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A Gerry living in England...


Feb
1
comment Is 30-60 minutes per day enough to get fluent in eight months?
@ams Any progress report?
Feb
1
comment Yiddish: common in Europe?
It was very common in Poland and the Baltics as well... Due to well known reasons, it is almost extinct in Europe now.
Feb
1
comment Wie nennt man eine Kinderfrisur mit zwei nicht geflochtenen seitlichen “Pferdeschwänzchen”?
Danke fuer die Umlaute and apologies for my lazyness ;)
Feb
1
comment “null” (zero) vs. “NULL”
I also heard people using "nil", meaning NULL, but the English pronounciation is by far the most common way to differantiate.
Feb
1
comment What does “Kollegen” mean exactly?
In youth language, it is used like "Alter" or mate/pal as well. "Ey Kollege" is commonly used to get someone's attention. This might be regional though. In addition, in slang the plural is often changed to "Kollegas". This is by no means proper German, just some additional perspective.
Dec
15
comment Speaking German with accent: a status symbol or a sign of being a foreigner?
Vocabulary and correct use of grammar is more a status indicator than a "phonetic" accent. That way you can often differentiate recent Russian/Baltic immigrants from Russlanddeutsche...
Dec
15
comment Speaking German with accent: a status symbol or a sign of being a foreigner?
Software, mathematics, rocket science or debt collection :) SCNR
Oct
3
comment Does German language have “possessive apostrophe”?
It is "permitted" for shops to put emphasis on the name. Still looks terrible, though.
Oct
3
comment Do you always pronounce ST as SHT?
And southern Germans might even say "beshten". It's part of the "Lautverschiebung", which is strongest in the south.
Oct
3
comment Suitable translation of “you guys” or “you lot”
I agree. I'd even say that the construction of "you lot/guys" is only a "workaround" to make up for the lost distinction of "thou/you".
Sep
12
comment Do Latin loanwords conserve their gender?
Thanks for pointing out the status one. One of my pet peeves. In addition the neutrum nominative plural ending on "a" is often confused with the feminine nominative singular.
Sep
12
comment How can a native English speaker know when it is appropriate to use the polite (Sie) or the familiar (Du)?
I think the avoidance phrase would rather be: "Gibt's dieses T-Shirt auch in Groesse XL?"...
Sep
12
comment Gibt es im Deutschen Reste von anderen grammatischen Fällen als den vier üblichen?
Es gibt auch den versteinerten Genitiv, wie z.B. "der Erlkoenig hat mir ein Leids getan".
Aug
18
comment Was ist das Partizip Perfekt eines englischen Lehnwortes wie “booten”?
Das habe ich mal hochgevotet.