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).
|Good morning Mr. Meyer.|
|Good morning Stefan.|
To introduce yourself formally, use 'Mein Name ist' (My name is).
|Good afternoon. My name is (Mr./Mrs.) Steinmetz.|
|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 |
|Good evening Mrs. Bergmann. How are you?|
|Good, thanks. And you?|
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.