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German Accents: Austrian, German, or Swiss Standard German

This is a (very) modified version of my original question, for more context regarding some of the answers you might want to see the edits below. I am learning German for fun, and I do not feel the ...
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Identification of German accent in video

There is a show where one of the girls has a distinct beautiful accent. I would like to know if there is a name for the accent or an area in Germany where people speak this way. This is an episode of ...
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Does German phonetics fully determine the spelling?

It is clear that there are different, equally valid ways to read a word in German (e.g. alveolar or uvular r, etc.) How true is the converse statement: phonetics fully determine the spelling? I'm ...
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Looking for a collection of audio samples comparing German accents

I am looking for something a collection of audio samples suitable for comparing the various German accents. (This wonderful collection of audio recordings by speakers of various Portuguese accents is ...
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What pronunciation is more influential, higher status or standard?

I was looking into different pronunciations, I saw there is a difference between regions within Germany and also with other German speaking countries, making me wonder which set of pronunciation rules ...
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Accent placement in “Waldfräulein”

I understand that Fräulein is lexically accented (stressed) more on the first syllable than the second; wiktionary shows IPA pronunciation as /ˈfʁɔɪ̯laɪ̯n/, /ˈfʁɔlaɪ̯n/, and also wikipedia says ...
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Speaking German with accent: a status symbol or a sign of being a foreigner?

I have been living in Germany for almost 10 years now and despite good command of both written and spoken German I have a noticeable accent and my texts are not absolutely perfect. I have noticed many ...
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Man “spricht mit Akzent” - aber mit was “schreibt” man?

Oft hört man dem gesprochenen Deutsch eines Menschen dessen Herkunft an, wenn es sich nicht um die Muttersprache handelt, und sagt "er spricht mit Akzent". Sehr viel ungenauer ist es, die ...