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Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Mon Jun 02, 2003 11:27 am

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!
 
dragogoalie
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Mon Jun 02, 2003 11:48 am

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

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BartiniMan
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Mon Jun 02, 2003 11:53 am

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

never mind

BartiniMan

[Edited 2003-06-02 05:01:03]
 
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Mon Jun 02, 2003 2:38 pm

Guten Tag,
Yes, "guten Tag" is fine! Big grin
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Mon Jun 02, 2003 7:21 pm

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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Hepkat
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:06 am

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.
 
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Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:49 am

Or you can go ghetto and say "Was gibts, hund?!"
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Tue Jun 03, 2003 6:31 am

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

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Tue Jun 03, 2003 6:42 am

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

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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Tue Jun 03, 2003 11:03 am

We in Austria now?
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Tue Jun 03, 2003 1:20 pm

We in Austria now?

Oh God, I wish...

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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:45 pm

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

...Dein xx



 
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:09 am

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

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Thom@s

Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:38 am

At your own risk, it does... sort of.  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Wed Jun 04, 2003 4:48 pm

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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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Wed Jun 04, 2003 5:26 pm

>>>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

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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Wed Jun 04, 2003 9:18 pm

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?

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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:05 am

Ich will diese Schallplatte nicht kaufen; sie werde verkratzt.

Translation: Boeing beats Airbus any day!  Big grin

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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:08 am

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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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Thu Jun 05, 2003 2:02 am

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!

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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Thu Jun 05, 2003 2:11 am

I thought so Big grin Big grin Big grin
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Fri Jun 06, 2003 6:55 am

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.!
 
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Fri Jun 06, 2003 8:40 pm

"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
 
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Fri Jun 06, 2003 10:10 pm

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."
 
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Fri Jun 06, 2003 10:15 pm

ok ok ok
i got it

 Wink/being sarcastic

 
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RE: Attn. All You German-speaking Folks...

Fri Jun 06, 2003 11:47 pm

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."

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