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Most efficient way to learn German? [closed]

There have already been a few duplicates regarding how to learn German efficiently; however, my question may be a slight variant. (If it's not distinct enough, please let me know and I will delete.) ...
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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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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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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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What is the appropriate usage of “Gemütlichkeit”?

"Gemütlichkeit" ist für die Deutschen ein positives Wort aber es gibt nicht nur eine Erklärung für das Wort, Alle haben eine individuelle Lösung. Here are my questions about the term: I'd ...
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What is the meaning of “Das wärmste Jäckchen ist das Cognac-chen”?

I have heard this from my German friend. I know what it means in English but I don't understand the context in German. They said it's really hard to explain properly. Is it bad? I hope not.
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What are the historical reasons behind false friends English/German (and reverse)? [closed]

I've recently encountered the verb "bekommen", which, to my surprise, is not "to become" but "to receive". This is one example of a false friend English/German. One other, more evident example is also,...
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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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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 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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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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dann doch noch schnell

What does the phrase "dann doch noch schnell" mean? As in Ich habe mir heute dann doch noch schnell einen neuen Hartschalenkoffer gekauft. is this some kind of an idiom?
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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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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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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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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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Software Dictionary for Windows Mobile 6.5

I have a Windows Mobile 6.5 Phone (LG Fathom) and I would like to load a free English to German and German to English dictionary on it to assist me in learning German. (I go to classes every weekend) ...
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Translation of “gut x kilometer”

What's the English translation of "gut dreißig Kilometer"? As in: Es befindet sich gut dreißig Kilometer außerhalb von London? I'm not sure whether it's 'a good thirty kilometres' or 'some ...
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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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“Ansatz” isn't thoroughly defined in German dictionaries!

What's the meaning of "Ansatz" in these sentences? Could someone paraphrase them in German?: Der Ansatz für Multikulti ist gescheitert, absolut gescheitert! Ansätze zu einem besseren ...
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What does “an die bemooste See” mean?

Gestreckt auf wildes Kraut, an die bemooste See." - Andreas Gryphius, Einsamkeit Does he mean a lake (dialect?) or is the lake mossy?
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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 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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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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Meaning and origin of 'Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof'

What does the following sentence mean and what is its origin? Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. I've heard this expression from some friends – I guess it's what you say when you don't really understand ...
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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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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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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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“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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Is unwillkürlich the opposite of willkürlich?

My dictionary translates willkürlich as arbitrary and unwillkürlich as involuntary. I do not understand in what sense these concepts are opposites. Could someone give an example where this becomes ...
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What is the meaning of “Schlängelgang”?

What does "Schlängelgang" mean? I wasn't able to find it anywhere. This is from Fontane's Stine: Ich verstehe mich ein bißchen auf das menschliche Herz; denn sieh, wer jahrelang auf dem ...
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What does “beanspruchungsgerecht” mean?

This is the context: Vorteile des Werkstoffs: Grauguß Im Gießverfahren leicht formbar, deshalb kann man Gußgestelle ohne Mehrkosten beanspruchungsgerecht gestalten I understand that ...
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What is a good translation of “Rüstzeit”?

I'm looking for a concise translation for "Rüstzeit". This is the time taken to reconfigure a machine for a new batch of work. (Installing new tools, new NC program, etc.) "Setting up time" is one ...
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Is “thou” the English equivalent of “Sie”?

I've always wondered this. Yes, it means "you" but it must directly translate into a more formal "you," correct?
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Is there a non-regional German expression for the Swabian term “Gschmäckle”?

Is this term only well-known in Southern Germany or also in the deep North? Is there short alternatives for modern High German? Does anyone know a similar English short expression?
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What does the term “fremdschämen” mean? How to write it correctly?

Saw this in a chat, doesn't yield an answer. Is this similar to have a pity on somebody? And how to write those word-creations? Is there a general rule of thumb? Seems pretty arbitrary. I saw: ...
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How to translate “schön blöd” in English?

What does "schön blöd" mean? Is it offending, but meant as a joke? Or does it mean someone is awfully stupid? In which situation would/could Germans use it?
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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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How do you say: “Freundschaft, Genossen!” in English?

While thinking about this question: Are "friends" and "Freunde" false-friends? I realized that there is one use of "Freund" that does not indicate a lot of closeness: How do you ...