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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does “Fur Reichbeshaffenungsamp” (embossed on a camera) mean?

Embossed on a camera are the words Fur Reichbeshaffenungsamp I have tried to split the letters but cannot find a true meaning.
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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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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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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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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 “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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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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“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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Translation of “Anmk.”

In several German papers I've found such abbreviation as "10 Anmk. 1", but I have no idea how this could be translated. This looks like some abbreviation of well known edition. Contexts are: 1) "In ...
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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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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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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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Translation of “weiterwandern”

I found in some German newspaper word weitergewandert and I think it is present perfect of weiterwandern, but I cannot find a translation. What would be an appropriate translation?
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Parsing 'Nach der Mitte zu stieg sie an wie ein Kuppeldach'

I think I understand the meaning of this sentence, but I don't understand how it's constructed. I'm assuming ansteigen (to rise) is the verb, and ein Kuppeldach (a dome) is the subject and Nach der ...
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Does my friend missunderstand me when I say to her “Ich hab dich lieb” [duplicate]

I already know that "Ich liebe dich" is said to someone whom we love and we look for a relationship with him, but I have a friend who is very close to me, I appreciate her, we help each other and ...
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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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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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Hineingucken/schauen

Ich habe ein paar Fragen zu "hineingucken/schauen". Was heißen diese Worte eigentlich? Vor allem wenn man "mal kurz reingucken/schauen" oder sowas Ähnliches sagt. Wird es irgendwie ins Englische als ...
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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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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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“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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Searching for an Android flashcard application which is integrated with some good dictionary

I'm looking for application in which I could look up a meaning of the word, save it automatically as a flashcard and later practice it. Great example of this is vocabulary trainer on dict.cc, but this ...
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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 ...
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Translation of a Nietzsche-related text; OK? [closed]

In an answer of mine on Philosophy, I (neither native-German nor native-English speaking) translated some German to English as follows. Nachdem man nun weiß, was die Zukunft von Ehe und Gattin ...
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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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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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How do you say “runder Geburtstag” in English? [on hold]

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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'Schau sie dir doch an'

I'm trying to understand the following phrase (the bit in bold is the bit I don't get - the rest is fine): Schau sie dir doch an, wie sie aussehen, die für ein bißchen Wohlstand ihr Leben und ihre ...
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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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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 ...