How to say “hi” and “goodbye” in German

How to say “hi” and “goodbye” in German

Do you want to know how to greet or say goodbye in German? The time has come to broaden your mind and after reading this article you will be a pro!


In German, there are several ways to say “hello”. The most convenient way for an English speaker would be to say “hi” or “hallo” but since both of them present an easy-going way of greeting, they might not get such a great perception if used in more serious situations or with elderly people. However, everybody will understand you and if you just started to study and lack a bit in self-confidence, these two words might give you a pleasant opportunity to come in contact with locals.


Other ways to say “hello” are the following. 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 languages, it is mostly used for people which you know as it is seen a bit too intimidating if you are randomly wishing people “gute Nacht” in German.


As already mentioned, you can also use “guten Tag”, “guten Abend” and “gute Nacht” to say goodbye. Additional and very common opportunities are also “Tschüss” (bye), “auf Wiedersehen” (goodbye) and “bis bald” (see you soon).


Greetings Say goodbye
Hi Hi Tschüss Bye
Hallo Hello Auf Wiedersehen Goodbye
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 to say “hi” and “bye”, as for instance “moin” in northern Germany. However, you can use the ones which were presented in this article everywhere and be sure to be understood.


Bis bald!







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