Whether you find yourself celebrating Oktoberfest festivities at one of the various ones in America or are making the trek to Munich to attend the biggest one of them all, knowing the phrases and terms that you are going to hear are super vital to your experience. You won’t have to be in Germany to hear these common phrases and words shouted throughout the celebrations. We take pride in hosting Nashville Oktoberfest in Historic Germantown and keep the tradition alive with using common phrases associated with the experience of being at an Oktoberfest.

Fest Food and Drink

You will hear the following phrases often throughout your Oktoberfest experience and will definitely want to know what they mean.

Prost- Arguably the most important phrase you will need to know and hear frequently throughout the festivities. Meaning “Cheers” and followed by the clinking of steins that are full with good ole German style beer.

Noch ein Bier, Bitte- Another one that you won’t want to forget. Translated to “another beer, please”. This way you can keep the cold beer flowing and your stein always full.

Brezen- Pretzel. Whether you are attending Nashville Oktoberfest or any other celebration, we can guarantee there won’t be a shortage of these on the festival grounds.

Oktoberfest Attire

The next words/phrases are used to describe the traditional German attire that can be found worn by Oktoberfest visitors throughout the world.

Dirndl- This is the name of the traditional German dress worn at most Oktoberfest celebrations by the women in a variety of colors.

Lederhosen- The literal translation being “leather pants”. You can find many of the gentlemen sporting them around Oktoberfest in a variety of fashions.

Cheers and Chants

Now to the fun stuff. These phrases are frequently shouted throughout the beer tents and festival grounds! You will also commonly hear the bands shout these commands on stage to the audience.

O’zapft is!- “It’s tapped”. The opening cheer when the first keg is tapped and officially kicks off the Oktoberfest celebration.

Schunkeln- There couldn’t be a better dance to drink to than this one. You don’t even have to stand up to get involved. Just lock arms with the people next to you and sway from side to side.

Eins, zwei, drei- “One, two, three”. Something you will hear frequently come from the music stages before the band starts their next song. If you want to be legit and count with your fingers in German: one is your thumb, two is your thumb and forefinger, and three is your thumb, forefinger, and middle finger.

Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi hoi hoi!- Another common chant that you will hear the bands chant out to the crowd. This chant is most commonly followed by a loud Prost and a chug of your beer!

Now that you have read up on the common lingo you will hear during Oktoberfest, you are ready to fill up your stein with a Marzen or Hefeweizen and eat a brezen.