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Breaking down “also fangen wir an”

The meaning of also fangen wir an, according to Google Translate is: let's get started. While the individual translation of the words are: so, catch we, to. How did these combine to make that? "So ...
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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? ...
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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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How do you say “from X to Y” in German?

How do you say "from X to Y" in German? I am not sure if I am supposed to write an article with "zu": Ich höre mir alle Arten deutscher Musik an, vom Rock bis zu(r?) Hip-Hop. I listen to all ...
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How does one say “to catch up” in German, as in to catch up with a friend?

I am writing an email in German to an old friend, a colleague from a former job. I am trying to set up a meeting with him when I am going to be in town. I'd like to say that it would be great to catch ...
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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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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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What does “bitte sehen” mean?

When leaving a small shop in Germany, the storekeeper said “bitte sehen” to me as I was leaving. What does this mean? What would an appropriate response be? Could I reply by repeating “bitte sehen”? ...
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Subclause with “wollen” and “ob”

I'm trying to say "I'm making these videos because I want to see if I can improve." I came up with this: Ich mache diese Videos, weil ich sehen wollen, ob ich verbessern kann. I'm ...
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“In der Schlacht um Tirad Pass” or “bei Tirad Pass”?

How do you say "The Battle of Tirad Pass" in German? Gregorio del Pilar wurde im Jahre 1899 in der Schlacht bei Tirad Pass umgebracht. Gregorio del Pilar wurde im Jahre 1899 in der Schlacht ...
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How we use correctly “etwas für … halten” in sentence?

If for example we would say: I consider you as a brother. I consider you as my older brother. etc. How can we translate those sentences into German, because I don't know how "etw. für ... ...
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What is the best translation for the term “snack”?

For instance, would you use: der Snack, der Imbiss, die Kleinigkeit, der Schnellimbiss, der Happen, etc.? And when would you use which term? i.e. for what kind of snack — a snack commercially ...
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What does “Hesek” and “spricht” mean in German

This is on a grandparents tombstone. What does it say? Hesek 37, 12 so spricht der herr siehe, ich will eure graeben aufthun und will euch mein volk aus denselben herausholen
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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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Wie übersetzt man “kettle” in “Police has many protesters kettled”?

Das Wort gibt es als Verb und Adjektiv (siehe Titel). Es wird im selben Zusammenhang auch als Substantiv benutzt: Fifty protesters are in the kettle.
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Was wäre eine gute Übersetzung von engl. “attention whore” ins Deutsche?

Ist da Rampensau angemessen oder unpassend? In English: What's a fitting translation for "attention whore" (into German) Would Rampensau be fitting or inappropriate?
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What does sowieso mean? [closed]

I was watching a German show, and they kept using the word sowieso? Can someone explain to me what it means?
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On the usage of nach / hinter / zu

In Der Pfennig by Hans Eckart, there is also the following sentence: Eines Tages war der Vater nach der Arbeit sehr müde. Except for nach der Arbeit, all is clear to me: One day, father was very ...
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How do you say “kind” in German?

My German is on the basic level. When I try to look it up in google translate, it suggests the following: freundlich (which is actually friendly, not kind) nett (which is closer to nice I would say) ...
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Translation of “Anmk.”

In several German papers I've found such abbreviation as "10 Anmk. 1", but I have no idea how this could be translated. This looks like some abbreviation of well known edition. Contexts are: 1) "In ...
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Translation of “Let me ask him”

A: Will your friend come to the party tomorrow? B: Let me ask him. I'm having trouble translating "let" here. Should I use "lassen" as follows? A: Wird dein Freund morgen zur Party ...
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Translation of “I would be interested to know how it goes.”

How can I say I would be interested to know how it goes. Would it be Ich würde interessiert sein zu wissen, wie es läuft. ?
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why is here “Namen” instead of “Name” [closed]

99 Prozent der Anwälte geben dem Rest einen schlechten Namen. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name. Edit: Shouldn't it be "einen schlechten Name", if this is accusative. Why is -n added?
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Saying 'for example' and 'e.g.'

I think that all three of these are acceptable: zum Beispiel (z.B) beispielsweise Bsp. If so, are there any differences between them? Is one more formal, archaic, colloquial, etc. than the other ...
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When to use “werden” plus past participle?

I often see in "formal" settings statements like: Die Karten werden gedruckt. However, I rarely see such use of werden plus a past participle in emails and other correspondence—even in more ...
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Meaning of ‘Lernfeldübergreifend’

I was searching for the meaning of Lernfeldübergreifende or Lernfeldübergreifende Fachgebiet but I didn’t find any reliable translation.
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How do I say Newsflash in german?

I want to make a sarcastic comment under a youtube video of an interview with Christiano Ronaldo. I want something along the lines of 'Newsflash: Christiano Ronaldo says his life is pretty good'.
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Wie sagt man “Ending” auf Deutsch?

Wie sagt man "Ending" in diesem Zusammenhang? Ich schreibe schon seit einer Woche einen Roman, und ich denke über einen Ausgang dafür nach. Ich kann nicht "Happy end" schreiben, da nicht alle ...
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“Join” in German

I'm searching on Internet the similar word of "join" in a sense to join a group, for example if I see some people talking together how is the better way I can say "Can I join the conversation" ...
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Translation of 'WHY' to german in this context

I want to say, 'Today I will talk about why it is a good idea to learn german.' 'Heute spreche ich über warum es ist eine gute Idee, Deutsch zu lernen.' I know it sounds funny, so could someone ...
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“Prospekt” als Synonym für Aussicht

Es geht in dieser Frage um eine bestimmte Benutzung des Wortes "Prospekt" und ob diese so gebräuchlich ist. Es handelt sich dabei um einen Satz, dessen Richtigkeit ich sofort nach dem Schreiben ...
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What is this politician saying?

At one point in this video, Gregor Gysi says something that sounds like “das liegt zum Glück”. My German is a little rusty (I intend on fixing that shortly), so I’m not sure as to the meaning of that ...
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Fernsehen verb usage practice in a sentence

During the German class, we studied that the verb fernsehen (to watch TV) should be conjugated as ich sehe fern, du siehst fern, etc. I want to translate the sentence I watch TV on evenings to ...
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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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»Wir würden es dir gesagt haben« vs. »Wir hätten es dir gesagt«

Ich versuchte, folgenden Satz ins Deutsche zu übersetzen: We would have told you. Ich dachte, dass Folgendes richtig wäre: Wir würden es dir gesagt haben. Aber mir wurde gesagt, dass die ...
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Project planning terminology

We are wrestling with some German translations that have been made by different native speakers. These terms are used in project planning software. A project plan has tasks for which requests (for ...
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The situation in Post Office

I was waiting for a box via mail, but it did not arrive in time. For this reason I went to post office and asked the guy in charge to learn if they will contact me somehow in case they cannot reach ...
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Übersetzung von “left to wonder what could have been”

He was left to wonder what could have been. Die Phrase "was left to wonder what could have been" ist sehr idiomatisch in der englischen Sprache. Wie kann man das ins Deutsche übersetzen? Wäre es ...
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Übersetzung von “stand out from the rest of the class”

With his grades, Sascha stands out from the rest of the class. Die empfohlenen Übersetzungen von stand out sind hervorstechen und auffallen. (a) Mit seinen Noten sticht Sascha vom Rest der ...
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Übersetzung von “to waitlist”

Felix was waitlisted by Yale. Hier ist waitlist als Verb verwendet. Gibt es auch ein Äquivalent auf Deutsch? Oder muss man einfach nur umschreiben, wie Felix war auf die Warteliste von Yale ...
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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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How to translate “The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person's determination”

How would you translate this quote? The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person's determination. You can translate it to this: Der Unterschied zwischen dem ...
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Translation of “weiterwandern”

I found in some German newspaper word weitergewandert and I think it is present perfect of weiterwandern, but I cannot find a translation. What would be an appropriate translation?
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Translation of “neither team played well”

Neither Team A or Team B played well. could be translated as Weder Team A noch Team B hat gut gespielt. (is it "hat" and not "haben", similar to in English?) What about Neither team ...
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Wie sagt man “Hug bug” auf Deutsch?

Jana mag die ganze Zeit ihren Freund Klaus umarmen. Im Englischen würde man sagen, dass Jana den Hug Bug hat. Da Hug Bug aber sehr umgangssprachlich ist, gibt es dafür keine direkte Übersetzung. ...
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What is a semantically good translation for: continue reading or read more on blog (home) pages?

I am trying to build a blog home page with the usual list of article excerpts, where the excerpt contains a read more link to the complete article. In english a read more link might look like: ...
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How do I say “It's all about the marketing”?

I've tried googling it up, but to no direct success. Google translate suggests Es geht nur um die Vermarktung. or Es ist alles über die Vermarktung Is any one of that correct? I'm a ...
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Wie sagt man in Deutsch “axioms of class existence”?

Ich brauche eine Hilfe, ich möchte wissen, wie man auf Deutsch "axioms of class existence" sagt. Der Kontext ist das
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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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Tar baby in German?

How would you translate the term tar baby? I know the translated title of a book by Toni Morrison is Teerbaby but that doesn't really mean anything for someone who didn't read the book. In English ...