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

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    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.

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    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.