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Which vowels can be reduced to schwas in informal German?

In American accent, almost all vowels in non-stressed syllables and non-diphthong containing syllables can be reduced to schwas in non-careful everyday speech. Example: In 'easier to understand', 'to' ...
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Is German on social media very distinct from standard German?

When I read the Germans' writing on Facebook such as when commenting on news by Spiegel or Bild or any other posts, I do not notice a big difference from standard German in terms of spelling or tenses ...
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B1 language certificate [closed]

I have been told that I have to complete my b1 German certificate within a year. I am Australian and I am newly married in Germany and living here now. I only speak very very basic German as I have ...
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Will I mix up German and Norwegian if I learn them at the same time? [closed]

I speak Norwegian at B2 level, but I also want to learn German. Are they from the same language-family, will I start to mix up them if I start to learn German? Are they too similar?
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What interjections can be used at start of a sentence? [closed]

So I'm a beginner in German and I'm trying to make my speech sound a bit more natural and I was wondering what interjections I might use at the start of a sentence like "Well, ..." or "So, ..." in ...
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Podcasts about the German language

I'm searching for podcasts that are about the German language, discussing etymology, language history and the like. Preferably in German but other languages are also of interest. I've tried ...
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Why teilnehmen AN?

I learn German and I don't get it. As I know, 'an' is usually used when we say that something is near a vertical surface (das Bild hängt an die Wand). And in english, polish, russian and ukrainian we ...
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How to use “eh” as “anyway”?

Examples: Ich habe eh keinen Bock, ins Kino zu gehen -- I don't wanna go to the cinema anyway. Of course I don't mind taking you home - I'm going that way anyway. Die kaputte Vase hat mir eh nie ...
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When is “gewesen” used in spoken german? [duplicate]

I know that "gewesen" is used in simple past, which I believe is used more for formal writing. I've heard people (in southern Germany) use "gewesen" in conversation and am unsure why people wouldn't ...
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How to meet other people to learn and speak German with?

I would like to improve my German communication, reading and writing skills. German classes at school does not seem to help me enough to make good conversation with Germans. I'm 17 years old and live ...
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Why does the reflexive pronoun receive a sentence accent in the following sentence?

Here is an excerpt from a dialog, where someone is recommending a film to a friend for a watch: Solltest du dir anschauen! I heard the reflexive pronoun dir being accented as I listened to the ...
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Schibboleth, um Angelsachsen (UK, US, Australien, Neuseeland) als Nichtdeutsche erkennen zu können?

Ein Schibboleth ist ein Wort oder ein Satz, den eine Sprachgruppe sehr einfach aussprechen kann, während eine andere Sprachgruppe dies überhaupt nicht hinbekommt. In den Beispielen, die ich bisher ...
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Would this past tense phrasing sound awkward in spoken conversation? [duplicate]

I am trying to get a sense of how the simple past tense is used in spoken German. If I were talking about a film, would it sound overly formal or stilted to say: Der Film handelte von … or would ...
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Usage of the ur- prefix

From what I understand 'ur-' is used, roughly: to refer to origin, as in 'Urgroßmutter' to strengthen an adjective or adverb, as in 'urschön' (~very beautiful) or 'urplötzlich' (~very quickly) I've ...
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Geschlechtsneutrale Übersetzung für „cousins“

Ich übersetze einen englischen Text, worin sich die Wörter „my cousins“ im Kontext auf einen Cousin (männlich) und zwei Cousinen (weiblich) bezieht. Die korrekteste Übersetzung wäre also vermutlich „...
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How to relay the digits of a phone number?

How do you relay the digits of a phone number? For example: Frau Stein: „Wie ist ihre Telefonnummer?“ Udo: „Sie ist 0451-83794.“ Do you say the phone number digit by digit or do you group ...
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When is ‘er’ replaceable with ‘der’?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Artikel anstelle von Personalpronomen Why is der used in the following example sentences (from online dictionaries) in place of simply er? Would ...
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Which verbs use the Präteritum in spoken language(Northern Germany)? [duplicate]

I would like to know which verbs(besides sein, haben, and the modals) are commonly spoken in the Präteritum in Northern Germany, specifically Berlin(state). This question was answered partially here ...
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Idiomatic usage of “müssen”

I’m watching “Deutschland 83”, and one of the characters said “Du musst geh nach Berlin”, which confused me because I had always learned that modal verbs always kicked the second verb to the end of ...
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“Nein” vs “nee”, is there any difference?

The only time I've ever seen Germans say nein is in the movies or in textbooks. I've also heard a politician say nein when she wanted to make a strong stand again a comment. I'm guessing nein is more ...
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How much is an English accent a hindrance to understandability?

Most English speakers really struggle to produce the ch and r sounds correctly. The ü sound also doesn’t have an equivalent in English. How bad do English speakers really sound when they speak German?...
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How can ethnically Asian people, who are not German, practice spoken German?

Being a mechanical engineer, it would be helpful to learn to speak Deutsch. Will reading newspaper headlines in German papers help, or what else should I do?
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Verbs associated with “Kommentar”

What are the german verbs that are used with Kommentar? I mean how do you say: drop a comment, leave a comment? Which verbs are Kommentar restricted to?
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Why is “einfach” used in exclamative sentences?

I know that "einfach" means easy but I always find it in exclamative sentences such as "Das ist einfach genial!" I really want to know the reason for that.
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In conversation, how do I add information after I’ve already ended a sentence?

I often want to say something like: Ich habe Übungen gemacht. Täglich. where I think to add täglich after finishing the first sentence. What’s the correct way to handle this in conversation? The ...
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What is wrong with “Ich weiß es nicht mehr genau”?

While speaking with my tandem partner (Mothertongue: Austrian German) I happened to say: "Ich weiß es nicht mehr genau" and the girl told me that to her German ears that sounded wrong. She said it was ...
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Can other verbs form contractions like “gemma”?

In Austrian and Bavarian speech it's common to use ma instead of wir, and what in Standard German would be gehen wir is often realized as gemma. Does this sort of contraction happen with any other ...
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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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How can one say “Close!” in the context of a game or sport

When playing a game like tennis or badminton, it often happens that after a long rally, my opponent hits the ball so that it just goes out. In English, I would sometimes say something like "Close!" (...
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German language simulator for training verbal skills

I have started to learn German language and seem to be doing okay when it comes to understanding the grammar and writing any texts. Where I am miserable lacking is when it comes to verbal skills as I ...
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Use of praeteritum in everyday speech

I'd like to know if there is a rule of sorts regarding the use praeteritum in everyday spoken German, particularly in the use of 'sah' and 'schaute' in place of 'habe gesehen/geschaut', or if it is ...
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Usage of Perfekt and Präteritum in the spoken language

I have read the question When to use Perfekt and Präteritum? but it doesn’t answer my question. I am looking for a rule for beginner/intermediate level learners which tells when to use perfect (...