Greetings and Introduction in German

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Greetings and Introduction in German

How do you say hello and introduce yourself in German? The basics of the German language. Greetings, saying goodbye and basic phrases to start speaking German Welcome to the first article for learning German from Lingua World. We hope that the material we have prepared is helpful to you. Here we go!

Saying hello

hallo Hello in German is as easy as saying:

Hallo! Hello!

The following is a list of the most common greetings in German:
Greetings Meaning
Hallo Hello
Servus Hello (southern Germany)
Moin Hello (northern Germany)
Grüß Dich Hello (informal)
Grüß Gott Hello (southern Germany)
Guten Morgen Good morning (until 10:00)
Guten Tag Good morning (from about 10:00 to 5:00)
Mahlzeit Good morning (from 11:00 to 1:00)
Moin moin Good morning (northern Germany)
Guten Abend Good evening (starting at around 5:00)
Gute Nacht Good night
Sehr geehrter Herr Merkel Dear Mr. Merkel (only in letters or e-mails)
Sehr geehrte Frau Merkel Dear Mrs. Merkel (only in letters or e-mails)

Saying our name

We usually have to say our name when we introduce ourselves:

Mein Name ist Karl My name is Karl


Ich heiße Karl My name is Karl

or more simple with the verb sein (to be):

Ich bin Karl I’m Karl

Asking what another person’s name is


Wie heißen Sie? What’s your name?

To remain polite when we mention the name of another person, we do so with their last name preceded byHerr (Mr.) or by Frau (Mrs.). the informal way:

Wie heißt Du? What’s your name?

With the informal way we can refer to another person with their first name.

Saying what our profession is

Spoken German One of the phrases that you will be asked most is what you do. A simple way to answer is:

Ich bin Lehrer I’m a teacher


Ich arbeite als Lehrer I work as a teacher

Asking what another person’s profession is

The formal way:

Was sind Sie von Beruf? What’s your profession?

Was machen Sie beruflich? What do you do for a living?

The informal way:

Was bist Du von Beruf? What’s your profession?

Was machst Du beruflich? What do you do for a living?

Saying Your Age

To say how old you are is simple:

Ich bin 30 Jahre alt I’m 30 years old

Click on this link if you would like to review numbers in German.

Asking how old someone is

The formal way:

Wie alt sind Sie? How old are you?

The informal way:

Wie alt bist Du? How old are you?

Saying where you are from

German Classes The masculine form:

Ich bin Argentinier I’m Argentinian

The feminine form:

Ich bin Argentinierin I’m Argentinian

Where we are from and where we live

Learning these phrases is not a bad idea; you’ll have to use them hundreds of times:

Ich komme aus Madrid I’m from Madrid

Ich wohne in Stuttgart I live in Stuttgart

Asking about someone’s nationality

Welche Staatsangehörigkeit haben Sie? What’s your nationality?

Language knowledge

We will frequently have to talk about which languages we know:

Ich spreche Spanisch, Englisch und Deutsch I speak Spanish, English and German

Ich spreche kein Deutsch [formal or informal] I don’t speak German

Ich kann kein Deutsch I don’t speak any German

Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch I speak a little German

Asking about someone’s German


Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Do you speak German?


Sprichst du Deutsch? Do you speak German?

Being Polite

Danke Thanks

Vielen Dank Thanks a lot

Bitte You’re welcome / no problem (response to “Danke”)

What to say at special occasions

Frohe Weihnachten Merry Christmas

Frohes neues Jahr Happy New Year

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Happy Birthday

Saying Goodbye

The most common way to say goodbye is:

Tschüss !!!! Bye!

In addition, below are the most common ways to say goodbye:
Ways to say goodbye Meaning
Tschüss goodbye
Ciao goodbye
Ade goodbye
Auf Wiedersehen see you
Auf Wiederhören goodbye (only on the phone)
Bis bald see you soon
Bis später see you later
Mit freundlichen Grüßen Sincerely (formal way to say goodbye in letters or e-mails)
Mit herzlichen Grüßen Kind regards (informal way to say goodbye in letters or e-mails)


We are not going to be too tough on you because it’s the first lesson. It’s okay if you learn to say:

Hallo Hello

Mein Name ist … My name is …

Bis bald See you soon

I don’t think that was difficult, we’ll see each other in the next German language article.

Tschüss !!!! Goodbye


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