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How to End a Letter in German

Three Parts:

Communicating in a language that is not your native one can present various challenges, especially when it comes to written expressions. Knowing how to begin and end a letter in a foreign tongue is important because it signals your familiarity with the language and with the culture. Much like in English, German also has standard phrases to conclude a letter. Read on to find out more about how to end a letter in German.


Understanding Your Audience

  1. Be aware of your audience's age.Language is constantly changing, and this is reflected in verbal as well as written communication. For older generations, it's always safer to go with a more formal letter structure and ending. For younger generations, you might be able to remain more colloquial.
    • A good rule of thumb is to be more formal (yes, even in informal letters) with people 60 years of age and older.
  2. Establish how many people you're writing to.Sometimes, your audience will be one person but sometimes you might have to address a group of people. Though this point might matter most for the body and addressing of the letter, it can also help you further define an appropriate ending.
  3. Know how familiar the recipient of the letter is with German.You can choose a more intricate ending if your recipient is a native speaker or has advanced familiarity. But stay with a clear and concise one if your reader only has a working knowledge of the language.

Part 1 Quiz

What should you consider when writing your letter?

Establishing The Tone Of Your Letter

  1. Determine if your letter is formal.If you wrote to someone you don't know well or at all, your letter will most likely be formal. It's very important to keep this in mind, not only for the body of the letter, but especially for the ending.
    • Formal: examples might be your boss, a co-worker, an organization, and anyone you've had limited to no interaction with.
  2. Determine if your letter is informal.Writing your best friend or mom? Your letter will likely be informal.
    • Informal: examples might be family and friends, and anyone you feel very comfortable with.
  3. Understand the spectrum of formality.Once you've decided that your letter is formal or informal, it's time to zone in on the degree of formality. In other words, writing a letter to your boss might have a different ending than a letter to the President. And writing a letter to your significant other might take a different ending than a letter to your mother or father.

Part 2 Quiz

True or False: You should use a more formal ending for a letter to your boss.

Selecting An Appropriate Ending

  1. Write a friendly/polite line before the actual closing phrase.You might want to thank your reader for his or her time, or say that you look forward to her or his feedback (in a formal letter), or simply say that you miss them very much (in an informal letter). Keep in mind, the first three suggestions are formal while the last three are informal. Here are some ways to wrap up your letter before the ending phrase,:
    • Ich bedanke mich bei Ihnen im Voraus (I thank you in advance).
    • Ich würde mich freuen, bald von Ihnen zu hören (I look forward to hearing from you soon)
    • Für weitere Auskünfte stehe ich Ihnen gerne zur Verfügung (I am readily available should you require additional information)
    • Ich freue mich auf Deine Antwort (I look forward to your reply).
    • Bitte antworte mir bald (Please write back soon).
    • Melde dich bald (Get in touch with me soon).
  2. Choose a formal ending phrase if you've determined that your letter is a formal one.Here are the most commonly used ones. Keep in mind, the first closing sentence should only be used for very formal occasions:
    • Hochachtungsvoll (With the highest regards/reverence)
    • Mit freundlichen Grüßen (Sincerely)
    • Mit besten Grüßen (With best regards)
    • Mit freundlichen Empfehlungen (With friendly compliments)
    • Freundliche Grüße (Kind regards)
  3. Choose an informal ending for more casual correspondence.The first three closing phrases are fairly informal while the last four are very informal:
    • Freundliche Grüße (Polite regards)
    • Mit herzlichen Grüßen (With heart-felt regards)
    • Herzliche Grüße (Heart-felt regards)
    • Ich drück Dich (I hug you)
    • Alles Liebe (All that is lovely to you)
    • Bis bald (See/talk/write to you soon)
    • Ich vermisse Dich ( Miss you)
  4. Sign your name after the concluding line.The last step is to sign your name and send your letter!

Part 3 Quiz

Which of the following means "sincerely"?

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do you say 'from Tess'?
    Community Answer
    "Von Tess" is how you say "From Tess" in German.
  • Question
    How do I say "I look forward to hearing from you."?
    Community Answer
    "Ich freue mich darauf, von dir zu hören." is German for "I look forward to hearing from you."
  • Question
    Is it proper to say "I look forward to keeping our appointment" in a German letter?
    Community Answer
    Yes, say "Ich freue mich auf unseren Termin."
  • Question
    How do I say "best wishes" at the end of a birthday card?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    "Die besten wünsche" is German for "best wishes." You can also just say, "viele wünsche," which means lots of wishes.
  • Question
    Is there a different etiquette for emails?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, not really. Any letter you write should be written the same way regardless of whether it's sent online or in the mail.
  • Question
    How do I say "I live in Southwest England"?
    Community Answer
    "Ich lebe im Südwesten Englands."
  • Question
    How do I begin a letter in German?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Start by writing the address and date on the top right. Unlike English, the address all on one line. You can then start the actual letter a line down with Leibe or Leiber (for female and male respectively) to address the person. Skip a line and then write a small introduction.
  • Question
    How do I close a letter "with love" in German?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can write "Liebe Grüsse", or if it's even more informal, the commonly-used short form is "LG".
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