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

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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen „Ankleiden“ and „Bekleiden“?

I am having troubles figuring out nuances of the meaning of „Ankleiden“ and „Bekleiden“. Are these words exact synonyms? What are the appropriate situations to use each of them? I tried to go over ...
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What Does This Expression Mean? [duplicate]

I recently heard someone say "Ich hab eh..." (I'm not sure what "eh" means or how to spell it, but I tried [kind of sounds like "ay" mixed with "eh"]) "...keinen Hunger". Does this convey a different ...
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Lernen bei jdm. vs Lernen mit jdm

I want to say that it was very interesting with you(my teacher) to learn German. What is the difference? What's better and right? My option - Es war sehr interessant, (bei dir)/(mit dir) Deutsch zu ...
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Working in Switzerland. Will my german be enough? [closed]

The past two three days i am searching through forums for differences and difficulties between German and Swiss German. My situation is: I am from Greece and I want to work as physiotherapist in ...
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“Anfang April”, “Ab Anfang April”, “Ab Anfang von April”

I was reading this flyer that said: Anfang April werden ihnen die Fahrausweise nach Hause geschickt. And it got me thinking... Is it gramatically correct to simply say Anfang April? It kinda ...
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What is the address format I should use for sending a letter/mail?

I'm not familiar with sending postal mails, what is the address syntax/format I should use to send a letter/mail to a friend in Germany? (sending from outside Germany) [First Name] [Last Name] ...
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Best way to learn German! [duplicate]

I am so interested in learning languages I have some knowledge of Russian language and English language. I am from Egypt and I would like to learn German .. I have learned Russian to the level that I ...
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“Nein” vs “nee”, is there any difference?

The only time I've ever seen Germans say nein is in the movies or in textbooks. I've also heard a politician say nein when she wanted to make a strong stand again a comment. I'm guessing nein is more ...
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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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How to practice spoken German, for non German and asian origin?

Being a mechanical engineer, it would be helpful to learn to speak Deutsch. Will reading newspaper headlines on German papers help, or what should I do?
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Hochdeutsch und Luthers Bibelübersetzung

Ein Deutscher hat mir einen Grund dafür genannt, warum man in Hannover (und in dessen Nähe) Hochdeutsch spricht. Es habe damit zu tun, dass Luther in diesem geographischen Gebiet die Bibel übersetzt ...
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'Auf' vs. 'in' for language [duplicate]

What's the difference between auf Deutsch and in Deutsch? When I want to say "Speak in German", is it "auf Deutsch reden" or "in Deutsch reden"?
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Verbs associated with “Kommentar”

What are the german verbs that are used with Kommentar? I mean how do you say: drop a comment, leave a comment? Which verbs are Kommentar restricted to?
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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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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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What is the difference in pronunciation of “Nichts” and “Nics”?

Often I hear different pronunciations for the word Nichts Some people pronounce it as Nics (Well, it sounds like "Nics".) Does it make any difference? Is this a different dialect? Is it ...
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Correct way to write out a date range in German

What is the best way to write out a date range in German? For example, something takes place on 05. September 2015 which is how I've come accustomed to seeing it in Germany. I'm not sure as to why ...
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On the use of “Ad” + section number in a work of German philosophy from the early 1700's

I am trying to get familiar with a work by German philosopher Christian Wolff. The book is called Vernünftige Gedanken von Gott, der Welt und der Seele des Menschen, auch allen Dingen überhaupt. I ...
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Endung “für den Autopilot” oder “den Autopiloten”

Ich habe folgende Frage: Ich möchte demnächst meine Bachelorthesis anmelden und habe vom Professor auch eine bereits formulierte Aufgabenstellung bekommen. Das Thema lautet (Ausschnitt): ...
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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 ...
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When to use “das + [verb] vs. ”ich + [verb]"

By starting with two sentences Das merke ich auch so. Ich arbeite auch bei hier. It is somehow confused when to use das <verb> ich ... and when to shift to Ich <verb> .... Can ...
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Gebräuchlichkeit von Wörter mit und ohne “-s” am Ende (Beispiel: “nochmal / nochmals”)

Es gibt einige Wörter im Deutschen, die am Wortende gegebenenfalls mit einem -s geschrieben werden können, wo es aber auch durchaus weggelassen werden kann. Historisch gibt es viele Wörter, die einst ...
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Can we say “se” instead of “sie”?

Can we say instead of Anstatt sich gesund zu ernähren, essen sie Fast-Food. the following? Anstatt sich gesund zu ernähren, essen se Fast-Food. Edit: I had an oral exam in german I ...
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Prepare for the German examination

Ich will mich für die Prüfung für das Große Deutsche Sprachdiplom vorbereiten. Wisst ihr wo ich online Prüfungsmodulare finden kann? Kennt jemand das Buch: "Fromme/Guess, Fit fürs Goethe-Zertifikat ...
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In welchem Kontext benutzt man “zu Buche schlagen”?

In welchem Kontext benutzt man "zu Buche schlagen"? Kann zum Beispiel sagen: "Meine Kenntisse schlagen zu Buche."?
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Gibt es eine genormte Aussprache für Standard-Deutsch?

In letzter Zeit erschienen hier mehrere Fragen, die erkennen ließen, dass die Fragesteller von einer bestimmten Annahme ausgingen. Sie gingen davon aus, dass es für jedes Wort der deutschen Sprache ...
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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 ...
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Wird das Wort “eins” im folgenden Kontext groß- oder kleingeschrieben?

Ich schreibe gerade meine Seminararbeit und hänge gerade an folgendem Satz: "Beim Event m erhöht […] den Wert […] an Stelle […] um den Wert eins." Muss das "eins" in diesem Kontext groß- oder ...
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Why do some dictionaries have Rad fahren and others radfahren? Is Rad a separable prefix?

In Collin's dictionary, when I search for Rad fahren, it comes up with: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/german-english/radfahren However, radfahren is not on http://de.wiktionary.org . ...
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What is “Hochdeutsch”? Which dialect should I learn?

If I want to learn the German language, which dialect should I learn? In other words, I would like to know about the dialect which is most common? (I have just arrived in Germany and living in ...
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When to use “der” or “den”?

Die Frau isst der Apfel. Die Frau isst den Apfel. Are these both the same?
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Use of “ja” in a sentence

In the following sentence: Na gut, dann kann ich ja ab sofort auf Deutsch schreiben. Why is ja used? What's its function?
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What website should i use to master german? [duplicate]

I need to learn german but I don't know where to start. thanks,
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Wer bestimmt, welche Regeln in der deutschen Spache gelten?

Wie der Titel schon sagt: Wer (oder was) hat das letzte Wort, wenn es um Regelfragen in der deutschen Sprache geht? Die angesprochenen Regelfragen können sowohl die Grammatik als auch die ...
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In den Bergen vs auf den Bergen

What is the difference between in den Bergen and auf den Bergen? We say in die Berge fahren and in den Bergen sein. What about auf die Berge? Does it only refer to mountain climbing and getting to the ...
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How to say web addresses and version numbers in German?

In English, for example, "http://german.stackexchange.com/questions/ask" and "Windows 8.1" are read aloud as: H T T P COLON DOUBLE SLASH german DOT stackexchange DOT com SLASH questions SLASH ...
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Are “wenn” and “falls” really always interchangeable in case of a conditional? [duplicate]

The question is only about the case, when both conjunctions are used as a conditional (leaving the possibility to use "wenn" as temporal aside). Let's start off with an example: "Falls ich ...
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Which is the order of words in Doppelkonjunktionen nicht…, sondern?

Doppelkonjunktionen nicht..., sondern... Wie ist die korrekte Wortstellung? Nicht + Hauptsatz, sondern + Hauptsatz oder Nicht + Inversion, sondern + Inversion oder Nicht + Inversion, ...
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How can I learn German in one week? [closed]

How can I learn German in one week? If there is way to listen and talk that will be better.
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Verbstellung im Nebensatz mit “weil” [duplicate]

Ich hoffe, dass ich nicht der Einzige bin, dem der Zerfall des deutschen Nebensatzes auffällt. Anstatt zu sagen: "Ich ging zum Arzt, weil ich krank war." sagen 95% der Leute mittlerweile: " Ich ging ...
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“Wenn ich dir X sagen möchte” vs. “wenn ich dir sagen möchte X”

Glaubst du mir, wenn ich dir "Mir ist egal was er von mir erzählt" sagen möchte? Glaubst du mir, wenn ich dir sagen möchte "Mir ist egal was er von mir erzählt"? Is either ungrammatical ...
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What is “It turns out that…” in standard German?

How do you say It turns out that... in German? Der Mann von gegenüber stellt sich heraus, dass er ein guter Kerl ist. Are there other ways to say it?
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Pronunciation of 'r' in German

According to the answer of @what to the question Pronunciation of "lernst" there are 3 different ways to pronounce the alphabet r in German: voiced uvular fricative [ʁ] (splattne's sample) ...
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How to say “I ate too much” in German? [closed]

How to say "I ate too much." in German? Is "I ate too much" not proper English?
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How to say, “I gave myself away”?

So, like hiding a secret and gave it away, in that sense.
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Can a “ß” be written as “ss” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it an error when I do not use ß when it is necessary? For my computer application, I have a font which does not contain the ß character. Is it acceptable in ...
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How to use perfect in this sentence

I have a problem understanding how to use perfect in the following sentence: Ich bin mit dem Bus in das Stadtzentrum gefahren. I know we are supposed to use the auxiliary verb haben in perfect ...
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Suche ein geeignetes Wort für umgangssprachlich “unfit”

Oft im Zusammenhang mit Sport oder Gesundheit, aber auch im beruflichen Umfeld und bezüglich der geistigen Leistungsfähigkeit hört man das Wort "unfit", das als Verneinung von "fit sein" gebildet ...
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What is the DIN standard for a business letter? [closed]

I'm told that there is a DIN standard that specifies the format of a business letter in Germany. What standard is it, and where can I find it?
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Is “ich” a subject or not

I am working on grammar-related exercises in a book from PONS. In one assignment, I must find the subject in some piece of text. I think that in the following sentence, the subject is ich: Was ...