔɐ̯]
Your laugh is contagiousDeine Lache ist ansteckend[daɪ̯nə laxə ɪst anʃtɛkənt]
You have a great personalityDu hast eine tolle Persönlichkeit[du: hast aɪ̯nə tɔlə pɛɐ̯zø:nlɪçkaɪ̯t]
You’re a good personDu bist ein guter Mensch[du: bɪst aɪ̯n gu:tɐ mɛnʃ]
You have a good heartDu hast ein gutes Herz[du: hast aɪ̯n gu:təs hɛɐ̯t͡s]
You’re specialDu bist etwas besonderes[du: bɪst ɛtvas bəzɔndəʁəs]
You’re kindDu bist lieb[du: bɪst li:p]
You’re smartDu bist schlau[du: bɪst ʃlaʊ̯]
You’re funnyDu bist witzig[du: bɪst vɪt͡sɪç]
You’re coolDu bist cool[du: bɪst ku:l]
I like your attitudeMir gefällt deine Einstellung[mi:ɐ̯ gəfɛlt daɪ̯nə aɪ̯nʃtɛlʊŋ]
You’re great at…singing, dancing, swimming etc.Du kannst toll…singen, tanzen, schwimmen etc.[du: kanst tɔl zɪŋən, tantsən, ʃvɪmən]
You’re very musicalDu bist sehr musikalisch[du: bɪst ze:ɐ mu:zɪka:lɪʃ]
You have a great voiceDu hast eine tolle Stimme[du: hast aɪ̯nə tɔlə ʃtɪmə]
I wish I was as sporty as youIch wünschte, ich wäre so sportlich wie du[ɪç vʏnʃtə ɪç vɛ:ʁə zo: ʃpɔɐ̯tlɪç vi: du:]
I wish I could do that, tooIch wünschte, ich könnte das auch[ɪç vʏnʃtə ɪç kœntə das aʊ̯x]
You’re good at thatDas liegt dir[das li:kt di:ɐ̯]
You impress meDu beeindruckst mich[du: bəaɪ̯ndʁʊkst mɪç]

How to respond to compliments in German

There are many ways to say Thank You in German. Don’t just blush and run out of the room. If someone compliments you, take it. All the good things you heard about you are true!

Man responds to a compliment in German.

EnglishGermanIPA
I’m happy to hear thatFreut mich zu hören[fʁɔʏ̯t mɪç t͡su: hø:ʁən]
Thank you for the complimentDanke für das Kompliment[daŋkə fy:ɐ̯ das kɔmplɪmɛnt]
That’s very kind of youDas ist sehr lieb von dir[das ɪst ze:ɐ li:p fɔn di:ɐ̯]
I’m so glad you noticedFreut mich, dass es dir auffällt[fʁɔʏ̯t mɪç das ɛs di:ɐ̯ aʊ̯ffɛlt]
It makes me really happy to hear thatEs tut wirklich gut, das zu hören[ɛs tu:t vɪɐ̯klɪç gu:t das t͡su: hø:ʁən]
That’s so nice of youDas ist so nett von dir[das ɪst zo: nɛt fɔn di:ɐ̯]
That makes my dayDas versüßt mir den Tag[das fɛɐ̯sy:sʃt mi:ɐ̯ de:n ta:k]
The same goes for youDas kann ich nur zurück geben[das kan ɪç nu:ɐ̯ t͡su:ʁʏk ge:bən]
I admire you, tooIch bewundere dich ebenfalls[ɪç bəvʊndəʁə dɪç e:bənfals]

A simple guide on making appropriate compliments

Making uncalled for comments on someone’s appearance is so 2020, but we’ll tell you the secret of making appropriate compliments in today’s world.

If you’re talking to your friend or lover, you can compliment them on everything you want, from face to butt, as long as they’re comfortable with it! Going through our guide of body parts in German together and telling them you like all 102 parts of them might actually be fun then - but be careful.

What works for your lover might not fly with a stranger. Whether you think someone has beautiful eyes or an impressive height, physical features like that don’t actually have anything to do with the actual person you’re trying to compliment.

They might be sensitive about the feature you’re pointing out or they might be sick of hearing the same compliment, feeling like no one ever sees behind those pretty eyes. So here’s the trick. Save the general compliments for later, when you’re already familiar with a person and can be sure that they’re okay with it.

If you’re complimenting a stranger, focus on something they’re actively responsible for. Focus on an action of theirs. Say you love the way they braided their hair, matched the colors of their outfit or the energy they hit the dance floor with. Be unique! Make them feel like you’re complimenting something they did.

It’s a beautiful life

The Frequency Illusion doesn’t just work for specific colors. It works for beauty, too. Once you have beauty on your mind and you’re looking for it, you’ll find it in everything - in people, in design, in nature, wherever you look - and hopefully in every step of the way to learning a new language.

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