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

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How can we translate “Don't be a wuss (or cry-baby)” into German?

I'd like to know how should we translate "Don't be a wuss (or cry-baby)" into German? Which of these options would be the correct one?
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How to say “What day/time is convenient for you” in German?

A potential customer is asking me to come show a demo, and I want to ask what day/time is convenient for them. What is the usual way to express this? My attempt: Welches Tag/Zeit ist gut für ...
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German equivalent of “It works”

In English there is an idiom: It works. Or more likely: That/It works for me. I think that the following is wrong, as arbeiten seems rather literal, but would it be a correct ...
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How do you say “just because” in German?

A: Why are going to Edgar's ? B: Just because... My translation: A: Wieso gehst du zu Edgar? B: Nur weil...
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Differences in words for simplicity, such as “Einfachheit” and “Anspruchslosigkeit”

I was trying to write a sentence in German about simplicity and want the word that will best describe gratitude with simple pleasures. So I have come across the following words Anspruchslosigkeit ...
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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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Berg blick or Blick berg?

I am hoping someone can advise as to the correct word order for the translation of "mountain view". A friend that was fluent in German says berg blick. I also came across a German Shepherd Dog breeder ...
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How to say “unmaintained”, speaking about abandonware?

I want to say that a given application is unmaintained: No support, No new features will ever be added, Bugs will not be fixed. Can I say "nicht erhaltet"? Preferably a short adjective so that it ...
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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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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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Legal firstname, legal lastname in german?

Question: I need to translate the form labels legal lastname legal firstname into German. The legal is important here, since it's important the user enters his official name. Lastname is ...
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Translation of “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" is a popular proverb in English. According to Wikipedia: The phrase is a play on words involving idiomatic (Proverb) and distinct meanings of ...
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German word for “passphrase”

What is a good translation of the word passphrase into German? I refer, of course, to the technical term. I.e. when used with encryption. Would it be legit to use the old, but arguably suitable, ...
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Which of these two is the correct translation for “Silly me”?

Me is nominative here. So what it should be? Bin ich dumm! or Dumm ich!
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Chatty expression in German

There are chatty expressions in English, like in the middle of a conversation someone says: [Getting angry] Does it work the same in German? as in [sauer werden] Or such a thing isn't ...
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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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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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Ausdrucksstarkes deutsches Wort oder Wortgebilde für “Big Data”?

Nur aus Interesse, weiß jemand oder hat jemand eine Idee für ein gutes Wort für "Big Data"? Alle Synonyme, durch die ich bis jetzt geblättert habe, sind etwas platt. Vielleicht "Endlos Daten" war ...
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Translation for “methinks”

How would one say "methinks" in German? An example being, "Methinks he has changed the locks!" or "She is unwell, methinks" Google translate suggests "michdünkt". Would "es scheint mir" be better?
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“power aware design” in German

What would be a good translation for a power aware design when speaking about an electronic design flow? Energiebewusster Entwurf?
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“lying on his face” vs “lying on one's stomach”

There are two questions here. He is lying on his face/stomach. 1) Can the phrases "on one's stomach" and "on one's face" be deemed as interchangeable? They seem semantically same (being on the ...
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“How were the Holidays?”

Is it correct to say: Wie geht's Dir die Ferien? Not sure if it makes sense or not.
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Translation for “show off”

I try to find a colloquial way to express "to show off" but I really have no clue among all these possibilieties which one to choose. I actually think I just heard "mit (etwas)angeben" .. What would ...
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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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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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Übersetzung von „Corporatocracy“ als politischer Begriff?

Ich suche die deutsche Entsprechung von Corporatocracy. Aber nicht im Sinne einer engen Verflechtung von Wirtschaft und Politik sondern als politisches System. Eine Art „unternehmerische Technokratie“ ...
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Verb “to email” in German

What is the verb "to email" in German? Ich werde ihm eine Email schicken. How to reformulate it using the verb "to email"? Searching the dictionary doesn't seem to help, finding "Email" which ...
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What is the German equivalent of the English phrase “Fuck me”?

In English I say "fuck me" a lot to show annoyance with myself. So, I'm not trying to say "fuck-me" in the sexual way such as "fuck-me" boots etc. Is there a way to say this in the German used in ...
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how to say “It does not make any difference”?

I want to know what is the correct(most common) way to say It doesn't make any difference" Is it something like es macht keinen Unterschied or is there a better way to say this.
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Translation for “of interest to”

How would you say This video might be of interest to you. in German? I can think of Vielleicht interessiert Sie dieses Video. which would be closer to This video might interest you. I ...
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How to say “the start of my new life”?

My attempt: der Anfang meines neuen Lebens. I just want to make sure I’ve got the grammar perfect here. Also, is der Anfang the best-sounding word here, or do you think der Beginn is a better choice? ...
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How does one say “Polar bear cub” in German?

How would Polar bear cub be spoken in German? I know Eisbär is polar bear, but can't figure out the proper way to describe the young.
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“Submit the form” in German

How can one translate "Submit the form" (in a HTML page) into German? I’ve searched an the dictionary says that "Submit" is something like "Vorlegen" but I’m not sure about it.
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Translation of “Game on!”

In a football match, one team leads 2-0. The other team scores a goal. The commentator says It's now 2-1. Game on! where "Game on!" is used to mean that the game gets interesting again. Is there ...
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Übersetzung von “paper accepted for publication in journal”

His paper was recently accepted for publication in the journal Science. Wie kann man diesen Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? Mein Versuch: Sein Paper wurde kürzlich zur Veröffentlichung im ...
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Gibt es ein deutsches Äquivalent zu einem »Date«?

Gibt es ein deutsches Äquivalent zu einem Date im Sinne einer romantischen Verabredung? Auf Englisch würde ich z. B. fragen: Would you like to go on a date sometime? Eine Übersetzung dafür wäre: ...
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Difference between “Notizen” and “Aufzeichnungen” to mean notes

When I looked up English to German translation for "notes" I saw "Aufzeichnungen." But previously had seen "Notizen", when would either one of those words be more appropriate than the other to mean ...
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Construction of past participle of borrowed verbs

No surprise a past participle of a verb imported from English goes with the ge- form, because it's the commonest. But I've heard Germans say gedownloadet and, on the other hand, ...
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German words options for English equivalent of “workout” such as “Übung”

I want to best communicate "Enjoy your workout." So far I have Genießen Sie Ihre Übung But it sounds a bit generic and the word seems to mean more along the lines of "exercise". Which is not ...
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Translation of “it all depends on what you believe in”

My attempts: Alles kommt darauf an, an was du glaubst Alles kommt darauf an, woran du glaubst I'm not sure about the "an" in the second part, though my understanding is that it should be there, ...
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Translation of “I would be lying if I said that …”

I would be lying if I said that I'm not stressed about the upcoming test. How can this be translated into German? Ich würde lügen, wenn ich sagen würde, dass ich über die kommende Prüfung ...
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Wie sagt man “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” auf Deutsch?

Wie kann man den englischen Spruch "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst" elegant ins Deutsche übersetzen? Mein Versuch: Hoff auf das Beste und bereite dich auf das Schlimmste vor. Ist es ...
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Ich suche ein deutsches Buch wie das englische “Descriptionary” Buch

Das englische Buch Descriptionary (sample here) ist ein Buch, das englische Wörter erklärt und in Kategorien unterteilt. Ein Beispiel wäre "link" ist in der Kategorie "Internet" in der Kategorie ...
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Toasting “To the Old Gods”?

I have been trying to find information regarding toasts however I am just starting my studying of German. I would like to be able to toast the Old Nordic gods when I have drink, but lack of knowledge ...
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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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How do you say “I +1'ed you” in German?

How to say: I +1'ed you in German in the context of SE sites where you upvote someone's post?
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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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How would I say “Or, call us at (phone number)” in German?

How would I say "Or, call us at (phone number)" in German, or perhaps "Or, contact us at (phone number)? This is to be placed next to an e-mail contact form. The tone of the site is professional ...
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Creating a composite word names

I am trying to come up with a composite word for a group of "hunters from/of the hills" for a story. Looking at dictionaries and some web pages the best I can come up with is Hügeljäger. As this is ...