Greetings in German

As you have learned before, there are two ways of addressing someone in German: a polite or formal way using “Sie” and a more casual way using “du”. The same concept applies to greetings. Nowadays it is quite common to use English greetings, like “hi” and “bye bye”, but these are considered to be casual.

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How to pronounce greetings in German

Here are some of the most basic German greetings to get you started. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and more German greetings.
 

  • Guten Morgen - Good morning
  • Guten Tag - Good day/ good afternoon
  • Guten Abend - Good evening
  • Gute Nacht - Good night
  • Hallo - hello
  • Hey - hey
  • Hi - hi
  • Sei gegrüßt - "be greeted" (addressing one person)
  • Seid gegrüßt - "be greeted" (addressing more than one person)
  • Tschüss - bye

Saying Hello the Formal Way

Guten Morgen

Good morning

Guten Tag

Good day/ good afternoon

Guten Abend

Good evening

Gute Nacht

Good night

Saying Hello the Casual Way

Hallo

hello

Hey

hey

Hi

hi

Sei gegrüßt

"be greeted" (addressing one person)

Seid gegrüßt

"be greeted" (addressing more than one person)

Regional Differences:

In the south of Germany, in Bavaria, it is very common to say

Grüß Gott!

"greet God"

You won’t hear “Grüß Gott” anywhere else, it really is a Bavarian thing. It’s the same with "Moin", which is short for "Guten Morgen" and is used in the northern parts of Germany.

Moin!

Good Morning (North Germany)

which is used in the northern parts of Germany.

Another greeting you will only hear in the south of Germany is:

Servus

hello (South Germany)

Saying Good Bye the Formal Way

Auf Wiedersehen

good bye

You have probably heard “Auf Wiedersehen” before. It literally means “until we see each other again”.

Saying Good Bye the Casual Way

Tschüss

bye

Bis bald

see you soon

Bis später

see you later

Bis dann

see you then

Mach’s gut

“make it good”

If you want to learn how to say thank you in German or other German salutations then check these lessons out!

Bis bald!
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