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Grüß Gott!

English translation: howdy, good day to you ma'am, sir

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German term or phrase:Grüß Gott!
English translation:howdy, good day to you ma'am, sir
Entered by: Kim Metzger
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10:22 Mar 2, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Grüß Gott!
I know this can't be translated literally, but am looking for an equivalent - semi-casual, maybe with a hint of Southern (US). Anybody have any ideas?
TIA, Beth
Beth Kantus
United States
Local time: 07:38
howdy, good day to you ma'am, sir
Explanation:
As I'm sure you know, the context is important here. "Howdy" is Southern and quite informal.
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Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 06:38
Grading comment
I feel like this was a virtually impossible task, but I appreciate everybody's help. Even though I live in South Carolina myself (and grew up in the really "Deep South" - Louisiana) the only thing I could come up with was hey ya'll. kmetzger's answer came in first, and his "howdy" idea, although it sounds more like Texas to me, was the one the client liked best.
Thanks again to all o'ya'll!
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Summary of answers provided
naHow your'all
Ingrid Fabi
nathe Lord be with you
Dr. Sahib Bleher
nahow are you all doingxxxlone
nahowdy, good day to you ma'am, sir
Kim Metzger


  

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22 mins
howdy, good day to you ma'am, sir


Explanation:
As I'm sure you know, the context is important here. "Howdy" is Southern and quite informal.

Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 06:38
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 21844
Grading comment
I feel like this was a virtually impossible task, but I appreciate everybody's help. Even though I live in South Carolina myself (and grew up in the really "Deep South" - Louisiana) the only thing I could come up with was hey ya'll. kmetzger's answer came in first, and his "howdy" idea, although it sounds more like Texas to me, was the one the client liked best.
Thanks again to all o'ya'll!
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1 hr
how are you all doing


Explanation:
Just a suggestion, in case you want a 'southern' translation.


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xxxlone
Canada
Local time: 07:38
Native speaker of: Danish
PRO pts in pair: 330
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2 hrs
the Lord be with you


Explanation:
I am sure this would work in US English as well, or extended "The Lord be with you, how you're doing?", because that's what it really means in German. If the phrase is used to say good bye rather than hello, then "Godspeed" or even "God bless" might work.


Dr. Sahib Bleher
Local time: 12:38
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 219
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2 hrs
How your'all


Explanation:
This is "Southern" meaning how are you all (returning from 3 years in the Carolinas).


Ingrid Fabi
Canada
Local time: 07:38
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 17
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