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Good morning in German | 45 ways to greet someone in German
Did you think there’s only one way to say good morning in German? Young people in particular are very inventive and always find new and unusual expressions to greet each other.
How do you generally say good morning in German?
We say: Guten Morgen!
The greeting „Guten Morgen!“ is very general and you can use it whether you greet a friend or your boss.
It is usually used until noon in the morning. Only late risers use it after 12 p.m. 😃
Whoever is greeted also greets back. It would be rude not to greet back. Usually, one also replies „Guten Morgen!“
Good morning in different regions of Germany
Grüß Gott is a greeting that is often used in southern Germany mostly in Bayern (Bavaria). The somewhat colloquial variant is Grüß dich!
Moin is mainly used in Norddeutschland (northern Germany). However, it doesn’t just mean good morning, it can be used as a greeting at any time of the day or night.
In Hamburg and Bremen people also like to use the double form Moin-Moin!
Moinsen is also northern German, but a little more colloquial!
Servus is a greeting that one hears in several federal states of Germany, for example in Bayern (Bavaria), Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate), Hessen (Hesse), Baden-Württemberg, Saarland and Thüringen (Thuringia).
In Berlin, where I come from, we often say Mojen in the morning and simply Tach during the day. Did you notice that it is written almost like „Morgen“ and „Tag„?
It is a typical Berlin peculiarity to pronounce the „g“ at the beginning and in the middle of a word like a „j“ and at the end of a word like a „ch“.
How to say good morning and good day colloquially?
The following greetings are colloquial, so only say them to people you know well:
- Hallöchen Popöchen!
We also have typical expressions that we use instead of a typical greeting phrase:
- Na, alles klar? (informel)
- Wie geht’s (informel)
- Wie geht es Ihnen? (formel)
Good day and good morning in German slang
We often use slang among friends to greet each other. While it is fun to know these greetings, they should only be used with caution.
It is best to use these expressions only with friends we know well. 😅
- Alles fit im Schritt? (How is it hanging?)
- Hey, was geht? (Hey, what’s going on?)
- Hey, alles im grünen Bereich?
- Tachchen! (mainly in Berlin)
- Was geht ab? (What’s up?)
- Na, alles fit? (You alright?)
- Was macht die Kunst?
- Yo, moinsen Diggy!
- Na du/ihr Lappen!
- Na, du! Auch hier?
- Na, watt los, Atze?
- Hey yo whadupp?
- Na, alles gerade?
- Alles Klärchen?
- Na du Nappel!
- Tach du Ei!
- Hey Baby!
- Jo Digga!
- Na Alda!
- Na du!
How do you say good morning in German to a woman?
Well, I hear that question a lot, so I want to answer it here.
In some languages there are different greetings for men and women, but this is not the case in German. It doesn’t matter whether we greet a woman or a man.
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