German Greetings

Greeting someone is one of the most common and most essential parts of a language. In the following we would like to give you an overview of essential German greetings that you need to know when encountering a German speaker.

Let’s have a look at the most important greetings in German:

GermanEnglish
Guten MorgenGood morning
Guten TagGood Afternoon
Guten AbendGood Evening
HalloHello

As you can see, most greetings are actually pretty close. “Guten Morgen” , “Guten Tag” and “Guten Abend” are more formal greetings and “Hallo” is more informal. So if you meet an older person, use one of the first three greetings (depending on the time of the day) and if you meet a younger person you can use “Hallo” or even “Hi” .

Guten Morgen” , “Guten Tag” and “Guten Abend” are also often being shortened to “Morgen!” , “Tag!” and “Abend!” .

Apart from that there are also some regional greetings that you don’t need to know. But it’s good to be aware of them, if you are in one of regions where they are used:

GreetingRegions
Grüß GottBavaria, Baden-Wurtemberg
MoinNorthern Germany
GrueziSwitzerland
ServusSouthern Germany + Austria
TachNordrhein-Westfalen, Saarland, Rheinland-Pfalz

This is all that you need to know about greeting someone in German. As you can, it is not too difficult. If you would also like to know how say good bye in German, check out our article about that, as well.

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