When writing down homework assignment, anglophones often announce it with "H/W:", "HW:" or "HMW:", because the teacher typically has already started speaking and they don't want to waste time spelling out the entire word "Homework".

Do German students shorten "Hausaufgabe:" similarly? Would they write "H/A:" or "HAG:" or something else?

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    My kids use "HA". Both of them. I consider that common.
    – tofro
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 19:40
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    In Austria it's commonly referred to as Hausübung, often abbreviated as HÜ.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 20:35
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    I just used to draw a little home "icon".
    – Liglo App
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 7:01
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    Schrägstriche in Abkürzungen sind mir generell unbekannt. Da Hausaufgabe ein Wort ist gehört das A auch klein geschrieben, aber üblich mag etwas anderes sein. Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 13:48
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    The German teachers I met wrote it "H.A", and pronounced each letter separately: " Haa Ahh". Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 18:34

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While there is not official abbreviation the common one simply is HA. The cool kids of today call them Hausi. :)

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    Apparantly, cool kids haven’t changed their preferred word in almost twenty years then. (Oh god, I’m old …)
    – Jan
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 10:45

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