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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?"
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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When to say “schönen Tag”, when “schönen Tag noch”?

Just wondering, when does one have to add the noch to the greetings? Does the noch implies that that part of the day (Tag, Abend) is about finishing? I'd also would like to know whether it makes ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Wie einer neuen Beziehung viel Glück wünschen?

Wenn 2 Personen eine Beziehung eingehen ist es ja üblich denen viel Glück zu wünschen. Das finde ich aber unpassend, da dies sarkastisch rüberkommen kann. Was gibt es denn da für Alternativen.
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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 ...
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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, ...
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What is the accurate translation of “Best Regards” to finish a letter?

To finish up a letter addressed to a client, I use Best Regards, followed by my signature. I've looked around for a direct translation, and came up with: ...
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What is the origin of “Helau”?

I heard native speakers saying "Helau" as a greeting, What's the etymology of the word?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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Wie sollte ich eine Lehrerin, die mich siezt, in einer Email 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 ...
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Schlussformel für Beschwerdebrief?

Standardschlussformel für förmliche Briefe ist ja „Mit freundlichen Grüßen“. Wenn ich nun aber einen förmlichen Beschwerdebrief schreibe, der nicht wirklich „freundlich“ gemeint ist (weil ich ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Woher kommt “pfiat di”/“pfiat eich” als Abschiedsformel im bayerischen Raum?

Im südlichen deutschsprachigen Raum (Bayern und weiter südlich) Raum ist "pfiat di" bzw. "pfiat eich" eine üblicher Grußformel zum Abschied. Was bedeutet sie bzw. woher kommt sie (etymologisch ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...