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What does this German sentence mean?

While perusing this question, I generally was at least able to understand what all of the playful examples of word repetition meant. There was one, however, that left me completely baffled. Selbst ...
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Is “was” used as a modal particle here?

Dann kann ich jetzt endlich was abarbeiten. I think I understand this sentence except for the use of was: Now I can finally work. But I can’t determine how the was changes either the ...
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“Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein” — is this grammatically correct?

Especially I would like to know when this is a correct complete German sentence: What type of grammatical structure do the first two words belong to? Is it common to speak that way? I mean the ...
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Use of “ja” in a sentence

In the following sentence: Na gut, dann kann ich ja ab sofort auf Deutsch schreiben. Why is ja used? What's its function?
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What is the meaning of (the perhaps swisswide used) “resonieren”

In the swiss german song for children Joggeli sött go Birli schüttle I came accross the word resoniere of which the written german equivalent should (probably) be resonieren. [...] Do goht de ...
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What is the technically correct English translation of this poem?

Weißt du, ich will mich schleichen leise aus lautem Kreis, wenn ich erst die bleichen Sterne über den Eichen blühen weiß. Wege will ich erkiesen, die selten wer betritt in ...
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Meaning of a strange German poem found in a book

I started to read "Die Hüter der Rose", a novel with historical background. In the beginning there is the following poem. Liebe ist ein alsô saelic dinc, ein alsô saeleclîch gerinc, daz nieman ...
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What's the meaning of “schon”?

Today in the class I heard German guy saying: "Ist der Platz schon frei?". Which supposedly means "Is this place already available/free?" and that makes no sense to me. What's the meaning of "schon" ...
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Translation of Gesamtbetriebsrat

Would you translate this as 'general works council' or 'workers council', or something else? The article I'm looking at refers to 'Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzende' (presumably the chairman) and later ...
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What is the English title of Anselm Grün's “Die Freude wird Vollkommen sein”?

Anselm Grün is a prolific author. My understanding of the meaning of the book titled Die Freude wird Vollkommen sein is The Joy Will Be Complete. This book was translated into Spanish under the title ...
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What's the meaning of “kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst”? [closed]

What does "kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst" mean?
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“Empfehlungen” vs “testimonial”

When a client gave us content from their German website, they seemed to use the word "Empfehlungen" as the label on a tab for the page that features testimonials. Is that correct? I ask because when I ...
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How to translate “Anstrich” in draw/wrinting context into English?

The word "Anstrich" is used in different contexts. Here I'm refering to a stroke beginning the sketch of a character. This stroke is not part of the character but often used when it comes to ...
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Literary passage: 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction

I am having a difficult time understanding the meaning of the following passage. Specifically, I do not understand the 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction at the end. Zum Schäkespears Tag [1771] von ...
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What is a good translation of “Aus dem Nähkästchen erzählen”?

Can you help me finding a good translation for the German idiom Aus dem Nähkästchen erzählen/plaudern.
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Ausdruck “historisch gewachsen” auf Englisch?

Wie kann ich auf Englisch sagen z.B. Dieses Produkt ist historisch gewachsen. Das Projekt ist historisch gewachsen. Der Code ist historisch gewachsen. Dabei hat es einen negativen Aspekt, da man ...
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Does “schwarzl” also mean black?

While driving I noticed there was a lake in Austria called "Schwarzlsee". "Schwarzl" is very similar to "schwarz". Does it also mean black, what is the difference between it and just "schwarz"?
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Every time I get the S-Bahn I hear “aussteck links/rechts”

I would like to know what they say in the S-Bahn that sounds like "aussteck links/rechts" but in the dictionary the closer to this I've found is: Aussteck: unplugging could someone explain what ...
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What is the meaning of “Mensch” when used between friends or family members?

I met a long-time couple recently, and I frequently heard the wife calling her husband "Mensch." As an example, at one point she asked "Was ist das, Mensch?" and at another "Ach, Du ...
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How can I find out what is written on an image of the Spiezer chronicle?

The following is a drawing of the Spiezer chronicle from the 15th Century showing John Hoss being burnt alive, I want to include it in my research about Protestantism. While preparing a ...
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Difference between “zwingen” and “zwängen”?

Both are transitive verbs that translate as "to force" in English.
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How to translate “aber” in a negative question?

Deine Schwester wohnt aber nicht in Kiel, oder? I would suggest that it means "Your sister doesn't live in Kiel, right?". But the aber is a real pain. I looked everywhere on the Internet and ...
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Translation for 'abticken' needed

I couldn't find a match for the german "abticken". What is the word in English for that?
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How to translate “nichts auf die Reihe kriegen/bekommen”

According to PONS it means "to get one's knickers in a twist (get confused)". So for a sentence like "Ich kriege mein Leben nicht auf die Reihe", how would that translate? The translation given by ...
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Meaning of „Dass, wer in der CDU-Führung sagt, … nicht beachtet“

This sentence is the beginning of an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine: Dass, wer in der CDU-Führung sagt, die „Alternative für Deutschland“ (AfD) sei zu ignorieren, diese auch tatsächlich nicht ...
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Translation of “Links: Miss AuberginehaarPlusZombiehasentasche.”

I cannot figure out what's meant by the following sentence: Links means left. I failed to find "Miss" as a German word to make sense in that context: Miss And about that long word (train), my ...
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Which of these is more common to say? - zweideutig, mehrdeutig, vieldeutig

Well, the title has the question, but I also wanted to ask if "deutig" alone means something. One would think that it comes from Deutung (interpretation?) and since it looks like an adjective, it ...
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What is an English phrase for “produktionsbedingter Leerraum”?

What is a good English phrase for "produktionsbedingter Leerraum"? The literal meaning is "an empty space caused by production" and tells buyers that the half-empty cookie box is a feature.
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What does sowieso mean? [closed]

I was watching a German show, and they kept using the word sowieso? Can someone explain to me what it means?
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Meaning of “behind” when translated from German [closed]

I find the following phrasing in software I receive from German authors. There will often be an installation instruction to place a line into a file in a certain location. For example: Where there is ...
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Eines Tages - Also used with past?

According to what I've been reading about the expression Eines Tages, like here, it more or less translates and is used as one day, referring to past and future. But then, checking the Wiktionary, I ...
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Translating long paragraphs from German

Are there any guidelines/best practices concerning the insertion of paragraph breaks in long paragraphs (I don't know the reason, but the usage of very long paragraphs in German texts seems common at ...
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“rucki zucki” - what is the meaning?

I hope I got that right : rucki zucki. I have a CD where a man said : Das ging rucki zucki. Later he tells how crazy is at his new job. What exactly does it mean? Quick google search just ...
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Meaning/Structure of “Es mag so paradox anmuten”

Das Führen von Kriegen ist keinesfalls ein unverbrüchliches Naturgesetz, sondern ein Kulturprodukt, sozusagen ein Kollateralschaden des zivilisatorischen Prozesses. Und so paradox es angesichts ...
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German word equivalents for 'prison' in a metaphorical sense

I was working with this quote That is just a fairytale, A vicious stupid fairytale that keeps people in a mental prison. When I went to interpret it, I got this sentence Das ist nur ein ...
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How do you translate “Infoabend” into English?

How do you translate Infoabend in English? linguee translates it as "information evening" which sounds odd to me and LEO doesn't even have an entry for it. and "open house" is another kind of ...
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“Nicht ohne Grund wird unser ausgezeichneter Support in den Bewertungen oft erwähnt” [closed]

Wie würde man diesen Satz übersetzen? Ich würde spontan There is a reason why our outstanding support is often mentioned in the ratings wählen, aber irgendwas stört mich an dem Satz. Wäre die ...
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Translation of “Wir sind die, vor denen uns unsere Eltern immer gewarnt haben” [closed]

I bought a sign that says: "Wir sind die, vor denen uns unsere Eltern immer gewarnt haben" Does this translate to We are the ones who our parents warned us against Or We are the ones who ...
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Is there such a word as “Gestern-heute” and if yes what does it mean?

The news had something that happened on this date a few years ago(9-11) and it had in the title "Gestern-heute" if I remember correctly. What does it mean? EDIT To make the question clearer I am not ...
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Parsing ‘Aber über eines waren sich nach wie vor alle einig: So wie bei Momo konnte man sonst nirgends spielen’

I don’t understand how the following sentence is put together: Aber über eines waren sich nach wie vor alle einig: So wie bei Momo konnte man sonst nirgends spielen. Any ideas on how to break it ...
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“Du bist gemein” — what is its meaning in English?

Du bist gemein or das ist gemein. What does a native German speaker really mean by that?
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Parsing “Freilich verstanden sie sich auf ihre Weise darauf …”

I'm trying to understand the following sentence: Freilich verstanden sie sich auf ihre Weise darauf, so wie Blutegel sich aufs Blut verstehen, und auf ihre Weise handelten sie danach I ...
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“Strahlen” vs “Strahler”

I was searching for company names, and reached to a German word 'Strahlen' through Google. As per Google it meant 'rays'. I need a suggestion that, what is the exact meaning of 'Strahlen' and ...
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How do you say “runder Geburtstag” in English?

When someone turns 10, 20, 30, 40, 50... it is common in Germany to say that they are celebrating their "runder Geburtstag" which is usually celebrated in a larger way, inviting a larger circle of ...
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What is the role of ‘zur’ in this sentence?

I’m trying to understand the following sentence (the bit in bold is what I’m struggling with): Schon bei diesem ersten Anprall wären weniger erfahrene und tapfere Seeleute als die der „Argo“ ...
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What is the difference between an adjective when it ends with an E and when it doesn't?

menschenähnlich menschenähnliche What is the difference if translated to English?
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What is the English translation of “ich hau dich, du Nuss”?

While playing, my kid said "ich hau dich, du Nuss". What does it mean in English?
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Translation of “entscheidend auf die Reihenfolge”

I came across this sentence Bei den "für alle" und "es gibt" kommt es in der Mathematik, anders als in der weniger präzisen Umgangssprache, entscheidend auf die Reihenfolge an. I looked up ...
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Need a definition [closed]

My family seems to have inherited a word from our parents and grandparents that we cannot define. Might be spelled Losch (with e umlaut). Best I can find is that that root meaning is something that ...
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How to translate Perfekt into English

I came across these sentences with their translations: Du bist aus Berlin gekommen. - You have come from Berlin. Wo seid ihr so lange gewesen? - Where were you so long? From what I have ...