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What is a good translation for “I wish!” ?

Often times, a situation comes up and I want to use the expression "I wish!" For instance, somebody asks me: "Is that brand new car yours?" or "Was that you who I saw winning $1000?" However, I don't ...
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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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International interpretation of “Public viewing” [closed]

The phrase "Public Viewing" was created and established during the world championships in 2006 in Germany. It describes the viewing of an event (like a football match) in a public crowd. As ...
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How should we apologize in German?

The most common phrase in german phrase book for apology would be es tut mir leid or tut mir leid to mean "it does me suffering". From the questions on the difference between "entschuldigen" or "...
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How does one refer to a changed name in German?

In America, there was a very famous investment writer named Benjamin Graham, who was Warren Buffett's teacher. But his birth name was actually Benjamin Grossbaum, a German name he changed during World ...
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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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How to tell someone politely that they have a wrong number?

How can I tell someone politely that they have a wrong telephone number? I found this wording on HowDoYouSay: Sie sind falsch verbunden. Does it work? Are there any other ways of saying it?
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Is there a German analog for the English expression, “It's not rocket science”?

I never heard Raketenwissenschaft in this context in Germany. Is this a case of anglicism, or are there better suited German synonyms for this expression?
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Expressions to congratulate on October the 3rd (Day of German Unity)

Tomorrow is the third of October, the Day of German Unity or the national day of Germany. What expressions do Germans use to congratulate each other on this day?
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Is there a good translation for “Dark horse”?

Ich habe gerade versucht, den englischen Ausdruck "Dark horse" zu übersetzen, und es hat gar nicht funktioniert :). Obwohl das immer witzig ist, kann jemand mir helfen mit einer Übersetzung?
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Expression for someone with very broad and detailed knowledge

Are there any well-known German expressions for someone who is very board and detailed in knowledge? for example: He is a human database
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German idiom for “in so.'s infinite wisdom”

I want to translate (something like) the following: Chris, in his infinite wisdom, has... In English, in so.’s infinite wisdom is a sarcastic way of saying that you think what someone did was ...
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Wort oder Redewendung für plötzliches, spontanes Vergessen

Auf ELU habe ich heute eine Frage gelesen, in der nach einem englischsprachigen Wort gefragt wird, das für die folgende Situation zutrifft: You are talking to an acquaintance when another ...
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Terms for “Nicht-Verstehen signalisieren”

As I read here: The first two sentences are classified as "Nicht-Verstehen signalisieren". Are there other widely known terms or interjections to signal you didn't understand something?
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A phrase list for the curious case of the “Genitivus Absolutus”?

Hendrik's answer on my question brought me back to the feared and famous Ablativus Absolutus (at least on my school mates). Wikipedia states that there are relics of it named as Genitivus Absolutus. ...
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Gibt es eine deutsche Phrase, die dasselbe bedeutet wie “It is an ill wind that blows no good”?

Gibt es eine deutsche Phrase, die dasselbe bedeutet wie "It is an ill wind that blows no good"? Is there a German phrase that has the same meaning as "It is an ill wind that blows no good"? This ...
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Your point being?

How would you translate "your point being?". Best thing I can come up with is "Und?". But that only works if the context is there. Is there some more "correct" translation?
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Erwiderung auf eine Entschuldigung?

This question also has an answer here (in English): What should I reply for "Sorry" / "Entschuldigung"? Gibt es, ähnlich wie es für „danke“ das Wort „bitte“ gibt (und umgekehrt)...
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“Dibs” im Deutschen?

Im Englischen gibt es den Ausdruck "to have dibs on sth.", auch einfach als Ausruf "Dibs!" gebraucht, der bedeutet, dass man ein Vorrecht auf eine bestimmte Sache beansprucht. "Dibs" ist ein Wort der ...
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German alternatives to “Shit happens”?

As this metaphor caused some meta-discussion, I would like to know what it exactly means to the majority and what the german counterpart is: My understanding of this metaphor: It's basically ...
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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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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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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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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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German equivalent of the phrase “That reminds me”?

Is there a German equivalent of the phrase "That reminds me"? An example usage in English (taken from Macmillan Dictionary): That reminds me. I must take the chicken out of the freezer. Does ...
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Derogatory way to refer to a smoker

In English, one might say He smokes like a chimney. Given the incredibly creative German insults that I've come across (see this German.SE question), I'd like to know what (derogatory) terms/...
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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 ...
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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 »up to« in der Mathematik?

Der Begriff up to in der Mathematik ist ziemlich wichtig, so wichtig, dass er einen eigenen Wikipedia-Artikel hat. Leider gibt es kein deutsches Äquivalent (es gibt 7 andere Sprachen!). Wie drückt ...
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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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“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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Polite ways to swear when something went completely wrong?

Are there more polite alternatives to (Verfluchter) Mist! to state that something went completely wrong in a business meeting? Shit happens! is a known anglicism in Germany but also ...
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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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“Film” verhält sich zu “Verfilmung” wie “Computerspiel” zu..?

Wenn ein Film produziert wird, der auf einer Literaturvorlage, Comic, Computerspiel etc. basiert, dann nennt man das "Verfilmung". Wie nennt man analog das Produzieren eines Computerspiels, das z.B. ...
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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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Alternative für den Ausdruck “über mich”

Ich suche eine Alternative für den Ausdruck "über mich". Es ist für einen Menüeintrag auf einer Website. Ich finde es fantasielos, überall im Web diesen Menüeintrag zu finden. Leider hat es sich ...
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How does one say “in a manner of speaking” in German?

Google translate gives "in eine Weise zu sprechen" but that strikes me as a literal translation that doesn't have the right "ring" to it. Is that, in fact, the best translation or is there a better ...
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How to say that any appointment time fits me

I’m trying to figure out how to say that any appointment time fits me in German. So I start with usual: Ich möchte gerne einen Termin vereinbaren. And then I know how to specify a time like so: ...
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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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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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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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Welches Wort anstelle von “programmatisch”?

Das Wort programmatisch ist definiert als: einem Programm, einem Grundsatz entsprechend richtungweisend, zielsetzend Sucht man nach dem Begriff, fällt auf, dass der Begriff häufig in ...
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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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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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How to say “to be stuck with a problem”?

I work at a German company and today I got stuck working on a problem and I am still not done with it. I want to express that to my boss, and I am looking for a word or phrase for being stuck with a ...
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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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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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“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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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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“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 didn’...