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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?
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Meaning of “Reinlichkeit” in the context of Nietzsche's “Die fröhliche Wissenschaft”

I am translating a text from Nietzsche, who uses the word Reinlichkeit in a discussion of Schopenhauer, asking what attracts people to him. I am wondering whether I have translated the passage ...
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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 does this word play of ‘Macht’ and ‘macht’ mean?

I came across the following two paragraphs (the first paragraph is included for context purposes) in a Süddeutsche Zeitung article “Alle sollen erben”: Es ist höchste Zeit, dass etwas passiert, ...
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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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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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What means my car's displayed diagnosis “GETRIEBEÖL WECHS NÄCHSTE WART.”?

This looks like a TV series, and here is the 2nd season :). You may look at the previous one to read detailed information about my car and the 1st occasion where I looked for the sense of its ...
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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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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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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 do these words mean as German language knowledge level?

Can you please help me to know what these words mean exactly as German proficiency level: Foreign language A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2? Because while I’m looking for any job vacancy I see these words and ...
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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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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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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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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 event,...
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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 question? ...
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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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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 is the meaning of “gier und gar” in poetry?

I am trying to understand the meaning of the idiom "gier und gar." I have serched per word and in the internet it is not clear.
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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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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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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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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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Meaning and translation of “Stileigentümlichkeiten”?

This word, perhaps an adjective because of the ending, appears in the clause: diese Einschätzung nach Kadish lediglich bestimmten Stileigentümlichkeiten der 6. bis 11. Dynastie. What does this ...
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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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What are these ‘schüchterne Liebespaare’ doing?

The below sentence comes from an article "Tanger ist Europa" in ZEIT ONLINE. It describes what some of the guests in café Hafa in Tangier, Morocco, are doing. It evades me what the "shy love couples" ...
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Having trouble parsing and translating a long sentence about Bulgarian railways

Bulgarisches Frauenlos stand schlicht und in stummer Natürlichkeit an manchem der neuen sauberen Bahnhöfe; ein Eisenbahnunfall lehrte vier Stunden in der Nacht auf einsamer Strecke das Warten in ...
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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 ...