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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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How do we pronounce “China”?

In German there is some confusion on how to pronounce the letters 'ch' in "China". I heard all of following variants: [ˈçiːnaː] - "ich" [ˈkçiːnaː] - "Bäckchen" [ˈkiːnaː] - "Kino" [ʃiːnaː] - ...
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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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Was ist “Umgangssprache”?

Immer wieder verwende ich beim Schreiben Ausdrücke aus der sogenannten "Umgangssprache". Auch hier bei uns wurde "Umgangssprache" und "umgangssprachlich" schon mehrfach genannt. Eine klare Definition ...