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. After the video, you will see a short list of greetings, farewells, and basic German phrases that you should learn very early in your German learning. If you want a worksheet to go with this topic or more resources, you can get those things by supporting me on Patreon.
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)
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.