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How do you determine whether to call someone "Mädchen" or "Frau" in German?

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  • How do you determine whether to call someone "Mädchen" or "Frau" in German?


    Is it like in English where we sometimes call 25 year old women "girls" depending on the situation? Or is mädchen only for children? Slim Select Keto
    Zuletzt geändert von johnbush; 28.11.2018, 11:38.

  • Moorleiche
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    mettchen

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  • Maikigay
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    ok

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  • AndreaC-99
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    Zitat von Maikigay Beitrag anzeigen
    Warum wird hier Englisch gesprochen?
    Courtesy. Maybe German is not the native language of "johnbush"? And the forum rules allow English as an alternative language

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  • Maikigay
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    Warum wird hier Englisch gesprochen?

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  • Aspartam
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    Mädchen means girl, Frau means woman. Just like in english we usually use Mädchen to describe someone who is underage, but also to express our affection towards someone, or to express that someone is generally youthful.
    Many women in their early twenties still refer to themselves as Mädchen, just like in english. When you're close with someone, e.g. your girlfriend, it isn't uncommon to call her Mädchen even if she's technically an adult.
    I would use Mädchen pretty much the same way I use "girl" in english.

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