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User currently online747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2794 posts, RR: 15
Posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2096 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!

Thanks!


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
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User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

Guten tag is what I think you are trying to say.

--dragogoalie-#88--



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User currently offlineBartiniMan From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

I always thought it was 'Guten Tag' . Could someone confirm that?

never mind

BartiniMan

[Edited 2003-06-02 05:01:03]

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2045 times:

Guten Tag,
Yes, "guten Tag" is fine! Big grin



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7958 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2023 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.

Regards,
NoUFO

Edit/PS: Ahem... if this person is sort of a friend, a "Hallo Judith," or "Hallo Steffen," would be more appropriate.  Big grin.


[Edited 2003-06-02 12:37:22]


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User currently offlineHepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1983 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.


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8294 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Or you can go ghetto and say "Was gibts, hund?!"


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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

My quasi-boss likes to open conversations with "Du bist..?"
Perhaps not appropriate in this situation.  Smile




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User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

I like Bayrisch anyway, go with Servus  Wink/being sarcastic

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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8294 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

We in Austria now?



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User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

We in Austria now?

Oh God, I wish...

Charles, SJ



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User currently offlineRickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 1903 times:

And if you start with german you shall end the letter in german maybe with
bis bald,
alles liebe,
liebe Grüsse,

...Dein xx





User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

Guten tag meine katze, warum haben Sie ein grosse baum unter sein nase?

That means "good afternoon sir, lovely weather this evening", doesn't it?  Big grin

Thom@s



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User currently onlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21480 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

At your own risk, it does... sort of.  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

And if you want to be cool, you could start by saying "Was liegt an, Alder" or just plain " Na, alter sack?"

if you're not sure, keep to the more traditional "
Sehr geehrte/r xxxxx
or if you're not sure who'll read it:

" Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren"

and in the end

formal friendly:
mit freundlichen Grüssen

formal unfriendly (Attn: This is to be used ONLY if you want to make clear, that you consider the other an idiot or a§§hole or both!!!!!):
hochachtungsvoll

informal to friends:

whatever you like....



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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

>>>Guten tag meine katze, warum haben Sie ein grosse baum unter sein nase?
>>>That means "good afternoon sir, lovely weather this evening", doesn't it?

You got that from the Monty Python Hungarian Phrasebook?  Wink/being sarcastic

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1845 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?

Thom@s Big grin



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

Ich will diese Schallplatte nicht kaufen; sie werde verkratzt.

Translation: Boeing beats Airbus any day!  Big grin

Charles, SJ



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

Thomas, didn't you say you have to take an oral exam in German next week????

Good Lord...be prepared for the worst...maybe bluffing would be a good idea Big grin Big grin!!



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

I MAY have a german oral next week. But hopefully not.  Smile

Anyway I'd be fine, my german isn't really that bad.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Auf Wienerscnitzel!

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1817 times:

I thought so Big grin Big grin Big grin


I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently online747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2794 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Heavens... I should've known better than to ask that sort of a question in this forum. Well! Thank you all for your suggestions, comments, corrections, etc.!


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineRickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 1778 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

cheers


User currently offlineHepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

good lord - reminds me on:

LOL, good Lord, what kind of English is that? Reminds me of the story of that poor German guy in an American restaurant - "I become a hamburger please."


User currently offlineRickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 1761 times:

ok ok ok
i got it

 Wink/being sarcastic



User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 25, posted (11 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 1749 times:

RE the Hamburger comment:  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

Reminds me of the sign in the shop-window "Out for lunch, be back suddenly."

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
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