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German equivalent of "... or ____, rather"?

My non-native speaker friend has suggested that I use "entschuldigung" less in correcting my misused words when I'm in the middle of a sentence. He says that someone in Germany told him to ...
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Should you prefer "er und Du" over "Du und er"?

When you recount how you and somebody else did something, it is culturally favored to put the other person first. For example: Franz und ich sind einkaufen gegangen is preferable over Ich und ...
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how to say "thank you in advance" in a letter

In English letters/emails to strangers we often use the phrase "thank you for your time" as a way to preemptively thank the receiver for answering. Is there an equivalent phrase in German?
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What do colleagues say to each other before lunch time?

I am working as an intern in a company in Germany. I noticed that as the lunch break starts, everyone says something to each other before going to the canteen, which sounds something like "Macht Zeit" ...
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Is it weird to end a message with "mit freundlichen grüßen" after already speaking in English (with a German person)

I'm a native English speaker, who is attempting to learn German. I've been having an email conversation with a German customer who wrote to me in English. I would like to make some small, friendly ...
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Is it rude/weird to say only "danke" instead of "danke schön"?

In English it's quite normal to simply say "thanks" in daily conversations with strangers. However, in Germany I've mostly heard "danke schön" being said and have seldom heard just "danke", though I ...
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Mixing of 'tschüss' and 'ciao' in saying farewell

I am currently in Heidelberg, Germany. I find often that when I say tschüss, someone will reply with ciao (or: tschau) and vice-versa. This has struck me as odd because when I say tschüss, I usually ...
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What should be a formal greeting when you meet someone in a toilet?

Assume the following situation. You're in an office in Vienna. It's time around lunch and normally one greets each other with "Mahlzeit". You go to a toilet and suddenly meet your boss there. How ...
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