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Old January 24th, 2007, 06:01 PM   #61
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Autobahn (Motorway):



Kraftfahrstraße (Expressway):


yellow signing like on the "Bundesstraße".

Bundesstraße (comparable to US Highway / Federal road):



Landesstraße (comparable to US State Highway):


Number usually not used on the signs! In Bavaria and in Saxony they are called "Staatsstraße".

Kreisstraße (County Road)

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Old January 24th, 2007, 09:17 PM   #62
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thats where we can encounter problems, cuz many state roads in california are freeways, and the ones that arnt should be.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 02:41 PM   #63
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Kraftfahrstraße (Expressway):
Isn't it called "Schnellstraße"?
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Old January 25th, 2007, 03:13 PM   #64
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yes, you can call it "Schnellstraße", too, but the official word is "Kraftfahrstraße". A road (Straße) only for motor vehicles (Kraftfahrzeuge); Bikes and very slow vehicles are not allowed to use these roads.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 05:07 PM   #65
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^ I understand, yes, I just haven't heard of the expression yet.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 05:27 PM   #66
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In Switzerland Kraftfahrstraße is called Autostrasse.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #67
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In Spain we have Autovías (free) and Autopistas (tolled).
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Old January 25th, 2007, 06:49 PM   #68
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In France
Autoroutes for motorway in majority tolled
Voie express for expressway or freeway
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 01:00 PM   #69
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i know nobody is interested in such a small country but in hungarian we say autopalya
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 01:13 PM   #70
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Malaysia called as Lebuhraya which same meaning to expressway or highway, jalan persekutuan (federal road), its nation main road which connect state to state.
jalan negeri (state road) is connect between a town or city within state,
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Old February 9th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #71
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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).
Not true. Before WW-II the Italians havent build a single kilometer of dual-carriageway autostrada. The pre-war autostrada is quite unlike what we nowadays describe as a "motorway"/freeway/Autobahn.
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Old February 17th, 2007, 03:50 PM   #72
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The Plural of Autobahn is Autobahnen, not Autobahns! Just so you know.
There are two main reasons for this:

No.1: Autobahn is actually an English word... now. Of cause, it's originally a German word for the German Motorway's, and the English word "Autobahn" is used only in reference to the Germanic nations motorway systems. However, it is now officially a word in English and to be found in the English dictionary. This means, that it is grammatically correct to use the "s" to signify a plural. (It is also worth pointing out that you can correctly use "en" as well in English, but it is not widely used)

The 2nd reason many people place the "s" for the plural is when it is in an English sentence. If spoken in German naturally, one would end with "en". In most cases, in English, the English Grammar doesn't change to foreign language grammar if throwing in a non-English noun (Autobahn being a common noun). Otherwise it would be far too confusing for everyone to know every linguistic plural combination out there for every language. I suspect this is the case ion most languages.

So to be honest, you are incorrect if referring to Autobahn in an English sentence. It is officially both "s" and "en" in English, but "s" is by far the most common (and still correct) usage.
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Old February 20th, 2007, 04:24 AM   #73
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Just so you know.
In german perhaps, but not in English.

The plural of bureau in English is bureaus, not bureaux.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 12:04 AM   #74
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Ok, I think we got it, the thread can be closed down now.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 02:47 PM   #75
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Nice to see there'll always be people who take nonsense threads (or should that be 'threaden'?) seriously...
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 02:56 PM   #76
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The word "Autobahn" is much more famous in the world than Autoroute or Autopista, but they are doing good too.
The most famous word in the world is "Autostrada" (Italian) because it was the first to be used. Autobahn came later and refered to the raillway word "Bahn".
In France, Belgium, Switzerland, it became "Autostrade" in the 1950'. "Autoroute" replaced it later and nobody know why.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 03:15 PM   #77
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The most famous word in the world is "Autostrada" (Italian) because it was the first to be used.
it wasn't.

That road was just an expressway with level crossings and no median. Not anything we are used to see now.
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Old February 27th, 2007, 03:46 AM   #78
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Yup...

Germany...

Autobahn and Oktoberfest are the things that come to mind first. Not that that's a bad thing at all!! I LOVE Germany, and thanks for the clarification, I would have said Autobahns actually.

Pretty funny that people think everyone drives 180KM/HR on these things screaming and going crazy as they fly down the road like an American would. Of course, this is just cause our speed limits are only 105-120KM/HR in America. When we think of going as fast as you want, we think of 18 year old kids in America who fly down the road at their cars top speeds without a care what happens to them - since that's usually the only ones who would do something so stupid with no knowledge how to control a car at fast speeds, and on roads not perfected for top speeds.

I've only been on the 'bahn once, and it was going to the airport in Munich. The guy was going maybe 135KM/HR, but of course we were thinking "oh la la, so fast"
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Old February 27th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #79
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I've only been on the 'bahn once, and it was going to the airport in Munich. The guy was going maybe 135KM/HR, but of course we were thinking "oh la la, so fast"
I have quite some experience driving on German Autobahnen, i travel through this country mutiple times a year.

On most Autobahnen, the general speed is between 130 / 150km/h. There are some guys who drive 200km/h, especially on the deserted Autobahnen in the Northwest and Northeast, but clearly not everyone.
And traffic is very disciplined in Germany.

The accident-rate on Autobahnen is not higher than other countries in Western Europe.
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Old February 27th, 2007, 02:54 PM   #80
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I've only been on the 'bahn once, and it was going to the airport in Munich. The guy was going maybe 135KM/HR, but of course we were thinking "oh la la, so fast"


Once I was so stupid to dare driving 190 km/h in Switzerland. It was probably Swiss record of the month.
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