Oktoberfest 2013 is just around the corner and for every well-seasoned, beer-sipping, bratwurst-munching festival veteran, there's bound to be a few newcomers to one of Germany's largest fall festivals.
For the uninitiated, this year's Oktoberfest runs from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6 and continues what started as a horse race to celebrate the royal marriage of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen back in 1810. Now, there's always a few places around the world to celebrate, but if you're looking for the heart of it all, head to Munich, Germany.
If you're in Munich, you won't be able to miss it thanks to the dozen or so beer tents set up in the Theresienwiese, a meadow near the centre of the city. But come expecting plenty of company.
The celebration is regarded as one of the largest food festivals and for good reason — the Winzerer Fähndl alone, the largest tent, can accommodate nearly 11,000 visitors. Factor in the other 30 or so tents and you've got yourself plenty of opportunities to make some pen pals. While it's not necessary to be fluent in German to attend the festival, a little effort goes a long way whenever you're in a foreign country.
Now, German isn't the easiest language to pick up, but some key terms the Daily Telegraph suggests to watch out for are "aufmandeln" which means to get angry, usually over the fact that it's tough to find a seat; "Aufstöin" which translates to donating a beer and "prost!" which travellers can expect to hear a lot because it means "cheers!"
While that's just scratching the surface, Huffington Post Canada Travel did some digging and with the help of Babbel.com, a language learning system, compiled a list of German phrases that travellers might want to put in their back pocket for the next 16 days.
So, brush up on your German and "prost" to another Oktoberfest!
12 Oktoberfest Phrases You'll Want To Know
Wo sind die Bierzelte?Getty
Ist dieser Tisch frei?Getty
Wissen Sie, wo ich noch einen freien Platz finde?Getty
Das Essen schmeckt sehr gut. Was genau esse ich hier noch mal?The Associated Press
Mehr Bier, Bitte!Getty
Ist das ein Liter?Getty
Wo finde ich die Toiletten?Getty
Pass auf, dass uns niemand den Tisch weg nimmtThe Associated Press
Reichst du mir bitte die Brezeln?Getty
Ohje. Bitte keinen Alkohol mehr.Getty
Wo kann ich mich übergeben?Getty
Lass uns das nächstes Jahr wiederholen.The Associated Press
Earlier on HuffPost:
Bavarian riflemen in their traditional costumes stand in front of the 'Bavaria' statue in Munich, southern Germany, on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. Members of various shooting clubs of the region met for a salute on the last day of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Bavarian riflemen and women in traditional costumes fire their muzzle loaders in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Members of various shooting clubs of the region met for a salute on the last day of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Bavarian riflemen and women in traditional costumes await to fire their muzzle loaders in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Bavarian riflemen and women in traditional costumes fire their muzzle loaders in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd/Lukas Barth)
Young women try to cover from heavy rain at the last day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, running from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 was expected to see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
An empty beer mug stands on a table at the last day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival during heavy rain in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Munich's famed celebration of beer, the Oktoberfest, is drawing to a close after some 6.4 million visitors downed an estimated 6.9 million liter mugs of Bavarian brew some 14.6 million pints. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Visitors during the last day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival during heavy rain in Munich. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade.
A woman from Lower Bavaria, dressed in traditional ceremonial Bavarian costume.
This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7.
Waitresses of the Spaten brewery wave with beer mugs.
Riflemen parade at the Theresienwiese Oktoberfest fair grounds in Munich.
Policemen wait for the opening parade during the first day of Oktoberfest.
A traditionally Bavarian dressed man and his dogs wait for the opening parade.
Horses carrying a beer coach participate in the opening parade.
Visitors wearing traditional Bavarian clothes take part in the costumes and riflemen parade.
Young musician's wearing traditional Bavarian clothes.
Members of a brass band wearing traditional Bavarian clothes participate in the riflemen's parade.
Participants of the opening parade, dressed with traditional Bavarian costume are seen at Schottenhamel beer tent during day two of Oktoberfest.
A woman, dressed in a Northern German costume.
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