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Jan
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comment Does using the pronouns “sie” and “er” when refering to objects sound odd to native German speakers?
You are right, in this case it does sound slightly odd - just not due to the pronoun, in my opinion, but due to the duplication of the word "Sie/sie". Maybe I should edit to make this more clear?
Jan
3
comment Does using the pronouns “sie” and “er” when refering to objects sound odd to native German speakers?
Yes, but you didn't answer the question: Does using the pronouns "sie" and "er" when referring to objects sound odd? Both your odd and non-odd examples use the "sie" pronoun.
Jan
3
comment Does using the pronouns “sie” and “er” when refering to objects sound odd to native German speakers?
This is true, but probably better as a comment, since it doesn't answer the actual question.
Jan
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answered Does using the pronouns “sie” and “er” when refering to objects sound odd to native German speakers?
Jan
3
revised What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?
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Jan
3
comment What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?
@userunknown: I would not use quotation marks in other contexts, but it is advisable to use them when talking about the forced unification of 1938, just as it is when using words such as "Reichskristallnacht" etc. - to distance yourself from the euphemism.
Jan
2
comment What is the best way to translate “To do list”?
To-Do-Liste and Aufgabenliste are the most common ones. You can use either.
Jan
2
comment What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?
@Tom I edited my answer to hopefully clarify.
Jan
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revised What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?
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Jan
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comment What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?
@Tom: If somebody called a potential marriage an "Anschluss", that would probably be a jibe playing with the political meaning (and as such, bad taste, IMHO). I can't imagine a native german speaker calling a marriage or other civil union an Anschluss. One could call it a Zusammenschluss. (Somebody unaware of the connotation might clumsily refer to an unequal merger of companies or clubs as an Anschluss of the smaller one to the larger one)
Jan
2
comment What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?
@Andrew, I think the Zyklon naming by Siemens was a blooper. No one in their right mind would do that. Anschluss, however, is a perfectly normal word meaning attachment, connection, link. Nobody would take note if you were to connect your oven to a Gas-Anschluss (though there are more correct and more beautiful ways to say this, the verb anschließen would probably feature in all of them).
Jan
2
comment What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?
@splattne: I disagree with the second part: Using the word in other contexts is absolutely OK, but using it in the same context for other unifications of countries (such as east and west Germany) is "dangerous", as you say, that is, it is suggesting parallels to what happened in 1938.
Jan
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answered What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?
Dec
22
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Dec
22
revised What's the meaning of “Deine Mudda”?
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Dec
22
answered What's the meaning of “Deine Mudda”?
Dec
22
comment What's the meaning of “Deine Mudda”?
I think the spelling tries to mimic the pronunciation of Mutter in Hamburg.
Dec
22
comment Classic childrens books that are unknown outside of DE/A/CH?
Of course, Astrid Lindgren is neither Swiss nor German, but Swedish. Still great books (and movies) of course.
Dec
22
comment Classic childrens books that are unknown outside of DE/A/CH?
Don't forget "Pünktchen und Anton". Had this as an audio drama on cassette and loved it as a child. I still know the prologue by heart. Kästner considered this his best children's book.
Dec
22
comment Classic childrens books that are unknown outside of DE/A/CH?
Just want to add that "Krabat" is not for little children. It's quite different from his other books in that way.