The German Language
German is the base language from where languages like High and Low German, Dutch and English are derived from. These days German is spoken as an official language of Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and the majority of Switzerland. There are many different dialects, especially in Switzerland and Austria, South Tyrol in Italy and Limburg in Belguim. The main dialects that exist within Germany and are large enough to take notice of are Bavarian and Swabian and Badner which cover the whole of southern Germany, Alsatian in France, Plattdeutsch in northern Germany, while Hessian, Saxon, East Frisian and Plattdeutsch are main dialects of the north. It might be noted that Plattdeutsch is the current dialect from where the inhabitants of current day England migrated from.
These days as High German is spoken in all the big cities in Germany, there are German Slang words that are understood all over Germany. Of course regional differences exist. Swiss Slang and Austrian Slang can and usually have their own slang words that are not understood in other German speaking countries.
Greetings / Salutations
Alles klar/ gut?
Is all well/ good?
Hear from you again (on the telephone)
Auf Wiedersehen (formal)
See you later
See you tomorrow
See you real soon
See you later
Es geht schon
So- so (reply to how are things?)
Fühlen Sie sich wie zu Hause
Feel at home
Hey (the state of Hess)
Enjoy your meal
Guten Morgen mein Herr. Haben sie gut geschlafen?
Good morning Sir. Did you sleep well?
Good day (used until the evening)
Good slide (into the New Year)
Greetings to God (used in Baden-Würrtemburg-Bavaria & Austria)
Komm gut heim
I hope you get home safely
Morning (northern Germany)
Few more of our great German slang pages
German Slang- Romance and Pick Up Lines
German Slang- Tongue Twisters
Swiss German Slang- ChuchichaschliLand
German Slang- Beer Drinking Songs
German Slang- Having a Laugh
German Slang- Get Things Off Your Chest
Schön dich kennengelernt zu haben
Nice to meet you
Schönen Tag noch
Have a good day
Hello, Goodbye (Bavaria)
See you later
Lot’s of luck
Wie gehts dir?/ Wie geht es Ihnen?
How are you? (informal/formal)
Es geht schon! Mir gehts gut/ fabelhaft Liebling/ ausgezeichnet
I’m ok (so-so) I’m good/ fabulous darling/ excellent
Pleased to meet you (formal)
Vielen dank. Das ist sehr nett!
Thanks a lot. That was very nice!
Vielen dank für die blumen
Thanks for the flowers. (I believe this is a song, but used on occassions to be nice to someone)
Wie gehts, wie stehts?
Vee Gai-Tss, Vee Stai-Tss(rhyming)
Was geht bei dir Alter?
What’s going on dude?
Was’n los Alter?
What’s happening dude?
Contrary to what you may think, this sign is telling you where the exit is.
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