Formal and Casual 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.
Saying Hello the Formal Way
Saying Hello the Casual Way
In the south of Germany, in Bavaria, it is very common to say
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.
which is used in the northern parts of Germany.
Another greeting you will only hear in the south of Germany is:
Saying Good Bye the Formal Way
You have probably heard “Auf Wiedersehen” before. It literally means “until we see each other again”.