formal and informal greetings

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

2
votes
1answer
62 views

How to end a complaint letter in German

This question also has an answer here (in German): Schlussformel für Beschwerdebrief? I am writing a complaint letter and want to know how to end it. The issue was pretty bad and I'm very ...
9
votes
3answers
97 views

Generisches Maskulinum

Ich benutze noch immer das generische Maskulinum. Da ich eine Frau bin, nimmt es mir auch keiner übel. Doch überall wo ich lese, erscheint ein anderer Ausdruck und Unterstreichung des Sexus. In ...
6
votes
3answers
126 views

Morning greetings?

Just heard about the greeting Moin which is prevalent in Hamburg at least but seemingly not in other non-harbour like cities. I hear Morge quite a bit, and of course Guten Morgen, but just wondering ...
18
votes
3answers
220 views

Ich suche eine gute Anrede für Bedienungen

Ich suche eine gute Anrede für Bedienungen im Restaurant. Seit der Kriminalisierung von »Fräulein« denke ich oft über eine Alternative nach. Ich habe bereits etliche Bedienungen gefragt und oft fanden ...
5
votes
4answers
109 views

Can the polite form ‘wie geht es Ihnen’ be shortened to ‘wie geht’s’?

I understand that Wie geht’s? is a shortened form of Wie geht es dir? where the es becomes contracted and the dir is omitted. However, this can only be used with close friends where du is ...
0
votes
1answer
109 views

What means “Alle ums Kill”?

Someone greeted me with "Alle ums Kill" as a farewell. What does that mean? Hint, it seems to have something to do with archery because it was used in this context. I assume (assume very hard ;P) ...
5
votes
1answer
118 views

How to address people with a preposition in their family name properly?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Wie werden Namen von Adligen in Briefadressen korrekt angegeben? As in other languages, sometimes you can encounter German names with ...
0
votes
1answer
111 views

Formal cover letter greeting in German

I am very new to the German language and am wondering what the proper formal greeting would be for a cover letter to a potential employer?
3
votes
3answers
5k views

What is an acceptable response to “wie geht's”?

If someone asks me how something is or how I am doing, for example if someone asks me "wie geht's?" Is it okay to respond with "alles gut" or should I say "Alles ist gut?"
7
votes
4answers
34k views

“Sehr geehrte Dame, Sehr geehrter Herr”; mit oder ohne Komma

Ich verfasse eine Spontanbewerbung an meine aktuelle Firma, wo ich im Sommer meine Ausbildung beende. Jetzt müssen alle Azubis eine Spontanbewerbung für die Firma schreiben. Weder für eine spezifische ...
25
votes
6answers
3k views

What should be a formal greeting when you meet someone in a toilet?

Assume the following situation. You're in an office in Vienna. It's time around lunch and normally one greets each other with "Mahlzeit". You go to a toilet and suddenly meet your boss there. How ...
14
votes
1answer
289 views

Vermeiden von Anredeformen

Wenn ich mit Leuten zu tun habe, bei denen ich mir nicht sicher bin, ob ich sie duzen oder lieber siezen sollte, verfalle ich gerne (und oft automatisch) in einen Satzbau, der keine Anredeform ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

Is 'Grüß Gott' greeting in Bavaria religious-neutral?

'Grüß Gott' is often used as greeting on Bavarian trails. From my limited experience, it's most often used by older people, younger use 'Hallo' more often. I don't feel 'Hallo' is very adequate to ...
8
votes
4answers
4k views

“Lieber, sehr geehrter Herr X”: wie antworten?

Folgende Situation: Sie kontaktieren Firma A in einer geschäftlichen Angelegenheit. Der Telefonanruf wird an Frau B duchgestellt, gemeinsam mit ihrem Ehemann geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin des ...
4
votes
2answers
700 views

Is writing “Herr Prof. X” exaggerated/mandatory? Is it old-fashioned?

How necessary or exaggerated is the following Anrede? "Sehr geehrter Herr Prof. X" bzw. "Sehr geehrte Frau Dr. Z" I mean, should I write Herr Prof. X, or is Prof. X enough? Also, is it ...
12
votes
2answers
948 views

A strange greeting! Servos?

Ever since I have arrived in Germany, I have been picking up words I hear often and then going back home to check their meanings. There is one word that still baffles me. It is a form of greeting. ...
14
votes
3answers
941 views

How to address more than one person in an E-mail?

I have to address my future German Au Pair family in an E-mail and until now have only been in contact with the woman. However the last E-mail was signed with both names, so I now feel I should ...
2
votes
2answers
869 views

Wie einer neuen Beziehung viel Glück wünschen?

Wenn zwei Personen eine Beziehung eingehen, ist es ja üblich, ihnen viel Glück zu wünschen. Das finde ich aber unpassend, da dies sarkastisch rüberkommen kann. Was gibt es denn da für Alternativen?
8
votes
6answers
44k views

How does a German say “Nice to meet you”?

In English it is common to reply with "Nice to meet you" when you were introduced to somebody. Likewise you say "Was nice to meet you" on leaving. Are there any similar phrases a German would use in ...
11
votes
5answers
4k views

How do I reply to an email using salutation if a gender is unknown?

Recently I got this confusion when I received an email in German as I was unable to make out the gender of the sender to reply as Sehr geehrte(r) Frau/Herr. If the names are David, Tom, Christian, ...
4
votes
2answers
474 views

What is the origin of “Helau”?

I heard native speakers saying "Helau" as a greeting, What's the etymology of the word?
9
votes
2answers
3k views

Wie grüßt man in der Schweiz?

Wahrscheinlich kennen alle den Schweizer Gruß "Grüezi". Allerdings habe ich im Schweizerischen Idiotikon folgendes gelesen: "Gott Grüezi hört-me nümme gärn, Salü und Servus sind modärn" In der ...
5
votes
2answers
726 views

Did “Frohes Schaffen!” originate from Nazi propaganda?

At work I often hear the greeting: "Frohes Schaffen!" Some time ago I was told that I should not use "Frohes Schaffen" as it is supposed to come from Nazi propaganda. Ever since then I feel ...
12
votes
5answers
643 views

“Duzen” or “Siezen”, when addressing two or more people

When talking to a mother (whom you would siezen) and her child which one would you use? Waren Sie beide in der Stadt? or Wart Ihr beide in der Stadt? Or is it uncommon to address several ...
11
votes
4answers
630 views

Do we use “Du” or “Sie” to address users in a German operation manual?

When writing or translating an operation manual for software (including game software) or hardware users are mostly addressed by the polite form "Sie". Increasingly however we can also find manuals ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Wie sollte ich eine Lehrerin, die mich siezt, in einer E-Mail grüßen und verabschieden?

Meine Deutschlehrerin an der Universität siezt mich, aber kennt meinen Vornamen. Ich möchte ihr eine E-Mail schreiben. Sie hat mir noch nie geschrieben. Welche Begrüßung und welche Verabschiedung ...
27
votes
6answers
28k views

Schlussformel für Beschwerdebrief?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: How to end a complaint letter in German Standardschlussformel für förmliche Briefe ist ja „Mit freundlichen Grüßen“. Wenn ich nun aber ...
8
votes
4answers
1k views

What is the correct salutation for people with an academic grade or title

Other than e.g. in France an academic grade or title is still widely used in German speaking regions. I observe that in letters the title is mostly used. But in conversations a person may be addressed ...
13
votes
4answers
3k views

What is the difference between “moin” and “moin moin”?

"Moin" and "moin moin" both are popular salutations in northern Germany - I'm interested in the differences between them. Some say "moin moin" is intended as an answer to "moin", others will label ...
18
votes
6answers
27k views

Was ist die korrekte Anrede in E-Mails an Personen, die man nicht persönlich kennt?

Was ist die korrekte Anrede in E-Mails an Personen, die man nicht persönlich kennt? Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren oder Sehr geehrte Frau / Herr ... Beides klingt sehr formell, Hallo ...
39
votes
14answers
9k views

Polite alternatives to “Grüß Gott”?

I'm looking for polite alternatives to the omnipresent Grüß Gott in Austria/Bavaria. I dislike using a religious phrase to salute others (potentially non religious persons). I'm also not very ...
22
votes
7answers
10k views

In what context do we write “Guten Tag” rather than “Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren”?

Formal letters almost always used to start with "Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren," or "Sehr geehrter Herr Maier" if the person is known. However more and more we see formal correspondence that addresses ...