Greetings & Farewells

    In the first A1/A2 video of the week in my new series, I decided that it was best if we started with the basics. Today we are going to talk about greetings and farewells. It is one of the most basic of all lessons, but it is also one of the most important ones. You can watch the video below to learn a few quick phrases.

    If you want to read the video transcript instead, you can find that below the video and additional information. If you want to download the script as a side-by-side file with German and English next to each other or get an MP3 download of this, you can get that by supporting my work on Patreon. By supporting my work, you also get access to the worksheets I create for each video.


    Hallo – Hello

    Beginner German with Herr Antrim

    Short casual greeting that is used all day long.

    Guten Morgen – Good morning

    Slightly more formal greeting that is used in the morning.

    Guten Tag – Good day (hello)

    Slightly more formal greeting that is used most of the day.

    Guten Abend – Good evening

    Slightly more formal greeting that is used in the evening.

    Grüß Gott – Hello (literally: greet God)

    Formal greeting used in southern Germany.

    Grüß dich – Hello (literally: greet you)

    Casual greeting used in southern Germany.


    Tschüss – Bye

    Casual farewell used amongst friends.

    Bis später – See you later (literally: until later)

    Casual farewell used when you are going to see the other party later.

    Bis bald – See you soon (literally: until soon)

    Casual farewell used when you are going to see the other party soon.

    Bis Montag – See you Monday (literally: until Monday)

    Casual farewell used when you are going to see the other party on another day. Alternatively, you can use any other day of the week or a time of the day when you will see them again. Montag – Monday, Dienstag – Tuesday, Mittwoch – Wednesday, Donnerstag – Thursday, Freitag – Friday, Samstag – Saturday, Sonntag – Sunday

    Auf Wiedersehen – Good-bye (literally: until we see each other again)

    Formal farewell used when you will see the other party again.

    Auf Wiederhören – Good-bye (literally: until we hear from each other again)

    Same as “Auf Wiedersehen”, but used when talking on the phone.

    Miscellaneous Phrases

    Wie geht’s? – How are you? (casual)

    Mir geht’s gut. – I am well.

    Um wie viel Uhr? – At what time?

    Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen? – How may I help you?

    Wie lange haben Sie geöffnet? – How long are you open?

    Ich bin… – I am…

    Ich heiße… – I am called…

    Schön Sie zu treffen. – Nice to meet you.

    Video Transcript

    A: Hallo
    B: Guten Morgen. Wie geht’s?
    A: Mir geht’s gut. Und dir?
    B: Mir geht’s auch gut. Gehen wir heute Abend ins Kino?
    A: Ja. Gerne. Um wie viel Uhr?
    B: Der Film beginnt um 7 Uhr. Bis dann. Tschüs
    A: Bis später

    (on phone)
    A: Guten Tag. Hier ist Herr Antrim.
    B: Grüß Gott. Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?
    A: Wie lange haben sie heute Abend geöffnet?
    B: Bis 20 Uhr.
    A: Danke schön. Bis bald.
    A: Auf Wiederhören

    A: Guten Abend.
    B: Guten Abend. Ich bin der neue Chef. Ich heiße Herr Müller.
    A: Schön Sie zu treffen. Ich bin Hans Wurst. Ich arbeite hier nur Montag und Dienstag, aber heute musste ich meinen Gehaltsscheck holen. Auf Wiedersehen
    B: Bis Montag.

    Greetings & Farewells

    Herr Antrim

    Herr Antrim is a German teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. In 2011 he started his successful YouTube Channel "Learn German with Herr Antrim". In 2015 he created this website to enhance the German language lessons he was providing on YouTube. He is now the author of his own e-book, "Beginner German with Herr Antrim". He has also been featured on numerous blogs and other sites.