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Dictionary systems offer ex­ten­sive func­tions for learn­ing and trans­lating vo­cabu­lary. Con­text-​based, i.e. ref­er­ence frame-​de­pend­ent trans­la­tion sug­ges­ti­ons help you to se­lect the right words. Sound files and pho­net­ic no­ta­tion help you to pro­nounce and ac­cen­tu­ate words cor­rect­ly. Nu­mer­ous free dic­tion­aries are avail­able for off­line op­era­tion. Fa­mil­iar­ize yourself with the ba­sic func­tions!

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November 22, 2022

Book expanded and updated.
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March 05, 2022

Preliminary excerpt from Chapter 05, “In­ner Levels of Communication and Re­al­ity Structures”, published: “Holistic Per­spec­tives Presented in Feature Films”.

November 17, 2019

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Various phonetic alphabets are available for the written recording of pronunciation, including the widely used IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), in which pronunciation, stress and length variations are presented in detail. Learn the three most basic characters for English, including the stress sign:

The stress sign (ˈ) of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) indicates that the following syllable carries the primary stress (main stress). It is placed before the emphasized syllable.” (translated excerpt from: “Be­to­nungs­zei­chen”)

The length sign (ː) similar to the colon (:), [used] in the so-called International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), indicates that the sound represented by the pre­ced­ing letter must be pronounced long (stretched). [...]” (translated from “Länge­zei­chen”).

Leni Riefenstahl: Olympia - Fest der Völker (1936)

Sample words: 🍒 “cherry” [ˈtʃeri] con­sists of two syllables: cher  ry, the stress is on the first syl­la­ble: cher ry, cherry; Linguee entry, article at Wik­ti­o­nary /ˈt͡ʃɛɹi/, Pons entry. German die Kir­sche also has the ac­cent on the first syllable: Kir  sche [ˈkɪrʃə] (Linguee entry).

🍓 The straw·berry “[ˈstrɔ:bəri, Am ˈstrɑ:ˌberi] NOUN” re­spec­tive straw·berry.

🏳️ Dt. die Fah­ne [ˈfa:nə] (Linguee, Pons). 🎺 Die Fan­fa­re, Fan fa re [fanˈfa:rə], (Linguee, Pons. Wik­ti­o­nary: [ˌfanˈfaːʁə]), engl. fanfare, fan·fare [ˈfænfeəʳ, Am -fer] (Pons entry) resp. ceremonial trumpet. A classic example: The 1936 Olym­pic fanfare.

Learn more about syllables, stress and length characters.

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“Völker- und Sprachenkarte von Europa”, “Map of peoples and languages of Europe”, Scale 1:30 000 000. Bibliographisches Institut A.G., Leipzig; „Meyers Geographischer Handatlas“, „[...] siebente neubearbeitete und vermehrte Auflage [...], 1928“. Raw file, WP-article “Meyers Handatlas”. Also read the Metapedia article “Deutsche Sprache” (auf de.metapedia.org).

Distribution [resp. dissemination] of the German language around 1913, original maps, freely and directly available at the Internet Archive. (title page map 1, title page map 2). The best resolution quality is provided by the respective PNG file versions under “Show All”, they can also be linked directly, like the two preview images below:

“Verbreitung der Deutschen Mundarten”, nach Prof. Dr. W. Stammler, Maßstab 1:8000000. Bibliographisches Institut A.G., Leipzig; “Meyers Geographischer Handatlas”, “[...] siebente neubearbeitete und vermehrte Auflage [...], 1928”
Raw file, WP-article “Meyers Handatlas”. See also the German Metapedia article “Deutsche Mundarten”, at

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