Guten Morgen, Guten Tag & More

This week I finally got around to doing my remix of JC Van Luyn‘s song “Guten Morgen, Guten Tag“. I asked him several months ago if it would be OK for me to do a remix of his song. With the help of a former student of mine on guitar, I recorded the video you see below. Below is a short list of greetings, farewells, and basic German phrases that you should learn very early in your German learning. All of those topics are also covered in my beginner German e-book, which you can download here.

Click here for a full lesson about greetings.

Click here for a full lesson about farewells.

Click here for a full lesson about basic phrases you should know.


As in many languages, there are more ways to greet someone than just saying “hello”. Here are a few examples from the German language.

Hallo – hello
Guten Morgen – good morning
Guten Tag – good day
Guten Abend – good evening
Grüß dich – hello (southern Germany, casual)
Grüß Gott – hello (southern Germany, formal)
Servus – hello (Bavaria & Austria)


There are almost as many ways to say “good-bye” as there are ways to say “hello”. Some of them are dependent upon the time of the day like the greetings above are.

Auf Wiedersehen – good-bye (slightly more formal)
Tschüss – bye (casual)
Gute Nacht – good night
Bis bald – see you soon
Bis dann – until then
Bis später – until later
Tschau – bye (casual)
Servus – bye (Bavaria & Austria)

Basic Phrases

The song also features a few phrases that students who are just starting with their German learning should know. I have also included a few other phrases you should know on the list below.

Danke – thank you
Bitte – please, you’re welcome
Wie geht’s? – How’s it going?
Mir geht’s gut. – I’m doing well.
schlecht – bad, poorly
ja – yes
nein – no
Entschuldigen Sie. – Excuse me.
Sprechen Sie Englisch? – Do you speak English?
Es tut mir leid. – I’m sorry.
Wo ist die Toilette? – Where is the restroom?
Wo ist der Bahnhof? – Where is the train station?
Ich bin… – I am
Ich habe… – I have
Wie heißt du? – What is your name?
Ich heiße… – I am called… (My name is…)
Schön, Sie kennenzulernen. – Nice to meet you.
Freut mich. – I’m pleased (to meet you).
Prost! – cheers
Zum Wohl! – Cheers (lit. “To your health)
Was? – What?
Ich verstehe nicht. – I don’t understand.
Wie viel kostet das? – How much does that cost?
Geh weg! – Go away. (informal)
Gehen Sie weg! – Go away. (formal)

Guten Morgen. Guten Morgen. Und falls wir uns nicht mehr heute sehen, guten Tag, guten Abend, gute Nacht.

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. *This site uses a variety of affiliate links. If there is a link that leads to an outside site from which you could potentially make a purchase, it is very likely an affiliate link for which Herr Antrim will receive a small portion of your purchase. This does not cost you any extra, but it does help keep this website going. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. If you would like more information about the affiliate programs this site uses, click here.
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