How To Write A Greeting Card In German

Even in times when you can reach almost everyone by email or on your smartphone, there are occasions when you need to write a card. Weddings, baptisms and deaths are such occasions. Another occasion for writing a card is when you cannot personally hand over a gift. Then, it is polite to enclose a card in the parcel. Don’t forget: birthday kids of all ages enjoy cards.

What’s On The Envelope?

Most cards are sold with an envelope. If you want to send only the card by mail, you label the envelope as you would the envelope for a letter. If you put the card together with a gift in a box or if you present the gift personally, you can write the name of the recipient on the envelope.

What to write in the card?

The text of a map is written as the text of a personal letter. You begin with a greeting, your text goes into the new line. At the end is the greeting, followed by your signature. You can keep the text of a card brief.

Sample birthday card for a friend:

Hallo Anna,

zu Deinem Geburtstag wünsche ich Dir alles Liebe.

Viele Grüße

Deine Monika

If you want  to say more, you can write the text like in a letter. But cards often don’t have enough space for long texts.

Sample birthday card with more text:

Lieber Werner,

alles Gute zu Deinem Geburtstag! Leider können wir dieses Jahr nicht zusammen feiern. Lass Dich davon nicht stören und feiere schön mit Deiner Familie. Wir sehen uns spätestens Weihnachten bei Oma Trude.

Viele Grüße

Dein Bernd

Not Just For Birthdays…

There are many reasons for sending a card:
•Holy Communion: Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Deiner ersten Kommunion.
•Confirmation: Herzliche Glückwünsche zur Konfirmation.
•Driving licence: Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Jetzt bist du auch Autofahrer.
•…

As you can see, the pattern is always the same. Simply add your good wishes and you have written a nice card.

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