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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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.
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Good day/ good afternoon
"be greeted" (addressing one person)
"be greeted" (addressing more than one person)
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.
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:
hello (South Germany)
You have probably heard “Auf Wiedersehen” before. It literally means “until we see each other again”.
see you soon
see you later
see you then
“make it good”
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