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Aug
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comment Sentence construction
Of course it's better to know the right sentence structure, but not knowing it shouldn't stop you from talking. It's much more important to to overcome one's inhibitions than speaking correctly. You learn speaking by speaking, not from books, and it's important to simply start with it without worrying too much. And the English-"fallback" might help with this.
Aug
19
answered Sentence construction
Aug
14
comment Warum heißt es “Ruderin”, nicht “Rudererin”?
Dann müsste es auch "Zurückkehrin" heißen :-)
Jul
17
comment For a foreigner in Switzerland, how much practical value is there in being able to speak German?
If a German tries to speak Schwyzerdütsch, it might be considered funny, strange or even impolite in Switzerland.
Jun
28
comment Literal translation for “Mist”
I know "verfickt" as harder version of "verdammt", and use "verfickte Schweinescheiße!" for more serious swearing myself.
Jun
9
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Jun
9
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Jun
8
comment What is the difference between “Wie spät ist es?” and “wie viel Uhr ist es?”
@Tara: Of course you're right (see The_Fritz' answer), but they don't differ much either.
Jun
8
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Jun
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
7
answered What is the difference between “Wie spät ist es?” and “wie viel Uhr ist es?”
Jun
4
comment Double consonants in German
More: ist / isst, Rate / Ratte, beten / betten
May
28
comment How are words categorized into masculine, feminine and neutral
However, there are some uncertainties for some (mostly foreign or artificial) words: der/das Blog, die/das E-Mail, die/das Nutella, der/die/das Joghurt. Some words have (sometimes just slightly) different meanings depending on the article, e.g. der/das Gummi, der/das Teil, der/die Partikel.
May
25
comment Sind die Wörter “laut” und “lauter” verwandt
"lauter" hat noch eine weiter Bedeutung, z.B. "Lauter kluge Leute...".
May
23
comment What does “Schmuck” mean in German?
That makes a lot of sense, as you can address the male parts jokingly as "Kronjuwelen" etc...
May
21
comment 'y' as a vowel in German
@HendrikVogt: I'm sorry, I don't know about.
May
21
comment 'y' as a vowel in German
@HendrikVogt: I'd say Ymir ( de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ymir ) isn't a loan word, as it comes from German(ic) mythology.
May
21
answered How would you translate “mind you” in German
May
14
comment 'y' as a vowel in German
By the way, "y" as "j" may occur in the middle of the word as well, e.g. "Maya" or "Mayonnaise".
May
12
comment Die Faxen dicke haben - woher kommt das?
Ob "fickfacken" auch für "Fix und Fax" ( ddr-comics.de/fix.htm ) Pate gestanden hat?