Übersetzung Englisch nach Deutsch - Questions on translations from English to German.

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How do I ask for my coffee “for here”?

In a coffee shop, you can say, for example, "einen Kaffee zum Mitnehmen, bitte" to say that you want your coffee "to go". What is an idiomatic way to instead ask for your coffee "for here", meaning ...
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How do you say “I am almost # (age)” in German?

When I am using Google translate on "I am almost 18", I get: Ich bin fast 18. Ich bin beinahe 18. Are this sentences correct? What is most used? Are there any other popular forms?
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“I should be…” Constructions

I'm not fully sure of how to go about conveying the meaning of sentences like "I should be going to bed now" or "He should be speaking decent English". I think part of my problem may stem from the ...
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Translation of “the 45th most beautiful city”

For "the second/third beautiful city, we can write Die zweitschönste Stadt and Die drittschönste Stadt What about the 45th most beautiful city? We can probably write Die 45. schönste ...
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Gibt es eine gängige Übersetzung von »premature optimisation«?

Im Englischen ist premature optimisation ein feststehender Begriff für übereifrige Laufzeit- oder Speicheroptimierungen beim Programmieren. Gibt es einen gängigen oder gar etablierten Begriff, der ...
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How to say “to handover a telephone receiver” in German?

If I receive a call for my friend and he/she is sitting beside me, what should I say in German? In English, I'd say: Just hold on while I give him/her the receiver. or Just hold on, I'll ...
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Idiomatic equivalent for “I am afraid, I can't do that”

Is there an idiom which would convey I'm afraid I can't do that Literally translating, It would become Ich fürchte, ich kann das nicht tun Would that make sense?
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Complimenting 101: Hair

"You look more beautiful with long hair than before." I tried but I don't know if my translation is valid. I would say: Du siehst aus schöner als vor, mit langen Haaren" Do I have my words in ...
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Best German expression for being metaphorically “rusty”

What would be the most natural way of saying in German that one is "rusty" at a particular skill/language? I have used "verrostet" myself and while native speakers have caught my meaning, I don't ...
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Wie sagt man “Out of the corner of my eye” auf Deutsch?

Wie sagt man "Out of the corner of my eye"? In der Ecke meines Auges habe ich gesehen, wie mein Bruder aus dem Haus ging. Am I using the right word for "corner" or would another word serve ...
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“To have a haircut”

How would you say I had a haircut yesterday. Would it be (a) Ich hatte gestern ein Haarschnitt. or (b) Ich habe mir gestern die Haare schneiden lassen. Which one sounds more natural? ...
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How do you say “I am americanized” in German?

I am not sure if this sentence is right but here it goes: Ich bin amerikanisiert. Is grammatically correct? Would this be used in common speech?
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“Kontakt” vs. “Impressum”

I am building a contact page for a website that caters to a German audience and was wondering which word makes more sense for a "contact us" page. I was browsing various websites in Germany and ...
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Translation of “neither team played well”

Neither Team A or Team B played well. could be translated as Weder Team A noch Team B hat gut gespielt. (is it "hat" and not "haben", similar to in English?) What about Neither team ...
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“Ding” auf einer Speisekarte

Was ist das korrekte Wort für Dinge auf einer Speisekarte? Auf englisch würde ich "Item" benutzen, aber alle Übersetzungen für "Item" klingen irgendwie falsch. "Gericht" deutet ja meiner Meinung ...
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How to translate “to make no sense”?

How would you say "to make no sense" in German? I've seen uses with machen and haben: Das macht keinen Sinn. Es hat keinen Sinn, mit Ihnen zu streiten.
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What is the difference between “verdachten” and “vermuten”?

What is the difference between "verdachten" and "vermuten" and am I using the proper words in my translations of the popular American songs: (Du weiss) ich liebe dich, sehr geliebte Jedes Tag ...
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Übersetzung von »It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when«

Wenn man versucht, dramatisch zu klingen, sagt man oft It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. auf Englisch – besonders in Filmen. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck übersetzen? Es ist ...
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Translation of “That must have been a year ago”

A: Remember when we had dinner together at that restaurant? B: That must have been a year ago! To translate: A: Erinnerst du dich, als wir zusammen Abendessen in diesem Restaurant ...
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Good German phrase for “lone wolf”? [closed]

I am looking for a good German word(s) for the English "(a)lone wolf". Practically I am looking for not only a simple dictionary translation, but for a secondary/metaphorical meaning as well, if it ...
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What is the best German translation for the verb phrase “to upgrade software”?

When writing IT German, I try find the balance between using accepted German words (e.g. "Festplatte" instead of "Harddrive" even though anyone reading the text would understand "Harddrive") but not ...
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Golf Club Proper Names

I am localizing some video games for the German language, but need to know the proper translations for a couple golf clubs. I realize that each of these has a literal translation, but I was hoping ...
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How can 'loss function' be translated?

In mathematical optimization, statistics, decision theory and machine learning, a loss function or cost function is a function that maps an event or values of one or more variables onto a real ...
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Translation of “I work whenever I want to work.”

I work whenever I want to work. What would be a good translation for that? I have a problem with "whenever". Google Translate says that the translation of "whenever" is "sobald", "wann auch ...
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Arten von Adjektiven

In einem englischen Paper über deutsche Sprache wird von "attributive and descriptive adjectives" gesprochen. In meinem Grammatik Duden (Band 4 - 7 Auflage) steht, dass es folgende Arten von ...
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Translation of “The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory”

How would you translate The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory I would say Das amerikanische Erneuerbareenergielabor It is correct to write "Erneuerbareenergielabor" as one word? If ...
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Best way of expressing “for all I know” in German

One English expression I particularly like is "for all I know". It has such a level of arbitrariness to it that is unlike any other German expression that is similar to it: For all I know, every ...
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Nevertheless/Nonetheless in German

Related to What's the grammatical difference between "trotz" und "trotzdem"?, there are several translation for nevertheless or nonetheless: gleichwohl [formal] ...
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How do you say “a runaway” in German?

A policeman found a runawaywalking along highway 75. Ein Polizist hat eine Fliehende auf dem Highway 75 entlang gehen finden. Alot of suggestions came up for the word "runaway" and I chose only ...
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How to say “take a joke” in German

When pulling a prank on someone or telling a joke that could come across as offensive, usually we say "take a joke" or something along those lines. What is the expression for this in German?
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How do you say “You are something”?

How do you say "You are something" in German? I'd like to say it in this context : Why can't you meet my Parents??!! You're something, you know that?! Here's my attempt. Can one say: Du bist ...
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How do you say “your heart skips a beat” in German?

Ben walked into the room and her heart skipped a beat. Ben betrat das Schlafzimmer und sie wurde überrascht. How do you say "your heart skips a beat" in German? Can I use "überraschen" in this ...
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How do you say “I was awoken by the crying of the baby” in German?

At 3 o'clock in the morning I was awoken by the crying of the baby. I had to pick her up and give her to her mom. Um 3 Uhr morgens wurde ich vom Schreien des Babys geweckt. Ich musste sie vom Bett ...
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How do you say “growth development” in German?

Playing is very important to children because it helps with their growth development. Das Spielen ist den Kindern sehr wichtig, weil es ihrer Wachsenenwicklung hilft. Is Wachsenentwicklung the ...
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How to say web addresses and version numbers in German?

In English, for example, "http://german.stackexchange.com/questions/ask" and "Windows 8.1" are read aloud as: H T T P COLON DOUBLE SLASH german DOT stackexchange DOT com SLASH questions SLASH ...
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Asking someone to switch to English

Not knowing quite enough yet to speak completely in German, I sometimes need to ask someone on the phone to switch to English (as they normally answer in German). My last attempt: Können wir ...
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How to say “happy cooperation” in German?

I want to express the wish for a "joyful and fruitful cooperation" to my German colleague in German. But it is hard for me to trust Google translate on this task. Can anyone kindly show me how to say ...
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How to say “now a days…” / “nowadays” in German?

Google Translate says Nun wird ein Tag but I think it does not feel correct. Can we just say "Heute..."? Are there any other ways to say this? Example: Now a days smartphones are very ...
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How to say “and such” in German?

I'd like to translate the sentence "We need sunburn cream, bath towels and such." Wir werden heute an den Strand fahren. Was brauchen wir fürs Sonnenliegen? Wir brauchen Sonnebrand-Creme, ...
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How to translate “Split, merge, done.” into German?

I have a software application that uses a grid system for layout. In this grid system, the user can split and merge rows and columns. I have this phrase in English (to show how fast the operations ...
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Wie sagt man “This is a reach” auf Deutsch?

Auf ELL bin ich vorhin über die Phrase "This is a reach" gestolpert. Here - and this is a reach - but it could technically be understood to mean that my mother thinks this girl is the prettiest I ...
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German word equivalents for 'prison' in a metaphorical sense

I was working with this quote That is just a fairytale, A vicious stupid fairytale that keeps people in a mental prison. When I went to interpret it, I got this sentence Das ist nur ein ...
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Translation of “I can't eat spicy food”

How would you say "I can't eat spicy food"? Ich kann kein scharfes Essen essen. It sounds strange to put two "Essen"s together. Or is it okay? What would be other ways?
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The Germans words for “resolve” that carry the context of resolving conflict in social interactions

During my research when I was attempting to interpret "resolve conflicts quickly" I found a few words that indicate resolving. The translation that I previously had was Konflikte zu lösen schnell ...
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Your point being?

How would you translate "your point being?". Best thing I can come up with is "Und?". But that only works if the context is there. Is there some more "correct" translation?
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Comparing German words for different contexts of “commute” to mean traveling to work?

I am writing an article about commuting. So far the words I have found are more related to the word "commute" in a scientific context: pendeln , umwandeln, and verwandeln Which makes me asks if ...
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Best word for “computer science”

It may seem like an obvious question, but having never been to Germany I wouldn’t know. What is the most ‘native’ (for lack of a better word) way of saying computer science as in a school subject. My ...
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Entwerten literal meaning

I am not that good at German, but correct me if I am wrong, 'entwerten' is to do with validating your ticket on public transport. When you look into the meaning of the word, it is 'devalue'. I was ...
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How is the verb “singen” used in different tenses?

I have read that "Gesang" translates to "singing" in English. But is that the present tense? The sentence that I am working on is: Sing to yourself So I would like to know the context in ...
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What are the different variations of the word “workplace” in German and what is their most appropriate context?

I understand that Workplace translates into german as Arbeitsplatz but in America we use variations such as "the office", "the shop", etc. And it seems that much of the context depends on the type of ...