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«Erschwerung des Unterrichts» Dank Wikipedia bin ich auf einen Bericht aus der NZZ vom 20. November 1938 gestossen, wo über die «Abschaffung des Schleifen-S in der Schule» berichtet wird. Darin wird noch ein anderer Grund genannt: «Die Neuerung erwies sich bald als eine Erschwerung des Unterrichts […].» «Gegen die Beibehaltung des Schleifen-S wurde ...


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Lenis consonants normally preceded by long vowels High German has a strong tendency that lenis consonants are preceded long vowels (or diphthongs, which count as long vowels in this regard). This is because short vowels followed by lenis consonants were lengthened, cf. Middle High German lësen vs. modern standard German lesen ‘to read’: lësen [ˈlɛsən] → ...


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"km" is not pronounced 'kaa em'. However, if you are referring to "kmh" (kilometers per hour), it is often pronounced 'kaa em haa'.


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It is spoken as abbreviation rarely, but there are exceptions. If you have to read a long list of such abbreviations, you probably would use the shorter "ka emm", or in a professional context, where it is used often, it might get a habit, as in the IT field, where MB is often used in abbreviated form. Another situation might be a citation of a written ...


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It would absolutely never be pronounced kaa em if talking about kilometers. As cbeleites unhappy with SX noted, km/h is actually often pronounced kaa em haa, but that is the exception. Usually, units are pronounced completely. Wh are Wattstunden, J in physics is always pronounced Joule, etc., and everything else would sound incredibly weird and out of place, ...


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"km" is usually pronounced as Kilometer, ka em [kaː ʔɛm] is at least where I am very unusual in everyday spoken German. ka em may be encountered more frequently in ka em ha [kaː ʔɛm haː] (km/h, the slash/division not being pronounced) as an alternative to saying "Stundenkilometer" colloquially, sometimes also Kilometer in der Stunde (sounds somewhat old-...


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