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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“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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“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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What is the English translation for “Schnüffelstück”?

What is the English translation for the word Schnüffelstück? The word comes from the film Werner.
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Gender of “Weisen” in “Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen”

The title of the first Harry Potter book is "Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen". (English: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) I noticed that "Weise" is a noun that declines as an ...
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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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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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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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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 to translate “Split, merge, done.” into German?

I have a software application that uses a grid system for layout. In this grid system, the user can split and merge rows and columns. I have this phrase in English (to show how fast the operations ...
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Übersetzung von “one of the very best”

Wie würde man den folgenden Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? Heidelberg is one of the very best cities in Germany. Ohne das Wort "very" würde ich sagen: "Heidelberg ist eine der besten Städte ...
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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 ...
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How Do You Translate “Everything's Coming up Roses” Into German

My version is "Alles blühen sowie die Rosen." Is this correct? If not, what would be? It's the title of a popular Broadway song. http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/gypsy/everythingscominguproses.htm ...
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How to say “happy cooperation” in German?

I want to express the wish for a "joyful and fruitful cooperation" to my German colleague in German. But it is hard for me to trust Google translate on this task. Can anyone kindly show me how to say ...
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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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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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Technical drawing glossary: How do you translate “cross section” (of a boat)?

I'm designer and 3D artist and I'm translating my portfolio in German. I'm uncertain how to translate some specific design words, in this case: (of a boat, yacht) side cross section I found ...
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“I go to school at [School Name (specifically a high school)]”

How would you say this in German? I've been thinking about this on and off for almost 2 years and just got around to asking. My guess would be Ich gehe zur/in die Schule bei/an [Riverside High ...
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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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Translation of “Could you translate this into German?”

How would you translate the sentence "Could you translate this into German?" into German? (a) Könnten Sie das in Deutsch übersetzen? (b) Könnten Sie das ins Deutsche übersetzen?
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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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Does -istisch, -ismisch translate to -istic, -ismic?

I intend to translate the German term perspektivismische Kritik. It is intended to mean criticism from people with an attitude characterised by its emphasis on perspective. Wikipedia tells me that in ...
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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.
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Safety and Security Manager - How to translate to German?

Ich muss "Safety and Security Manager" auf Deutsch übersetzen. Sicherheits- und Sicherheitsmanager? Wie übersetze ich Safety und Security als zwei separate Wörter?
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“Visual saliency” auf Deutsch

Ich lese zur Zeit ein Paper, in dem der Ausdruck "visual saliency" immer wieder vorkommt, z.B. im folgenden Kontext: In a user study, the authors evaluated in which way and how much the visual ...
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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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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Is there a German equivalent for “Aladdin's Lamp”?

Here's another translation exercise. The original English was (From Long Ago and Far Away) Jerome Kern and George Gerswhin: Chills ran up and down my spine, Aladdin's lamp was mine. The dream ...
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Is “to make one sigh” properly translated as “seufzen machen” or as “machen seufzen?”

This comes from another one of my poems. Both the English and German texts are mine: Yes she was a girl who could make men sigh, For she was the girl (called) the Lorelei. And she was someone ...
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Translation of “He has been allowed to dance, but I haven't.”

There are two versions that are possible: 1) Er hat tanzen dürfen, aber ich habe nicht gedurft. 2) Er hat tanzen dürfen, aber ich habe nicht dürfen. Which one is correct? (Updated: ...