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Does “aufrollen” have a colloquial meaning?

I'm translating an old German newspaper article and the word "aufrollen" is used in what appears to be a colloquial manner, since the literal meaning "to roll (up)" doesn't quite fit. Here is the ...
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Habitual past vs simple past

How would the translation of the habitual past He would visit the beach everyday differ from the one of the simple past He visited the beach everyday? when translating those sentences to ...
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How to translate “items to be approved”?

I’m bumping into this English to German translation in our software: Project bookings to be approved -> Zu genehmigende Projektbuchungen I’m Dutch, but something does not sound correct here. ...
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I am looking for an accurate translation [on hold]

I am looking for the German translation for "Respect Above All" In the sense meaning, Respect above anything else, or Respect is the highest priority.
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How do you say “handwavy proof” in German?

In English language there is a beautiful colloquial usage, which describes the way a proof is done ie a "handwavy proof". A handwavy proof is a kind of proof, in which you use no/very little ...
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Bedeutung von “wegen, um … willen”

Beim Übersetzen vom Griechischen ins Deutsche bin ich auf ein Problem mit der Übersetzung von ενεκα gestoßen. Im Gemoll (Griechisch-Deutsch Wörterbuch) steht, dass diese Präposition normalerweise mit ...
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The benifit of reading the original versus the English translation of Critique of Pure Reason [closed]

I wish to read Kant's Critique of Pure Reason in the near future, but I have read that it is better to read the Critique in its original German. However, I don't know German. I have read the works of ...
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Canadian specific terminology

I am working on a translation of a Canadian politics text, and the document talks about Aboriginal youth offenders and non-Aboriginal youth offenders. Typically when we speak of Aboriginal people in ...
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How do you say “whatsoever” in German?

In everyday language one often uses the word “whatsoever“ to emphasise, as in this example from daily life: There is no problem whatsoever. I have no doubt about his work whatsoever. or in ...
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How do you say “act on” in a quantum-mechanical context in German?

My German is pretty good but I know very little of the terminology in Quantum Mechanics. In Quantum Mechanics one often say something like the momentum operator p acts on the ket |ψ>. How ...
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The men are cooking - translation

In an online translation exercise I was asked to translate: "The men are cooking" My attempt was: Die Männer kochen The answer shown was: Die Männer kochen gerade What does "gerade" at ...
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Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt

There is a children’s story called Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt. I know that this is translated from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But trying to retranslate this directly, Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt ...
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“Again” in German? [closed]

What word would you use to order somebody to do something again? I'm writing a book and know very little about the German language. The sentence I'm trying to translate is "Again!" as in ordering ...
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Further possible meanings of “Verkehr”

I came across the word Verkehr. In dictionaries I only found the translation of the word to mean traffic or transportation. However, it seems that in the context, the word means much more. I read the ...
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“A proposito” auf Deutsch [closed]

"A proposito" ist eine Italienische Redewendung, die man (meistens) am Anfang des Satzes benutzt. Wie wäre es auf Deutsch? Das soll nicht literarisch, sondern eher umgangsprächlich, unformell sein.
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Three Verbs in a clause with “zu”

I'm trying to express this idea in German: I would like to try to write it. Since würde doesn't typically require zu in the infinitive, I'm confused about whether I need to have zu in this ...
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Ist ein Generalinspekteur ein General? Ein Inspekteur? Beides?

Ich war darüber verwundert, dass "Generalinspekteur" auf Englisch "inspector general" heisst - nicht "general inspector". In der Diskussion meiner Frage dazu bei english.se fiel mir auf, dass ich den ...
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How to translate the English imperative 'See: X' when referencing?

In a reference like See: Page 234 or See: requests, how is that done in German? Since neither English nor German is my native language, I hesitate to write Sehe.
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What is the meaning of the name Ziesenis or Zieseniss?

One of my ancestral surnames is Ziesenis and I'd like to know what it means. They were Prussian immigrants to the US back in the 1800s.
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How do you say “mild vomiting due to a Stomach Bug”?

My son has picked up a stomach bug at his kindergarten. I'm going to the pharmacy and I want to tell the German pharmacist that he is having mild vomiting from a simple stomach bug and I want some ...
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Which translation of “just” does German use to imply some minor/short activity?

I often use expressions like: I'm just eating or: I'm just exercising etc. where the just means that I'm doing some small/short-lived activity that I will be finished with soon. Does ...
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German for “graceful degradation”

The term graceful degradation is often used as a technical term to describe a system that doesn't loose all its functionality at once, but is able to maintain some intermediary mode to remain ...
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What does der Wühlen mean please? [closed]

It is not a verb. Here is the original sentence: Frauen verbringen im Durchschnitt 76 Tage ihres Lebens mit dem Wühlen in der Handtasche. -Women spend in average 76 days of their life with --- ...
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Bedeutung von »in der Leitung sein«

Ich lese jetzt das Buch Milch und Kohle von Ralf Rothmann um mein Deutsch zu üben. Auf Seite 12 steht der Satz: Das Telefon klingelte, ein gedämpfter Ton unter der Brokathülle, und ich lief ins ...
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Übersetzung von “more money than when …”

I have more money than when I started the job. Wie übersetzt man das ins Deutsche? Ich habe mehr Geld als, als ich die Arbeit begann. Es sieht komisch aus, zwei "als" nacheinander zu haben. ...
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“Ein Knopf ist schwer zu drücken.” Wie sagt man das?

In Englisch steht hier: All the buttons work smothly whereas in earlier models the buttons were a bit sticky. sticky.. "klebrig" passt hier irgendwie nicht. Wie würde man das auf Deutsch ...
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-mäßig vs. -artig

In manchen Fällen wird beides als "-like" übersetzt. Woher weiß man, welche der beiden Endungen benutzt werden soll? Insbesondere bezüglich Gegenständen und so. Also, sagt man eher pulvermäßig oder ...
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How to say “Class of” in German? [closed]

For example, how would you say "Welcome to (some school) Class of 2019?"
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´Der Patient entwickelte Symptome einer Lebensmittelvergiftung´ - possible sentences? [closed]

May I say the following sentences in German? I give the original English sentences (the following are the translations I´ve got from German native speakers, but I am not sure whether they are possible ...
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Modal verb used for probability in german

"Mag er mich?" is translated as " Does he like me?" My question is does "Mögen" is used also for probability... so my sentence about it I am confused "May she missunderstand me by that? " is ...
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Wegen, bezüglich, über. Is their use interchangeable?

Is the use of the words wegen, bezüglich and über always interchangeable when we want to say "about" (concerning)? If not, can in some cases be interchangeable? For example what is the best way for ...
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Meaning of “Man nennt dich doch auch”

I am watching a little cartoon and I do not understand the German subtitles, especially this sentence: Man nennt dich doch auch... What does doch auch mean? Why are they both in the same ...
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Is “Dieser Raum” in “Dieser Raum bietet Sitzplätze für 25 Leute” agent or locative?

I´ve got another question from my diploma research. My original English sentence was This room seats 25 people. This room was labeled as locative. When I give you another example, the ...
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Possible sentence: 'Das Schiff brach sein Ruder.'?

I am a student of English and German language (non-native) and I compare English-German sentences for my diploma thesis from the semantic and syntactic point of view. I have English sentences which I ...
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Englisches “if” auf Deutsch

Welches Wort ist richtig für if-Sätze? Zum Beispiel sagt man auf Englisch: Take more if you like it. If you want you can do it. We are going out if it is sunny. Ganz einfach, aber ...
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What's the meaning of “denn” in “Was kostet denn der Teppich?” [duplicate]

I believe it means "How much cost the carpet?", but why adding denn? I know that denn, in a normal context, means because.
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How to translate “aber” in a negative question?

Deine Schwester wohnt aber nicht in Kiel, oder? I would suggest that it means "Your sister doesn't live in Kiel, right?". But the aber is a real pain. I looked everywhere on the Internet and ...
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Wie sagt man “notation” auf Deutsch?

Ich schreibe gerade eine Arbeit in Deutsch und suche nach einer guten Übersetzung für das englische Wort notation. Was ich mit diesem Wort meine, ist sozusagen wie man etwas schreibt. Also welche ...
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Best translation for “software-development manager”

I’m interested in learning the job title for a person who has HR responsibility for a group of developers (software-development manager in English). I’ve been looking at a few sites, and I’m trying ...
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Expressing “X of Y” or “Y's X”

I came across this on some app for learning languages. Say I want to express "X of Y" or "Y's X". I saw that the app used the form der X des Y not restricted to der but also die and das. I just ...
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Translation of “I would be lying if I said that …”

I would be lying if I said that I'm not stressed about the upcoming test. How can this be translated into German? Ich würde lügen, wenn ich sagen würde, dass ich über die kommende Prüfung ...
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Idiom for “none of my business”

What's the German idiom for Nothing to do with me! or It's none of my business! where the English have an exclamation mark for emphasis?
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“High school” in German?

I’m trying to translate the term high school into German. However this is proving to be difficult since the school systems in the U.S. are different from Germany. Using Dict.cc and Linguee, I’ve ...
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What does “Handy-Signal” mean?

Google translate tells me that the German for mobile phone signal is Handy-Signal. Is that right? It sounds a bit odd and I was wondering if anyone can tell me whether it is correct.
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Meaning of “Reinlichkeit” in the context of Nietzsche's “Die fröhliche Wissenschaft”

I am translating a text from Nietzsche, who uses the word Reinlichkeit in a discussion of Schopenhauer, asking what attracts people to him. I am wondering whether I have translated the passage ...
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Techn. Übersetzung: to serve a document

Ich übersetze momentan eine kleine Dokumentation für ein Softwareprojekt zur Entwicklung von Webanwendungen. An einigen Stellen heißt es in Bezug auf Webserver: "to serve a document", womit die ...
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Wie kann man „industry reputation“ ins Deutsch übersetzen?

Wie kann man „industry reputation“ ins Deutsch übersetzen? Der ganze Satz: The Guild’s primary role is as an advocate for pharmacists in relation to pharmacy ownership rules and industry ...
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Übersetzung von “to tell (infer) something by something”

Wie kann tell (infer) sth. by sth. am besten übersetzt werden? Also, wenn ich recht habe, wird You can tell by looking at him that he is a smoker als Man sieht ihm an, dass er ein Raucher ist ...
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How do you prompt someone to continue their story?

In English, sometimes you'd say things like 'I see', 'All right', 'Got it', 'Go on', etc., to show the other guy that you're still listening to what he's saying. How do you say the equivalent in ...
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Translation of “better than I thought it would be”

The show was better than I thought it would be. How can we translate this into German? I think (a) Die Aufführung war besser als ich dachte. already captures the meaning of the sentence, ...