1 – Greeting and Goodbyes

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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.

How to pronounce greetings and goodbyes in German?

Here are some of the most important German greetings and goodbyes 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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Guten Morgen

Meaning: Good Morning

Use: from 5 AM to 12 PM

Pronunciation:

Guten Morgen

Guten Tag

Meaning: Good Day

Use: From 12 PM to 17 PM (formal)

Pronunciation:

Guten Tag

Guten Abend

Meaning: Good Evening

Use: From 17 PM to 22 PM

Pronunciation:

Guten Abend

Gute Nacht

Meaning: Good Night

Use: When you go to bed in the evening

Pronunciation:

Gute Nacht

Hallo

Meaning: Hello

Use: To greet people casually 

Pronunciation:

Hallo

Auf Wiedersehen

Meaning: Good Bye 

Use: to say good bye formally 

Pronunciation:

Auf Wiedersehen

Tschüss

Meaning: Bye

Use: To say bye to people casually 

Pronunciation:

Tschüss

Bis bald

Meaning: See you soon

Use: To say good bye casually

Pronunciation:

Bis bald

Komm gut nach Hause

Meaning: Get home safely!

Use: It is friendly way to say good bye to friends

Pronunciation:

Komm gut nach Hause

Bis später

Meaning: See you later

Use: We use it for an uncertain appointment

Pronunciation:

Bis später

Bis dann

Meaning: See you then

Use: We use it normally for a certain appointment

Pronunciation:

Biss dann

Mach’s gut

Meaning: Take care

Use: To say good bye casually

Pronunciation:

Mach’s gut

Try to have a look more than once on the cards, and pronounce them after you play the sound.

Take notes and hang them somewhere you can see easily so it will stay in your mind. If you have no one to address them with those greetings, try to use them with yourself in the correct time, after a while you will find out, that those, greetings in German, became so natural.

If you want to learn basic phrases to start a conversation in German then check these lessons out!

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