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What is the meaning of the following question? [on hold]

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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A general way to add emphasis on words, actions, or people

I am looking for a way to emphasise words to put emphasis on words, actions, or people similar to the British English word bloody: This man is a bloody thief! Dieser Mann ist ein [?] Dieb! ...
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How to informally say “Sending love to you and your family” in German?

Best way to say "Sending love to you (female) and your family" in German? Our families are very close, so it should be informal.
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“How to” construction in German

In English, there is the construction how to + [infinitive], e.g. in: I don't know how to do such and such thing. How to this and that is a different matter. How to win friends and ...
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The usage of »Du bist willkommen«?

Is it ok to use Du bist willkommen. in the sense of Thank you, you are welcome. If not, what should I use in this context?
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How to translate “Steel your heart”?

Title says it all — in a moment of despair if you want to inspire someone and say “Steel your heart” how would you do so in German? I stepped upon this in the sentence “Steel your heart and your ...
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Metaphorisches Äquivalent für „zwischen zwei Stühlen sitzen“

Die Redewendung zwischen zwei Stühlen sitzen bedeutet, dass jemand zwischen zwei Möglichkeiten wählen muss, und am Ende keine bekommt. Zum Beispiel: wenn man einen Arbeitsvertrag wegen eines ...
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“From date - To date” to specify a period of time [closed]

How I can translate from date and to date to specify a period of time? In my web application there are a few places where a user can input the period of time when something happened in an employee's ...
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Deutscher Ausdruck für „guilty pleasure“?

Im Englischen gibt es den Ausdruck „guilty pleasure“ (Wikipedia, Wiktionary), mit dem man beispielsweise einen Film bezeichnen kann, den man sehr gerne sieht, obwohl man weiß, dass der Film schlecht ...
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Wie sagt man “He's really competitive” auf Deutsch?

Ich habe ein paar Deutsche gefragt, wie man den Ausdruck sagt, aber sie antworten dass er selten benutzt wird. Sie sagen dass 'wetteifernd' ungefähr das Wort ist, aber niemand sagt, "Er ist ...
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“a warm presence in our lives” – can I use “Präsenz”?

My mother is writing a condolence letter and wants to say that [the deceased] was always a warm presence in our lives. She used Präsenz but this sounds odd to me. I looked up presence on Dict.cc ...
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How do you say “What makes your heart skip a beat?” in German? [duplicate]

By "skip a beat", I mean more to the context of what makes someone "excited". How do you phrase it in German?
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What is an appropriate translation for “in flight”?

Some colleagues from the US overly use the term in flight. Here's an example from an email: Notify them that your changes are in flight. They will need to update their code once your change is ...
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Deutsches Äquivalent zum englischen “a living and breathing thing”?

Im Englischen existiert die Phrase: A living and breathing thing Damit gemeint ist etwas Lebendiges im Sinn von aktiv, bspw. “a living and breathing document” würde ein Dokument bezeichnen, an ...
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“The text is about” in German

Do you say Der Text, den ich gelesen habe, handelt sich um einen türkischen Jungen, der Metin heißt. Handelt sich um here means is about, doesn’t it?
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“die Wäsche einfüllen” or “die Wäsche in die Maschine stecken”?

I am looking for the most common way to say: to place the laundry in the washing machine. In my German book Schritte 6+, I found the translation die Wäsche einfüllen, unfortunately though I ...
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How to ask kindly in German not to bring any gifts?

How do you ask friends and family not to bring any gifts on an invitation card? It should be short and explicit, but friendly and with style. Phrases like Wir bitten von Geschenken abzusehen. ...
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“Don't all shout at once” in German

Suppose you are giving a talk, or some sort of presentation, and every now and then you ask a question, in order to give the audience an opportunity to take part in the discussion. Now, it often ...
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What is the difference in usage and meaning between “Laune” and “Stimmung”?

I was wondering if there is any difference in meaning or usage between these two words Laune and Stimmung. In case they mean exactly the same thing (mood), is one more common than the other? I also ...
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Indicating heritage rather than nationality

How do you say: I am of Germany. rather than I am from Germany. I want to indicate heritage rather than nationality. Does one of the following fit? Ich bin von Deutschland. Ich bin ...
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Noch oder erst am selben Tag?

ORF Online zitierte die spanischen Staatsbahnen RENFE in einem Bericht über das schwere Zugsunglück am 24. Juli 2013 bei Santiago de Compostela: Der Schnellzug sei noch am selben Tag einer ...
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“I call bullshit” – German counterpart?

I cannot come up with a good German counter-part to: I call bullshit. Some things I pondered so far include: Das ist Blödsinn. So’n Blödsinn. My problem is that these directly refer ...
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“variety is the spice of life” in German

Ich suche ein deutsches Sprichwort, ähnlich zum Englischen variety is the spice of life. Ich finde im Wesentlichen nur eine wörtliche Übersetzung, welche aber meines Wissens nicht im Deutschen ...
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Translation of “I'm looking forward to…”

I'm writing a short essay and I wonder about how I could express "I'm looking forward to...". I found out that I should use the verb "sich auf etw. freuen". So I tried to write this sentence like ...
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“Is this the best you got?” in German

How would you say: Is this the best you got? in German? It’s supposed to have a condescending tone.
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How to write an allergy notice label?

What is the correct expression, maybe some sort of a cliché, to warn consumers about possible allergens, something like: Don’t use this product if you have an allergy to one of its ingredients. ...
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How would you say “Sorry I am only beginning to learn German”?

What would be a good way to say "I'm sorry I am only beginning to learn German". I usually say: Entschuldigung, mein Deutsch ist schlecht. But that is not a very positive way to start a ...
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Äquivalent zu “when things go south”

Gibt es im Deutschen ein Äquivalent zu dem Ausdruck "when things go south" (= "wenn die Situation schlechter wird"), das auch darauf aufbaut, dass "südlich" als "nach unten" im Sinne von "schlechter" ...
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German phrase for “Someone has to get laid.”

If someone is participating, e.g., in a passive-aggressive, disproportionate, stuck-up, or micro-management behaviour because he didn’t get to copulate for some time, a typical expression to make that ...
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Formal “Thank you for your business” in german

When invoicing clients, a lot of people add Thank you for your business! at the end of the document. The linguee.de does not provide us with suggestions unfortunately. I would just translate ...
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Wie sagt man einem Arzt »I would really appreciate your time to help me with my issue«?

Ich schreibe einem Arzt und bin mir nicht sicher, wie ich das englische I would appreciate your time auf Deutsch ausdrücken könnte bzw. ob es überhaupt möglich oder üblich ist, so etwas zu ...
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Zu machen vs. gemacht

Google translate provided the following: Did you make the granola? --> Haben Sie das Müsli zu machen? Why is it not presented as Haben Sie das Müsli gemacht? What's the best way to ask ...
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How do I separate “vorziehen” from this sentence?

How can I say: ... but I would rather/would prefer to speak in German Is the following sentence correct? ... aber ich ziehe um Deutsch zu sprechen vor.
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Word for pleasure at victory by cleverness

Is there a German word for being pleased about something clever defeating something awful? I've asked around and so far I've gotten: Genugtuung ein Gefühl vollständiger Zufriedenheit But I'm ...
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How to say “That sounds good to me” in German?

I was wondering about the options for saying That sounds good to me or just Sounds good in German. I initially thought something along the lines of "Das klingt mir gut" oder "Das hört ...
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Worauf bezieht sich “es” in “es bleibt noch viel zu…”?

Warum finde ich das Wort "Lippen" mit dem Pronomen "es"? Ist Lippen hier nicht feminin und Plural? Der Kontext ist das Gedicht "Es bleibt noch" von Rose Ausländer. Dort heißt es in der letzten ...
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Entsprechende Satz : “on the same page”

Ich schreibe eine E-mail und suche eine/n entsprechende/n Redewendung/Satz für "on the same page". Es bedeutet etwas wie "wir haben alle die gleiche Informationen und alle verstehen einander" Vielen ...
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Is there any other way to say “I don't care” in German

Is there any other phrase to express "Das ist mir egal" (I don't care) in German?
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Finding suitable German translations for “micro-vibration treatment”

I need to translate a phrase into German that should read "micro-vibration treatment" in English. It is a fairly recently developed medical treatment method, founded by, as I discovered, by an ...
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Good German phrase for the situation that there are too few resources, and too many people wanting it?

For example: "Es gibt zu viele Eskimos, und zu wenige Robben", or something like that.
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How do you say “your heart skips a beat” in German?

Ben walked into the room and her heart skipped a beat. Ben betrat das Schlafzimmer und sie wurde überrascht. How do you say "your heart skips a beat" in German? Can I use "überraschen" in this ...
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Wie sagt man “This is a reach” auf Deutsch?

Auf ELL bin ich vorhin über die Phrase "This is a reach" gestolpert. Here - and this is a reach - but it could technically be understood to mean that my mother thinks this girl is the prettiest I ...
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How can 'label propagation' be translated?

'Label propagation' is a technique to classify nodes. So you have a graph and some nodes (in this case the nodes are named with "1", "2", "3", "4", "5" and "6") have labels (e.g. if your graph is a ...
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Collecting data on prepositions, looking for counter-examples

I’m collecting data on phrases with two-way prepositions. These are the prepositions that can go with either Dativ or Akkusativ case depending on the usage (an, auf, hinter, in, neben, über, unter, ...
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Asking someone if he/she likes something

How exactly do you ask someone if he/she likes something (for example a dish, a movie, a book...)? My doubt concerns the two options: A. Gefällt es dir? B. Wie gefällt es dir? The second ...
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How to say “I see” in German

"I see" is a phrase that's used very often in a conversation in English. A: How much does the book cost? B: 50 dollars. A: I see. Is there an equivalent in German? I'm quite sure it's ...
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German phrase for something going wrong during a demo?

Several years ago I worked in Germany and discussed a phrase in German which doesn't really translate to English well. Basically, the phrase was something like, "things will always go wrong during a ...
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Can I use “Entschuldigung für die Verspätung.” for delay to hand in my homework?

My homework is due on the day before. I forgot to hand it in yesterday. I hope Mr. X will excuse me. Can I say Entschuldigung für die Verspätung.
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What phrases to use for certain situations when your little children play in the playground?

I have sometimes a hard time when I take my children to the playground and something happens, like my child pushed another one or gets a bite from another one. I manage to say something most of the ...
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What do you call being “on hold” on the telephone in German?

In the situation that someone (in the room) might ask you, Sind Sie am Telefon? and I am indeed on a call but being on hold, and thus I can still speak while waiting to be put through, I'd like ...