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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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The biggest challenge every beginner faces
The problem with beginners is that they want to see very quick progress.
Think of when you start hitting the gym. How long do you expect to work out before you see results?
And how long is it before you actually see the results?
Look at this excerpt from US News Health:
In a perfect world, weight loss, or, more specifically, fat loss, would be instantaneous. But that's not how the human body works.
Instead, everything from your hormones to neurologic system and signals adapt to every little change in your diet and exercise
Why I’m I saying this?
Because it’s the same in learning German. And when it takes too long, you start to get weary.
Learning everyday ceases to be fun. It becomes a chore. And because the brain works to conserve energy, it sends signals to the body to deprive energy for learning and divert it to a less intense activity.
Otherwise why do you ‘feel’ like watching a quick video first and then get back to your lesson? After all, the video is just 3 minutes, isn’t it?
Only to find yourself down to six videos half an hour later, and because time is up you put off the lesson until the next day.
And if you have a daily checklist like me, it will probably look like this by the end of the week:
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