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Schools encouraged to speak Austrian-German

In a bid to protect the Austrian language, the Ministry of Education has provided schools and teachers with a brochure to help them teach students the importance of Austro-German.

The move comes after researchers at the University of Vienna found that more and more words from Germany were being used in schools by students and teachers.

Researchers Rudolf de Cillia and Jutta Ransmayr studied around 1,200 pupils between 14 and 18-years-old and found that eight out of ten students said "eine" instead of "ein" E-mail, and around 80 percent say 'Tschüss' for goodbye. It was also discovered that every third teacher used the word 'Junge' instead of 'Bub' for 'boy'.

However, 'Austrianisms' still live on with 90 percent using the Austrian time Jänner rather than Januar for January and eight out of ten not opting for 'lecker' to describe something as tasty, choosing instead 'schmeckt sehr gut'.

The new brochure distributed this this week has been designed to help contribute to a thoughtful understanding of how language is used today.

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