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Here in Switzerland, if we’re addressing someone directly we’ll say Du with the person’s name afterwards: Du, Claudia – kannst du die Tür schließen? Not sure if this applies everywhere – Swiss German is a bit more relaxed than High German.


The usual word for that is he (often with a lengthened e and then spelt hee, heee, heeeeee or similar): He, kannst du mir sagen, wie spät es ist? Heee, was machen Sie denn da? There are also huhu and ey. Ey is often used when addressing someone who may be misbehaving, whereas huhu is normally reserved for positive contexts such as when helping a ...

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