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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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I need some help with a basic sentence [closed]

Is this the correct word order in this sentence? Intended sentence: "Sometimes, they can get on my nerves, but I know they are thinking about me." Manchmal, kann sie lastig sein, aber denken sie ...
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Translation of “full of surprises” [duplicate]

How would you translate The world is full of surprises. Would it be (a) Die Welt ist voll Überraschungen. or (b) Die Welt ist voll von Überraschungen. or both?
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How to say “heard back from university”

Let's say, I applied to some universities, and haven't heard back from one of them. Should I say (for example, to a friend) Ich habe von einem Platz noch nicht zurückgehört. ? Is it right to ...
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“Ich sehe in das Bild, dann denke ich dran” or “Ich sehe im Bild, dann denke ich dran”

It's clear to me that we use akkusative for "move from place to place", and dative for "being at a place" but for such verbe like "Sehen" as above, what should we use akkusative or dative
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Translation of “Your name means in Spanish «The new land»”

What should I use Dein Name heißt auf/im Spanisch(em) "das neue Land". or Dein Name bedeutet auf/im Spanisch(em) "das neue Land". Which one above is the most common form? First ...
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What does “siehste mal” mean? [closed]

I'm trying to find a translation, but it seems to be so informal that it doesn't appear properly in dictionaries. The context would be like: A: Do you know Hans? B: The new guy? A sends a picture B: ...
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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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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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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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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 “get stuck in traffic”

How would you translate In this city it is normal that one gets stuck in traffic for hours. I have problem with "get stuck in traffic": In dieser Stadt ist es normal, dass man stundenlang im ...
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Translation of “I can't eat spicy food”

How would you say "I can't eat spicy food"? Ich kann kein scharfes Essen essen. It sounds strange to put two "Essen"s together. Or is it okay? What would be other ways?
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“Alles was recht ist!”

Ich muss eingestehen: I listen to Rammstein. In their song, "Mehr," Till says the following phrase: Bescheidenheit? Hahaha, alles was recht ist! in the following context: Was ich habe ist ...
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Translation of “If so”

How do you say "if so" in German? Do you have some time? If so, I would like to speak with you. Would you say "wenn ja"? Haben Sie etwas Zeit? Wenn ja, ich möchte mit Ihnen sprechen.
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How to specify “Aunt”, “Uncle”, “Cousin” relative to father or mother, in German? [duplicate]

If we would specify "Onkel", "Tante" or "Cousin(e)" related through the mother's side of the family, can we use: mein mütterlicher Onkel meine mütterliche Tante meine mütterliche Cousine ...
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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 “Wir sind die, vor denen uns unsere Eltern immer gewarnt haben” [closed]

I bought a sign that says: "Wir sind die, vor denen uns unsere Eltern immer gewarnt haben" Does this translate to We are the ones who our parents warned us against Or We are the ones who ...
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Difference in translation by capitalizing the first letter in 'How are you' [closed]

I translated 'how are you' on Google translate and it gave me the response 'wie geht es dir'. On the other hand, when I translated 'How are you' (making the H capital), the translation became 'Wie ...
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How to say “Fear makes my heart beat faster”

How do you say: Fear makes my heart beat faster, my hands cold and head ache a little. Here are my attempts: Angst verursacht, dass das Herz mir schneller klopft, meine Hände kälter werden ...
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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 do you say “He was like i dunno” in German?

How do you say "He was like I dunno" in German colloquially and formally? Can I use wie or also? Did tell him that you're in love with him? Yes, I did and he was like I don't know Hast du ...
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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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“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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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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How to say “and such” in German?

I'd like to translate the sentence "We need sunburn cream, bath towels and such." Wir werden heute an den Strand fahren. Was brauchen wir fürs Sonnenliegen? Wir brauchen Sonnebrand-Creme, ...
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Wie heisst “kitchen island” auf Deutsch?

Wie bezeichnet man ein kitchen island auf Deutsch? Ein kitchen island ist eine Art Schrank in der Mitte der Küche. Manche kitchen islands haben einen Herd eingebaut, andere nur Schränke. Sie werden ...
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How do you say “just because” in German?

A: Why are going to Edgar's ? B: Just because... My translation: A: Wieso gehst du zu Edgar? B: Nur weil...
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How do you say “You are something”?

How do you say "You are something" in German? I'd like to say it in this context : Why can't you meet my Parents??!! You're something, you know that?! Here's my attempt. Can one say: Du bist ...
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Is there an alternative shorter translation for this string?

I had an application I wrote translated into german from english, and I got the following. Over these next few steps, [somename] will guide you through customizing your new copy of [somename2]. ...
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“Das ist gut zu wissen” or “Gut zu wissen”?

Gut zu wissen, dass meine Familie rüber nach Kalifornien kommt, um Weihnachtsfest mit mir zu begehen. Is gut zu wissen a correct translation for good to know? Or can one also say it this way? ...
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“Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit” or “Ich habe fertig die Arbeit”?

Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit. or Ich habe fertig die Arbeit. if there is more explication for "fertig"
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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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Can someone translate a German rhyme into English for me?

I found a beautiful German antique apothecary glass jar that has a rhyme on it, written in what appears to be an old form of German. Can anyone translate it for me: Do ho ich muk'n sechs Pfoff'n ...
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Translation of “She is too talkative for my liking”

If I want to say that I don't like someone because she talks too much, how should I say it? Sie redet zu viel nach meinem Geschmack? Basically I am looking for the right words for "to my ...
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Can “to be more exact” be translated as “um genauer zu sein”?

I would like to use it in this context: Ich lebe auf den Philippinen, um genauer zu sein, dem Visayas-Gebiet.
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How do you say “I am americanized” in German?

I am not sure if this sentence is right but here it goes: Ich bin amerikanisiert. Is grammatically correct? Would this be used in common speech?
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“Bildet sich ein Sturm” or “Formt sich ein Sturm”?

How do you say "a storm forms in the ocean" in German? Der Sturm formt sich über dem Ozean. Der Sturm bildet sich über dem Ozean.
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Why we use here in this context “zu Deutsch”?

In a German text, describing Russian sentences for Germans, they wrote a Russian sentence and after it (zu Deutsch: …) That means its translation, but why did they write “zu Deutsch” instead of ...
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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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Which preposition does one use to specify the price of something after verbs “ankaufen” and “verkaufen”?

If I want to say the price of something I sold or I bought, e.g.: Ich kaufte das Kleid mit zwanzig Euro an. Ich verkaufte das Kleid mit dreizehn Euro. Is "mit" the correspondent preposition to ...
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“in deiner Abwesenheit von ihm” oder “in deiner Abwesenheit zu ihm”?

I saw some translators translate "in your absence from him" into "In deiner Abwesenheit von ihm" and some into "in deiner Abwesenheit zu ihm". So which one is correct and do they have the same meaning ...
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How do I say “to go trick or treating” in German?

How do I say "to go trick or treating" in German? Here's my attempt: Ich gehe morgen mit meinen Freunden Trick or Treaten.
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Which of these German sentences is grammatically correct?

Ich bin kein Mensch, der sofort mit jemanden aufhören kann zu lieben. or Ich bin kein Mensch, der sofort mit jemanden zu lieben aufhören kann. and my requested meaning in English is "I am ...
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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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How do I say “The night is young” in German?

How do I say "The night is young" in German? Here's my attempt: Die Nacht ist jung.
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“Give me a break!”

How do you say "Give me a break" in German? Give me a break, give me a week to get a job! My translation: Verschon mich, gib mir eine Woche um einen Job zu bekommen!
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The grammatical function of “-en” in “aus dem Französischen, Englischen” etc.

In the German phrase "aus dem Englischen ins Deutsche übersetzen", the language name, which is neutral in German, ends with "-en" after "aus dem", while after "ins" it ends in an "-e". Can anyone ...
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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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What's the German name for an equal spacing divider?

What is the German name for this tool? It is used to divide lengths into equal sections. In English it is called an equal spacing divider. It is used in engineering.