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What does “Eigentum statt Miete” mean? [on hold]

I'm looking for renting a house in Germany and I encountered this phrase. What does it exactly mean? The price was a lot higher than a normal price for renting an apartment. Does this mean a whole ...
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What does “Backpfeifengesicht” mean and is there a cognate in English?

I came across Backpfeifengesicht being used to describe someone running for office in the 2016 US election. What is the meaning of or tranlation for Backpfeifengesicht in English?
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De Wette: Translation of »Sie bedurften des Wachens für sich selbst, des leiblichen und des geistlichen, des Gebetes.«

The quotation is from Wilhelm Martin Lebrecht De Wette's Kurze Erklärung der Evangeliums Matthäi, p. 224, commentary on Matthew 26:41. I think I have most of it figured out, except for the first ...
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Translation of “that sb is better than”

He looks down on people that he is better than. How do I say this sentence in German? By the way, should the word that be relative pronoun or subordinate conjunction?
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen „Ankleiden“ and „Bekleiden“?

I am having troubles figuring out nuances of the meaning of „Ankleiden“ and „Bekleiden“. Are these words exact synonyms? What are the appropriate situations to use each of them? I tried to go over ...
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Looking for help identifying/translating old book

I'm looking for help in identifying some general info about a book, such as year, title, author, origin, and any information about the contents. You can see the book scanned into PDF at one of the ...
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»Vergleichen« vs. »sich vergleichen«

What is the difference between "vergleichen" and "sich vergleichen"? There are two meanings of the word which are "compare" and "arrange and settle". I want to know about both the differences.
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What do Haumich und Pflaumich mean?

Haumich und Pflaumich sitzen auf dem Baum. Der Pflaumich fällt runter. Wer sitzt noch auf dem Baum? Could you please translate this joke or whatever it is? I also heard a phrase by non-native ...
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What Does This Expression Mean? [duplicate]

I recently heard someone say "Ich hab eh..." (I'm not sure what "eh" means or how to spell it, but I tried [kind of sounds like "ay" mixed with "eh"]) "...keinen Hunger". Does this convey a different ...
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What is “er 'n”? [duplicate]

I came across this sentence in Der Spiegel: "Er lebt auf großem Fuß, der Boss vom Bosporus. Bei Pressefreiheit kriegt er 'n Hals, drum braucht er viele Schals", singt eine Männerstimme zur Melodie ...
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Difference between um and worum [closed]

What is the grammatical significance of saying um-willen as opposed to Worum-willen? They both seem to to say for the sake of.
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die Bekleidung und die Kleidung

I know that die Kleidung is derived from kleiden by removing -en and adding ung. Therefore, I expect die Bekleidung is derived from bekleiden. However, it seems that this word is not so common. I ...
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Can “Kristall” mean “broken glass”?

The loanword "Kristallnacht" is most frequently described in English as "the night of broken glass". It's also called "crystal night", but that doesn't make sense to me because the night didn't ...
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eingreifen und einmischen: negativ, positiv oder beide?

In englischen Wörterbüchern sehe ich immer zwei Übersetzungen für das deutsche Wort eingreifen: intervene interfere Diese zwei englischen Wörter haben ähnliche Bedeutungen: sie bedeuten etwas ...
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Translate a sentence using “ein Stück”

The sentence is as follows: Es ist die unersättliche Neugier des Menschen, die mit dieser Mission ein Stück weit gestillt werden kann. The first part of the sentence I believe translates to: "It is ...
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German old handwriting recognition - help

Can somebody help me with this german word. I have this handwriting in one picture. What is name of place This is found on one picture from my grandfather. He worked in Austria. And this is one ...
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What is the meaning of the following question? [closed]

Was hast du da alles gemacht? I know that alles means ‘all’ and gemacht means ‘doing’ or ‘making’, and of course Was means ‘what’ and hast means past of haben. And how can one answer this ...
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“Da, wo ich herkomme, schon.”

I’ve come across the expression Da, wo ich herkomme, schon. From context, I gather that it means something like ‘That’s how it is where I come from’. Is something being omitted/left unsaid in ...
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Meaning of “Ich werde essen Obst und Gemüse, um mehr zu gesund sein.” [closed]

Ich werde essen Obst und Gemüse, um mehr zu gesund sein. I want to know whether this means I will eat fruits and vegetables, in order to be more healthy.
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Translation of “man gönnt sich ja sonst nichts”

I got a bottle of Black-Wood whisky for Christmas and this phrase is on the pamphlet included. From my searching online, it might mean something like my only vice or it’s my one and only treat but I ...
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Relative clause confusion

I know the general purpose of relative clauses and how to construct them, but lately I've seen them being used in this way, Der Mann da, der guckt dich immer an to mean "That man over there ...
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Translation of “Deutschländisch” into English

How would you translate "Deutschländisch" or "deutschländische Deutsch" into English? Example context from Sprachpflege an Schulen: Österreich kämpft gegen deutschländisches Deutsch Darin geht es ...
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Does “Ich hab dich lieb” mean the same as “Ich liebe dich”? [duplicate]

My girlfriend said for the first time "Ich hab dich lieb", but I didn't understand the whole sentence very well, I only heard something with "lieb". So I asked her to repeat, but then she was kind of ...
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What is the meaning of “es bedarf eines Aktes”? [closed]

What is the meaning of the phrase “es bedarf eines Aktes”? Context: Um sozusagen zum Kern dessen vorzustoßen „was da steht“, bedarf es eines Aktes in unseren Köpfen. Also, why is the ...
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Meaning of ‘Lernfeldübergreifend’

I was searching for the meaning of Lernfeldübergreifende or Lernfeldübergreifende Fachgebiet but I didn’t find any reliable translation.
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Why we dont need “zu” in this sentence?

I saw this sentence in one of the Hueber books : Ich brauchte nur mein Zimmer in Ordung halten. I want to know why we don't need "zu" before the verb halten ?
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What is the difference between “deshalb”, “darum”, “deswegen”, “aus diesem Grund”, “daher” in a German sentence? [closed]

Please identify exactly what is the difference between these words in the German language. As I know, these words get used when we have some consequences after the first sentence. I read some about ...
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Meaning of “Schenk mir noch mal ein”

I’m trying to understand the lyrics of Es ist wie es ist by Böhse Onkelz, where at some point it says: Ich will wissen wie der Tod schmeckt, und schenk mir noch mal ein. My understanding is: ...
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“Bei vielen Menschen ist es bereits eine Unverschämtheit, wenn sie Ich sagen.”

This is a quote from Theodor W. Adorno’s Minima Moralia. One can find it here in German: Bei vielen Menschen ist es bereits eine Unverschämtheit, wenn sie Ich sagen. Or here in English: ...
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What does “wir selbst uns selbst” mean in this context?

My question: In the very first sentence of Zur Genealogie der Moral, Nietzsche writes: "Wir sind uns unbekannt, wir Erkennenden, wir selbst uns selbst: das hat seinen guten Grund." What does "wir ...
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What's the meaning of “es handelt sich um”?

I've seen a post before asking the same question, except I didn't get all the information that I wanted. I understand that it means, "it is" or "we're dealing with"? If this is correct, can you please ...
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Does this 18th-century German quotation include a source?

While researching for a separate question,1 I came across a book published in German in 1778 by the historian D. H. Hering. He records an interesting anecdote about Martin Luther, which was later ...
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Austrian German definition of “Gasse” – “street” or “alley”?

What is the meaning of the word Gasse in Austrian German; street or alley?
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Doubt concerning the usage of the phrase ‘Was hat sie?’

I’m learning German using an app called Duolingo, wherein it asked me to translate the above question to English. I guessed What does she have? This answer was not accepted. A Google translate ...
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What does Wechsel mean in this case?

I am working on a translation of a scientific paper from German into English. I am hoping someone here can provide some help or feedback on a certain translation problem I’m encountering. A section of ...
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What does “Hesek” and “spricht” mean in German

This is on a grandparents tombstone. What does it say? Hesek 37, 12 so spricht der herr siehe, ich will eure graeben aufthun und will euch mein volk aus denselben herausholen
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“ander-” vs “unterschiedlich” vs “verschieden”

What exactly is the difference between these three? They all seem to mean 'different' although in different ways, and I can't quite work out what the difference is. My understanding at the moment is ...
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Help with passive voice

Die vier Sonntage vor Weihnachten wird also jeweils eine Kerze angezündet auf einem Adventskranz. How do you translate this sentence? I know that's passive voice, and the subject is supposed to ...
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Possible use of “sie” in context of objects rather than women

In this link, there are three sentences: Where is the bag? ("wo ist die Tasche?") Is it still in Berlin? ("Ist sie noch in Berlin?") I dont understand why they have used sie to refer to bag? I ...
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Inscription on stein: “Erst prob’s dann lob’s”

My mother recently made a trip to visit my brother in the Allenbach area and brought back a small stein for me. One side depicts three men and a woman. One of the men is playing a lute (I think) and ...
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What does “nichtentheils” mean?

I found nichtentheils in an old 17th century treatise … What does it mean? Context: Folgen etliche Exempla diminutionum, sind aber nichtentheils auff Instrumenten […] zugebrauchen.
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What is the English equivalent of “Ich rieche dich”? [closed]

My German boyfriend uses the expression "Ich rieche dich". I know that the English translation is "I can smell you", but it doesn't sound very flattering. What would the English equivalent be or isn't ...
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What does “einen Teufel darum scheren” mean?

Can someone explain me this phrase from Die Unendliche Geschichte? und die sich den Teufel darum scheren specificaly I’m finding it difficult to find the translation of darum scheren. Full ...
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What is the proper phrasing of this sentence?

I'm looking for help with a translation of the German portion of the text in this image: The best I could do was: "This fragment is therefore of great interest because it the shorter end of the ...
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When did pathetic and pathetisch divert in meaning?

It seems clear that the two words have the same origin, yet pathetic and pathetisch seem to have significantly different meanings (or don't they?). Pathetic is very negative with synonyms like ...
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Translation of “der Richtschein”

I'm doing an internship in Germany in a steel-selling firm, and I'm struggling to translate the word Richtschein for my report. In the process of selling, that's what comes between the order (Auftrag) ...
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Meaning of a German idiomatic phrase in mathematics

Softball question here.... Does Dabei sollen G1 und G2 einen Winkel einschließen, der zum vollen Winkel 2π in einem irrationalen Verhältnis steht. mean the following? Thereby, (lines) G1 ...
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Die Arbeiten werden auf Nachweis ausgeführt

Die Arbeiten werden auf Nachweis ausgeführt Trying to translate a subcontractor quotation, I found this line, which appears to be some sort of generic term or condition but also a bit of an idiom ...
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Meaning of the phrase: “Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee”

I am a beginner at German learning. I found this line of dialog in the book "Schritte International 1": Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee! What does it mean exactly? I looked up the ...
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What is the English translation of “Bemerfungen”?

I've tried google and bing translate as well as asking my uncle (a native German speaker, born in Germany). None have a translation, my uncle's response was the word Bemerfungen has me stumped. It ...