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Since there is no capital "ß", the convention for all-caps text is to use "ss" instead. An automatic one-way* conversion to "ss" would definitely be understood and expected. I wouldn't force them to write "ss" by not accepting "ß" in the first place though - for Germans, "ß" is a normal letter and people would get confused as to why that letter wouldn't be ...


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I've used what I call the Maria Braun method. In the film "The Marriage of Maria Braun," the hero ask Maria, "Where did you learn English so well?" The gist of her answer was "By dating." I've dated one or two native speakers, and any number of German-Americans whose German was better than mine. This advice is not suitable for a married person unless your ...


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The appropriate capitalization of 'ß' ist 'SS'Duden. Therefore upper case addresses would be: GOETHESTRASSE 101 Note that the number of the building in a given street is put at the end in Germany. Most Germans are used to type SS instead of ß when capitalizing but to avoid data inconsistencies that may come from different user habits a simple method ...


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Go to a German-speaking country Talk (don't just study, don't just passively listen) Drink alcohol (relieves your natural inhibition about your bad accent, grammatical mistakes, and limited vocabulary, and it's what people do when they socialize) Buy a pocket dictionary. Has to be small enough to take everywhere and pull out for reading signs and ...


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In upper case, 'ß' is usually replaced with 'SS'. How you handle 'ß' in the input is really a design question and as such up to you, but be sure to handle it somehow cause people WILL write it. If you accept Umlaute (ä,ö,ü) as input, it would be consistent to accept 'ß' too and convert it to double 'S' in your application. By the way, be aware of encoding ...


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Software maintenance is expressed as "Unterstützung" or sometimes "Pflege/pflegen" in German. You could therefore say: AnkiMini (ohne Unterstützung) However far more common is to use "Support" as this is a well established loanword from English: AnkiMini (kein Support) Support in the general meaning would include help, bugfixes, and upgrades.


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You could order the magazine "Deutsch Perfekt". I think it's indeed PERFECT for learning German as it offers a great mixture of articles about current issues about politics, culture etc. (The level of the articles varies from easy to demanding and the most important vocabulary of each text is always translated in a box). Furthermore, it offers excersises ...


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I suggest watching German films. You can watch with translated subtitles first, and then try watching with the original German subtitles. (They are usually prepared for the hearing impaired - and the accuracy varies widely.) I find that helps me to connect the spoken with the written language. And you can also often find the subtitles in a simple text format ...


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to maintain software could be translated as Software pflegen, but it can't be simply negated, as ungepflegt has the connotation of scruffy. ungewartet goes in the general direction, but doesn't really hit the spot. Probably the closest translation would be nicht betreut.


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Da keiner bisher meine Frage richtig beantworten konnte, erzähle ich über die Erweiterungen, die ich selber verwende, um mein Deutsch zu verbessern: Artikel Trainer: Alle Artikeln im Text werden durch Dropdowns erstellt und man muss die richtigen Artikeln erraten. (endlich gefundene) FireLang: hat viele Funktionen, inkluzive die farbliche Markierung von ...


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Bubble Translate Eine Google Chrome Erweiterung, die Text übersetzt, den man hervorgehoben hat: Ich finde sie echt nützlich für rasche Übersetzungen kleinerer Textpassagen und für Redewendungen. Ich glaube, dass sie Google Translate nutzt, das kürzlich ziemlich gut (besser) wurde, da EU Dokumente mit vielen Übersetzungen eingepflegt wurden.


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Just because nobody mentioned this yet: An acceptable – albeit becoming outdated – alternative to “SS” as capital-ß is “SZ”. This used to be the common form; it’s seen much rarer now but particularly in street names it’s still seen. That is, “GOETHESTRASZE” would be a correct capitalisation of “Goethestraße”. Personally, I prefer this form but I wouldn’t ...


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Read a lot and write a lot. Listen a lot and speak a lot. Encourage people to correct you and let them know that you appreciate it whenever they do correct you. Find any topic that interests you personally, and read about it in German; that will force you to look up words and expressions, and you will easily memorize them because you have learned them in ...


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Try reading the newspaper, the articles are short, and have pictures, which will help with context. Some German radio stations available online


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Start learning German in your own country. Universities and their language centers are usually a good place to learn in a small class with a pace suitable for fast learning. As soon as you can, try to find a tandem partner exchange student at your university. Find resources on the internet, find chat partners on the net, join our community on this site ...


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If cost is not important, I really recommend the Goethe Institut Fernlernen programs. They are computer-based and you have 6 months to complete each level. They focus on reading, grammar, and vocabulary, but there is listening comprehension involved and the voice recognition system allows you to practice speaking. You need to be self-motivated, and it is ...


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I'm currently using an old-fashioned grammar book. I simply read the particular rule and do the exercises. It's a very traditional book with no fancy figures, just text organized in categories. I follow it pedantically. But before I was able to avoid getting bored with this method, I had to understand how the German language works (it's quite different with ...


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afaik we Germans use the English expressions for job titles. But if you would like to translate them directly, you could say: junger Entwickler / junior Entwickler Entwickler erfahrener Entwickler Entwicklungsleiter But I guess nobody uses a German equivalent for junior/senior developer.


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In OS X there is this convenient 'Look Up in Dictionary' feature that works in Safari and other Apple applications. It can be invoked by right-clicking a selected word or a customizable keyboard shortcut (preset is CMD-CTRL-D). Apple added a German dictionary (by Duden Verlag) only starting with OS X 10.8. I'd recommend extending the OS X dictionary by ...


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The - imho - best answer has Takkat already given (ohne/kein Support), but another possibility is: AnkiMini (ohne Wartung) Support combined with Software is much more common than Wartung (875 mio Hits vs 13 mio Hits), but Softwarewartung express exactly what you are looking for: Unter Softwarewartung werden all jene Tätigkeiten verstanden, die nach ...


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For learning, try the anki / ankidroid combination. In my opinion nothing can beat this system. There are many different readymade decks for various languages, but even better than using a pre-made deck is to create your own deck while learning the language. Therefore I would split up the task. Look up words using google translate or some other ...


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For German native speakers there is http://www.digitalpublishing.de for English, Spanish, Italian, French. They also have a software to learn German with user guidance in English, Russian, Turkish, French, Italian; but I don't know how good it is. For Spanish, their software was good for me: After completing the intensive course, I passed the test at ...


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memrise.com -- Start to read easy german articles, everytime you come to word you don't know, look it up and start creating a deck on memrise (get a dictionary that has spoken versions and upload the audio, trust me, that helps). Practice with that deck and keep reading. Obviously, getting immersed in the language by getting to know germans and traveling to ...


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I suggest, you start with a beginner's book. I have used the Assimil method for learning Swedish and liked it very much. Spend some weeks to get the very basics, then buy newspapers and simple books and read them with the help of a dictionary. Also watch German films with English subtitles. Try to read, watch and listen to as much material as you can.



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