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Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Hi everybody! I’m Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In the last lesson, we learned how to be grateful to people by saying Danke. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in Germany.
Fertig? Are you ready? Los! So let’s start!
The most used informal greeting is:
Hallo!
[slowly] Hallo.
Hallo means “hi” or “hello”. We should only use this greeting with friends or relatives.
The most used *FORMAL* greetings will change depending on the time of day. Let’s start with:
Guten Tag!
[slowly] Guten Tag!
Literally, Guten Tag means "good day". As a rule of thumb we can use Guten Tag only during the daytime—from late morning until early evening.
In the morning we say Guten Morgen, “good morning!
[slowly] Guten Morgen.
During the evening we say:
Guten Abend!
[slowly] Guten Abend!
Tag, Morgen, and Abend is German for day, morning, and evening, respectively. Easy, right?
What should you say when you leave? German people usually say Auf Wiedersehen! when leaving in a formal situation.
[slowly] Auf Wiedersehen.
Auf Wiedersehen means “good-bye.”
If we say good bye to friends or our relatives, we use the informal word Tschüss!
[slowly] Tschüss!
Now you can greet people in many different ways in German!
Let’s review them all again.
First, the greetings:
Informally, we simply say Hallo.
Formally, use Guten Morgen! in the morning.
Guten Tag! in the afternoon
and Guten Abend! in the evening.
When leaving in a formal situation, we say:
Auf Wiedersehen!
And in an informal situation, it’s:
Tschüss!
It’s easy, isn’t it?
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
Due to a huge variety of dialects in Gemany you might hear many different greeting phrases depending on the area. In Austria and in the catholic southern part of Germany they even say Grüß Gott, which means “greetings to god”. In the past, people from the north could barely talk to people from the south, since they spoke very different languages. But nowadays, if you use these common phrases then everyone will understand you, I’m sure!
During the next lesson we’ll learn the meaning of the phrase Sprechen Sie Englisch? Do you already know it? We'll be waiting to talk about it with you in our next Fast German/ Deutsch lesson.
Tschüss!

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Wednesday at 2:58 pm
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Hi Charles,


This is a difficult question to answer without knowing the nature of

your relationship to the couple and what kind of people are attending.


If you want to play it safe, stick to formal, but on the other hand, we Germans

have become a very easy-going people, especially in a non-work related setting.😄

Best would probably to prepare both versions and then try and "read" the mood

when you get there.


Thank you.


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Charles
Monday at 9:12 pm
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I am to attend the wedding of friends, and will need to say something like "Greetings (to you all) on this happy occasion" -- the group whom I will be addressing will contain both friends and strangers... is it more appropriate to use formal or informal address in this case? Danke!

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Hi Luis,


Thank you for posting!


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Luis
Thursday at 3:39 pm
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I love Laura!!!! ❤️️

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Saturday at 12:31 pm
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Hallo Keith,


vielen Dank für den Kommentar! Wir freuen uns auch dich kennenzulernen! ?

Please let me correct some small mistakes that I found:


"komme ich aus Vereinigten Staaten und freue ich mich euch kennenzulernen" should be "ich komme aus den Vereinigten Staaten und freue mich euch kennenzulernen".


I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Kind regards,


Albert

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Keith MCDowell
Sunday at 2:08 am
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Guten Tag meine Leute, komme ich aus Vereinigten Staaten und freue ich mich euch kennenzulernen. Auf Wiedersehen

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Tuesday at 8:17 pm
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Hello Gina,


Thank you for your comment! ??

You are right, "Tschüss" sounds a bit similar to the English word for "Cheers". But it doesn't share the same meaning.

We hope you are enjoying our lessons. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,


Albert

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Tuesday at 8:14 pm
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Hallo Ingrid,


Thank you for posting! Your German sounds really good! ??

Please let me correct some small mistakes.


"Hallo Leuter" should be "Hallo Leute"


"Gutern Tag!" should be "Guten Tag"


"Ich komme aus China, ich bin erfreut euch kennenzulernen!" sounds good, but would be more natural if you say it like "Ich komme aus China, ich freue mich euch kennenzulernen".


I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Kind regards,


Albert

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Ingrid
Saturday at 7:58 am
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Hallo Leuter,


Gutern Tag!


Ich komme aus China, ich bin erfreut euch kennenzulernen!


Auf Wiedersehen!


Please help correct me! How can I say this sentence in German? Ich danke Ihnen!


Tschüss!


BR,

Ingrid

Gina
Friday at 11:52 am
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“Tschüss” sounds/means like "Cheers" in British. :)