relating to the supra-regional German used in the written language

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“hoch” im Sinn von “hinauf/herauf” - umgangssprachlich oder standard?

Bei Sprechern aus der Bundesrepublik hört man oft "hoch" im Sinn von "hinauf" oder "herauf" (z.B. "Ich gehe die Treppe hoch"), während es in Österreich ausschliesslich im Sinn von engl. "high" ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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Gegenteil von Apotheose?

Apotheose = Erhebung eines Menschen zu einem Gott What is the opposite, where a god would become mortal? / Was ist das Gegenteil, wenn also ein Gott sterblich würde?
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Everyday German in conversation

I want to read some conversation in places like a shop, a restaurant, in a class between student and teacher, college and other occasions. It should be something like this English website: Everyday ...
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When is “gehen” properly used?

When is the word "gehen" properly used? Is it only used to indicate walking? For example, are any of these correct: ich gehe nach Moskau (if I live in, say, South America) ich gehe mit dem ...
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Was ist “Umgangssprache”?

Immer wieder verwende ich beim Schreiben Ausdrücke aus der Umgangssprache. Auch hier bei uns wurden "Umgangssprache" und "umgangssprachlich" schon mehrfach genannt. Eine klare Definition dessen, was ...
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Difference between Austrian and German

Die Österreicher haben im Vergleich zu uns (Hoch-)Deutschen ein paar lustige Wörter und eine etwas andere (wie ich finde netter klingende) Aussprache (wobei das natürlich von Person zu Person variiert)...
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Hochdeutsch only or also regionalisms?

When making a sales call, for example, should you: only speak standard Hochdeutsch with the customer no matter what, use that customer's regional language or dialect if you know it to "get on their ...
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Pronunciation of “China” in German

In German there is some confusion on how to pronounce the letters 'ch' in "China". I heard all of following variants: [ˈçiːnaː] - as in "ich" [ˈkçiːnaː] - as in "Bäckchen" [ˈkiːnaː] - as in "...
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Why is “Zeile” but not “Zeiger” differently pronounced in the south?

For both nouns there is a similar pronunciation of "-ei-" in standard German: Zeile: [ˈʦaɪ̯lə] Zeiger: [ˈʦaɪ̯ɡɐ] When people in some southern German regions try to speak non-dialect German the ...