There are few words that will make someone’s day like telling someone “You’re beautiful” in their native language. Although German isn’t considered the most romantic language in the world, Germans like compliments as much as the next person. In this post, we’ll teach you how to say “You’re beautiful” in German. We’ll also give you an overview of other friendly, romantic, and passionate ways to compliment someone.
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To compliment someone, you have a couple of options. You can say 1) du bist [x] “you are [x]” or you can opt for 2) du siehst [x] aus which means “you look [x]”. In both versions, we use the informal du “you”. In this way, you can tell someone you’re beautiful in German.
If you intend to compliment someone which whom you have a more formal relationship, swap the previous expressions for Sie sind “you are” and Sie sehen [x] aus “you look [x]”.
Platonic Ways to Compliment
Try the following expressions for complimenting someone you don’t know well without making them feel uncomfortable. Süß which means “cute” in German can be used for women, children, and pets.
Deine Tochter sieht sehr süß aus.
Your daughter looks very cute.
Das Kleid ist hübsch .
The dress is pretty.
Meine neuen Arbeitskollegen sind sehr nett .
My new colleagues at work are very nice.
Mein Bruder ist toll .
My brother is great.
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Romantic Ways to Compliment
The other expressions can be used for all genders. The word “handsome” doesn’t have a German translation but we use gut aussehend “good looking”.
Sie ist schön .
She is beautiful.
Meine Frau ist hinreißend .
My wife is gorgeous.
Gut aussehend “good-looking”
Dein Mann ist gut aussehend .
Your husband is good-looking.
Sie sehen atemberaubend aus.
You look breathtaking.
Passionate Ways to Compliment
There is no equivalent for the commonly used “hot” but you can throw in some of these words if you want to convey something a little steamier than beautiful.
Er ist ein attraktiver Mann.
He’s an attractive man.
Du bist eine sexy Frau.
You are a sexy woman.
Dein Outfit sieht unglaublich aus.
Your outfit looks incredible.
No matter your relationship with the person, most people like to be complimented. Try to make someone’s day by saying Du bist schön “you’re beautiful” next time the opportunity presents itself!