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

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What is the German equivalent for these speech fillers from English: “umm…” and “like”?

Do Germans use words like "um" and "like" to fill their speech? "Like" is obviously used by teens in Canada, etc., but I'm sure adults say "um" when they are unsure of something while speaking. I'm ...
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Translation of John Doe

(At least) in America, not yet identified dead persons are named "John (or Jane) Doe". If you read of a John/Jane Doe, then you know that this is a still unknown dead man/woman. Does any similar ...
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What is the best German translation for the useful word “issue” when describing a problem?

I would like to say the following in German: Unfortunately, we could not reproduce the Save-as-XML issue that you are experiencing on your computer. but I cannot find a word other than ...
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“Don't all shout at once” in German

Suppose you are giving a talk, or some sort of presentation, and every now and then you ask a question, in order to give the audience an opportunity to take part in the discussion. Now, it often ...
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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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How would you translate “to judge someone” to German?

In English, "to judge someone" often implies a negative opinion, as in "Don't judge me!". Is there a German equivalent for this? How would you translate the example? My dictionary gives "jmdn. ...
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What are the rules behind this translated phrase: “das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen”?

I came across this when reading the German translation of the Book of Mormon: Denn das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen, ja, das sollt ihr tun. The English part reads: For that which ye have ...
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What is the equivalent of “boyfriend” in German?

In English when a man is in a relationship with another man, he can say he's his boyfriend. In German, saying "Freund" when both are of the same sex is usually understood to mean the equivalent of ...
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How to address more than one person in an E-mail?

I have to address my future German Au Pair family in an E-mail and until now have only been in contact with the woman. However the last E-mail was signed with both names, so I now feel I should ...
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Is there a German analog for the English expression, “It's not rocket science”?

I never heard Raketenwissenschaft in this context in Germany. Is this a case of anglicism, or are there better suited German synonyms for this expression?
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What is a good German translation for the verb “to plateau”?

What is a good German translation for the verb "to plateau"? I tried searching around, but it seems that online dictionaries such as dict.cc only recognize Plateau as a noun. If I wanted to say ...
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Umgangssprache für «on second thought»

Gibt es eine einfache, deutsche Art zu «on second thought»? Beispiele: Ich möchte das Bargeld in kleinen Noten haben; [on second thought], es wäre besser, wenn ich grosse Noten haben könnte. ...
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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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What's the right German word to use for the English “troll”?

We do use "Troll" and "trollen" in German forums. But is there another Word that predates the Internet that could be used instead?
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What do you call a “Questions & Answers site” (Q&A) in German?

I am looking for a German term to describe StackExchange - the English term seems to be "Questions & Answers site" (Q&A) which has no equivalent in German (that I'm aware of). The literal ...
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Busy-ness, angry-ness; is there a simple German suffix rule to make an adjective a noun?

Normally, the -ness and -ty suffixes seem to be translated to -heit or -keit. But for busy-ness ("Beschäftigkeit"?), angriness ("Wutigkeit"?) and further "-ness" words it apparently isn't used. In the ...
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“High school” in German?

I’m trying to translate the term high school into German. However this is proving to be difficult since the school systems in the U.S. are different from Germany. Using Dict.cc and Linguee, I’ve ...
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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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What is the role of “von” when specifying a person?

I've asked a phrase translation: Original sentence: Past friday the server at xxx stopped, disk failure, I have been dealing with this ever since! The suggested translation was: Am letzten ...
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“Noted” in German

What's the German translation of "noted" in the following context: A: Note that if you have a parenthesis outside the Mathjax immediately following a curly brace inside, the curly brace won’t ...
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Is there a non offensive word for inability?

So I recently thought about the word inability, which is a kind of neutral word in English, but in German when someone tells me »Du bist unfähig.« or »Das war deine Unfähigkeit«, it really is more or ...
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Ein digitales Foto “teilen” (vom Englischen to share)

Meistens wird das Englische "to share" mit dem Verb "teilen" plump in das Deutsche übersetzt. Im Englischen wird das Verb "to share" dafür verwendet wenn man zum Beispiel ein digitales Foto jemand ...
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How do you say “handwavy proof” in German?

In English language there is a beautiful colloquial usage, which describes the way a proof is done ie a "handwavy proof". A handwavy proof is a kind of proof, in which you use no/very little ...
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How to translate “add” as in “add me on Skype”?

How to translate the "add" when talking about social networks? Please add me on Skype. I'll add you on Facebook.
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Equivalent of “What would you do in my shoes” in German?

How would you state it? Are there alternatives? If the expression does exist, where does it come from?
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Übersetzung von “to appear” im Literaturverzeichnis

In Literaturverzeichnissen wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten findet man häufig bei bisher unveröffentlichten Dokumenten den Zusatz "to appear" als Notiz. Ich schreibe gerade eine Diplomarbeit auf deutsch ...
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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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“Dibs” im Deutschen?

Im Englischen gibt es den Ausdruck "to have dibs on sth.", auch einfach als Ausruf "Dibs!" gebraucht, der bedeutet, dass man ein Vorrecht auf eine bestimmte Sache beansprucht. "Dibs" ist ein Wort der ...
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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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Deutsch für “can't be unseen”

Ich bin auf die englische Redewendung "can't be unseen" gestoßen. Vermutlich ist sie von "can't be undone" (kann nicht rückgängig gemacht werden) abgeleitet. Ich würde gerne wissen, ob man "can't be ...
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How do Germans call someone from the United States?

If "the united states" is translated to "Vereinigten Staaten" then how do you call people from there? I have always heard "Amerikaner" but that one refers to the whole continent.
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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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“Have fun during the exhibition”

I'd like to say: Have fun during the exhibition. in German. What I tried to found was "Ausstellungsdauer" meaning "during the exhibition" but my translation doesn't make much sense as it stand: ...
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Is there an idiomatic equivalent for “polyglot”?

Does the word polyglot, meaning "knowing or using several languages" translate directly into German, or is there an idiomatic equivalent? Google Translate just adds an extra "t" at the end, as German ...
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Translation of clusterfuck

I am a little confused to ask this question here. I mean this question objectively. In search of English synonyms for the word "disaster", I came across the word "clusterfuck". clusterfuck ...
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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 structure a German sentence to represent the English construct “at [action]”?

For example, how would one phrase the sentence, "I am getting better at riding a bike." in German? I have a feeling the flow of the sentence wouldn't be very similar to English at all. Ich werde ...
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What is the best way to translate “To do list”?

The closest translation I can find so far is Aufgabenliste which is more literally "Task List". Is there a more commonly used, native way to express the common english phrase "To do list" when using ...
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How do you translate German wordplay into English?

This is a somewhat generic issue, I suppose, in that it affects both English-to-German and German-to-English translation. Today I came across what I thought was an example of good German wordplay: ...
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Differenzierte Übersetzung der Begriffe Wizard, Sorcerer und Warlock

Es gibt im Englischen die Begriffe Wizard, Sorcerer und Warlock welche je nach Benutzung/Genre (in der Fantasy-Welt) leicht nuancierte Bedeutungen haben, die nicht durchweg konsistent zu sein ...
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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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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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How to say “I have no past” in German?

I want to say “I have no past” to express the following thought: I don’t have a past, I only have the future, and I am to start anew". Is “Ich habe keine Vergangenheit” correct?
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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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Translation of “I couldn't care less”

What would be the closest translation to the sentence "I couldn't care less." It is similar in meaning to Es ist mir egal. (It doesn't matter to me) but I think it's not quite the same. ...
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Wie sagt man “You should not have gone to work” auf Deutsch?

Im Moment versuche ich einer Freundin eine SMS zu schicken. Ich habe es gerade geschrieben, aber es ist mir aufgefallen, dass ich nicht weiß wie man "You should not have gone to work" auf Deutsch ...
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Comparison between equivalent words meaning “home” in German if used on websites

In the US we use the word "home" to indicate the main page on a website. This might be exclusive to the English language because I know in Spanish we do not use "casa" which would be the equivalent of ...
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How do you say “whatsoever” in German?

In everyday language one often uses the word “whatsoever“ to emphasise, as in this example from daily life: There is no problem whatsoever. I have no doubt about his work whatsoever. or in ...
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Wie sage ich “used to do” auf Deutsch?

Wie übersetzt man "used to do s.th." ins Deutsche? Ich habe früher etwas regelmäßig getan, was ich jetzt nicht mehr tue. Gibt es eine bestimmte Verbform im Deutschen, die das ausdrückt?
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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 ...