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What would be some good exercises with a language partner for a beginner?

Does anyone have advice for keeping a conversation going with a language partner. I've been studying German for 6 weeks, twice a week at night school. So my vocabulary is quite small and apart from ...
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Toasting “To the Old Gods”?

I have been trying to find information regarding toasts however I am just starting my studying of German. I would like to be able to toast the Old Nordic gods when I have drink, but lack of knowledge ...
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“Wir waren hier gelaufen” vs. “Wir sind hier gelaufen”

I'd sometimes like to indicate a completed action in the past by using the Plusquamperfekt, as indicated in the title. Whenever I do this, I seem to get strange looks. I have a feeling that I am ...
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What is the German equivalent of foo, bar, baz?

The English words foo, bar and baz are often used as placeholder nonsense names in programming. In French, "toto, titi, tata, tutu" are common. Which words are used for this purpose in German code? ...
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What is a “smart alec” in German?

I was telling my math class the story about how Gauss added up the numbers from one to a hundred when he was in first grade. I told them that when he put his slate on the teacher's desk face down, the ...
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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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Übersetzung für “Fusselst Du?”

Ich habe heute im Internet Folgendes gesehen: und dachte: ehh? Im Wörterbuch konnte ich 'fusseln' nicht finden. Kann mir jemand mit einer Übersetzung helfen?
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Adapting a Quote in Old English Style

I'd like to give someone a gift (who speaks German, and is also a fountain pen user) and include a quote from S.B.R.E. Brown (podcast here) written down with my own calligraphy. The problem is that ...
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Prägnante Übersetzung von engl. “views” (wie in “42 views of this post”)

Ich suche nach einem kurzen und prägnanten Begriff für "view", wie er in Internet-Foren und auch hier auf StackExchange verwendet wird. This post has 42 views. "Ansichten" erscheint mir etwas ...
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Equivalent of “What would you do in my shoes” in German?

How would you state it? Are there alternatives? If the expression does exist, where does it come from?
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German Pangrams

Do you know any German pangrams that use special characters like ö, ä etc? If possible, with their english translation and transliteration in ASCII characters.
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Was bedeutet dieses englische Schild? [closed]

Ich habe in dem Spiel Portal 2 dieses Schild gefunden. Jedoch kann ich mir dieses Schild nicht übersetzen. Ich vermute das es sich dabei um etwas umgangssprachliches handelt das nicht normal übersetzt ...
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Translation of “gut x kilometer”

What's the English translation of "gut dreißig Kilometer"? As in: Es befindet sich gut dreißig Kilometer außerhalb von London? I'm not sure whether it's 'a good thirty kilometres' or 'some ...
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How to say “What day/time is convenient for you” in German?

A potential customer is asking me to come show a demo, and I want to ask what day/time is convenient for them. What is the usual way to express this? My attempt: Welches Tag/Zeit ist gut für ...
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“How were the Holidays?”

Is it correct to say: Wie geht's Dir die Ferien? Not sure if it makes sense or not.
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Proper translation of ahnungslos?

I read a post (in another forum) that said this today: Das Land der Ahnungslosen Obviously indicating that individuals from a certain (unspecified) country were "clueless". Someone responded ...
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Is “du bist dran” the best translation for “it is your turn”?

Is there a more direct translation of "it is your turn"? I have used "du bist dran" for card games and the like, but is that a good translation in general? For example how would you translate "it is ...
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What is the most accurate English translation of 'Stromkern'?

There's a band called Stromkern, actually from the US but strongly associated with the German alternative scene. I've been puzzling over what the name actually translates into as both 'strom' and ...
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Translation of “cash flow management”

How would you translate "cash flow management" into German? I specifically refer to the process of tracking a small business or freelancer income and expenses on a daily basis to make sure the bank ...
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Translation of Gesamtbetriebsrat

Would you translate this as 'general works council' or 'workers council', or something else? The article I'm looking at refers to 'Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzende' (presumably the chairman) and later ...
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Localization Help

I'm writing a program and need to know how dates, versions, time, and numbers are formatted in the German Language Example (in English) Version 1.0.0 (Build 0) How would that look in German?
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What are the rules behind this translated phrase: “das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen”?

I came across this when reading the German translation of the Book of Mormon: Denn das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen, ja, das sollt ihr tun. The English part reads: For that which ye have ...
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Why in Harry Potter didn't they translate 'Mister' as 'Herr'?

e.g. 'Mister Potter' Shouldn't this have been 'Herr Potter'? Is this a modern thing, English dubbed into German thing or...?
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How would you translate “to judge someone” to German?

In English, "to judge someone" often implies a negative opinion, as in "Don't judge me!". Is there a German equivalent for this? How would you translate the example? My dictionary gives "jmdn. ...
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How rude is “fressen”?

According to this question, I'd assume that "fressen" is insulting cause it's defined "to eat like a pig". Am I right? Das im Kalender ruhig ist, sonst aber Menschen plagt und frisst. Does this ...
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Of starting and stopping

In English start and stop are pretty much interchangeable with begin and end, although they are usually grouped together in those particular pairs. In German, however, there are many more choices. I ...
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“Have fun during the exhibition”

I'd like to say: Have fun during the exhibition. in German. What I tried to found was "Ausstellungsdauer" meaning "during the exhibition" but my translation doesn't make much sense as it stand: ...
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“based on a true story” in German [closed]

"Based on a True Story" is a sentence that is shown before or after films and television shows to inform the viewers that the program is adapted from real events. What is the translation of this ...
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Translation for “Und dass sowas von sowas kommt”

I don't understand the meaning of this line: Und dass sowas von sowas kommt From the song "99 Luftballoons". A translation and a grammatical explanation will be great.
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“without me” in German

I got confused while making a German sentence meaning: How you can enjoy your time without me? How can I translate the without me part? Does it depend on the case, like "wie"? For example: ...
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What is a good translation of “Aus dem Nähkästchen erzählen”?

Can you help me finding a good translation for the German idiom Aus dem Nähkästchen erzählen/plaudern.
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“Noted” in German

What's the German translation of "noted" in the following context: A: Note that if you have a parenthesis outside the Mathjax immediately following a curly brace inside, the curly brace won’t ...
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How do synchronous interpreters handle long German split verb sentences?

One of the points where German differs from other languages are the split verb sentences where the two parts of a verb form can be placed quite some distance apart, for example: Ich habe nach ...
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What's the meaning of “Er hat mit ihr geschäckert”? [closed]

Can someone translate this into English: Er hat mit ihr geschäkert. The verb "schäckern" has no entry in dict.leo.org . UPDATE The correct spelling is schäkern which you can find in most ...
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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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What is the German equivalent of the English “aka”?

In English, the abbreviation aka means "also known as". A literal German translation might be "auch bekannt wie". Is this, in fact, the correct German equivalent? And is the abbreviation ABW (or the ...
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Which of these is more common to say? - zweideutig, mehrdeutig, vieldeutig

Well, the title has the question, but I also wanted to ask if "deutig" alone means something. One would think that it comes from Deutung (interpretation?) and since it looks like an adjective, it ...
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How do you say “Three strikes, you're out!” in German?

I've looked this up on LEO.de and Google, and haven't found a suitable answer. How do you express the concept of Three strikes, you're out! in German? Has it just been "absorbed" into the ...
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Is 'Hallo du Lieber' always romantic/flirtatious?

If a girl says to a guy 'Hallo du Lieber', is it always romantic/flirtatious? Or can it be friendly like 'hey darl' in english? Have heard this and seen it written, and I'm unsure of the context. ...
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How would one say 'I solved the Dirac equation.', and 'You solved the Dirac equation?'?

Given a statement and a question of nigh identical substance, I'm curious how each might be translated, specifically wondering: would they differ based on whether it is me or you concerned? For ...
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What does “Kollegen” mean exactly?

I think "Kollegen" means only the male colleagues. Or does it mean the female colleagues, or even both? I can't find an explanation in the dictionaries.
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Why is “ladies and gentlemen” translated as “meine Damen und Herren”?

Why is "ladies and gentlemen" translated as "meine Damen und Herren"?
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Word choice: “manuell” or “von Hand”?

I've been toying with learning German for a few months now, and I'm trying to use my basic knowledge to update the translation to one of my iPhone apps. What word should I use for "manual" as in "set ...
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How would these two sentences be translated into German? [closed]

Can anyone help me translate these lines into German? "Get 2 free Lufthansa tickets to fly anywhere in the world (limited time only)." "Lufthansa is giving away 2 free tickets to all Facebook ...
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Do we use “Du” or “Sie” to address users in a German operation manual?

When writing or translating an operation manual for software (including game software) or hardware users are mostly addressed by the polite form "Sie". Increasingly however we can also find manuals ...
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Why is the meaning of “Triefnase” vs. “Rotznase” used as an invective so different?

Both colloquial terms "Triefnase", and "Rotznase" translate with "runny nose". However when used as an invective they seem to have very different meanings "Diese Triefnasen haben immer noch kein ...
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What is the way to describe final exams?

What is the way to describe final exams? If want to describe my final exams at the end of my semester at university, what's the noun for "final exams"? Between my unreliable dictionary and Google ...
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Wie übersetzt man 'Oh, a fellow Swiss'?

"Oh, ein Schweizer" sagt, dass der andere ein Schweizer ist, aber nicht dass man selber einer ist. Gibts solch eine Formulierung? "Ich bin auch Schweizer" ist eine Möglichkeit, hat den Fokus ...
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“Es hat”: synonym for “es gibt”?

A teacher, I once had (native German), said there are three translations for English "there is/are": es ist (ein Auto auf der Strasse) es gibt (ein Auto auf der Strasse) es hat (ein Auto auf der ...
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Do people say “You're just being paranoid” in German?

"You're just being paranoid" is a very common put-down in English, used to dismiss people who are concerned about being treated unfairly. I wonder if people say the same thing in German. I have to ...