How to shut up in German and more ways of offending in German

Because if French is the language of love, German is the language of swearing.

Berlin is notoriously famous for its “rudeness.” The Berliner Schnauze is the name given to this fame Berliners have of being so outspoken and direct. An aspect of their personality that is so prominent that sometimes can be mistaken by rudeness. So we thought that everyone would profit on learning how to say shut up in German.

It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting or if you’re here to stay. Everybody can profit from some good useful knowledge about a language not so easy to learn.
Together with shut up in German, in all the ways I’ve learned how to say during my six years living here, I’ll give you some of my favorite bad words. Because if French is the language of love, German is definitely the language of swearing.

Have you ever asked what are some of these words that you hear all the time in Berlin? What do they mean? How can I reply in the same tone?
Those answers and much more you’ll find here

How to say Shut up in German – a complete lesson

First of all, of course, we will start with the evergreen and amazingly expressive shut up in German. Because nothing express my discontent with so much grace like a good old “Halt die Schnauze, Du Hurensohn.

Here you will find a long list of ways to tell people to shut up in German with an increasing amount of rudeness:


  • Seien Sie bitte mal still/ruhig.
  • Seien Sie bitte still/ruhig.
  • Seien Sie still/ruhig.
  • Sei still/ruhig.
  • Halt den Mund.
  • Halt die Klappe.


  • Halt den Rand.
  • Halt die Schnauze.
  • Halt dein Maul.
  • Halt die/deine Fresse.
  • Halt dein dreckiges Maul.
  • Halt deine verkackte/verfickte Fresse.


How to be really unpolite in German 101

For the most part, German is a beautiful language. And even though it has a very direct and straight to the point tone, it presents us with endless options for insults. Simply beautiful!

If you wanna add a touch of impoliteness to the already rude Shut up in German, say any of those followed by an interjection Alter or Mann, or even an Eh. But if your thing is to make your message come across on the most offensive way possible, Du Wichser or Du Hurensohn are wonderful options to add to the end of your sentence. Those last two being the translation of wanker and son of a bitch, if you were wondering. If you’re the kind of people that prefer something more classic, Du Arschloch (You Asshole) maybe is the way to go.

For any (un)necessary dash of harshness to the already very impolite message, try adding jetzt. Jetzt is now in German.
You’ll have something like this if you choose to be extra charming to the ones surrounding you:
Du hältst jetzt die Klappe, Du Wichser! Du bist jetzt still!

Equally important, don’t forget that you can always add Scheisse or Verdammt to any of the options I just gave you. And the traditional Fick Dich has always a reserved spot on our hearts. Those last three can be translated, in order of appearance, as Shit, Damn it and Fuck You.

Additionally, now that I’ve thought you how to be extremely rude, I will teach you how to politely interrupt someone. I would strongly advise you to choose some of the options below if possible. I don’t wanna be responsible for anyone’s black eye, ok?
Just talk over the other person with an apologetic phrase like:

  • Sorry, warten Sie mal kurz…
  • Entschuldigung, aber…


  • Moment mal bitte…
  • Sekunde, sorry, aber…


Because you don’t need only to learn shut up in German

As you can see, I just gave you the most complete guide to say shut up in German. And now, in addition, I’ll leave you with some of the finest sentences and words in German.


  • Was zur Hölle? – What the hell?
  • Geh zum Teufel – Go to hell
  • Küss meinen Arsch – Kiss my ass
  • Drecksau – Dirty Pig
  • Miststück – Bitch
  • Verpiss dich! – Piss off/Fuck off
  • Du Fickfehler – You fucking mistake
  • Dummkopf – Shithead
  • Arschgeige – Dickhead


If you have anything else to add to this list, please either leave us a comment here or join our facebook group and teach me more ways to be lovely in German. I will love you for that.