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Jun
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comment What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?
+1 for "Oldtimer" which I really hate. @ladybug: what is "Beamer"?
Jun
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comment How to translate Fernweh to English?
I'm a programmer and I say that a lot. (Not now thow since I am currently travelling)
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Jun
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accepted Is “dingsbums” offensive, rude, vulgar, etc?
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answered Is there an equivalent prestige dialect of German in the same way Received Pronunciation is to English? If so, how did it come about?
Jun
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Jun
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comment Is “dingsbums” offensive, rude, vulgar, etc?
I can't remember where I heard that. Perhaps on the internet since I wasn't aware of the word bumsen before and in fact have never used it since either. I only learned about bumsen in my quest to find out all about Dingsbums. I learned dingsbums from friends or friends of friends in Germany or Switzerland about ten years ago but I have also collected synonyms and translations of thingamabob in other languages (-:
Jun
2
comment What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?
Another example I can think of seems to be pan-European, appearing in at least a few languages: "camping" to mean "campground".
Jun
2
comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
I thought Frisian was either a separate language or a dialect of Dutch. Or are there more than one variety of speech called Frisian?
Jun
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comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
That's interesting. I did OK with all the other Swiss dialects I came across in Bern, Basil, and St Galen. Not full comprehension but not noticably worse than in Germany, and that was overhearing two locals - not people simplifying for my sake (I did even better at those times).
Jun
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asked Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
Jun
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comment Classic childrens books that are unknown outside of DE/A/CH?
I agree with "Momo" specifically and Michael Ende generally since my German speaking friends always made these exact recommendations when I asked this question.
Jun
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revised Is “dingsbums” offensive, rude, vulgar, etc?
add the slang tag
Jun
2
comment What are the differences in punctuation between German and English?
English: When in doubt leave the comma out, German: When in doubt put the comma in. (-;
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asked Is “dingsbums” offensive, rude, vulgar, etc?
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