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Wie würde man “easy come, easy go” übersetzen?

Meine Kinder haben mich gestern nach der Bedeutung von "easy come, easy go" im Text der Bohemian Rhapsody von Queen gefragt. Dort heißt es: I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy Because I'm ...
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“Es waren” in:“…absurder, als seine wildesten Träume es waren”

Es war absurder, als seine wildesten Träume es waren. While I would translate it with the omission of es waren. It was more absurd than his wildest dream. So what does es waren actually ...
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What does the phrase “noch viele Grüße” mean?

I read it in a letter where the girl was signing it off. The rough idea I get but I want to know what does the extra 'noch' do to the overall meaning of this fragment.
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Meaning of “wieder” in this sentence

Rodriguez' aufrichtiger Ton spiegelte des Weisen Pflicht beim Umgang mit untergestellten Personen wieder. While the English version is: Rodriguez’s sincere tone portrayed the Sage’s duty ...
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Meaning of the “Schnee von gestern” as an idiom

I was watching a "Learn German" video and heard this line: ...das ist doch Schnee von gestern! I think I understand it, but would like to make sure. I understand that literally means "Snow from ...
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“Nicht unerheblich” vs. “erheblich” - is there a difference?

We can see that both, "erheblich", and "nicht unerheblich" are used in the meaning of e.g. "considerable, extensive, remarkable". Branchengerüchten zufolge können die Besucherzahlen dank des ...
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On the usage of nach / hinter / zu

In Der Pfennig by Hans Eckart, there is also the following sentence: Eines Tages war der Vater nach der Arbeit sehr müde. Except for nach der Arbeit, all is clear to me: One day, father was very ...
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What's the difference between “darf” and “kann”?

Consider the following two sentence: Kann ich dich küssen? Darf ich dich küssen? Both verbs mean "can", so what's the difference between "dürfen" and "können"? I've tried to make a search on ...
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Meaning of “mein Lieber”

Does phrase "mein Lieber" mean "my beloved one" (i.e. can/should be used when addressing someone very close) or more like "my dear" (i.e. phrase you could use for both someone close to you and someone ...
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meanings inferred from “Das ist alles”

While the phrase "das ist alles" literally means "that is all", are there any other meanings that can be taken from it? For example, when my kids ask if there is any more apple juice, is "Nein, das ...
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Translation (en–de): Stack Overflow

I would like to translate the Term Stack Overflow. Google gives me the following translation proposals for the term stack: Stapel - stack, pile, batch, staple, stocks Paket - package, ...
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What is an “Eumel”?

Sometimes in colloquial German I hear people saying: "Hey, dieser Eumel hat schon wieder seine Tasche liegen lassen" "He, Du Eumel, komm' halt mit." Obviously it is not really nice to say that ...
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“Anfassen” and “berühren”

I would like to know which of the two verbs is used to tell someone that you're serious about not being touched. If he touches you the second time, something's going to happen to him. Someone told me ...
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What does “was los sein” mean?

Im kleinen Fischerhafen ist immer was los. My guess is: There's always something going on in the small fishing harbour.
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What is the meaning of “dazu” in this sentence?

"Wahlkampf: Laut politscher Experten neigen Leute, die sich in einer bestimmten sozialen Schicht befinden dazu, eine spezielle Partei zu wählen."
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What does “altes Haus” mean?

What does altes Haus mean? Was geht, altes Haus? Does it mean "What's up, pal"?
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How is „let’s take a stroll“ said in Das Boot?

Im Film Das Boot sagt der Kaleun (2:27:20) in etwa eines der Folgenden (schwer zu hören): Mal bisschen die Beine vertreten. Ein bisschen die Beine vertreten. und die Übersetzung sagte: ...
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Usage of the verb “gehen”

Gehen actually means 'to go'. The use of gehen is a semi-auxiliary in colloquial. It expresses a possibility and the infinitive has passive force. Die Uhr geht zu reparieren. which means 'The ...
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Unterschiede zwischen “impliziert/bedingt sich gegenseitig/wechselseitig”

Ich seh die Phrasen oben oft synonym benutzt in der Umgangssprache. Wenn man zwei Faktoren hat, die sich gegenseitig/wechselseitig bedingen/implizieren wird es scheinbar so verstanden, dass das ...
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What does “nein” mean in this context?

The context is from the Christmas carol, "O Tannenbaum." Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit, Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit. This translates into something like: You are green ...
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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Eventuell”

I know that this two words Ereignis and eventuell are related, but I would like to know more about what makes them different. Translating them into my native language, Portuguese, they both translate ...
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Meaning of “einfach” [closed]

I tried to translate "einfach" with the dictionary but I couldn't find a proper translation for this sentence: "Ich lasse Fleisch einfach weg" The meaning should be (when I eat)"I leave the meat ...
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Difference between “Unter” and “Zwischen” [closed]

What is the difference between Zwischen and Unter in German, and are they interchangeable? unter/zwischen allen diesen Jungen wählte ich dies aus.
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Can someone give the examples ( few sentences ) with words: da, deutete, dabei? [closed]

I read a book on german and meet these words very often, but the context still not clearly for me. So I want to see a few examples with these 3 words with translation. upd As I read a book further ...