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What are good translations for “confidence” and “overconfidence” in terms of abilities/actions?

I was discussing descriptive terms for a role playing games rule system in the rpg.SE chat, and we came up with the terms "Confidence" and "Overconfidence" for these artifacts. I was wondering if ...
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German equivalent to “out of scope”?

I am currently translating an English specification for a software that needs to be implemented. In this specification, a few features that could be thought as "natural enhancements" need to be ...
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German equivalent of “I pulled a [name]”

There are two related English idioms I went full [name] on her/him. I pulled a [name]. as in: I pulled a Clinton. She went full Lewinsky on me. This means that you did something ...
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How do we translate “eye candy” in a user interface design context?

The term "eye candy" is increasingly used for optical/graphical design gimmicks intended to make the user experience on various desktops more attractive. Examples: "Your iPhone application ...
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What is the German word for “mind”?

Is there a word in German to refer to the mind? Gehirn is brain, but that’s the meat inside the head, not the mind. In Spanish it is mente. Is there a German equivalent? I have consulted my ...
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Wie kann ich “growth mindset” am besten übersetzen?

Ich will meinem Kind growth mindset beibringen. Dafür suche ich einen passenden deutschen Ausdruck, aber alles, was mir bislang eingefallen ist, ist zu lang oder gefällt mir nicht: ...
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Can articles be omitted in German headlinese sentences?

The german translation company we work with did translate the sentence Operating the machine without following the manual may harm the machine, the environment and you. as Der Betrieb ohne ...
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What are the difference between “schnellstes” or “am schnellsten”?

When we are talking about fast, faster, and the fastest. I don't have any idea how come there are such variations. schnell | schneller | am schnellsten schneller | schnelle | schnelles ...
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Hipster auf deutsch

Sagt man im Deutschen auch "Hipster" oder gibt es ein passendes deutsches Wort? Ich dachte erst an "Schickimicki", aber das passt nicht ganz, weil es sich nach meinem Verständnis auf Mode, Luxus und ...
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How to translate “maximal ratio of improvement of the second objective function over deterioration of the first”? [closed]

I'm looking for an appropriate translation of the following sentence, found in a paper on a bi-objective simplex algorithm: The algorithm iteratively generates entering variables which have a ...
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Translation of “to turn out”: “ausfallen”, “geraten”, “gelingen”?

All three words ausfallen, geraten and gelingen seem to be translated as to turn out. Can anybody tell me the differences between them? For example, are the following translations possible? "The ...
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how to translate “Are you <adjective>?” [closed]

Example, does "are you whimsical?" translates in to "Sie sind wunderlich?" Also, does gender matters for the word "you" and verb "to be"?
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Appropriateness of the variations of “sorry”

I understand that "es tut mir leid" means sorry in a way that reflects the English "I'm sorry about that" but say I have the following brief discussion in which my noun gender is politely corrected: ...
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“Don't show a half-built house to a fool.” - German proverb?

George Polya claims in his book Mathematical Discovery on Understanding, Learning and Teaching Problem Solving [1]: There is a German proverb: "Don't show a half-built house to a fool." (p. xii) ...
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Using the word “sich nähern” (“approach”) metaphorically

The verb approach has a very large usage in English, a ship approaches to the harbour, a man approaches to a kind etc. It also refers to mental operations, e.g. "Learners approach the learning ...
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What is the correct verb to pair with „das Deo(dorant)“?

What is the correct verb to pair with „Deodorant“ or „Deo“? By way of comparison, in (American) English, we most often put on deodorant or more rarely apply, but use seems a little awkward to me. ...
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“Especially because” in German

I often want to express a sentiment like: It was so nice to be outside this summer, especially because the winter was so cold! Literally translated, especially because would be insbesondere ...
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Degree of demand with different translations for “request” (noun)

When looking at the rather lengthy list of translations offered by Leo for "request" (noun) I get a clear impression that the word has a spectrum of politeness and expressing a wish/desire (Bitte, ...
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When can I translate the English prepositions ‘for’ and ‘to’ with their German cognates ‘für’ and ‘zu’? [closed]

I am new to German. I am confused with translating the English prepositions for and to, which seem to be cognates of German für and zu, respectively. Das ist für dich. – This is for you. Ich ...
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Usage of Nächster [duplicate]

I am quite new to german. I am confused with the ending of the word 'Nächster'. Nächstes Jahr Nächsten Monat Nächste Woche How does it work? I think it depends on the Declension. But somewhere I ...
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How to say “Let me take my breath please” in German? [closed]

I just wanna know how to say "Let me take my breath please", in case of "I have just arrived and so tiered". Thank you...
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Translation of “mental block” in German

I've searched for the german translation of this phrase mental block and noticed that there are several translation such as mentaler Block, Blockade, Lösungsblockade etc. Which one of them best fits ...
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When to use “zu” and when to use “für” to translate “for”?

I see that some German texts use für and some zum, where the English sentence uses for. Which one of them is going to be used when, e.g. which one is best in the following sentence? Anwendung ...
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What is verb version of “process” in german?

I've learnt that translation of "process" is in German "Verfahren". This word "process" can also be used in english as a verb like in "time processes while we are sleeping", at this point its ...
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What is a good translation of “cancelled” in the context of buses and trains?

I'm looking for a good translation for cancelled in the context of transportation. As in X bus line has been cancelled.
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What's the idiomatic equivalent of “at the top of one's lungs”, if there is one?

I'd like to translate the following sentence into German: She screamed at the top of her lungs. But I have a feeling that Google Translate's result, "Sie schrie an der Spitze der ihre Lungen" is ...
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How would you translate “Flagship product”?

How would you translate a flagship product, so the best product of a company, as in Paint is the flagship product of Microsoft. [Just an example...] I could say Paint ist das beste Produkt ...
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How to translate “window switching” in the context of compression algorithms?

I’m wondering how the term window switching is translated into German. For those wondering, it’s a term used in computer science to describe a popular method for pre-echo suppression, particularly in ...
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“Combover” — is there a German equivalent?

A student of mine asked me how a German might say combover. It's that interesting hair style when someone is bald, but they have hair on one side of their head, and comb it over to the other side. It ...
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Wie sage ich „I brush their teeth“?

Ich möchte ausdrücken, dass ich morgens die Zähne meiner Töchter putze (sie sind 5 und 7 Jahre alt). Sage ich Ich putze ihnen die Zähne oder Ich putze ihre Zähne?
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What is equivalent of “failure” in german

I was trying to translate an English sentence to German, but I don’t know which word best fits to failure in the following context. The affective filter is a theoretical construct in second ...
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“I call bullshit” – German counterpart?

I cannot come up with a good German counter-part to: I call bullshit. Some things I pondered so far include: Das ist Blödsinn. So’n Blödsinn. My problem is that these directly refer ...
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Usage and translation of “blitzkrieg”

In English it’s quite acceptable and normal to use the German word blitzkrieg even in other than historical contexts. For example, in the October 2015 issue of National Geographic I read on page 43 ...
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What can be a proper translation for: “degree obtained with Merit”?

In Great Britain you can get a degree with Merit or Distinction from any university when you have high grades. What is the equivalent or translation for this in German?
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Word for “unskippable”

In advertising, it is possible to have video adverts that are skippable and unskippable. Skippable videos are those that give you a few seconds forced viewing, then allow you to skip the video if you ...
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Wie könnte man “spouse” gender-neutral übersetzen?

Das Wort spouse ist im Englischen eine genderneutrale Bezeichnung für den/die Ehepartner/-in. Wie könnte ich es übersetzen, und dabei diese Neutralität bewahren? Ehepartner ist vermutlich am nähsten,...
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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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What does x do in meaning of “how it works”

I would like know is there a question-answer type in german like following: What does a norm-referenced test do? (Was sorgt ein normbezogener Test für?) It compares students’ performance to ...
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“I have been informed by Alex” in German

Wie sagt man "I have been informed by Alex" auf Deutsch? Könnte die Aussage so übersetzt werden? Ich bin von Alex informiert geworden. Ich war durch Alex bescheid geworden.
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Translations for Weather-Descriptions

I am trying to translate some weather descriptions for a weather-application to German. I managed to translate many of them, but I am still stuck with a few. I hope you can help me with it: ragged ...
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German word for ‘understocked’ [closed]

Is there a German word for understocked? If not, what phrase would be the best translation? Understocked in the context that for example a supermarket does not have some products which are usually ...
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German word for “queue ticket”

When you go to an office you get a ticket with a number. You have to wait until your number is on a display. I want to know the German word for this ticket.
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How to say “one thing or another” in German

So, I was trying to find a way of saying something like "I can say one thing or another in German", mainly to try to run away from the classic "Ich kann sprechen ein bisschen deutsch". But I couldn'...
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German word for “Binge TV watching ending depression”

Germany has a wonderful ability to make compound words for things not found in other language. There is a modern experience I would like to know how to say with a German word. Binge TV Watching ...
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Translation of “such that”: “so, dass”?

Consider the following english sentence: A function f: A → B is called surjective if for every b in B, there is some a in A such that f(a) = b. What is the German translation of this sentence? ...
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How to build a German sentence with three verbs?

How would I build a German sentence with three verbs? For example I will begin speaking German today. with the verbs werden, beginnen, and sprechen. Is this translation sentence correct? ...
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How do you say that you're ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German?

How do you say that you’re ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German? Is the expression limited to marijuana or is it used in other instances as well? Also if there is a term for people who smoke a ...
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“Hang out with friends” in German

How do I say I like hanging out with friends in German? I'm having trouble with the verb "hang out" in this meaning. From the dictionary, there are meanings of shirts/tongue hanging out, ...
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Which one is used more widely for “Jump” in software interfaces : “Sprung” or “springen”

I know that I can directly use the english word but I'm trying to use generally accepted and agreed german terms in the german translation of our software. Our developers missed some of the button ...
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Reminding of own identity at the beginning of correspondence

When sending (for example) an email to somebody who probably doesn’t have my current contact information, I would want to remind of who I am. So in English I would write something like: It’s (my ...