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What's the difference between “Ich habe dich Lieb” and “Ich liebe dich”?

What's the difference between "Ich habe dich lieb" and "Ich liebe dich"? Both are defined as "I love you" in many dictionaries, as I've checked.
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What's the meaning of “Deine Mudda”?

In germany, i hear a lot of jokes containing "deine Mudda". I don't understand them, what does this mean, and what kind of jokes are containing them?
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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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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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What means my car's displayed diagnosis “KÜHLMITTLE NIEDR MOTOR ABSTELLEN”?

I'm French and I purchased a used (2001) Volvo V70 which was initially buyed in Switzerland, and where diagnosis are displayed in German, so for me it's often a painful task to understand what the ...
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Meaning of 0815 and ger/eng alternatives?

Does 0815 simply mean something is very standard and common, or does it carry any connotations? Where can one use it, e.g. for description of processes, objects, persons? Can you give alternative ...
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Difference between Erfahrung and Erlebnis?

They both translate into "experience" in English.
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Translate late 1800's postcard to English

I have a postcard from the family of my 3-times-great grandmother written in old German that was sent to some of their family that came to America. The picture was taken in Hechingen, Germany. My ...
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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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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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Englischer “Erklärbär”? [closed]

Der idiomatische Begriff Erklärbär hat seinen Ursprung laut Wikipedia in der Wochenshow, also keine allzu alten Wurzeln. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck am besten auf Englisch ausdrücken? Bemerkung: ...
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How do you translate German wordplay into English?

This is a somewhat generic issue, I suppose, in that it affects both English-to-German and German-to-English translation. Today I came across what I thought was an example of good German wordplay: ...
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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 ...
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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 “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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How would you translate “fremdschämen”?

I was hanging out with friends tonight and we were watching a documentary on (Australian) TV. There was this obnoxious main character. For all her actions habe ich mich fremdgeschämt, but I wasn’t ...
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Meaning of this street sign

A couple of years ago, a few friends and myself went on a trip from the UK to Bremen. A great time was had by all, even though none of us speak much German, beyond a few words learned many years ...
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“So” in German - meanings and usages

Does "so" have similar usage and meaning in English and German? so ein schönes Lied! das tut uns [ja] so leid! so? Das wäre aber sonderbar du darfst nehmen, so viel wie du willst. ...
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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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Meaning and usage of “sich unterstehen”

I found this (dwds.de): sich einer Sache unterstehen sich anmaßen, erdreisten, etw. zu tun niemand unterstand sich, ihr zu widersprechen So sich einer Sache unterstehen means sich anmaßen ...
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What is the English translation of “Bemerfungen”?

I've tried google and bing translate as well as asking my uncle (a native German speaker, born in Germany). None have a translation, my uncle's response was the word Bemerfungen has me stumped. It ...
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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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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 “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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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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“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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“erlernt” vs “gelernt”

As the title states, I'm having a hard time telling the difference in meaning between erlernt and gelernt. When I look them up in a GER-ENG dictionary, both translate to "learned". However, it seems ...
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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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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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Origin and meaning of “Toten Hosen”?

There is a German music band called "Die Toten Hosen". Is it a metaphor or just a creation by this band with no deeper meaning?
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Difference between “heute”, “heutig”, and “heutigen”?

I was looking up the German word for "Today's" and Google translate suggested "heutigen" but I did not see that even listed in my English to German dictionary. But I did find many instances written ...
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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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What is “Hacke, Spitze, eins, zwei, drei”?

I’m currently learning the German language as I’m new to Germany. Learning something new from the public every day is really cool! Yesterday I happened to hear bunch of kids playing across the street ...
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Can someone please translate a German inscription into English?

My son's birthday is next week. For a gift, I bought a 150-year-old German drinking glass with a hand-painted image of a man bowling, and an inscription below. It reads: "Gut Holz ein Hoch dem ...
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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 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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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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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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Comparison of German words describing various degrees of a romantic relationship

Among some of the words that I have been running into are Beziehungen which I understand to be the general translation for the word relationship. Verhältnis which in some places seems to mean a ...
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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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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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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.