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Speaking German abroad and feeling condescended to when people speak English back to me

I've traveled to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and I found that in the big cities such as Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich a lot of people speak English. When I visited those cities I try to make the ...
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What is the proper way to greet an unknown person and using a handshake? [closed]

When you meet someone who you do not know. You will formally greet him/her with "Hallo", "Guten Tag" or "Guten Morgen" (whichever is appropriate) with a handshake. I want to know, when is more ...
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Which word is more harsh to use: “geh raus” or “Hau ab”?

I assume the words "Hau ab" and "geh raus" have kind of same meaning. Which one is considered more harsh or strict way to say someone to get out?
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Do English and German languages share 60 % of their vocabulary?

The German language is different from the English language. Each language has its own words, sentences and grammar. However, I discovered from a website that the German and English languages share 60% ...
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Can we use Zweites Frühstück for brunch in German language?

I basically know that Frühstück, Mittagessen and Abendessen are common in Germany. However, I am interested to know how brunch is called in German language. Can we use zweites Frühstück for brunch? Or ...
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What is the difference between Bildschirm and Monitor?

The word der Bildschirm means computer monitor. I observe that there is another word der Monitor which also means computer monitor. I want to know, is there any difference between these two words?
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Can I say “Gesundheit” if someone is coughing?

I often see when people sneeze, the colleagues suddenly respond with the word "Gesundheit". My question is that, can we use "Gesundheit" when somebody is coughing? If not, is there any word for it?
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Would people understand me speaking German all over Europe?

I assume that German is a very old and widely spoken language. I am not sure how much of Europe speaks or understands German. I want to know: can you speak German in all of Europe’s big cities, i.e. ...
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how to understand the difference between stimmloss and stimmhaft sound of 's'?

I tried youtube, to understand the sound but am unable to distinguish among the two. Any help would be appreciated.
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When speaking, how do you change your mind mid-sentence?

Imagine that you're saying something, but then realise you want to say something else instead. In English, you might say: I don't like ice cream, because— actually, no. I like chocolate ice cream, ...
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Why does the below sentence have a falling intonation?

Sentence: Ja, hier in Bremen ist alles so teuer. What is the rule that makes this sentence with a falling intonation?
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How to say phone numbers [duplicate]

In my textbook I read that in German you can say phone numbers in single digits 7-6-2-8-3-9-etc. (sieben-sechs-zwei/zwo-acht-drei-neun-etc.) or in pairs 76-28-39-etc. (sechsundsiebzig-...
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Is “vertragen” much used in daily speaking or is there another choice?

"Vertragen" means "to tolerate", but it has a specific meaning, which is "tolerating sth. physically" not "psychologically". For example: Er kann noch mehr Essen nicht vertragen. (If he eats more ...
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German cartoons to improve my German [duplicate]

I want to watch free German cartoons to improve my German level. Which German cartoons do you suggest me and where can I find them freely?
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What is the best way to understand/check whether I speak German correctly?

Currently I am doing German A1 level. My teacher and all my classmates are Indian. I think I am able to grasp German very well compared to others in my class. But I am not sure the way I speak can be ...
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Vermeiden von Personalpronomen für Gegenstände

Ich höre manchmal Sätze wie z. B.: Die Uhr ist alt, die habe ich von meinem Opa. Der Zug ist verspätet, der geht aber bald. Sollte es wohl nicht eigentlich sie bzw. er heißen? Warum macht man ...
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Wie kann man im Geschäft einem Verkäufer korrekt sagen, dass man sich zuerst nur umschauen möchte und noch keine Hilfe braucht?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Natural way to deny help from a shopkeeper Wenn man in ein Geschäft geht und sich zuerst nur umschauen möchte, aber ein Verkäufer kommt und ...
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Woher kommt das Wort „Sprachmuskel“?

Im Wörterbuch von Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm steht nichts weiter als sprachmuskel, m.: nach Strickers studien über die sprachvorstellungen (Wien 1880) sind unsere sprachmuskeln auch beim stillen ...
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Wie teile ich mündlich eine E-Mail-Adresse mit?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: How to pronounce email address in German? Recht häufig muss ich am Telefon eine E-Mail-Adresse mitteilen. Im direkten Gespräch schreibe ich ...
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Site to talk with people from German speaking areas

Is there a good site to talk with people from German speaking areas to improve my German ?
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How do Germans react to foreigners messing up noun genders? [closed]

My boyfriend is German and we're going in a few months where I will meet his family for the first time. I am OK at German, but something I really have a hard time with is remembering noun genders, ...
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Is there any difference between “ein bisschen” and “ein wenig”?

As far as I knew, "ein wenig" is mostly used in written German (usually somewhat official language), and sometimes comes off as a bit old-fashioned when used in every-day speach. It at least appears ...
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Why is it so hard to understand German sentences construction?

I’ve been trying to learn German for a few months and I find extremely difficult to acquire the meaning of a spoken sentence (when reading I can take all the time I want and if I know the words, I’m ...
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Finding somebody for speaking German

I’m searching someone or a group with whom I can speak German. I understand very good and I write good, the problem that, until now, I haven’t had the possibility to speak as much as I need to. First,...
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Written vs. Spoken German

Some teachers (and their books) are used to emphasize that there are certain structures used in "written German". For instance, I was told that Präteritum is rather used in texts and not so common in ...