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What is the accurate translation of “stands to reason” within a “logical” context?

Taking the following example: It stands to reason that most people will not buy a new car if they don't think they can pay for it. The "stands to reason" could be replaced by "logical" as in: ...
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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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What is an accurate translation for “I just wanted to run this by you…”?

I'm after a (hopefully idiomatic) translation of: "I just wanted to run this (thing) by you." The typical context is that you think of something which you want somebody else's opinion on, or ...
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What is the meaning of “Schlängelgang”?

What does "Schlängelgang" mean? I wasn't able to find it anywhere. This is from Fontane's Stine: Ich verstehe mich ein bißchen auf das menschliche Herz; denn sieh, wer jahrelang auf dem ...
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Translation for “hypocrite”

What would the most apt translation for the word "hypocrite" be in German? In the Duden the word Hypokrit does exist, though I believe it is used very rarely. Some other online dictionaries ...
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ich, der ich seit 20 Jahren “meinem Volke” or “seinem Volke” diene? (Questions about pronoun antecedents & relative clause)

Question 1: I found the clause "ich, der ich seit 20 Jahren seinem Volke diene" in my textbook. The book says that its English translation is "I, who have been serving my people for 20 years". Why ...
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Is there an appropriate translation for “learning by doing”?

The term "learning by doing" is also widely used in Germany. The translation: Lernen durch Handeln seems not to be appropriate in most cases. Examples Einen Englischlehrer übrigens hat ...
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What is the accurate translation of “Best Regards” to finish a letter?

To finish up a letter addressed to a client, I use Best Regards, followed by my signature. I've looked around for a direct translation, and came up with: ...
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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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Übersetzung von »It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when«

Wenn man versucht, dramatisch zu klingen, sagt man oft It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. auf Englisch – besonders in Filmen. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck übersetzen? Es ist ...
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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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What is the best translation for “survival” and “overall survival” in a medical text?

How would you translate the terms "survival" and "overall survival" as used in an academic/medical text, for example in the sentence "The new drug improved overall survival for ovarian cancer patients ...
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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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Wie kann ich “swipe” am besten übersetzen?

Ich übersetze eine Bedienungsanleitung, aber ich finde keine gute Übersetzung für das Wort "to swipe". Es handelt sich hierbei um "swipe on the screen up or down ...", wie man es von der Benutzung ...
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Translation of “the 45th most beautiful city”

For "the second/third beautiful city, we can write Die zweitschönste Stadt and Die drittschönste Stadt What about the 45th most beautiful city? We can probably write Die 45. schönste ...
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What is correct German word for “native land”?

I'm writing a book, and I made a rule for myself, to name every chapter in German (not that I knew German really well). So trying to name a chapter, I've found that in German there are several words, ...
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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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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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Tight and Narrow = Eng und Schmal?

I've been trying to learn the vocabulary for both 'tight' and 'narrow', but I am having trouble with the translation. There seems to be some overlap. I'll give a couple of example sentences and my ...
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“kein Klavier” or “nicht Klavier” spielen?

Ich spiele nicht Klavier. / Ich fahre Auto nicht. vs. Ich spiele kein Klavier. / Ich fahre kein Auto. What are the differences between those sentences? My grammar book says that Klavier spielen, ...
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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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What is the meaning of “Abkettrand”?

I believe "Abkettrand" is a knitting term of some description but have been unable to find a translation to English. Here is a sample paragraph where it's appeared: Zum Schluss die letzte Masche ...
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Wie sagt man “This is a reach” auf Deutsch?

Auf ELL bin ich vorhin über die Phrase "This is a reach" gestolpert. Here - and this is a reach - but it could technically be understood to mean that my mother thinks this girl is the prettiest I ...
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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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How to translate “single-threaded” in a software documentation?

As the question states... how would you translate "single-threaded" in a software documentation? "Einzel-gethreaded" sounds kinda weird to me. The sentence I like to translate is the following: ...
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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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Was bedeutet “Heftfolgen”?

Ich fand "Heftfolgen" als Namen einer Mappe mit digitalen Büchern. Was bedeutet es? Das Wort befindet sich in keinen gängigen Wörterbüchern.
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Übersetzung für “Badger cull”

Der "Badger cull" oder auch "- culling" beschreibt die systematische Jagd auf Dachse um deren Population drastisch zu minimieren (siehe Link für weitere Details). Ich habe allerdings Schwierigkeiten ...
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Is “die Öffentlichkeit” the same as “the public”?

I wonder if it's really good German to talk about "Öffentlichkeit" the same way we talk about "the public" in English. I know it's done, but it seems wrong to my ear. It's true that "öffentlich" means ...
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“erstellen” or “erzeugen”?

Software X is producing printed reports, based on user input. How would I translate accurately 'produced with X' and 'produced by X', as both erstellen and erzeugen seem to be very near in their ...
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What's a good translation for “outcome measures”?

For example in the sentence: Outcome measures for this study include three-year-survival rate and relapse.
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A fact following from an argument: “folgt von” or “folgt aus”?

When explaining that something (a fact, for example) follows from (is a deduction thereof) something else (another fact, for example), which preposition is used? I would guess "aus" but these things ...
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How do you translate “bless his (little) heart?”

I'm trying to figure out how to translate the idiomatic expression "Bless his (little) heart" into German. The general sense is: "He meant well, but, wow, was that ever dumb!" I don't think the ...
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Can someone please translate a German inscription into English?

My son's birthday is next week. For a gift, I bought a 150-year-old German drinking glass with a hand-painted image of a man bowling, and an inscription below. It reads: "Gut Holz ein Hoch dem ...
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Übersetzung für “random”

Ich suche eine gute Übersetzung für That answer was somewhat random Wie ist die folgende? Die Antwort war recht zufällig/willkürlich. Sagt man das so?
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Looking for a good translation of “unpublish”

In many content management systems (CMS) administrators have the option to publish and "unpublish" articles. "Unpublish" disables an public article and sets it private again. What is a good German ...
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“Every two years” auf Deutsch

Wie sagt man "every two years" auf Deutsch? Zum Beispiel, This event takes place every two years. Ist es (a) Diese Veranstaltung findet jede zwei Jahre statt. (b) Diese Veranstaltung ...
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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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When is 'to' translated with “um zu”, when with “zu”

The infinitve marker "to" can not simply be translated with "zu". Apparently in most instances it translates with "um zu", wheras in other instances "zu" alone is used. 1 "Del" is the key to ...
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How to differentiate Sie (they) or Sie (you)?

Sie haben meine Brieftasche. This sentence has 2 different meanings - They have my wallet. or You have my wallet. How can I know which is intended?
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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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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 to translate “knowledge” as in “general understanding or familiarity” in this case?

Which translation of "knowledge" would fit into the following sentence? They have the resources, but do they have the knowledge? I'm looking for a literal translation, not an idiom or ...
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Translation of “Und ob”

Die wahre Landlust So früh aufstehen, so hart malochen, sich täglich die Finger schmutzig machen - will man das wirklich? Und ob, sagen vier Jungbauern, die sich ganz bewusst für diesen Beruf ...
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Den Unblöden gehört die Welt! - What does Unblöden mean?

Media Markt has a campaign where they state that the world belongs to the "Unblöden", but I don't understand what "Unblöden" means and Google translate won't translate it. So what does "Unblöden" ...
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What's a good translation for “awkward” in the context of “awkward person” or “awkward situation”?

There doesn't really seem to be a German word with the exact same meanings and connotations as the English word "awkward". How would you translate it in a sentence like "He's an awkward person" or ...
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What is the German Word For “Mortgagee?”

The word I'm inclined to use is "Hypothekar," which refers to a lender of a property. But a German teacher preferred "Gläubiger" which, I believe, refers to a "general" creditor. Which of these (or a ...
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What would be an appropriate translation of the expression “strike the iron while it's hot”?

What would be an appropriate translation of the expression "strike the iron while it's hot" in German?
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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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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?