Adjective endings are the bane of most German learners. This is true because as a learner you are expected to get them right, but when you go out into the street you never really hear them from native speakers. This is especially true in Switzerland, but generally from all speakers. Like in English the spoken language differs from the written language and certain words lose their endings. This is also why many speakers do no clearly say “der, die, das…” but merely a “de” sound. If you want to hear German spoken clearly, you best bet is to listen to newscasters because they read a script and have better pronunciation. Check out Deutsche Welle online for news and even the news read slower for German learners.
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