747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2812 posts, RR: 13 Posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2410 times:
This is a bit strange, but...
I am writing to a German person and thought I might start with a German greeting. I know how to pronounce it, but not sure how to spell it. It's just "good day" - is "Gute tag" correct? That looks like it's missing some letters. Well, if anyone who speaks German can help out, I would appreciate it immensely!
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7989 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2337 times:
Using "Guten Tag," to adress a recipient is not very common in Germany. You should add the recipient's name:
"Guten Tag Frau XY," (female) or
"Guten Tag Herr XY", (male), respectively.
However, at least the first contact should start with
"Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren," (in case you don't know the recipient's name) or
"Sehr geehrte Frau XY," or
"Sehr geehrter Herr XY," respectively.
Edit/PS: Ahem... if this person is sort of a friend, a "Hallo Judith," or "Hallo Steffen," would be more appropriate. .
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
To me "Guten Tag" sounds very formal, as if you're at some bank.
If you're writing a FORMAL letter, then it's customary to begin with "Sehr geehrte Frau XX" if it's a woman or "Sehr geehrter Herr XX" if it's a man, exactly as NoUFO said.
If you're writing to someone you already know (a friend or acquaitance), then a simple "Liebe XX" if it's a woman or "Lieber XX" if it's a guy will work fine. You could also just say "Hallo XX" or in some places (specifically south Germany, Austria), "Servus XX".
If a friend ever addressed me using "Guten Tag" or "Sehr geehrter XX" in a letter then that would be the end of our little friendship.
Rickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
"Nein, das habe ich gefunden in mein schwesters Trabi. Sie klattern oft im Baum, aber sie will kein hinunter klattern. So wir musste Fernsehen kastet an ihren käse brot. Haben sie ein puppe aus plastic bitte?"
good lord - reminds me on:
mein gute frauen haben sie aber ein hässlich kind
werfen sie es weg - ich mache ihnen neues shones