How to invite someone in German

The German word for “invitation” is “Einladung” (f.), “invited” is “eingeladen”, “to invite” is “einladen” and “inviting” is “einladend”:

– “Hast du die Einladung zu seiner Geburtstagsfeier bekommen?” – “Did you receive the invitation to his birthday party?”
– “Nein, ich bin leider nicht eingeladen.” – “No, unfortunately I am not invited.”
– “Es ist ok, ich lade dich ein!” – “It’s ok, I am inviting you!”
– “Es sieht nicht sehr einladend aus.” – “It does not look very inviting.”

Though there is some debate about this (and there may be regional differences), when applicable, the German word “einladen” strongly implies that the invitee will not have to pay, whereas the English “to invite” can be used more casually to ask for someone’s presence or participation (without implicitly making any statement about who will foot the bill):

– “Ich lade dich zum Abendessen ein.” – “I’m taking you out for dinner/treating you to dinner.”

Listen up, lurkers!

We filmed an entire beginner German course!

More cool stuff from Expath

The best ways to remember gender in German

How's your German? Take our free online test!

How to get a handle on childcare in Berlin

Join us for small online German classes for English speakers

How to go about finding a flat in Berlin and Germany

All the different ways to say you're exhausted in German

Want to work as a freelancer in Germany but need more info?

Want to live and work in Germany but not sure how to do it?

How to obtain an artist visa for Berlin

How do English speakers find jobs in Germany?

All of Expath's German "words of the day"

How to tell time in German