Informal and formal (2)

Saying goodbye: informal

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Tschüss, Martina!Mach's gut!

Bis bald! – Tschüss!

  • The informal expressions for saying goodbye are used with family, friends and acquaintances, and often with colleagues.
  • Friends, acquaintances and family members are addressed by their first names.


Saying goodbye: formal

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Auf Wiedersehen, Herr Tillmanns! – Auf Wiedersehen!

  • The formal expression for saying goodbye is used with unfamiliar adults, in business situations, with officials, and when shopping.
  • Men are addressed formally as Herr followed by their surname, women as Frau followed by their surname.
  • If you are unsure whether to be formal or informal, use the formal expression for saying goodbye.

Grammatical terms in German:

informell: Informal language is used when talking to family and friends.

formell: Formal language is used in formal situations.