GERMAN QUESTION! What's the difference between "warum" and "wieso"?

This isn't a trick question or anything, I really wanna know. Because I think that they both mean "why"... so.. what's the difference?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "Warum" is generally used as "why" for most common circumstances. If I'm correct, there really isn't a huge difference beyond contextual usage. Oxford lists them both as "why," and since wieso is easily read as a contraction of "how" and "so", à la "how so", think of wieso to belong to th question "how does that work," while "warum" would belong to "why is this that way."

    Hope that makes since! It's really all quite indefinite and contextual.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The natives claim that it is basically the same.

    http://de.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200...

    I think wieso is a deeper "why", like you are asking why and how come at the same time.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    warum is basicacly why and wieso is basically how come

    Warum bist du hier?

    Wieso bist du hier?

    why are u here ?

    how come u r here?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Wieso is really how is that and warum is why.

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  • Judy
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    1 decade ago

    they both mean the same :

    but literally, they are:

    warum: why

    wie-so: why -so/ is that?

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