Learn common German words for free with this easy online lesson with audio.
Learn this collection of everyday German words and phrases and get your German language learning off to the best start possible.
Just before we get started learning some common German greetings, did you know...
In German there is a formal and an informal way of addressing one another, depending on whom you are speaking to and/or how well you know that person.
If you use the informal version during a situation which requires more formality, you run the risk of upsetting the other person and being deemed impolite and, in the worst case, rude and ignorant.
Avoid making such mistakes, particularly during the all-important introductions and business meetings.
My advice: stick to the formal version if you are unsure - you can't go too wrong with this. Please go to my German Pronouns lesson more information on this.
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Common German Greetings
Get the all-important introductions off to a good start by learning these common German words.
Hi - Hi
Hallo - Hello
Guten Tag - Hello (Literally means 'Good day')
Guten Morgen - Good morning
Guten Tag - Good afternoon
Guten Abend - Good evening
Gute Nacht - Good night
Wie geht's? (Informal) - How are you?
Wie geht es Ihnen? (Formal) - How are you?
You can answer:
Gut, danke - Good, thanks, Es geht - So, so, Nicht so gut - Not so good
Ich heiße ...- My name is ...
Ich komme aus ... - I come from ...
Ich wohne in ... - I live in ...
Ich arbeite bei ... - I work for ...
Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English?
Ich spreche Englisch - I speak English
Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch - I speak a little German
Auf Wiedersehen - Goodbye
Tschϋß - Bye
Bis später - See you later
Bis bald - See you soon
Bis morgen - See you tomorrow
Servus - (Used in Southern Germany)
(For a full list, please see my German Greetings lesson.)
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