Translation:Auf Wiedersehen

March 21, 2013



The spelling is killing my hearts.


To remember this, you might consider splitting this into "wieder" (again) and "sehen" (see). In this way, you get something like "till we see (each other) again".


Or you could just say tschüss.


Isn't tchüss more like "bye" instead of "goodbye"? Correct me if I'm wrong.


Well, tchüß is more of a bye to friends; informal. Auf Wiedersehen is a goodbye you use to say to someone formally, like the president/prime minister/monarch, hope this helped.


Why we are using auf here?


But what if you don't plan on seeing someone ever again? How do you say goodbye?


lol So I'll be using 'Auf Wiedersehen' a lot then?!


Oh, I guess that makes sense. Thank you


Is tchüß and tchüss the same word?


I would say apart from the formal greeting. If you are visiting someone from say USA and you are living in a hotel. At night when you leave your friend for the hotel you would say tschüss. And when you go back to USA you say auf wiedersehen.


I guess he was being humorous


No he technically spelled it right. This>(ß) makes the "ss" sound.


Samething, there both good and, I am german


Is tschüss, i think


Great way to remember, thanks


A good tip. Honestly, that's how I remember it. But, is it right to use it for a literal translation of "goodbye"? I don't think so.


Easy as cake, try with phonetics or associate a little more /auf/ /ˈviːdɐzeːən/


You could just say tschuss


I heard this may have originated from Frankfurt when it was under French rule. The locals couldn't get their collective tongue around "adieu", so it got "bastardised" to "tschuss"!


If you ever hear a Scottish person saying "cheers" as goodbye, it sounds VERY much like "tschüss"


Just remeber the sound of ei or ie and you will be fine I had the same problem


"Ei" sounds like the word "eye" or the letter "I" in the English alphabet, and "ie" sounds like the letter "E" ("ee")... so I look at the second letter of the pair to give me the pronunciation... Or you can refer the basic word "ein" and remember that "ei" is always pronounced like this.
(SelphieB has also explained this but it got pushed further down the page).


I was taught "Einstein's niece". I still think the phrase in my head when I am trying to figure out how to spell something. As a bonus, it often works in English too.


Or as mr German prof said 'never say die."


Am I the only one who puts Tschüss because I can't be bothered to type Auf Wiedersehen?


I thought tschuss was goodbye, I totally forgot about auf wiedersehen.


Whats wrong with "bis bald"?


'Bis bald' means something like 'see you later' (literally 'until soon'), whereas good bye/Auf Wiedersehen are more formal, or for when you won't see the person you're addressing soon.


Being more accurate (as German is one of the most accurate languages I've studied), Bis bald means see you soon . The one that would actually mean ''see you later'' is Bis später, spät being ''late'', später meaning ''later''.
If you know English it will be a lot easier to learn the German language, believe me. Just do not quit :)


I learnt something here. Thanks for the encouragement


You have to remember, "Bis bald" means see "you soon." Whilst "Bis Später" means see you later.


Why do we use 'auf'? What's its meaning in this context


In spoken language the "auf" ist often dropped, you might just say "Wiedersehen" . The word "auf" is used in many phrases like "auf gute Zusammenarbeit" (like a toast: I hope we will cooperate perfectly), "auf ein Neues" (o.k. we've got to do it all over again", "Auf dein Wohl", (as a toast, op uw gezondheit), "auf gutes Gelingen" (I hope we will succeed).
"Auf" mostly means "on" - but translating literally is not helpful.. 50 years ago a German politician tried to. At an official meeting he wanted to toast to the Queen in English. He took his glass of champaign and said "On the Queen" ("Auf die Königin" ) - she was not amused ......


With the spelling of german words does the same rule apply as in English (I before E) or is that just a coincidence, not sure how to remember.


Nope. This rule doesn't even apply most of the time in English. :P In German, some words have IE and some words have EI, but they are always consistently pronounced. IE is pronounced like the english alphabet letter E (ee) and EI like the letter I in english (ai? ay? not sure how to write it). Compare 'wieder' and 'mein'. Hope that helps?


Right. Pronounced like the [English] name of the second letter.

I suppose you could say EI is pronounced like the English word "eye.."


That rule will give you an English and German headache if you hold fast to it. Best to forget that old phrase.


why can't you say "Guten Tschuss?"


"Tschüs [tʃyːs] (auch tschüss [tʃʏs], veraltet tschüß [tʃyːs]) ist ein Abschiedsgruß."(Wikipedia). "ss" makes the pronounciation of the "ü" short. "ß" and "s" are pronounced a bit longer "ü : " . It is supposedly derived from the Spanish "adios" or the French "adieu" - somewhen in medieval times. Both means "to God" (dios = dieu = God). Therefore "Tschüss" stands alone, just like adios and adieu. .... As you wrote "Tschuss", not "Tschüss", which sounds pretty different in German ears, you must be careful not to be misunderstood. "Schuss" means shot. "Guten Schuss"is something you might wish a hunter ........


Regarding the deep connection with the word God: similar, in Serbian language, when we are saying "goodbye"/"bye" to someone (and we are not sure if we are going to see that person again), we say ,,збогом" (,,zbogom"). The word literally means "with God" (,, с (са) Богом"). This word has a profound meaning... It's not just saying "bye" to somebody, but also wishing him/her all the best.


For example, Füße. (foot)


tschüß, or tschüss? I have seen those spelling and those seems to have the same meaning... which one is correct?


Tschüß is depraced. Tschüss is right


I was wondering why W in Wiedersehen is in capital letter,what is the noun?


noun: ... das Wiedersehen ... Es war ein freudiges Wiedersehen. the verb: ... wollen wir uns wiedersehen? It is a bit like : the meeting was nice. it was nice meeting you again .... meeting can be both, noun and verb


I thought the noun 'meeting' was Sitzung or Treffen. Wiedersehen seems more like a verb - to see again. Even if 'Wiedersehen' also means the noun 'meeting' isn't 'auf Wiedersehen' using 'wiedersehen' as a verb (to see again, to meet again)? So I'm confused why Wiedersehen is capitalized.


So "Goodbye" is "Auf Wiedersehen" and "Bye" is "Tschuss"? Is it different in formality?


More or less, yes.


What's the difference between bis bald, bis später and auf Wiedersehen?

  • bis bald "see you soon"
  • bis später "see you later"
  • auf Wiedersehen "goodbye"

Pretty much the same as the corresponding equivalent expressions in English.


"Servus" should definitely be accepted...


Too regional for this course, which teaches a general German-from-Germany language.


Is just wiedersehen ok?


Informally/colloquially, yes.

Perhaps a bit like "bye" from "goodbye", Wiedersehen! is shortened from Auf Wiedersehen!.


"What auf Wiedersehen actually means is, till I see you again, and since I never wish to see you again to you sir, I say, goodbye."


My spelling is correct


I hate this spelling


Anyone have any tips to remembering how to spell this?


Breaking it down into its component parts, perhaps?

wieder is "again"

sehen is to see

das Sehen is "the act of seeing", and so das Wiedersehen is "the act of seeing again".

auf Wiedersehen thus literally translates to "onto again-seeing", less literally to "until we see each other again", and more idiomatically to "goodbye".


My cousin is a german, she says ciao, whenever we hang up or say bye, What is that, please tell me.


@NomaanHusa: "Ciao" is Italian and means "Hello". But: many Germans use it in the meaning of "Tschüss", because it sounds a bit similar. This is why very many people use it - although it is not correct (from the Italian point of view).

In every language there are many ways to say "bye"., depending on the situation, the event, the region, the age of the concerned, .....


Ist "auf Wirderschauen" auch möglich?


Some people do say auf Wiederschauen, but it's a regional thing and not accepted on this course.


Why is Wiedersehen capitalised?


Why is Wiedersehen capitalised?

Because it's a noun -- literally, auf Wiedersehen is "onto again-seeing", or less literally "until we see each other again". Wiedersehen is the act of seeing again.


Why not tschuss incuded here in this word ajd why two instead one?


I don't think that ,,Wiedersehen" is pronounced like that...


There were only 2 words to choose from to form a 2-word phrase. Bug?


What about "tschuess"?


Is Guten Tschüss not suits good?


If goodbye is one word. Then why be two words?

And isnt "Wiedersehen" welcome?


If goodbye is one word. Then why be two words?

Because English is not a code for German.

Also, "goodbye" is short for "God be with ye" -- four words!

In the end, it's the meaning that you have to translate. "Goodbye" is something that you say to someone when they leave or when you leave, so you have to translate it to what Germans say when they leave, which is auf Wiedersehen.

And isnt "Wiedersehen" welcome?

No, that's willkommen (for "welcome to my house") or gern geschehen (for "you're welcome" as an answer to thanks).


Would auf wiedersiehst be the informal version or is that not a thing?


Would auf wiedersiehst be the informal version or is that not a thing?

Wiedersehen is a noun (clue: it's capitalised!).

Nouns don't change their ending depending on who owns them.

auf Wiedersehen would translate very literally to "onto againseeing".


Am write it right why its wrong , fix ...


why its wrong

Impossible to say just from your comment.

Please show us a screenshot where we can see exactly what the question was, what your answer was, and what the error message was -- upload it to a website somewhere and tell us the URL.


What about Auf nimmerwiedersehen?


What about Auf nimmerwiedersehen?

nimmer is an old way to say "never", so Auf Nimmerwiedersehen would mean something like "I never want to see you again" -- something like "Good riddance", perhaps.

It's not a very polite thing to say.


Why is "auf" generally lowercased while "Wiedersehen" is still uppercased?


Wiedersehen is capitalised because it's a noun, and all nouns are always capitalised in German.

auf is lowercase because it's a preposition.


I see, thank you. My only other question is, why is it a noun?


why is it a noun?

wieder means "again"

sehen means "see"

wiedersehen means "see again"

And from that you can form the noun Wiedersehen, which is the action of seeing again or an instance of seeing again.

So when you bid someone farewell with auf Wiedersehen, you're basically saying that you're hoping for a Wiedersehen, for a seeing-again.



"""Is tchüß and tchüss the same word?""" Well - maybe you can compare it to "Gudbai / Godby / Bibye " = "Goodbye" People probably know what you mean. But the spelling is not correct.

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