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Translation of “anyway” to change subject of conversation

In English, "anyway" is sometimes used to change the subject of conversation. Anyway, how are you? Is the corresponding German word "sowieso"? Sowieso, wie geht's dir? Are there other ...
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Translation of “anyway” to mean “in spite of the mentioned fact”

I want to translate "anyway" in the meaning of "in spite of the mentioned fact". This idea probably won't work, but let's try it anyway. Can "auf jeden Fall", "irgendwie", "sowieso", "trotzdem", ...
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Translation of “sort of”

In English, "sort of" is used to express half-hearted agreement. A: You're proud of your home country, right? B: Well, sort of. In German: A: Sie sind stolz auf Ihr Heimatland, oder? ...
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How do you say Jinx?

So in English you can "jinx" someone (Jinx you owe me a coke!). Is there a phrase in German that is the equivalent? English reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_(children's_game)
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Umgangssprache für «on second thought»

Gibt es eine einfache, deutsche Art zu «on second thought»? Beispiele: Ich möchte das Bargeld in kleinen Noten haben; [on second thought], es wäre besser, wenn ich grosse Noten haben könnte. ...
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What is the correct answer to “alles klar”?

When someone asks me "alles klar?" what should I answer? I would like to say something more than "ja". Is there a way to ask if they are doing ok too?
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“schnell auf der Straße stehen” meaning

What does it mean "schnell auf der Straße stehen" in this sentence "Durch Verletzung oder Vereinsinsolvenz können auch junge Spieler schnell auf der Straße stehen."?
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What or who is a “Scholli”?

I hear people say: "Mein lieber Scholli, das war knapp!" What does "Scholli" mean in this context? Is using this idiom in any way offensive or insulting?
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How colloquial is “Er ist in Schwung”?

I have heard this a few years ago, meaning someone is in very good shape, very active, very fit. But I wonder if it is still said and which connotation this phrase has.
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Bei XY unterm Sofa?

Ich hatte in mein Notizbuch diesen Ausdruck geschrieben: "Wie bei Heini Geiger unterm Sofa" (C'est le bazar!, Es ist sehr unordentlich) Es scheint unmöglich zu sein, mithilfe von Google mehr ...
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Was bedeutet: „Verflixt noch mal, da rührt sich was”?

The little songs we had to listen to in German class seemed so silly at the time, but I can still recall a few of them all the way back to seventh grade. One was Dracula Rock—but no YouTube in the ...