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At the Bank

Ich möchte ein Konto öffnen                                      I want to open an account
Sehr gut, wir zahlen 2% Zinsen                                  Very good, we pay 2% Interest
Vieviel wollen sie anlegen?                                          How much do you want to deposit?
Ich habe 1000 Euros                                                     I have 1000 Euros

At the Office

Ich möchte mit Herr Maier sprechen                     I want to speak to Mr. Maier
Haben Sie einen Termin?                                             Do you have an appointment?
Ja, ich haben einen 2 Uhr Termin                           Yes, I have a 2 o’clock appointment
Ein Moment bitte, ich melde Sie an                        Just a moment, I’ll announce you.

On the telephone

Ich möchte mit Herr Maier sprechen                   I want to talk to Mr. Maier
Herr Maier ist nicht hier.                                           Mr. Maier is not in
Wollen sie ein Nachricht hinter lassen?               Do you want to leave a message?
Ja, fragen sie Herr Maier mich anzurufen           Yes, ask Mr Maier to call me
Meine telefon Nummer ist…..                                   My telephone number is……

Business letters

Sehr geehrter Herr Maier                                             Dear Mr. Maier
Sehr geehrte Frau Maier                                               Dear Ms/Mrs Maier
Vielen Dank für Ihren Brief vom 2. April               Thank you for your letter of April 2
Leider können wir den Auftrage erst im                 I’m sorry, but our earliest delivery is July
Juli liefen
Vielen Dank für Ihr Verständniss                              Thank you for your understanding.



 
Reform of 1996 and beyond
The German spelling reform of 1996 led to public controversy and considerable dispute.
Some state parliaments (Bundesländer) would not accept it (North Rhine Westphalia and Bavaria). The dispute landed at one point in the highest court, which made a short issue of it, claiming that the states had to decide for themselves and that only in schools could the reform be made the official rule—everybody else could continue writing as they had learned it.
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