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Say hello and introduce yourself to a stranger

To say hello to an adult or someone you don't know very well, use 'Guten Morgen' (good morning), 'Guten Tag' (good afternoon) or 'Guten Abend' (good evening).

Guten
Morgen
 
Herr
  Meyer.
Good morning Mr. Meyer.
Guten
Morgen
  Stefan.
Good morning Stefan.


To introduce yourself formally, use 'Mein Name ist' (My name is).

Guten
Tag
.
Mein
 
Name
 
ist
  Steinmetz.
Good afternoon. My name is (Mr./Mrs.) Steinmetz.
Kohlmann.Kohlmann.
Sehr
 
angenehm
,
Herr
  Kohlmann.
Pleased to meet you, Mr. Kohlmann.

Once again, read aloud the two dialogs above without worrying about your pronunciation. Your German sounds great already!

Here are some phrases to ask formally, how someone is doing and how things are going.

Guten Abend
Frau
  Bergmann.
Wie
 
geht
 
es
 
Ihnen
?
Good evening Mrs. Bergmann. How are you?
Gut
,
danke
.
Und
 
Ihnen
?
Good, thanks. And you?
Ganz
gut
.
Fine.

To say goodbye to an adult or someone you don't know very well, use the following phrases:

Auf Wiedersehen.Good bye.
Auf Wiederschauen.Good bye.

Note: The German phrase for "good night" ("gute Nacht") is only used in German immediately before you go to bed. For example: If you leave a restaurant and you want to say 'good night' to the waiter, use: "Auf Wiedersehen" or "Auf Wiederschauen". But: If you wish your children a good night, before they go to bed, say: "Gute Nacht" as they will say "gute Nacht" to you, too.


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