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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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“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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East Frisian term for “little wifey”

I am looking for an East Frisian German term of endearment, epithet, or nickname meaning “little wifey”. My Grandmother came from there and used to call me with this term, but I can’t find the proper ...
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German equivalent of idiom “Be a catch”

How do you express in German that someone is being worth a try for dating, e.g. like in: I am taking Laura out tonight. She's such a catch, I hope she likes me. I am not asking for this ...
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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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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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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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How do you say “I am almost # (age)” in German?

When I am using Google translate on "I am almost 18", I get: Ich bin fast 18. Ich bin beinahe 18. Are this sentences correct? What is most used? Are there any other popular forms?
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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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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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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 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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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 to sign a document without accepting the ‘informational small print’?

Is there any short phrase in German that can be used to specify that you agree and undersign all the things you wrote and you filled in, but not to anything else that might be on the same page/in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 this:...
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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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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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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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“Thank you for considering my application” in German

As a way of wrapping up my job application in English, I usually write "Thank you (very much) for considering my application" at the end. Is there a standard way to say this in German? P.S. I tried ...
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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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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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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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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 you say “runder Geburtstag” in English? [closed]

When someone turns 10, 20, 30, 40, 50... it is common in Germany to say that they are celebrating their "runder Geburtstag" which is usually celebrated in a larger way, inviting a larger circle of ...
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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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Begriffe die historische, einschneidende Ereignisse/Zeiten beschreiben?

Fallen jemand außer Zäsur, epochales Ereignis, Zeitenwende noch andere Begriffe/Akjektive/Fremdwörter ein, die für diesen Zweck verwendet werden können?
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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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“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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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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How do you say “I also have lots of news to tell you” in German [closed]

Could anyone tell me how you would say "I also have lots (of news) to tell you" in German, when speaking to friends who you haven't seen in quite a long time?
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German phrase that expresses a perpetual feeling of “Fernweh”

I am creating a typographic design piece and I speak only a little German but I want the piece to be in German. I love the idea of Fernweh and wanted to say something like für immer Fernweh but ...
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How do you say “ can't wait to see you guys ” in German? [closed]

How do you say " can't wait to see you guys " in German ?