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Old January 13th, 2007, 06:31 PM   #41
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^ You stated that soft curves on the German Autobahns are one of the reason why they are THE safest to travel on (so you excluded other countries); so it can't be one of the reasons why they are the safest; I'd say because of their quality (good asphalt is characteristic for Germany) and perhaps the drivers (although there are many foreigners on German Autobahns as well).
'The' safest was of course more of a rhetorical use of the word 'the'. I don't know the statistics (neither do you, I presume), so I can't really say that German Autobahnen are the safest to travel on.

But let's stop being annoying nitpickers, shall we?
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Old January 13th, 2007, 07:29 PM   #42
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Old January 13th, 2007, 07:40 PM   #43
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what a silly thread
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Old January 13th, 2007, 08:27 PM   #44
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the real work should be Motorways because the internation language is the english

Only Germany Switzerland and Austria use the term Autobahn
"Autobahn" stands for a high quality toll-free highway with no speed limit. It is a worldwide known word like Oktoberfest.


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The overall safety record of autobahns is comparable to other European motorways, and motorways are safer than other road types. A 2005 study by the Federal Minister of the Interior indicated that there were an equal number of accidents per kilometer on the autobahn in sections without any speed limits.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 02:46 PM   #45
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Come on. Autobahn is motorway in German und Autobahn heisst motorway in English. Some motorways in Germany may not have speed limits, but they're still only motorways.. Oktoberfest is the name of one particular event, not every "fest" in the world.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 01:05 PM   #46
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"Autobahn" stands for a high quality toll-free highway with no speed limit. It is a worldwide known word like Oktoberfest.
Erm, not only Germany has Autobahnen, we have them too.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 01:18 PM   #47
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The first road resembling an Autobahn was built 1921 in Berlin (the AVUS). However the first real Autobahn was built 1924 in Italy (Milan-Como). Italians call it Autostrada.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 02:04 PM   #48
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Erm, not only Germany has Autobahnen, we have them too.
Also in colloquial spoken Polish language exists word like "Autobana" (written as it is spoken) for Autobahn. It's an obvious intake from German, and is most popular in Silesia region.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 06:55 PM   #49
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^ So it's a lot of us who use this German expression in spoken language (also Slovenians, Turks, ...), but I find it especially useful in English, as it has bunch of words, which just confuse everyone (like motorway, freeway, expressway, highway, ...).
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Old January 18th, 2007, 10:47 PM   #50
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Autobahn = Motorway= Autoroute= Autostrada= Autopista etc
It is the same word in different language.
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Old January 20th, 2007, 10:45 AM   #51
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...but I find it especially useful in English, as it has bunch of words, which just confuse everyone (like motorway, freeway, expressway, highway, ...).
I agree, and don't forget Tollway, which get's into confuson aswell. An autobahn doesn't have to be toll/maut free for example the Brennerautobahn has a maut.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 01:25 PM   #52
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highways?

for everyone who isn't australian or british, what do u call other main roads (roads which aren't always divided, can have traffic lights and level crossings)

map of australian roads: the grey roads are our freeways/motorways/interstates/autobahns (if u will).

the other lines are just plain ole' highways..what do u call them in ur country?




it's something that always bugs me...cuz people on this forum are always comparing their countries different stuff..but never on a common factor, and missunderstanding generates alot of crap.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 06:55 PM   #53
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The Netherlands:

Well, we have Motorways, which are the same as Autobahnen, Autoroutes, Freeway's etc.

Than we have National Roads. In the US they call these Highways.
Next are Provincial roads, most of the non-motorway roads are Provincial roads, designated with the prefix Nxxx
National Roads have 1 and 2 digit numbers, Provincial Roads have 3 digit numbers. These are generally the less important roads, althought they want to bring some National Roads to the provinces, which is a bad thing.

National Roads and Provincial roads can be compared to the US Highways or State Highways.

And there are a load of non-numbered roads, which we call just... roads
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 07:38 PM   #54
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^ I think it was meant how they're called in your (Dutch) language, although I'm not sure...
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 07:41 PM   #55
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(Auto)snelweg. Plural with -en added.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 08:06 PM   #56
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Czech: Dálnice
Danish: Motorvej
Dutch: Autosnelweg
English (UK): Motorway
English (US): Freeway, Expressway
English (AUS): Freeway
Finnish: Moottoritie
French: Autoroute
German: Autobahn
Italian: Autostrada
Norwegian: Motorvei A
Polish: Autostrada
Portuguese: Autoestrada
Russian: Avtomagistral'
Slovak: Dial'nica
Slovene: Avtocesta
Spanish: Autopista
Swedish: Motorväg
Turkish: Otoyol
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:11 PM   #57
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Luxembourgish: Autobunn
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 10:34 PM   #58
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Bundesstraße (Federal Road)
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:05 AM   #59
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nah i meant like just for english, but how u would say em when speaking english. alot of americans call there interstates highways, and all the asian forumers call their freeways highways.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 05:52 PM   #60
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^ If you mean highways (so NOT motorways, freeways, expressways), I think most of us call them highways or main/major roads, no special difference. Unless you're having in mind sth like davidkunz/VIE wrote (Federal Road/Bundesstraße). Then I know for Croatia it calls them "State Road" ("Državna cesta", abbreviation "D"), in Slovenia we simply call them "Highway/Main Road/Major Road" ("Glavna cesta", abb. "G"). In Italy they also call them "State Road" ("Strada Statale", abb. "SS").
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