Clarifying German Abbreviations usw.

German learners very quickly become familiar with how long German words can get. One example of this is:

Donaudampfschifffahrtskapitänswitwenversicherungspolicen-vermittlerprovisionsvorsteuerabzugsberechtigungsklausel

For this reason German speakers love to use abbreviations (die Abkürzung), the above example’s abbreviation though would probably read like a word if there were more vowels (der Vokal / Selbstlaut) in it: DDSKWVPVPVABK. Whether you live in the German speaking world or not you’ve surely encountered some of these German abbreviations:

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3 comments

  1. die Lösungen zu den Übungen:

    Aufgabe 1:
    1. in Vertretung
    2. Doktor
    3. vergleiche
    4. allgemein
    5. und so fort
    6. und so weiter
    7. Vorname
    8. ehemalig
    9. senior
    10. zum Beispiel
    11. vor Christus
    12. mit Erfolg
    13. junior
    14. circa
    15. deutsch

    Aufgabe 2:
    1. u.U.
    2. Prof.
    3. verh.
    4. Art.
    5. b.w.
    6. s.u.
    7. gegr.
    8. dergl.
    9. S.
    10. i.A.
    11. usw.
    12. Nom.
    13. tel.
    14. best.
    15. eigentl.

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