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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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How does “meine liebe” (“liebe” as adjective) sound for a native German speaker?

I was writing with my very close friend in German. We had the following conversation: She wrote: “Du bist etwas ganz besonderes für mich. ich hab dich sehr lieb.” I answered: “danke, meine liebe....
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Metaphorisches Äquivalent für „Eine Maus darf nicht an den Schnurrhaaren der Katze ziehen“

Ich suche ein deutsches Äquivalent für dieses ungarische Sprichwort: Eine Maus darf nicht an den Schnurrhaaren der Katze ziehen. Das bedeutet, dass man in einer verwundbaren Situation keine ...
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Hip Hop braucht kein Mensch, aber Mensch braucht Hip Hop?

I heard this sentence a few times now and just don't get it. Maybe ein Muttersprachler can help me? Hip Hop braucht kein Mensch, aber Mensch braucht Hip Hop. Does it make sense gramatically? Who ...
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Übersetzung von “in July next year”

The event will be held in July next year. Wie kann man das ins Deutsche übersetzen? (a) Die Veranstaltung wird im Juli nächstes Jahr stattfinden. (b) Die Veranstaltung wird im Juli vom ...
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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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Wie sagt man “I saw him running” oder ähnliche Sätze?

Ich habe mich oft gefragt, wie man das englische Konstrukt "I saw him running" im Allgemeinen übersetzen soll, habe aber noch niemanden gefragt. Wenn ich das Antwort raten müsste, würde ich es ...
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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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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 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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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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How to say “to handover a telephone receiver” in German?

If I receive a call for my friend and he/she is sitting beside me, what should I say in German? In English, I'd say: Just hold on while I give him/her the receiver. or Just hold on, I'll ...
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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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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 press....
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Übersetzung von “Goodness knows we need it”

Wie übersetzt man die Phrase Goodness knows we need it. ins Deutsche? Ein Beispiel von der Verwendung dieser Phrase: We are reaching out to tomorrow's scientists: with three decades of ...
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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 I'...
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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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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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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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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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What should be correct translation for “it's me”?

As far as my little German goes, translation for this should be - Es ist Ich. But here it says - Ich bin's. Is my translation correct ?
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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 “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: '...
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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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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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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith — Order 66

There is a scene in the third episode of Star Wars in which Darth Sidious says Execute Order Sixty-Six. What would be the best way to translate this into German? I am thinking of using ...
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Habitual past vs simple past

How would the translation of the habitual past He would visit the beach everyday differ from the one of the simple past He visited the beach everyday? when translating those sentences to ...
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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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Translation with a phrase containing “es gleich”

I'm trying to translate the phrase: Sicher regnet es gleich... What is the meaning of "es gleich" in that context? I don't think "equally" fits so well
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Use of “so” instead of “laut” or “zufolge”

Take the following sentence as context: Dies sei auch ein Grund, warum die Gesamtkosten bei Anwendung von XXXX zumindest nicht viel höher sein dürften als bei Gabe einer Chemotherapie, so Duarte. ...
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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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Das Highlander-Prinzip [closed]

In einem internationalen Meeting sprach ein (deutscher) Arbeitskollege etwa folgenden Satz: I'm not sure if we can handle this with the Highlander principle . Gemeint war das Motto "Es kann ...
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Wie sagt man „by design“ auf Deutsch?

Wie sagt man auf Deutsch by design? Zum Beispiel: the back cover of the CD is absent by design Google Translate empehlt „von Entwurf“ und „nach Design“, aber ich glaub ihm nicht.
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»Point of interest« auf Deutsch

Hat jemand eine Idee, wie man POI / Point of interest kurz und knackig ins Deutsche übersetzen kann? Es handelt sich um Orte, die vor allem in Navigationssystemen als »Orte vom besonderen Interesse« ...
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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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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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What is the technically correct English translation of this poem?

Weißt du, ich will mich schleichen leise aus lautem Kreis, wenn ich erst die bleichen Sterne über den Eichen blühen weiß. Wege will ich erkiesen, die selten wer betritt in blassen ...
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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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Why is “ladies and gentlemen” translated as “meine Damen und Herren”?

Why is "ladies and gentlemen" translated as "meine Damen und Herren"?
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What does “nichtentheils” mean?

I found nichtentheils in an old 17th century treatise … What does it mean? Context: Folgen etliche Exempla diminutionum, sind aber nichtentheils auff Instrumenten […] zugebrauchen.
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Meaning of the phrase: “Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee”

I am a beginner at German learning. I found this line of dialog in the book "Schritte International 1": Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee! What does it mean exactly? I looked up the ...
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What does 'Wie warum' translates to in English, precisely, when you are having a conversation?

I asked a German Warum? and he replied back Wie warum?! . I do not know what it means when you put both Wie and Warum together. Google Translate says it means like why. What would you have said in ...
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Wie kann ich “esdrújula” (Proparoxytonon) anders übersetzen?

Im Gegensatz zum Deutschen haben wir im Spanischen unheimlich viele auf der drittletzten Silbe betonte Wörter. (Vermutlich) demzufolge haben wir ein einfaches Wort dafür: esdrújula. Kann ich ...
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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 to say “to be stuck with a problem”?

I work at a German company and today I got stuck working on a problem and I am still not done with it. I want to express that to my boss, and I am looking for a word or phrase for being stuck with a ...
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“I call bullshit” – German counterpart?

I cannot come up with a good German counter-part to: I call bullshit. Some things I pondered so far include: Das ist Blödsinn. So’n Blödsinn. My problem is that these directly refer ...
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Bedeutung von “in zweien”

Aus der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Der Blick auf die Landkarte legt politischen Realismus nahe: In den Kohleländern Nordrhein-Westfalen, Brandenburg und Sachsen regiert die SPD mit, in zweien ...