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Constructions with “ihm” [on hold]

Could somebody explain the meanings and the usage of ihm in the following sentences. Tock! Mit einem harten Schlag fällt ihm das Buch auf den Kopf. Ihm ist, als könne er es jetzt noch spüren. ...
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'Sie hätten sich statt mit den sportlichen Leistungen der Spieler mehr mit Gerüchten über diese beschäftigt.' best translation?

there is this line that I read in Spiegel article, and I was wondering about the translation of it. Sie hätten sich statt mit den sportlichen Leistungen der Spieler mehr mit Gerüchten über diese ...
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How would you translate “mind you” in German

How would you translate the expression "mind you" in German, a phrase introducing something that should be taken into consideration. For example: "He's very well dressed, but mind you, he's got plenty ...
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How would you translate “Flagship product”?

How would you translate a flagship product, so the best product of a company, as in Paint is the flagship product of Microsoft. [Just an example...] I could say Paint ist das beste Produkt ...
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How to translate “window switching” in the context of compression algorithms?

I’m wondering how the term window switching is translated into German. For those wondering, it’s a term used in computer science to describe a popular method for pre-echo suppression, particularly in ...
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“Combover” — is there a German equivalent?

A student of mine asked me how a German might say combover. It's that interesting hair style when someone is bald, but they have hair on one side of their head, and comb it over to the other side. It ...
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Wie sage ich „I brush their teeth“?

Ich möchte ausdrücken, dass ich morgens die Zähne meiner Töchter putze (sie sind 5 und 7 Jahre alt). Sage ich Ich putze ihnen die Zähne oder Ich putze ihre Zähne?
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Datenbank mit Artikeln

Ich suche für diverse Sprachen wie Deutsch, Französisch etc. eine Datenbank, bei der die Artikel mit hinterlegt sind. Beispiel: Auto, (das), maison (la) Müsste als Datenbankformat, Textdatei etc. ...
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What is equivalent of “failure” in german

I was trying to translate an English sentence to German, but I don’t know which word best fits to failure in the following context. The affective filter is a theoretical construct in second ...
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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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What can be a proper translation for: “degree obtained with Merit”?

In Great Britain you can get a degree with Merit or Distinction from any university when you have high grades. What is the equivalent or translation for this in German?
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What do these words mean as German language knowledge level?

Can you please help me to know what these words mean exactly as German proficiency level: Foreign language A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2? Because while I’m looking for any job vacancy I see these words and ...
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Verb for “would like”

I've been using a learning app and this sentence came up, Willst du ins Kino gehen? and the translation is Would you like to go to the cinema?. For all other times möchte has been used for would like....
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What does x do in meaning of “how it works”

I would like know is there a question-answer type in german like following: What does a norm-referenced test do? (Was sorgt ein normbezogener Test für?) It compares students’ performance to ...
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“I have been informed by Alex” in German

Wie sagt man "I have been informed by Alex" auf Deutsch? Könnte die Aussage so übersetzt werden? Ich bin von Alex informiert geworden. Ich war durch Alex bescheid geworden.
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“Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit” or “Ich habe fertig die Arbeit”?

Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit. or Ich habe fertig die Arbeit. if there is more explication for "fertig"
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Translations for Weather-Descriptions

I am trying to translate some weather descriptions for a weather-application to German. I managed to translate many of them, but I am still stuck with a few. I hope you can help me with it: ragged ...
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Meaning and translation of “Stileigentümlichkeiten”?

This word, perhaps an adjective because of the ending, appears in the clause: diese Einschätzung nach Kadish lediglich bestimmten Stileigentümlichkeiten der 6. bis 11. Dynastie. What does this ...
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How can I say: “as your friend I would …”

I know the usage of the word als: Als ich Kind war, hatte ich viele Hobbys. But I don’t know if I can use this word as the translation for the word as: Als Ihr Kunde bin ich zufrieden mit ...
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German word for ‘understocked’ [closed]

Is there a German word for understocked? If not, what phrase would be the best translation? Understocked in the context that for example a supermarket does not have some products which are usually ...
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Translation of “state” into German (software related)

I need to translate the term state into German. The context is following: In a customer relation management software each customer can have different independent states such as "bad payer", "has ...
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German word for “queue ticket”

When you go to an office you get a ticket with a number. You have to wait until your number is on a display. I want to know the German word for this ticket.
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Is “Weltschmerz” an untranslatable word?

Sometime I come across lists of untranslatable words like this one. It states that Weltschmerz is a word that cannot be translated to English, but searching for it in Duden it gives me a lot of ...
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what is the meaning of “gier und gar” in poetry?

I am trying to understand the meaning of the idiom "gier und gar." I have serched per word and in the internet it is not clear.
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What is the meaning of “bissig und böss” [closed]

In working on a translaion I would like to know if "bissig und böss" could be interpreted as "caustic and naughty" in relations to animals?
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How do you say that you're ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German?

How do you say that you’re ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German? Is the expression limited to marijuana or is it used in other instances as well? Also if there is a term for people who smoke a ...
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“Hang out with friends” in German

How do I say I like hanging out with friends in German? I'm having trouble with the verb "hang out" in this meaning. From the dictionary, there are meanings of shirts/tongue hanging out, ...
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“Tiere sind auch nur Menschen”…what's therole of “nur” on this phrase?

I was watching the 10th episode of "Extra" and on minute 2:41 they say the phrase "Tiere sind auch nur Menschen" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaW3bWuwgL0 I translated the phrase on Google ...
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Reminding of own identity at the beginning of correspondence

When sending (for example) an email to somebody who probably doesn’t have my current contact information, I would want to remind of who I am. So in English I would write something like: It’s (my ...
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Warum benennen die Deutschen Filmtitel um? [closed]

Ich habe schon vor einiger Zeit bemerkt, dass Originalfilmtitel in andere Sprachen übersetzt werden. Aber scheinbar machen nur die Deutschen das bis zur vollständigen Unkenntlichkeit des ...
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Translation of “Please call me Bill”

How would you translate Please call me Bill. Would it be Bitte nennen Sie mich Bill. or Bitte heißen Sie mich Bill. or some other verbs?
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Acquired taste auf Deutsch?

Ich suche eine knappe Übersetzung für "acquired taste", also wenn jemandem etwas schmeckt, was ihm als Kind nicht geschmeckt hat, zum Beispiel Kaffee, Bier oder scharfes Essen. Ich suche quasi das ...
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Using of “with whom” in German

I'd like to know if the following sentence is correct in German: Er fand endlich eine Frau, mit der den Rest seines Lebens zu verbringen. (He finally found a woman with whom to spend the rest of ...
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What does 'sich in der Bringschuld sehen' mean?

I came across the following paragraph in Der Spiegel: Eine der wichtigsten Fragen ist, wie [Donald] Trump nun mit seiner Partei umgeht. Die Republikaner sind traumatisiert, die alte Garde fühlt ...
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»Es geht kein Weg zurück« or »Es gibt keinen Weg zurück«? Which one is correct? [closed]

When you want to say “There’s no way back (in life)”, like when you do something, it cannot be undone. Should I use: “Es geht” or “Es gibt”? I once asked a friend of mine from Austria, she tried to ...
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How do I translate German passive sentences with intransitive verbs into English? [closed]

So in German I’m aware with intransitive verbs (without a direct object) you can somehow form a passive sentence out of them, which you can’t do in English to my knowledge. My question is, how am I ...
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What does “Backpfeifengesicht” mean and is there a cognate in English?

I came across Backpfeifengesicht being used to describe someone running for office in the 2016 US election. What is the meaning of or tranlation for Backpfeifengesicht in English?
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What does “Eigentum statt Miete” mean? [closed]

I'm looking for renting a house in Germany and I encountered this phrase. What does it exactly mean? The price was a lot higher than a normal price for renting an apartment. Does this mean a whole ...
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Translation of “that sb is better than”

He looks down on people that he is better than. How do I say this sentence in German? By the way, should the word that be relative pronoun or subordinate conjunction?
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De Wette: Translation of »Sie bedurften des Wachens für sich selbst, des leiblichen und des geistlichen, des Gebetes.«

The quotation is from Wilhelm Martin Lebrecht De Wette's Kurze Erklärung der Evangeliums Matthäi, p. 224, commentary on Matthew 26:41. I think I have most of it figured out, except for the first ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen „Ankleiden“ and „Bekleiden“?

I am having troubles figuring out nuances of the meaning of „Ankleiden“ and „Bekleiden“. Are these words exact synonyms? What are the appropriate situations to use each of them? I tried to go over ...
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Help with using “only” in the context of temperature

Could anyone please help me with saying: "It feels like...". This is in the context of "I think the temperature was only 5 degrees, but it felt like negative 30!" Could you also help me translate the ...
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Looking for help identifying/translating old book

I'm looking for help in identifying some general info about a book, such as year, title, author, origin, and any information about the contents. You can see the book scanned into PDF at one of the ...
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“Job enquiry” in German?

I am writing an e-mail (in German) enquiring about job vacancies in some company and I am having difficulty picking an appropriate subject (Betreff) for the e-mail. I would like to put something ...
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What is the German word for “mind”?

Is there a word in German to refer to the mind? Gehirn is brain, but that’s the meat inside the head, not the mind. In Spanish it is mente. Is there a German equivalent? I have consulted my ...
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What is the German word for paper abortion?

‚Paper abortion‘, auf dänisch ‚juridisk abort‘, ist eine stark umstrittene Thematik. Es gibt zwar einen englischen und einen dänischen Wikipediaartikel zum Thema, jedoch keinen deutschen Beitrag. Ich ...
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How to translate “spirit brands”?

How can we say in German "Coctails with local spirit brands"? I am facing difficulties to translate the part "spirit brands". Do you have an idea?
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Translation of “grammar Nazi”

The English term "grammar Nazi" is often used to describe a person who is overly pedantic about grammar. From what I have experienced in the English speaking world, it is generally considered ...
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How do I translate “God” and “god” to German?

Naively, both (monoteistic and pagan) would be "der Gott". In Russian language the God and a god are also often discrimitated by capitalisation. How does it go in German? Answers to the related ...