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“Brg” at the end of emails

A German colleague signs all his emails with "brg, [His Name]" I can't find a direct translation of this. Is it an expression, a general "from," A shortening of another phrase, or something else?
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Translation of “Let me tell you”

I'm thinking of a translation of Let me tell you. One thing that comes to mind is (a) Lassen Sie mich Ihnen sagen. but it doesn't sound quite correct. Another possibility is (b) ...
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Wie kann man “just in case” übersetzen?

Gibt es in der Umgangssprache eine andere Übersetzung für "just in case"? Im Wörterbuch kann ich nur einige wie "für alle Fälle", "im Notfall", aber die klingen mir zu schriftsprachlich. Könnte man ...
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Translation of common Australian saying — “If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick.”

I am looking for a faithful translation of the (common in Australia) saying: "If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick." It is in no way offensive, and means that if you ...
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Meaning of „Dass, wer in der CDU-Führung sagt, … nicht beachtet“

This sentence is the beginning of an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine: Dass, wer in der CDU-Führung sagt, die „Alternative für Deutschland“ (AfD) sei zu ignorieren, diese auch tatsächlich nicht ...
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“To go rogue” in German

How could this phrase be translated into German? I can think of zu einem wütenden Einzelgänger werden or similar combinations with different adjectives, but none of them are nearly as concise ...
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What's the correct American translation for the family name “Würker”?

I'm interested to know the correct American English form of Würker. Any general background information on this name's roots would also probably prove insightful as well. Thanks! :)
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Translation of “Und ob”

Die wahre Landlust So früh aufstehen, so hart malochen, sich täglich die Finger schmutzig machen - will man das wirklich? Und ob, sagen vier Jungbauern, die sich ganz bewusst für diesen Beruf ...
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How to say “I have no past” in German?

I want to say “I have no past” to express the following thought: I don’t have a past, I only have the future, and I am to start anew". Is “Ich habe keine Vergangenheit” correct?
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Looking for comprehensive English-German dictionar(y/ies) in a database format

I'm currently researching per-word language translation (as opposed to the per-sentence/in-context translation provided by eg Google Translate), and as a part of this I'm looking for a comprehensive ...
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Accurate translation of “bildungsfern”

I have the feeling that all dictionary entries are not really cutting to the core of bildungsfern, because it is a more neutral, descriptive term to show that someone did have the privilege to receive ...
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Meaning/Structure of “Es mag so paradox anmuten”

Das Führen von Kriegen ist keinesfalls ein unverbrüchliches Naturgesetz, sondern ein Kulturprodukt, sozusagen ein Kollateralschaden des zivilisatorischen Prozesses. Und so paradox es angesichts ...
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Was bedeutet “Heftfolgen”?

Ich fand "Heftfolgen" als Namen einer Mappe mit digitalen Büchern. Was bedeutet es? Das Wort befindet sich in keinen gängigen Wörterbüchern.
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Wie übersetzt man “deductive system”?

Wie übersetzt man "deductive system" von Englischen ins Deutsche? A deductive system (also called a deductive apparatus of a formal system) consists of the axioms (or axiom schemata) and rules of ...
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How can “Constitution Council” be translated?

Context: Do you wish the Constitution Council's proposals to form the basis of a new draft Constitution? Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_constitutional_referendum,_2012 I know ...
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How can “Dense plasma focus” be translated?

Does anybody know how to translate "dense plasma focus"? I would like to start the German Wikipedia article, but I don't know how this is called in German. A dense plasma focus (DPF) is a machine ...
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Is there such a word as “Gestern-heute” and if yes what does it mean?

The news had something that happened on this date a few years ago(9-11) and it had in the title "Gestern-heute" if I remember correctly. What does it mean? EDIT To make the question clearer I am not ...
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Was würdest du mir zu sagen?

I was looking for a translation for: What would you like me to say? and was given "Was würdest du mir zu sagen?". To me, that translates literally to: What would you say to me? Which is ...
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Creating a composite word names

I am trying to come up with a composite word for a group of "hunters from/of the hills" for a story. Looking at dictionaries and some web pages the best I can come up with is Hügeljäger. As this is ...
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Common expressions of “thank you” in a formal setting

What are common ways to say “Thank you very, very much” in a formal or business setting? I am interested in both, phrases for a written letter, and formal ways to express "thank you" in talking. Are ...
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Is “was” used as a modal particle here?

Dann kann ich jetzt endlich was abarbeiten. I think I understand this sentence except for the use of was: Now I can finally work. But I can’t determine how the was changes either the meaning ...
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What are some options for “catch you later” in both a figurative and a literal sense?

What are some options for "catch you later", as in either "to catch up with at a later time" (figurative sense) and in, for instance, a race, that is "to physically catch up with someone"? I am ...
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Translation with a phrase containing “es gleich”

I'm trying to translate the phrase: Sicher regnet es gleich... What is the meaning of "es gleich" in that context? I don't think "equally" fits so well
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What is an English phrase for “produktionsbedingter Leerraum”? [closed]

What is a good English phrase for "produktionsbedingter Leerraum"? The literal meaning is "an empty space caused by production" and tells buyers that the half-empty cookie box is a feature.
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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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Translation for “There are 20 students in my class”

There are 20 students in my class. I've read the thread on difference between es gibt/es sind, and since this example is a specific situation, it seems the translation should be Es sind 20 ...
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How does the crew address the captain in “Das Boot”?

In the movie Das Boot, the crew address the captain with a word I don't understand. I think it may be "Kaleun", which I assume is short for "Kapitan Leutnant". Am I right? Is that a real word?
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Strange Pokémon attack names in a German translation

While playing Pokémon in German, I came across a few attack names (usually with the -er ending) that I wasn't able to find in the dictionary. In the English version of the game these names just seem ...
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Translation of „Lieber mit einer Flamme im Bett, als mit einer Leuchte am Schreibtisch.“

From a coffee shop, I acquired a small cookie individually packaged in a plastic wrapping. On the wrapping the following is printed: „Lieber mit einer Flamme im Bett, als mit einer Leuchte am ...
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to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning

What's the idiomatic German for to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning? jemanden massiv ins Kreuzfeuer nehmen jemanden scharf verhören
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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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“I should be…” Constructions

I'm not fully sure of how to go about conveying the meaning of sentences like "I should be going to bed now" or "He should be speaking decent English". I think part of my problem may stem from the ...
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Translation of “the 45th most beautiful city”

For "the second/third beautiful city, we can write Die zweitschönste Stadt and Die drittschönste Stadt What about the 45th most beautiful city? We can probably write Die 45. schönste ...
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Is “Heizölrückstoßabdämpfung” a real word?

I saw "Heizölrückstoßabdämpfung" as an example of a word that is almost a pangramm without repetitition, but is it a real German word?
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How to say “to handover a telephone receiver” in German?

If I receive a call for my friend and he/she is sitting beside me, what should I say in German? In English, I'd say: Just hold on while I give him/her the receiver. or Just hold on, I'll ...
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Can someone please translate a German inscription into English?

My son's birthday is next week. For a gift, I bought a 150-year-old German drinking glass with a hand-painted image of a man bowling, and an inscription below. It reads: "Gut Holz ein Hoch dem ...
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Concise way of saying “A list of things”

Thinking from the point of view of an URL/Blog/Page Title. I wish to say A list of things or My list of things. I am not sure whether Dingeliste is accurate and concise at the same time. Another word ...
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For a German website: how to translate “call me back”?

I have added a "call me back" form to our website but I'm thinking it might better to translate "call me back" into German. On the other hand I don't think "rufen Sie mich zurück" would be a nice way ...
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Historically correct usage of “Britannien” and “Großbritannien”

Quick background: I am working on a translation from English to German of a Canadian history textbook (note: for grade 7 students). The textbook refers consistently to "Britain" and does not use the ...
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Need help deciphering writing on old headstone

I cant seem to read exactly what this says. I am recreating a headstone that was originally made out of white marble in 1888. It has deteriorated badly. I have figured out everything except this last ...
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best choice of words in requesting a reply to an email: zusenden, mitteilen

I need to add a sentence to a letter that has already been translated into German, to say that the recipient of the letter can send his/her evaluation (opinion) either by email or on our website. My ...
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Translate late 1800's postcard to English

I have a postcard from the family of my 3-times-great grandmother written in old German that was sent to some of their family that came to America. The picture was taken in Hechingen, Germany. My ...
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Monk recommends: knock down women on sight

I read today: Ein weiser Möch sagte einst: "Wenn deine Augen eine Frau erblicken, schlage sie nieder" Am I misunderstanding something? Because it is kind of hard to consider knocking down woman ...
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Appropriate translation of the word “record.”

Could someone please clarify for me the variations in German of the English word record (as a verb and as a noun)? I'll limit my question to the following examples. Use a graphic organizer to ...
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Can Rechnungswesen be used as translation of Computer Science?

I just had some documents translated by a court interpreter and I received some (to me at least) strange results. My German is a bit rusty, so I want to double-check if the results I got can pass a ...
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Meaning of German verb “anflicken”

I have come across the verb anflicken in a German translation of Ars Poetica by Horace and have not been able to find the meaning or translation in English on the internet. I have found example ...
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Help with finishing translation

I recently wanted to see if the owner of a domain name was possibly interested in selling it to me. I don't speak German, so I had to use Google Translate to compose the email. She responded in ...
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“Food” in German

When I was looking for the German equivalent of "food" in my dictionary, I've noticed that both "Lebensmittel" and "Nahrung" have same meaning and I've learned "Essen" before. While I was trying to ...
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“To have a haircut”

How would you say I had a haircut yesterday. Would it be (a) Ich hatte gestern ein Haarschnitt. or (b) Ich habe mir gestern die Haare schneiden lassen. Which one sounds more natural?