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Aug
26
comment Did German borrow any words from Old Prussian?
Yes I did add the link - was that enough?
Aug
26
comment Did German borrow any words from Old Prussian?
I wasn't sure whether to call it Old Prussian since that sounded a bit technical. I see the smiley but if the question really could confuse people thinking I meant the modern dialect rather than the now extinct Baltic language. Let me know if I should change it or just go ahead and edit it (-:
Jul
29
comment How to alphabetically sort a list of names?
Yes many languages have specialized sorting rules for telephone books. In English Mc- and Mac- are often (possibly always) sorted together.
Jul
26
comment Is it good style to use latin phrases?
Personally I'm always surprised how much Latin I see in German writing considering my assumption that German had much less contact/influence from Latin and romance languages than English did.
Jul
24
comment Where does/did word-formation in German language happen?
Can you name some of these scientists and their fields?
Jul
16
comment Why do many english philosophers speak german, can german philosophical texts be translated hardly?
What do you mean by "translated hardly". We don't use the word "hardly" this way in English where it would normally come before a verb and means "barely" which doesn't seem to fit your question. Do you mean "translated literally" perhaps?
Jul
16
comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
@Hendrik: Ah perhaps "cross" was a bad choice of words. There certainly is a dialect continuum between German and Dutch and Frisian but there isn't anything like a dialect continuum between English and Dutch or Frisian but I'm yet to do a linguistic tour of rural England or Netherlands to listen to the dialects and accents change. It would be fun though (-:
Jul
16
comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
@Hendrik Vogt: I think Dutch developed before English so I can't see how it could be the product of English and German crossing.
Jul
16
comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
@burbuja: If German and Swiss German are completely different then the difference between for instance German and Arabic must be completer (-:
Jun
27
comment What does “Weichspülmusik” mean?
@Joachim: Yes I think most people learn the generic sense of muzak before the learn it's a trademark as did I. Still it's worth warning people depending on what context they may wish to use it in English.
Jun
27
comment What does “Weichspülmusik” mean?
Muzak is a trademark. Elevator music is the most common non-trademark term for this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muzak_Holdings
Jun
8
comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
Well they always acted surprised that I picked up on anything but peoples' reactions here are now making me more doubtful. I stayed with the family for about a week and a half so it seems odd that they would speak Standarddeutsch with each other just because I was there. But it is over ten years ago so I have to agree that I can't be certain. How easy is it to spend this much time in Switzerland and only once hear local dialect?
Jun
4
comment What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?
+1 for "Oldtimer" which I really hate. @ladybug: what is "Beamer"?
Jun
3
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)
Jun
2
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
2
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
2
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
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. (-;