Writing Letters and Emails in German

In German, there are many different salutations and closings for letters and emails. Which one you choose will depend on your relationship with the person you are writing and whether they identify as male or female. 

The appropriate greetings used for letters and emails:

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

Signs of spring in Germany

Germany, especially in the north, is a cold, gray place in winter, and the first hints of spring draw everyone out into the sunshine like hibernating bears emerging from their winter caves. Springtime (der Frühling) is very much appreciated in Northern Europe, and with this special time of year come special springtime activities.