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German Greetings with Pronunciation

Below you will learn basic greetings, introductions and common expressions useful when you want to greet or to start a conversation in German. In almost all the lessons provided by you will find pronunciation tips and examples. Only this way we think the learning process is faster and easier for all the learners. What do you think about our lessons? Leave us a message through our contact page.

German Greetings

Now, let's learn how to say Hello, Goodbye, Thank you and You’re welcome in German. The greetings and goodbyes found below are used formal and / or informal, if a greeting is used mostly formal you will see the word formal in brackets.

How to say Hello in German?

If you want to say Hello in the formal way, try to use the German equivalent of Good morning, Good evening or Good day, depending on the time of the day. Note! If you want to be formal in a conversation with a German speaker use the word Sie (the equivalent of you) instead of du (the more casual way to say you). The formal way of greeting someone in German can be used also casual, depending on your preferences, but be careful because the other way around doesn't work (the word Hallo nowadays is an exception, tends to be semi-formal). Below you will find a table with common German greetings, in the third column are the pronunciation tips.

English German Pronunciation
Hello / Hi Hallo hah-lo
Hello / Hi Hi hi
Hello / Hi Grüß dich! * grews deek
Hello / Hi Grüß Gott! * grews got
Hello / Hi / Bye Servus * servoos
Hello / Hi Moin! ** moin
Hello! / Hello, everyone Mahlzeit mahl-tsaheet
Good morning Guten Morgen (formal) gooten morgen
Good day Guten Tag (formal) gooten tak
Good evening Guten Abend (formal) gooten ah-bend
Good night Gute Nacht goote nakt
Welcome! Willkommen! vill-kommen
A warm welcome Ein herzliches Willkommen ighn herts-lihes vilkoh-men

* – The greeting it’s used mostly in Southern Germany and Austria
** – The greeting it’s used mostly in Northern Germany.

How to say Goodbye in German?

If you want to say Goodbye in the formal way use Auf Wiedersehen! (Goodbye / Bye), if you are on the telephone use Auf Wiederhören! (Goodbye / Bye). Note! Servus is the casual way of saying Hello / Hi, but also Bye. The formal way of saying Goodbye in German can be used also casual, depending on your preferences, but be careful because the other way around doesn't work. Below you will find a table with common German goodbyes, in the third column are the pronunciation tips.

English German Pronunciation
Goodbye / Bye Auf Wiedersehen! (formal) owf veeder-zen
Goodbye / Bye Auf Wiederhören! (formal) owf veeder-hur-ren
Bye Tschüss! tshiews
Have a good day Schönen Tag shurnayn tak
Have a good weekend Schönes Wochenende shurnays vokhayn-aynday
See you later! Bis später! bis shpay-ter
See you soon! Bis bald! bis bahld
See you tomorrow! Bis morgen! bis morgen
Have fun! Viel Spaß! feel shpass
Farewell! / All the best! Alles Gute! alles goote
Take care! Mach’s gut! maks goot
Good Luck! Viel Glück! feel gliewk
Let’s go! Gehen wir! gheken veer
How to say Thank you and You’re welcome in German?

In the table below you will find how to say Thank you and You’re welcome in the German language, in the third column are the pronunciation tips.

English German Pronunciation
Thanks! Danke! danke
Thank you! Danke! danke
I thank you Ich danke Ihnen (formal) eek danke eenen
I’m very grateful Ich bin Ihnen sehr dankbar (formal) eek bin eenen zehr dankbar
Many thanks! Vielen Dank! feelen dank
Thanks a lot! Besten Dank! besten dank
Thank you very much! Danke sehr! danke zehr
Thank you very much! Danke schön! danke shurn
You’re welcome! Bitte schön! bih-tay shurn
Please! / You’re welcome! Bitte! bih-tay
You’re welcome! Gern gescheh'n! gern geshayn
You’re welcome! Keine Ursache! keye-nay oorsahay
You’re welcome! Kein Problem! keyen problaym
How are you? in German - Ask & respond

Sometimes asking a question like How are you? is a way of saying Hello!, the same pleasantries are found between German speakers.

English German Pronunciation
How's it going? Wie geht's? vee gates
How's it going? / What’s up? Alles klar? alles klar
How are you? Wie geht es dir? vee gate es deer
How are you? Wie geht es Ihnen? (formal) vee gate es eenen

There are many possible responses to give when someone asks you How are you?, below we have listed some of the most popular answers translated in German.

English German Pronunciation
I'm fine, thank you. Gut, danke. goot danke
I'm fine Es geht mir gut es gate meer goot
I'm very well Es geht mir sehr gut es gate meer zehr goot
I'm so-so Es geht es gate
I'm rather well Ziemlich gut tsim-leek goot
Much better Viel besser feel besser
Not well Nicht gut neekt goot

After you answer, it is customary to ask how the other person is doing. You can do this easily by saying Und dir? (And you?) if is a casual meeting or Und Ihnen? (And you?) if you want to be formal.

How to make introductions in German

Meeting and greeting often requires introductions and knowing the proper way to make introductions in a particular language can help you make a good first impression. Note! In this type of situations the German language tends to be a bit more formal than American English.

English German Pronunciation
What is your name? Wie heißt du? vee highsst doo
What is your name? Wie heißen Sie? (formal) vee highssan zie
What is your last name? Was ist Ihren Nachname? (formal) vahs ist eeren nakh-namay
My name is... Ich heiße... eek highssay
Glad to meet you Freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen (formal) froy mikh, zie kennen-tsoolernen
Glad to meet you Schön, dich kennenzulernen shurn, deekh kennen-tsoolernen
Can you spell the name, please? Können Sie den Namen bitte buchstabieren? kurnen zee den namay bee-tay book-shta-bee-ren
Can you spell your name, please? Können Sie bitte Ihren Namen buchstabieren? kurnen zee bee-tay eeren namay book-shta-bee-rane
Yes, I can Ja, Ich kann ya, eek kann
yes ; no ja ; nein ya ; nine
Where are you from? Woher kommen Sie? vo-hair koh-men zee
Where do you live? Wo wohnen Sie? vo voh-nen zee
How old are you? Wie alt sind Sie? vee alt zint zee
I do not understand Ich verstehe nicht eek fershtea neekt
I do not speak German Ich kann nicht Deutsch zu reden eek kahn neekt doytche tsoo reden
I do not speak well German Ich kann nicht so gut Deutsch zu reden eek kahn neekt soh goot doytche tsoo reden
How to apologize in German

Below you will study some common German expressions of forgiveness useful for situations like squeezing through crowds, to more serious situations where a personal apology is necessary.

English German Pronunciation
Excuse me Entschuldigung ent-shool-dee-goon
I apologize Es Tut mir Leid ehs toot meer laeet
Sorry for forgetting Entschuldige bitte, dass ich es vergessen habe ent-shool-deege bee-tay, dass eek es fergessen habay
Excuse my mistakes Entschuldigen Sie bitte meine Fehler ent-shool-deegen zie, bee-tay meye-nay fayler
I didn't mean to do that Ich habe das nicht gewollt eek habay das neekt gevolt
I didn’t mean it that way Das habe ich nicht so gemeint das habay eek neekt zo gemeyent
It wasn’t meant in that way Das war doch nicht so gemein das var dok neekt zo gemeyen
Forgiveness! Verzeihung! fer-tseye-oong
Common German Expressions

Now, let's study some common German expressions used by German speakers in everyday life. Some popular idioms of a language may sound obscure or meaningless, but if you know what they really mean you will also know how to use them appropriately.

English German Pronunciation
Great! Prima! pree-mah
Great! Klasse! klahsay
Great! Toll! toll
Really! Wirklich?! veerk-leek
Really! Echt?! aykt
What nonsense! Was für ein Quatsch! vahs fur eyen kooahch
What nonsense! Was für ein Unsinn! vahs fur eyen oonzeen
Nonsense! Quatsch! kooahch
Exactly. Genau. genahoo
I beg your pardon? / What did you say? Wie, bitte? vee, bee-tay
Never mind. / That’s okay. Das macht nichts. das maht neekts
Friend Kumpel koompel
What's new? Was gibt's Neues? vahs geebts noyees
One moment please! Einen Augenblick, bitte! eyenen owgen-bleek, bee-tay
Hold on please! (phone) Bleiben Sie dran, bitte! bleyeben zee drahn, bee-tay
I couldn't care less. Das ist mir wurscht. das ist meer voorsht
I don't care. Es ist mir egal. es ist meer aygahl
That is not of my concern. Das ist nicht meine Sorge. das ist neekt meyenay zorge
I'm exhausted. Ich bin kaputt. eek been kahpoot
I'm in a bad mood. Ich bin in schlechter Laune. eek bin in shlaykter lone
The nerve! Was für eine Frechheit! vahs fur eyenay frayk-keyet
It’s a stone’s throw away. Das ist ein Katzensprung. das eest ayn kahts-ayn-shproong

Important! Because some German sounds are not found in English we have tried to come up with something that sounds similar, for this reason the pronunciation tips from above are simply informational and does not offer any guarantee.

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