Questions tagged [loanwords]

Loanwords are words "borrowed" or adopted from another language with almost no modification.

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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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Is an “Internetseite” also a website?

In English we do have the distinction between a web page and a web site, the former being the HTML document visually displayed in a browser, the latter is a set of web pages from a given web address. ...
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Do Latin loanwords conserve their gender?

When I asked my teacher for the gender of Mensa, she replied that it is feminine, because the Latin word mensa is feminine. When it comes to words that share the same spelling in both German and Latin,...
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Declension of Latin nouns or phrases in German

When using Latin nouns or phrases in a German text, what is the best practice to decline them? Take, for example, the word Col­le­gi­um mu­si­cum, which is to be declined as follows: das Collegium ...
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Gender of foreign words and loan words [duplicate]

Note: I am not talking about new words which don't have an article yet. I am interested in talking about foreign terms and concepts in German. My examples are all in French, but could be in Italian or ...
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Imperative/perfect tense of inserperable verbs (maybe only loan words?)

A discussion with Wrzlprmft here, referred me to the question “Gedownloadet” oder “downgeloadet”. It asked whether the perfect tense of the loanword downloaden is downgeloadet or gedownloadet. As I ...
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Aussprache von »Gluten«

Kurze und einfache Frage: Wie wird das Wort »Gluten«, mit dem ein Eiweißstoff bezeichnet wird, der in vielen Getreidesorten zu finden ist, richtig ausgesprochen? Zur Auswahl stehen: [ɡluˈteːn], ...
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Are German words starting with the letter 'p' really of foreign origin?

In a book I’m reading these days, the author mentions the various names of the plough in a few Indo-European languages. When he comes to cite the German one (Pflug) he casually adds the far-reaching ...
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Did German borrow any words from Old Prussian?

Considering the huge influence Prussia had for a time over Germany, did many words from the Old Prussian language get borrowed into German? (Sorry I didn't originally include the word "Old" as I ...
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Wann und unter welchen Umständen wurden lateinische Wörter im Deutschen nach Fall dekliniert?

In älteren Texten (zumindest in wissenschaftlichen) kam es vor, dass lateinische Wörter in deutschen Texten lateinisch dekliniert wurden, und zwar nicht nur gemäß Numerus (z. B. Indizes als Plural von ...
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Are there any separable German loan verbs (from English)?

A comment to another question of mine asked me "Do you know any separable loan word?". I can't think of any, off-hand. Are there any? One would be enough to answer the question.