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Is there a non offensive word for inability?

So I recently thought about the word inability, which is a kind of neutral word in English, but in German when someone tells me »Du bist unfähig.« or »Das war deine Unfähigkeit«, it really is more or ...
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German equivalent of “…, though”

For example, how would you say "The weather is nice, though". This is used in the sense of continuing someone else's thought, usually with a contrasting sentiment. For example, if two friends go to a ...
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Ich meine == I mean?

Today in my German class, I subconsciously said "I mean" and when I apologized for changing to English, my teacher said "Almost, you also say 'ich meine'" in German. Is this expression used so common ...
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What is the meaning of “Affenzirkus”?

I heard someone shout: "Diesen Affenzirkus hier mache ich nicht länger mit!" It seemed the person was very annoyed. What would be the meaning of "Affenzirkus" here? Is there a corresponding ...
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How do you say “handwavy proof” in German?

In English language there is a beautiful colloquial usage, which describes the way a proof is done ie a "handwavy proof". A handwavy proof is a kind of proof, in which you use no/very little ...
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resent the implication

How could one translate the phrase "I resent the implication"? The way I hear it now and then is as an answer in a conversation and as I understand it, it is polite talk when someone is offended by ...
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What is the meaning of the word “regenfleckige”?

I don’t mean to call for help just for translation, but I couldn’t find anything related to this word using Google. Dict.cc usually has many alternatives to choose from, for the meaning of a given ...
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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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Übersetzung von “to appear” im Literaturverzeichnis

In Literaturverzeichnissen wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten findet man häufig bei bisher unveröffentlichten Dokumenten den Zusatz "to appear" als Notiz. Ich schreibe gerade eine Diplomarbeit auf deutsch ...
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When did pathetic and pathetisch divert in meaning?

It seems clear that the two words have the same origin, yet pathetic and pathetisch seem to have significantly different meanings (or don't they?). Pathetic is very negative with synonyms like ...
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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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“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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Which one is a better synonym for “Vordenker”: Vorreiter/Freidenker/Pionier?

I asked this question on EL&U and got some good answers, but tend to accept this answer. IMHO Visionary doesn't really match Vordenker ("Wer Visionen hat, sollte zum Arzt gehen" Helmut Schmidt), ...
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How would you translate “you have my vote” into German?

In English, you'd say to candidates that you'll vote for them. How would you say this in German? Something like: Hey Stefano, go for it. You have my vote.
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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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“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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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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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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“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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Is there an idiomatic equivalent for “polyglot”?

Does the word polyglot, meaning "knowing or using several languages" translate directly into German, or is there an idiomatic equivalent? Google Translate just adds an extra "t" at the end, as German ...
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Does the concept of the Master Bedroom exist in German Language/Culture?

In German Culture, does the concept of a Master Bedroom, exist? In America, most houses have a master bedroom that is constructed differently than the others, and is usually identified as such on the ...
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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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How to say “take a joke” in German

When pulling a prank on someone or telling a joke that could come across as offensive, usually we say "take a joke" or something along those lines. What is the expression for this in German?
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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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Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher?

Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher, also Wörterbücher für z. B. Deutsch–Bayrisch oder Bayrisch–Hessisch? Wenn ja, welche könnt ihr empfehlen?
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How do you translate German wordplay into English?

This is a somewhat generic issue, I suppose, in that it affects both English-to-German and German-to-English translation. Today I came across what I thought was an example of good German wordplay: ...
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How can 'label propagation' be translated?

'Label propagation' is a technique to classify nodes. So you have a graph and some nodes (in this case the nodes are named with "1", "2", "3", "4", "5" and "6") have labels (e.g. if your graph is a ...
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Translating “I deserve more (than I actually earn)”

I have a problem with translating the phrase I deserve more [than I actually earn] Because the only I can find is something like that: Ich verdiene mehr [als ich jetzt verdiene] The ...
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How do you say: “Freundschaft, Genossen!” in English?

While thinking about this question: Are "friends" and "Freunde" false-friends? I realized that there is one use of "Freund" that does not indicate a lot of closeness: How do you ...
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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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Differenzierte Übersetzung der Begriffe Wizard, Sorcerer und Warlock

Es gibt im Englischen die Begriffe Wizard, Sorcerer und Warlock welche je nach Benutzung/Genre (in der Fantasy-Welt) leicht nuancierte Bedeutungen haben, die nicht durchweg konsistent zu sein ...
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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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Sprache für automatische Übersetzung ins Deutsche

Ich vergleiche gern die unterschiedlichen Sprachen eines Lemmas in der Wikipedia. Diese sind längst nicht immer gleich gut gepflegt. Manchmal finden sich in einzelnen anderen Sprachen interessante ...
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How to say “now a days…” / “nowadays” in German?

Google Translate says Nun wird ein Tag but I think it does not feel correct. Can we just say "Heute..."? Are there any other ways to say this? Example: Now a days smartphones are very ...
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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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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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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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Your point being?

How would you translate "your point being?". Best thing I can come up with is "Und?". But that only works if the context is there. Is there some more "correct" translation?
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Translation of “I couldn't care less”

What would be the closest translation to the sentence "I couldn't care less." It is similar in meaning to Es ist mir egal. (It doesn't matter to me) but I think it's not quite the same. ...
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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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Wie übersetzt man “User Experience” im Zusammenhang mit Anwendungsprogrammen (Software) richtig?

Man findet für gewöhnlich zwei Übersetzungen: Nutzererfahrung Nutzererlebnis Die erste Variante erscheint mir vor allem missverständlich. Der Anwender macht ja keine Erfahrungen. Ihm wird eine ...
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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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“zum Zahnarzt” or “zur Zahnärztin” for female dentist?

I'm going to see the dentist today. If the dentist is female, should I say (a) Ich gehe heute zur Zahnärztin. or (b) Ich gehe heute zum Zahnarzt. I think (a) should be the correct ...
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How to say “What is the last price?” in German?

In an antique shop in Germany, I wanted to ask what is the last price after discount (both the short form and the complete sentence). By googling, I've found: was ist letzte preis ? I wonder if ...
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Wie sagt man “in terms of” auf Deutsch?

Ich bekomme es irgendwie nicht hin, den folgenden Satz schön ins Deutsche zu übersetzen: The function words is defined in terms of primitive combinators. Speziell geht es mir um den Teil in ...
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How do you say “whatsoever” in German?

In everyday language one often uses the word “whatsoever“ to emphasise, as in this example from daily life: There is no problem whatsoever. I have no doubt about his work whatsoever. or in ...
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What does “beanspruchungsgerecht” mean?

This is the context: Vorteile des Werkstoffs: Grauguß Im Gießverfahren leicht formbar, deshalb kann man Gußgestelle ohne Mehrkosten beanspruchungsgerecht gestalten I understand that ...
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Confused by a sentence using “erleben”

Recently I found the following sentence at the end of a novel which I was reading in translation (i.e. it’s the German translation of an English-language novel). Dann mache ich mir eine Liste im ...
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Meaning of schon in “das schaff' ich schon”

Watching Futurama, one of the characters said: "das schaff' ich schon!" What exactly does this mean, and how does "schon" change the meaning? (I don't remember, but I think it was Fry, which ...
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What do you call being “on hold” on the telephone in German?

In the situation that someone (in the room) might ask you, Sind Sie am Telefon? and I am indeed on a call but being on hold, and thus I can still speak while waiting to be put through, I'd like ...