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18 Ways To Say Good Morning in German

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Whether you rise and shine at dawn or you don’t even consider functioning as a human being before your first coffee – we got you covered. Let’s learn about all the different ways of saying Good Morning in German. 

The early bird catches the worm around the world and in Germany, the morning hours are valued just as much as anywhere else. Some people are at their grumpiest in the morning but saying “good morning” with a smile gives you and your conversation partner a chance to start the day off the right way. Did you know that Germany has 16 “Bundesländer” (federal states)? While German is spoken in all of them, each federal state also has a unique dialect, and saying “good morning” is different in each one. We’ll show you examples of different ways of saying “good morning” in German so that you’re prepared for every situation.

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How to Say Good Morning in German at a Glance

German

English

Guten Morgen

Good morning

Morgen

Morning

Grüß Gott

Good day. (lit. Say hi to god for me)

Grüß Dich

Hello there

Moin

Good morning - Northern Germany

Moin Moin
Good morning (Informal) - Northern Germany

Moinsen

Good morning (Informal) - Northern Germany

Servus

Hello

Mojen

Good morning - Berlin

Grüezi

Good morning (Formal) - Austria and Switzerland

Grüessech

Good morning (Formal) - Austria and Switzerland

Hoi

Good morning (Informal) - Austria and Switzerland

Tschau

Ciao - Austria and Switzerland

Sali
Salü

Hello - Switzerland

 

How to Say Good Morning in Germany

18 Ways To Say Good Morning in German 1

Guten Morgen!

This widely used expression literally translates to “good morning” in English. You can use it in all German federal states. Be careful, not saying “Guten Morgen” when you enter a business or meet someone can be considered bad manners. 

Morgen

You didn’t exactly “rise and shine” this morning? “Morgen”, the abbreviated form of “guten morgen” might be a good alternative for you. You fulfilled your societal duties while keeping your interaction with the world as short and painless as possible. 

Grüß Gott

This expression literally translates to “say hi to god for me” but might be better translated by “good day”. It is most commonly used in Bavaria (ja, ja, with the Lederhosen and such) but also throughout the whole south of Germany. It’s not related to any religious affiliation so feel free to use it in any context. 

Grüß Dich

What might be best translated with “hello there” is a variation of “grüss gott” and is most commonly used in the south of Germany. Be careful, “grüss dich” uses the informal “du” and as such can only be used with friends, family and acquaintances that you are already quite familiar with. If you aren’t sure, opt for the more neutral “grüss Gott” or a simple “Guten Morgen”.

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Moin

Now we’re moving up into the North of Germany. ”Moin”, which simply means “good morning” in English is a frequent greeting in the Northern federal states of Germany. Fun, and slightly confusing fact, you can use “moin” at all times of the day! While it is most commonly associated with the morning hours and many people believe that it’s derived from the word “morning” it’s actually not. It is thought to have developed from the Northern German word “moi” which means nice or pleasant. 

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Moin Moin

Here’s a fun alternative to “moin”! “Moin moin” can be roughly translated to “hi there” and should be used with friends or in any informal setting. 

Moinsen

“Moinsen” is another informal alternative to “Moin” commonly used in the North of Germany. 

Servus

This expression translates to “hello” and is used in many German federal states in the south and middle of the country as well as in Austria. Interestingly enough, you can use “servus” both as a greeting and a goodbye.It’s not only for the morning either, you can use it throughout the whole day.

Mojen

Have you ever been to the nation’s capital? Greet friendly “Berliners” with a hearty “Mojen” and wish them a good morning. Most Berlin natives aren’t too fond of tourists, but if you say “Mojen” with a smile, they might just mistake you for a local.  

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How to say Good Morning in German – Austria and Switzerland

While there are differences in dialect between the different German federal states, there are even clearer marked differences between commonly used expressions in Germany and the neighboring countries Austria and Switzerland.

In Austria you can use “Servus”, “Guten Morgen” and “Grüß Gott”. Things get trickier in Switzerland. There’s a clearly marked difference between formal and informal greetings in the country. 

Grüezi

For a formal greeting you can say “Grüezi” to people of all genders and no matter what kind of relationship you have with them.

Grüessech

This is another alternative to formally say “good morning” in Switzerland. Interesting fact, you only use this when you treat a person with the formal “Sie”. If the person is a family member, friend, or close acquaintance, “grüezi” or any other aforementioned alternative is a better choice. 

Hoi

When you are in a more informal setting with friends or family you can opt for “hoi”, an easy way of saying “good morning”. 

Tschau

Do you know any Italian? You might notice that “tschau” bears resemblance to the Italian “ciao”. That’s because some parts of Switzerland are close to Italy. In these regions “tschau” is a greeting that can be used in the morning as well as throughout the day. 

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Sali or Salü

Any French speakers with us today? You guessed it, “sali” and “salü” both come from the French word “salut”. Use this greeting in those parts of Switzerland that are close to France. You can use it in the morning as well as throughout the day. 

Some alternatives to saying “Good Morning” the traditional way

Saying “good morning” to every single person you meet throughout the morning hours can get tiring and boring very quickly. Let’s look at some alternatives that you can use.

Hallo

You can’t go wrong with a well-meant “hello”. Especially if you are confused about when, where and how to use each way of saying “good morning”, a simple “hello” will do the trick and I assure you it will be well received. 

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Tag

This abbreviation of “guten tag”, which, in English means “good day” might come in handy when the morning hours bleed into the day and you are not sure if it’s appropriate to say “good morning”.

Alles klar?

“Alles klar?” literally translates to “everything alright?” in English. It’s a nice way to not only acknowledge the morning, but also care about your conversation partner and find out how they are doing. 

Wie gehts?

Careful, don’t use this if you aren’t prepared for a longer conversation! “Wie geht’s” translates to “how are you?” in English. While many native English speakers don’t expect an actual answer to “how are you?”, German speakers are quite different and are prepared to give you a more detailed answer about how they are doing and will ask you in return. 

There is also plenty of nuances when saying yes in German. Read all about the different ways of answering yes in German.

Who do you say good morning to?

Saying “good morning” as you go about your morning is considered good manners. You should say it to your friends and family, but also at work, when you enter a shop, restaurant or cafe. The particularly cheery also say “good morning” when they enter public transport or walk on a sidewalk. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get a “good morning” back from every person, some people don’t find anything pleasant before 8am. 

By the way, when you text or email a person informally it is also considered good manners to start your message off by saying “good morning”. If it’s a formal letter don’t write “good morning”, no matter the time of day, you should always start your message with “sehr geehrte…” and continue with the name of the person. 

What time should you use “Guten Morgen”?

You can use any expression that means “good morning” until around 12pm. Using it later than that gives the impression that you just rolled out of bed and might be frowned upon.. If you aren’t sure you can always opt for “Guten Tag” or “Hello”

Conclusion

Using some form of greeting in the morning helps you establish a connection with the people around you from the very beginning of the day. Even if you aren’t usually a morning person, give it a try, you might be surprised by how many smiles and good morning wishes you could get back.

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