The following lesson is a quick overview of how to greet in German! It is not only important to know how to greet another person, also it is important to know when to use formal or informal greetings. Some greetings are only reserved for friends and family members, others for profesionals and strangers. Enjoy the lesson!
Depending on the daytime, there are - as in English - different ways to say "hello" in German.
|English||German||When to use it...|
|Hello||Hallo||You can use "Hallo" at any daytime|
|Good morning||Guten Morgen||It is used in the morning, usually till 10AM/11AM|
|Good day||Guten Tag||This phrase is usually said between 12PM and 6PM|
|Good evening||Guten Abend||This greeting is used after 6 p.m|
Guten Morgen, Guten Tag und Guten Abend are mostly reserved for formal situation. In informal situations (with friends or family), German people use mostly the greeting hello. Also, it is very common to just say hi as English speaking people do.
Also, there are different ways to say How are you? in German! In the following list I explain you everything you need to know!
|English||German||When to use it|
|How are you?||Wie geht es dir?||Informal way to ask "How are you?", you can use this phrase with friends, family or people your age|
|How are you?||Wie gehts?||Similar to "Wie geht es dir?", but even more casual|
|How are you?||Wie geht es Ihnen?||Formal way to ask "How are you?", you can use this phrase with older people, strangers or people in positions of authority|
|What's up?||Alles klar?||Very casual, you just use this phrase with friends|
Like you already can image, there are also different way to say goodbye in German:
|See you soon||Bis bald|
|See you later||Bis später|
|See you next time||Bis zum nächsten Mal|
|See you tomorrow||Bis Morgen|
|Have a good day||Schönen Tag|
|Have fun||Viel Spaß|
Below is a short youtube video on German greetings and goodbyes that will guide you with the pronunciation. Also you should practice with our lessons in order to be able to perfectly greet in German! I hope you enjoyed the lesson, bis bald!
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