Can 'anrufen' be used for non-phone calls?
Hey everyone. Do I still use 'anrufen' when I call people on something like skype or discord. Thanks
Calling on the phone or modern equivalents (voice calls on skype/whatsapp/vidyo/...) is the most common meaning, the word itself is older and has the meaning of calling someone by his or her name. It is also used to call for help/advice in certain ways, like ein Gericht anrufen ("calling a court") or praying for something ("Gott anrufen"). In radio communication (ships/planes/amateur radio) you say rufen, like already stated in the star trek example.