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anschub86Friday 15th of October 2004 08:07:52 AM
Neue Rechtschreibung - A warm welcome to all German-students getting lost at this topic.Approximately ten months before the oficial start of the new orthography,I thought it would be interesting to know who has learned the old orthography and who already know the new one.

If you don't know which one you use for now or you want to change from old to new, this discuss shall help you.


1. daß/dass
after a comma,to introduce a relative clause

Ich weiß,daß ich nichts weiß./Ich weiß,dass ich nichts weiß.

2. Schiffahrt/Schifffahrt
The word contents Schiff and Fahrt.
The word contents Bett and Tuch.

The old ortography said that it would look stupid only putting them together.But it shall be easier with the new

3. Stengel/Stängel (sterk)

It means that "Stengel" original comes from the word "Stange"(pole) and so you have to write it with ä.There are more words like this-I will show you next time.

This are only 3 of "a few more" news.
Of course,I want to go on and let you time to ask questions.
Have fun!
anschub86Monday 18th of October 2004 03:50:57 AM
it's going on... - At first I wanted to give you more examples to number 3:


belemmert/belämmert (foolishly,miserable)
It's slang and in this way more used in spoken language but sometimes it can be useful to know how to write it :-)
-> Jetzt steht er wie belämmert da.

schneuzen/schnäuzen (blow one's nose)
because it comes from Schnauze (muzzle,gob,..)
-> Sie schnäuzt sich die Nase.

4.radfahren/Rad fahren (ride a bike)
-> Ich möchte Rad fahren. Sie fährt Rad.
haltmachen/Halt machen (to stop)
-> Wir müssen Halt machen!
Many verbs which were used as one word are splitted know into a noun and a verb

5. irgend etwas/irgendetwas (anything)
All words with irgend- you write together now.
-> irgendetwas,irgendwer,irgendjemand,irgendwann,irgendwie

6. in letters: Dein/dein (your/s)
The form of adress is written small now.
->Danke für deinen Brief. (Thanks for your letter.)
Vielen Dank für ihre Antwort. (Thanks a lot for your reply.)