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

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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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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 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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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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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith — Order 66

There is a scene in the third episode of Star Wars in which Darth Sidious says Execute Order Sixty-Six. What would be the best way to translate this into German? I am thinking of using ...
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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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“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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Proper usage of “Entschuldigung”

I'm currently on the German course on Duolingo (trying to learn) and am a little confused about some of the Duolingo translation. It says that Entschuldigung means both excuse me and sorry. If this is ...
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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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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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Wie sagt man „by design“ auf Deutsch?

Wie sagt man auf Deutsch by design? Zum Beispiel: the back cover of the CD is absent by design Google Translate empehlt „von Entwurf“ und „nach Design“, aber ich glaub ihm nicht.
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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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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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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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How do I say “on her/his/their mother/father's side” in German?

How do I say "She looks like her aunts on her mother's side"? Sie sieht wie ihre Tanten mütterlicherseits aus. I cannot use mütterlicherseits in this case because that would mean "on my ...
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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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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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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 say “to be stuck with a problem”?

I work at a German company and today I got stuck working on a problem and I am still not done with it. I want to express that to my boss, and I am looking for a word or phrase for being stuck with a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Translation of “She is too talkative for my liking”

If I want to say that I don't like someone because she talks too much, how should I say it? Sie redet zu viel nach meinem Geschmack? Basically I am looking for the right words for "to my ...
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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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Modal verbs: correspondence German - English

Coming across the six modal verbs in the German language, I've put them in correspondence (1:1) with English ones (or similar English verbs used in conjunction with main verbs): 1a. müssen --> ...
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“It's time to pluck a pigeon”

Während mir klar ist, was der Satz bedeuten soll, habe ich keine geeignete Weise gefunden den ins Deutsche zu übersetzen (wortwörtlich wäre ja Käse). Ideen? Edit: Bedeutung ist laut online ...
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How is the cliched plot device of 'not realising a Dr. is female' interpreted in German, where it would be obvious?

In English the title "Doctor" is the same whether or not the person is male/female, but in German there are two different words for this.
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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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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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Technical drawing glossary: How do you translate “cross section” (of a boat)?

I'm designer and 3D artist and I'm translating my portfolio in German. I'm uncertain how to translate some specific design words, in this case: (of a boat, yacht) side cross section I found ...
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How to say “Sorry, not now, I am too busy”

I would like to be able to express Sorry, not now, I am too busy, or simply the idea that I am busy right now. I am not sure what to choose between besetzt and beschäftigt to say busy. I don´t really ...
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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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“I go to school at [School Name (specifically a high school)]”

How would you say this in German? I've been thinking about this on and off for almost 2 years and just got around to asking. My guess would be Ich gehe zur/in die Schule bei/an [Riverside High ...
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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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“Magnanimous” auf Deutsch, und eine kleine Email

I would like to ask my work colleagues if they are interested in donating some portion of their time by participating in this fantastic site. To that end, I wanted to write something tongue-in-cheek ...
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Wie sagt man „to track (an asset)“ auf Deutsch? How would you say “to track (an asset)” in German?

Es ist für die Beschreibung einer Asset-Tracking-Software. Das Beste, was ich bis jetzt gefunden habe, ist verfolgen, aber ich finde es nicht ideal. Um etwas mehr Kontext zu geben, es geht um ...