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A joke from “The Magic Mountain”/“Der Zauberberg” translated into English?

I’m reading Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain in the English translation by John E. Woods, and I have come across a passage I don’t quite understand. The character Joachim is telling Hans about 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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Zwiebelschmalz auf Englisch [closed]

Ich versuche grade, Zwiebelschmalz[1] ins Englische zu übersetzen. Ich habe es mit "onion lard" versucht, was ein ziemlich erfolgloser Versuch war, da sich lard normalerweise auf Schweinefett bezieht ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the equivalent of “boyfriend” in German?

In English when a man is in a relationship with another man, he can say he's his boyfriend. In German, saying "Freund" when both are of the same sex is usually understood to mean the equivalent of ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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How can we translate “Don't be a wuss (or cry-baby)” into German?

I'd like to know how should we translate "Don't be a wuss (or cry-baby)" into German? Which of these options would be the correct one?
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How does “used” translate - “benutzt” or “benützt”?

Duden and other resources list both "benutzt", and "benützt" as valid but indicate that "benützt" is used regionally in Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. Are translations for Germany ...
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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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'Witzig' bei Nietzsche

Nietzsche cannot mean 'witty' (as it is currently used) here, can he? He means 'clever', 'ingenious', 'devious'. 'Witty' has not meant 'ingenious' except as humorous for several hundred years! The ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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´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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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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“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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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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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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How can I translate the adverb “doch” in sentences?

What is the difference between "Dann mach doch das Fenster zu" and "Dann mach das Fenster zu"? Further examples: Ich fahre doch nur 90. Sieh doch im Korb nach.
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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 would you translate “but still” into German?

Es gab keinen Kaffee mehr, aber noch fragte er nach einer Tasse. There was no more coffee, but still he asked for another cup. Does aber noch fit the context?
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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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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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Translation of the idiom “no harm, no foul” in German

Do similar figure of speech exist in German or should one translate it literally?
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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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Complimenting 101: Hair

"You look more beautiful with long hair than before." I tried but I don't know if my translation is valid. I would say: Du siehst aus schöner als vor, mit langen Haaren" Do I have my words in ...
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Is there a good translation for “Dark horse”?

Ich habe gerade versucht, den englischen Ausdruck "Dark horse" zu übersetzen, und es hat gar nicht funktioniert :). Obwohl das immer witzig ist, kann jemand mir helfen mit einer Übersetzung?
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How to say “please do not slam the door” in German?

How to say "please do not slam the door" in German? I tried to translate it like this: "Bitte knall die Tür nicht zu", but there must be another way because I googled it with no result.
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Ist es “die” Webseite und “der” Link?

Ich habe all meine Computerkenntnis in den USA erlernt, und deshalb verstehe ich kaum, wie man technische Sachen nennt, und ob man die, der oder das sagt. Könnte mir jemand helfen, die folgenden ...
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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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Translation of “If they would make me choose between the red car and the blue car, I would choose the red one” into German [closed]

"Wenn sie mich unter das rotes Auto und das blaues Auto auswählen lassen würden, würde ich auswählen das Rotes" is that translation correct? and is there a german verb meaning "to make someone choose ...
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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, ...
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Expression of extreme surprise (possibly vulgar, but without being insulting)

Is there a formula or expression that I can use to express these English sentences? What on earth did you just do? What the heck did I just hear? What the hell just happened? or, in ...