Do you want to know, how to say “hello” or “goodbye” in German? Wait no more – The time has come to get ready for starting small talk in German!
Geting to know some German
No matter which language you study, one of the first things you need to learn is how to greet somebody. Even though you might be far from speaking German fluently, it can be a beautiful ice breaker if you know how to say “hello” and “goodbye” in German.
How do you say “hi” in German?
In German, there are several ways to say “hello”. The most convenient way for an English speaker would be to say “hi” or “hallo”. Even though, both of them present an easy-going way of a greeting, people might not perceive them as appropriative if used in more serious situations or with elderly people. However, everybody will understand you. If you just started to study German and lack a bit of self-confidence, these two words might give you a pleasant opportunity to come in contact with locals.
In the morning one can say “guten Morgen” (good morning). Another possibility is “guten Tag” (good day) which is widely used all day long in order to say hello and goodbye. If the clock is past 5 pm, Germans like to say “guten Abend” (good evening) which can be also used to say hi and goodbye.
Once the evening is over and the night arose, one can use “gute Nacht” (good night) to say hi and bye. But be careful! In contrast to many other cultures, we mostly use it for people we know. It is often seen as a bit too intimidating if you are randomly wishing people “gute Nacht” in German.
How do you say “goodbye” in German?
After you got to know several possibilities to start a conversation, you get to know the most common ways to end it now. A very easy possibility is “guten Tag”, “guten Abend” and “gute Nacht” to also say goodbye. Additional and very common opportunities are also “Tschüss” (bye), “auf Wiedersehen” (goodbye) and “bis bald” (see you soon). In contrast to many other languages, Germans do not use the word “bye” so frequently as people do in other languages and therefore you should try to avoid it.
Overview Greetings in German
|Guten Morgen||Good morning||Bis bald||See you soon|
|Guten Tag||Good day||Guten Tag||Good day|
|Guten Abend||Good evening||Guten Abend||Good evening|
|Gute Nacht||Good night||Gute Nacht||Good night|
As Germany, Switzerland, and Austria have many local dialects, it will not be surprising that there are endless other ways of saying “hi” and “bye”. In northern German, this would be for instance “moin”. However, you can use the ones which were presented in this article everywhere and be sure to be understood.