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It depends on your age. If you are (or look) like you're under 18, some adults may expect to get "Sie" from you even when they say "du". But normally, if somebody doesn't think you are a child under 15, they will be OK with being addressed the same way they address you. So if your host family is writing "du" in your emails, and they know that you are an ...


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It depends a little on how old you are. Older persons (I'm 52) would use "Du" for any person younger or looking younger than 14 - 16. But I would expect the formal "Sie" from them. In my school studends were adressed with Sie from the 10 grade (approx. 16) It sounds a bit complicated, but it isn't. Use "Sie" in your Mails, but everyone will forgive you if ...


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Since they are older, they will initiate Du if they want to. You should not do it yourself without prompting. How do I know? This is one of the key things I was taught in German before going to Germany (I am not German but I lived in DE/AT/CH for around 10 years total). I found that while people may indeed tolerate Du from a foreigner, they will be ...


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You (and the textbooks) are making too much of a big deal out of this. :) In my experience, you'll have a hard time finding someone who is going to freak out if you use Du instead of Sie, especially if they hear your accent and realize that German isn't your native tongue. If they reply with Sie, try to switch to using Sie with them because obviously they ...


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There're certain "rules" or as to who is supposed to "offer" the "du". (The "du" s usually something that is offered - not asked for.) If you're in a hierarchy, then obviously the superior is the one to offer it first. Otherwise you normally go by age, which means the older one is supposed to make the first step. There are certain occasions where everyone ...


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The one-sided "Du" is essentially limited to adults vs. children.* If an adult person X calls another adult person Y "Du", but expects to be addressed as "Sie" by Y, I'd consider that as an offense. So, for all practical purposes, the quotation from german-way.com is correct: If somebody calls you "Du", you may treat it as an offer to use "Du" yourself. ...


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Könnte man verschiedentlich formulieren, Hätten Sie gerne einen Kaffee? Hätten Sie gerne eine Tasse Kaffee? Könnte ich Ihnen einen Kaffee anbieten? Könnte ich Ihnen eine Tasse Kaffee anbieten? Hätten Sie Lust auf einen Kaffee? Was für ein Kaffee könnte ich Ihnen anbieten? Trinken Sie Kaffee? (vielleicht eine Aufforderung) Oder die ...


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Möglich wäre beispielsweise: Möchten Sie eine Tasse Kaffee? Darf ich Ihnen eine Tasse Kaffee anbieten?


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Technically, falsch verbunden is no longer correct. It applied to the olden days when one called the operator first and was connected to one’s partner. (In Germany, that was typically the job of the Fräulein vom Amt.) It could then have happened that these people accidentally connected the wrong lines which resulted in falsch verbunden. Nowadays, the ...



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