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Meaning of the abbrevation “o.g.” and position in context?

I am reading a document for renting an apartment in Germany through a real-estate company, and I stumbled upon the abbreviation, o.g. What does it mean, and what are the original words? The context ...
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What's a good German translation for “.. you'll be such a bad loser”?

The English sentence is: If you do something like that, you'll be such a bad* loser. Meaning that you'll lose badly. I translated it as: ... Du bist ja ein schlechter Verlierer. But ...
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Can someone translate a German rhyme into English for me?

I found a beautiful German antique apothecary glass jar that has a rhyme on it, written in what appears to be an old form of German. Can anyone translate it for me: Do ho ich muk'n sechs Pfoff'n ...
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Looking for translation of “Tanzverbot ”

How would you translate the German word "Tanzverbot" and more interesting, Why can't I find any ("official") translation online, nor a wikipedia article about the issue, even though (probably) Germany ...
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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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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 of “Und ob”

Die wahre Landlust So früh aufstehen, so hart malochen, sich täglich die Finger schmutzig machen - will man das wirklich? Und ob, sagen vier Jungbauern, die sich ganz bewusst für diesen Beruf ...
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German Pangrams

Do you know any German pangrams that use special characters like ö, ä etc? If possible, with their english translation and transliteration in ASCII characters.
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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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Meaning of “Abgechecktheit”

I am reading an interview with Cro from Die Zeit here. At the beginning (yeah already stuck! lol): Frage: Cro, kürzlich bei Ihrer Album-Präsentation haben Sie gesagt: "Ich bin der schlechteste ...
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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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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 blassen ...
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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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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 abbreviated to “penn'”

I'm translating some song lyrics to English from here. Und wenn du mich da draußen grade hörst Dann bitte warte kurz auf mich, ich bin direkt bereit und fahr los Doch wenn nicht, gehe ich ...
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Bedeutung von “in zweien”

Aus der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Der Blick auf die Landkarte legt politischen Realismus nahe: In den Kohleländern Nordrhein-Westfalen, Brandenburg und Sachsen regiert die SPD mit, in zweien ...
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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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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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A youtube video of a pop-star [closed]

My ability to listen to and understand spoken German is inferior to my ability to read German. So I'm watching this video, a commercial for a TV show. During 0:18 through 0:20, Nena says: Jungs, ...
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gelungen, mehr gelungen, meisten gelungen - is this correct comparative?

"Die Arbeit ist ihm gelungen" Are then above comparatives correct? "mehr gelungen" is a pretty frequent term, but the meaning seems to be pretty convertibly.
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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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Other interpretations of “darf niemand hier nein”

In this prayer: Ich bin klein, mein herz ist rein, darf niemand hier nein, als Jesus allein. I was taught that the third line ("darf niemand hier nein") translates into English ...
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Does -istisch, -ismisch translate to -istic, -ismic?

I intend to translate the German term perspektivismische Kritik. It is intended to mean criticism from people with an attitude characterised by its emphasis on perspective. Wikipedia tells me that in ...
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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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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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Does the noun “Kärtchen” have a plural form?

My dictionary does not even have the word Kärtchen, and online translators have very little about this noun. I think that it's neuter (das), yet I would like to know if this word has a plural form and ...
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What is the meaning of the German verb “treiben”?

According to Leo.org, treiben translates to to float, to chase, to drift, to drive and many other various English verbs that seem unalike. What are its possible meanings and how can I tell which one ...
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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 meaning ...
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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'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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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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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 an English phrase for “produktionsbedingter Leerraum”? [closed]

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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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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The benifit of reading the original versus the English translation of Critique of Pure Reason [closed]

I wish to read Kant's Critique of Pure Reason in the near future, but I have read that it is better to read the Critique in its original German. However, I don't know German. I have read the works of ...
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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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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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“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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“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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“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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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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German sentence - handwriting to translate to English

Kindly help me to translale this. I found it on an envelop with a will. Daniel
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What does “spökerisch” mean?

If the gentleman with the Rheinisches Wörterbuch could help again... Spökerisch is from Heinrich Böll and thus quite possibly Rhenish again. It might mean potty or dim or eccentric from context. (...
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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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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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Was heißt „Trennkörper“ in einer Patentschrift?

Ich lese die Patentschrift Nummer 458392. Das Wort Trennkörper kommt dort vor, aber ich verstehe dessen Bedeutung nicht. Google Translate sagt, das sei ein „separating body“. Ist das technisch korrekt?...
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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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“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?