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If you want to learn some formulas as Guten Tag, Auf Wiedersehen, Danke, Bitte, Ja, Nein, and so on, I think you can do it in one week. Whether you can call this "to learn German" is another question. There are books available that promise "Learn German/English in thirty hours" - that is throwing sand in your eyes. They mean thirty lessons of German/English ...


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The voiced uvular fricative [ʁ] is nowadays the common pronunciation of "r" in High German. The uvular trill [R] is used if you want to emphasize the "r", or if you want to achieve a clear pronunciation in a more formal speech or conversation. In most contexts it is harder to speak and thus avoided. Both originated from a weakening of the alveolar thrill ...


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§58 (6) der Rechtschreibregeln lautet: Kardinalzahlen unter einer Million [schreibt man klein, obwohl sie formale Merkmale der Substantivierung aufweisen] Hierzu wird unter anderem folgendes Beispiel gegeben, das recht analog zu Deinem ist: Er sollte die Summe durch acht teilen. Daher würde ich eins kleinschreiben.


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They are not completely interchangable. It depends on your intention as speaker: in some contexts constructions with „wenn“ bear a temporal and a conditional intention (mostly both), while „falls“ is reduced to the conditional. Please consider following examples: Wenn ich zurück komme, heiraten wir. vs. Falls ich zurück komme, heiraten wir. The ...


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'It turns out' is translated 'es stellt sich heraus'. There are different sentence constructions with this expression that you need to keep apart: A) In two clauses: Es stellt sich heraus, dass der Mann ein guter Kerl ist. It turns out (that) the man is a good guy. and a variation of this: Wie sich herausstellt, ist der Mann ein guter Kerl. ...


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Hochdeutsch is the description for the contemporary standard version of German, they way the language is usually written and spoken. Therefore, it is also the easiest variation to learn, because if you look for exercise books, they will cover most probably Hochdeutsch instead of a dialect.


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When talking about "standard German" you should know that there are three standard variations of German: German German (yes, sounds funny, but this is its official name) Austrian German Swiss German You can think of the differences between this variation like the differences between american and british english. This means: the three variations are ...


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I would recommend the following public broadcasting resources for listening to standard German as you called it: Deutschlanddadio Kultur Deutschlandfunk DRadio Wissen A lot of their shows come along with a text version. Please see also resources for learning German. Diving into German accents is certainly not a good idea for an average learner. It is ...


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I am a native German speaker from Berlin and have not studied languages, so I can only speak from my own experience. When it comes to the written language, the differences between standard German in Austria, Germany and Switzerland are small (think American and British English). I see no harm in mixing your reading material. When I go to Switzerland I may ...


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You are wrong. The difference in usage of wenn and falls is personal style. Source: Canoo.net But the personal style might also say, that they are not interchangeable in irreal conditional sentences. Source: YourDailyGerman


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Everything going out via the huge media outlets, be it Swiss, Austrian or German, is more or less the same "high German" except maybe for a few vocabulary differences ("heuer" / "dieses Jahr"). As a German, when I'm watching Swiss news, I can certainly hear that the speakers are from Switzerland, but I can tell they're trying very hard to speak without a ...


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Man kann sowohl Satzbau als auch Formulierung variieren. Sich herausstellen, zeigen, erweisen sind mögliche Formulierungen. In unterschiedlichem Satzbau hier: Der Mann von gegenüber stellt sich als (ein) guter Kerl heraus. Es stellt sich heraus, dass der Mann von gegenüber ein guter Kerl ist. Es zeigt sich, dass der Mann von gegenüber ein guter Kerl ...


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According to german wikipedia] uvular trill [R] is used as the standard pronounciation in Schweiz, Siebenbürgen, Bayern, Österreich, Südtirol and part of Norddeutschlands. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimmhafter_alveolarer_Vibrant I'm from austria myself and only use it in classical singing or in very formal public speech: its used in "stage german" ...



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