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My name is Benjamin Dumke-von der Ehe. I am Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00007, which is just a confusing way of saying that I work as a developer for Stack Exchange.

I am @balpha on Twitter. My blog's "about" page explains the origin of my user name.

I am the creator of Unicornify, the service that gives you these lovable creatures:

I also created Lyfe, a small library adding yield-based generators to JavaScript, and Not a Real Question, a little game that's played with data from various Stack Exchange sites.

I sometimes have a strange sense of humor, but I also like to explain things I fix, break, care about, or come up with.


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reviewed Approve Welche Eselsbrücken gibt es, um “dass” und “das” auseinander zu halten?
May
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reviewed Approve How can I better learn noun genders?
May
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reviewed Approve Wie kann man wissen, ob ein Verb trennbar ist?
May
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reviewed Approve Gibt es andere übliche Märchenbeginnformeln neben “es war einmal”?
May
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revised What can “passt schon” mean?
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May
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comment What is the German equivalent of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”?
Ich wusste gar nicht, das zyklisches Jodeln bei akutem Ödipuskomplex hilft. Gibt's da Studien?
May
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reviewed Approve Recommended news and culture streaming radio stations (auf Deutsch)?
May
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comment How can a native English speaker know when it is appropriate to use the polite (Sie) or the familiar (Du)?
The "complicated avoidance maneuvers" under 2. are usually more awkward than the sitiuation itself. When someone asks me "Und, sind die Eltern aus dem Urlaub zurück?", this has such a strong connotation of "Uh-uh, duz ich jetzt oder siez ich?" that I tend to never use those.
May
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comment How can a native English speaker know when it is appropriate to use the polite (Sie) or the familiar (Du)?
Two things about German IKEAs -- a) the people there will say "Sie" as well, it's just the posters and ads that say "du"; the sales people are Germans after all (they will also look at you weird if you pronounce Swedish furniture names correctly), and b) while Swedish has a "Sie" (called "ni"; same word as for "ihr"), it's hardly ever used; the global default in Sweden, if you will, is "Du".
May
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comment What is the German equivalent of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”?
@thei: Yes; that's the sentence used for the font previewer in German versions of Windows.
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awarded  Teacher
May
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reviewed Approve What is the correct way to denote a quotation in German?
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revised Gibt es andere übliche Märchenbeginnformeln neben “es war einmal”?
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revised What is the correct way to denote a quotation in German?
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answered Welche Eselsbrücken gibt es, um “dass” und “das” auseinander zu halten?
May
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reviewed Approve Selbständig vs. selbstständig
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reviewed Approve What are good online dictionaries for translation between German and English?
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reviewed Approve German student preparing for travel abroad
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comment Selbständig vs. selbstständig
Until the orthography reform, one "st" was indeed the correct way to spell it.
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awarded  Editor