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Warum benennen die Deutschen Filmtitel um? [closed]

Ich habe schon vor einiger Zeit bemerkt, dass Originalfilmtitel in andere Sprachen übersetzt werden. Aber scheinbar machen nur die Deutschen das bis zur vollständigen Unkenntlichkeit des ...
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What's the origin of “Löcher in den Bauch fragen”?

I know "Löcher in den Bauch fragen" means "ask too many questions", but I really can't imagine the origin. Maybe because too many questions are annoying like a hole in the belly?
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Ist es unfreundlich “Du bist schlecht für Herz.” zu sagen?

Ich bin neu in Deutschland und ich habe eine Freundin. Sie hat sich schlecht gefühlt, als ich "Du bist so süß, schlecht für Herz :)" geschrieben habe, und wir haben uns entschieden eine Umfrage zu ...
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How can a native English speaker know when it is appropriate to use the polite (Sie) or the familiar (Du)?

In a language such as English, where there are no "built-in" (so to say) polite and familiar forms, what are some simple tips or guidelines for when to use the polite or the familiar forms? Are there ...
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Why do German students knock on the desk? [closed]

When I was in Germany it was my first lecture and I was a little bit sleepy. Suddenly I woke up because all students were knocking on the desk, at first I thought there was a strike. But later I ...
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How do German job ads specify both female and male role types?

I just saw an job ad on Stack-Overflow in German, and it said Software Entwickler/in Is the Entwickler/in referring to both genders of developers? And if so, do German job ads typically use ...
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Culture curiosity. Baloon with a wish

It is a question more about culture than German language. I live in Poland. Last week I found in my garden a balloon out of the gas. On the balloon there was a drawing of a girl saying Viel ...
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Wie heißt der bayrische „Kochenball“?

Ich habe gehört, dass es einen traditionellen Ball in Bayern gibt. Er heißt etwa „Kochenball“ und wird am Morgen gefeiert. Die Geschichte ist, dass der Ball für die Diener war, weil sie abends keine ...
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Do Germans count on fingers starting from the thumb? [closed]

I’ve watched the Inglourious Basterds movie. In the bar scene the English spy is ordering three beers and held his three fingers up and by this giving himself away. Is it true in the real life? ...
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Does the concept of the Master Bedroom exist in German Language/Culture?

In German Culture, does the concept of a Master Bedroom, exist? In America, most houses have a master bedroom that is constructed differently than the others, and is usually identified as such on the ...
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Was ist der Düsseldorfer Radschläger?

I've heard a story about Düsseldorf and Düsseldorfer Radschläger was mentioned like the first assoсiation connected with this city. Is it some kind of local tradition or a person?
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What to say after someone sneezes?

I've heard Germans saying: Gesundheit But in a movie, someone sneezes and someone else saying: Heuschnupfen? Is it polite? Is it colloquial? What else could I say when talking to someone ...
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What does “Knallerfrauen” mean?

Google translate doesn't seem to make sense with this word. I found this comedy show that I think It's hilarious, which its name is this word. What does "Knallerfrauen" mean?
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What pronunciation is more influential, higher status or standard?

I was looking into different pronunciations, I saw there is a difference between regions within Germany and also with other German speaking countries, making me wonder which set of pronunciation rules ...
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Can one say “Schönheit”/ “Bescheidenheit” instead of “Gesundheit”?

When somebody sneezes, we say "Gesundheit". Can this word be replaced by "Schönheit" or "Bescheidenheit"? One of my colleagues has suggested me these words. What do these words mean in this ...
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Which words or phrases should non-native speakers avoid to prevent unintentional offense?

When I studied German in the early 90s, we were taught that an unmarried woman is a Fräulein, but I recently learned that Fräulein is offensive. We aren't all ugly Americans, and I don't want to fall ...