In case you missed it, there are loads of different ways to greet someone in German other than the classic Hallo and Guten Tag. Ja, these two salutations are very handy, don’t get me wrong. But, there are more fun and diverse German greetings that you really should know ASAP so you can start using them with different people on different occasions. My favorite one is hallihallöchen because I think it has a nice ring to it and it sounds very pleasant to my ears. What do you think?
Anyway, without further ado, carefully browse through this list to discover your new favorite opening line if you want to spice up your pleasantries or if you’re just in need of a fresh approach to saying hello.
is your go-to German greeting for saying hello. It is formal. It is also informal. It is both easy and friendly. Hallo
to you and you and you!
A little hello goes a long way and in German, a cute Hallöchen
is the way to go.
Say a playful hello with Hallihallo. Now, repeat that 3 times: Hallihallo, hallihallo. hallihallo
. Isn’t that fun to say?
Hallihallo + chen = Hallihallöchen
. Just another lighthearted way of greeting someone hello.
, this one is short, simple, sweet — Hi
. But just remember to only use this salutation with your close buddies.
Translates to "good morning" and is most commonly used in northern Germany, specifically in Hamburg. You can also say Moin Moin
whenever you want, just not to strangers.
is a casual, regional greeting that is used all over southern Germany and it can mean both “hello” and “goodbye.” The phrase has Latin roots which can be translated as “at your service.” Servus
This respectful greeting, which means “God greets you,” is used across Bavaria and Austria. Though in most situations, the variation Grüß dich
which means “Hello, there,” is used more frequently.
… is a German thing that doesn’t really have a direct translation. This is similar to saying “what’s up.” Na
is so casual that you can use it as a question “Na
?” (which means “how are you” or “what’s up”) and an answer “Na
” (which means I’m fine, thanks.”
This slang means… dun dun dun… yo! Jo
is a very casual slang, so it might be better to use this greeting in laid-back situations.
Need a casual opener? Try saying alles klar
which translates to “Is everything okay?” or “all clear?” in English.
As long as Mr. Sun is still shining and shimmering, you can use the polite salutation guten Tag
, which means "good day.”