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

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Why in Harry Potter didn't they translate 'Mister' as 'Herr'?

e.g. 'Mister Potter' Shouldn't this have been 'Herr Potter'? Is this a modern thing, English dubbed into German thing or...?
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Übersetzung von “in each turn”

Two players play a game in which they take turns asking each other a question. In each turn, the player whose turn it is asks the other player any question he wants. Im Wörterbuch kann man ...
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German idiom similar to “to put the whole matter into a nutshell”?

Do similar figure of speech exist in German or should one translate it literally? "Ein Fazit ziehen" seems to make sense, but seems to be better used as a heading with colon. "Fazit:"
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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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How to translate “single-threaded” in a software documentation?

As the question states... how would you translate "single-threaded" in a software documentation? "Einzel-gethreaded" sounds kinda weird to me. The sentence I like to translate is the following: ...
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Übersetzung von “in July next year”

The event will be held in July next year. Wie kann man das ins Deutsche übersetzen? (a) Die Veranstaltung wird im Juli nächstes Jahr stattfinden. (b) Die Veranstaltung wird im Juli vom ...
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Gibt es eine deutsche Übersetzung zu „friend zone“?

Ich habe zumindest „Freundeszone“ (erste Google-Treffer) noch nie gehört. Ein Wikipediaeintrag existiert für Englisch, Spanisch, Portugiesisch und Russisch.
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How do you say ' to be good at something' in German?

How do you say 'to be good at something' in German? Meine Mutter ist sehr gut dazu, dass sie das Haus sauber hält. My mother is very good at keeping the house clean. Ich bin sehr gut im ...
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“to consider something/someone as something/someone” in German

I am trying to find a German expression for to consider st/sb as st/sb, e.g., as in: I consider him as my best friend. I’ve looked up some English–German dictionaries for the expression in ...
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Deutsches Wort für »Main Theme« (Titelmusik eines Videospiels)

Ich suche eine gute Übersetzung für den englischen Begriff main theme. Diese Bezeichnung findet man besonders im Internet häufig für die Titelmusik eines Films oder Videospiels; bspw. wäre Dragonborn ...
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“erstellen” or “erzeugen”?

Software X is producing printed reports, based on user input. How would I translate accurately 'produced with X' and 'produced by X', as both erstellen and erzeugen seem to be very near in their ...
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What's a good translation for “outcome measures”?

For example in the sentence: Outcome measures for this study include three-year-survival rate and relapse.
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“non-blocking” Im Deutschen mit oder ohne Bindestrich?

Es gibt im Message Passing Interface (kurz MPI) blocking und non-blocking Operationen. Schreibt man im Deutschen dann, blockierende und nicht-blockierende Operationen? Oder doch ohne Bindestrich ...
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How would you write “South Gee Street” in German?

I need to write down the addresses of several stores in my area for my German class and need to translate South Gee Street for this purpose. My Professor said that South China changes to Südchina ...
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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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“Every two years” auf Deutsch

Wie sagt man "every two years" auf Deutsch? Zum Beispiel, This event takes place every two years. Ist es (a) Diese Veranstaltung findet jede zwei Jahre statt. (b) Diese Veranstaltung ...
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Adapting a Quote in Old English Style

I'd like to give someone a gift (who speaks German, and is also a fountain pen user) and include a quote from S.B.R.E. Brown (podcast here) written down with my own calligraphy. The problem is that ...
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Übersetzung von “let me drop everything to work on your problem”

Die wörtliche Übersetzung von Let me drop everything to work on your problem! ist Lass mich alles fallenlassen, um an deinem Problem zu arbeiten! Ich finde das doppelte "lassen" unschön. ...
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Übersetzung von “Goodness knows we need it”

Wie übersetzt man die Phrase Goodness knows we need it. ins Deutsche? Ein Beispiel von der Verwendung dieser Phrase: We are reaching out to tomorrow's scientists: with three decades of ...
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How do you say “I was driving when it happened.” seeing as German has no Progressive Tense?

I'm confused because I know German does not have Progressive Tenses as English does. So how do you get around the "-ing" part?
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What should be correct translation for “it's me”?

As far as my little German goes, translation for this should be - Es ist Ich. But here it says - Ich bin's. Is my translation correct ?
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Accurate words to communicate the concept of “dating”

When I have used translation services, the word suggestions for "dating" seem to be along the lines of carbon dating, not the intended romantic words. The other challenge is that American concept of ...
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Translation of “He has been allowed to dance, but I haven't.”

There are two versions that are possible: 1) Er hat tanzen dürfen, aber ich habe nicht gedurft. 2) Er hat tanzen dürfen, aber ich habe nicht dürfen. Which one is correct? (Updated: ...
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How to ask German student to homecoming?

I want to ask one of the foreign German guys to homecoming. I found different quotes but I don't know which one is correct. So how should I write the note to ask him? "Will you go to homecoming with ...
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How do I say 'For God's sake' in German?

How do I say 'For God's sakes' in German? Um Gottes willen, warum bist du hingegangen? Are there other alternatives for it?
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Habitual past vs simple past

How would the translation of the habitual past He would visit the beach everyday differ from the one of the simple past He visited the beach everyday? when translating those sentences to ...
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How to say “I will have recovered by next week” in German

Trying to translate: "By next week I will have recovered for sure" (meaning recovered from sickness) Have got out my grammar books and my "Deutsche Grammatik" (Helbig / Buscha) seems to suggest that ...
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“Because of” construction in German

Trying to translate the following sentence, I wondered how the construction is formed in German: There was a delay because of technical problems. I'd say: ... technischer Probleme gab es ...
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Difference between “einfach” and “nur”

I was wondering what the difference between einfach and nur is. einfach = just, simply nur = just, simply, only What other differences in usage are there?
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Gender of “Weisen” in “Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen”

The title of the first Harry Potter book is "Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen". (English: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) I noticed that "Weise" is a noun that declines as an ...
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Is there a colloquial/slang equivalent of “'them's fight'n words” in German?

I'm giving a keynote in Potsdam in two weeks on reputation systems, and I'm looking for a German colloquial/slang phrase for "Them's fight'n words!" I'm using it to represent the idea that people can ...
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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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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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»Point of interest« auf Deutsch

Hat jemand eine Idee, wie man POI / Point of interest kurz und knackig ins Deutsche übersetzen kann? Es handelt sich um Orte, die vor allem in Navigationssystemen als »Orte vom besonderen Interesse« ...
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Translation of “get stuck in traffic”

How would you translate In this city it is normal that one gets stuck in traffic for hours. I have problem with "get stuck in traffic": In dieser Stadt ist es normal, dass man stundenlang im ...
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Is “Diskursabfolge” a real word that is understood?

My email software GroupWise has an option to display a discussion thread. This option is named "Diskursabfolge" in the German language version. Googling for this term revealed 168 hits only, half of ...
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Übersetzung von “one of the very best”

Wie würde man den folgenden Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? Heidelberg is one of the very best cities in Germany. Ohne das Wort "very" würde ich sagen: "Heidelberg ist eine der besten Städte ...
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Translation of the idiom “no harm, no foul” in German

Do similar figure of speech exist in German or should one translate it literally?
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How to translate “again” from English?

I took a German course a few years ago, and the instructor said to be careful about using "wieder" to mean "again" in all contexts that you would in English. If I remember correctly, "wieder" ...
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Do people say “You're just being paranoid” in German?

"You're just being paranoid" is a very common put-down in English, used to dismiss people who are concerned about being treated unfairly. I wonder if people say the same thing in German. I have to ...
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how to work out the case of a segement

I'm getting better at working out the case I should use in many sentences but I thought of a sentence like: Here is our dog would our dog all be in the accusative case because it is the argument ...
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Übersetzung von Doppel “to” in “to make this question harder to get correctly”

To make this exam question harder for the students to get correctly, I've added a few words. Wie kann man diesen Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? Um diese Prüfungsfrage schwieriger für die ...
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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 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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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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How to translate: Some thing 'can go' for some time?

In the following sentence 'can go' is used to express that something will stay good for two weeks. She is saying that when she stops washing her hair for two weeks they still look good. I am puzzling ...
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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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Expressing A Person's Height

I would like to express a person's height in German. For example, if I wanted to say, I am six feet tall, I think I could say: Ich bin sechs Fuß Höhe. Or if I wanted to say that my girlfriend is ...
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Comparison of German words describing various degrees of a romantic relationship

Among some of the words that I have been running into are Beziehungen which I understand to be the general translation for the word relationship. Verhältnis which in some places seems to mean a ...
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How to say “in the last few months”

"In the last months" can be translated straightforwardly as In den letzten Monaten. For "in the last few months", would it be In den letzten einigen Monaten or In den einigen letzten ...