Writing Letters and Emails in German

There are many different salutations and closings used when writing letters and emails in German. Which one you choose will depend on your relationship with the person you are writing to and whether they identify as male or female. 

The appropriate salutations for German letters and emails:

Friends who write each other letters and emails may simply write Hallo Gitta,

Top 10 Essential Beginner German Phrases

So you’re thinking about traveling to Germany, or maybe you have a new German friend whom you’d like to impress with some basic conversational skills. In this post, we’ll show you the top 10 Essential Beginner German Phrases you’ll need to know when you’re just starting out.


The first beginner German phrases you need to know pertain to introducing yourself and asking people how they are.