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How do I say “The only way” in German?

How do I say "The only way" in German? Die einzige Art und Weise, Deutsch zu lernen, ist mit Deutschen zu reden. Is there another alternative for this?
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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 say “Three strikes, you're out!” in German?

I've looked this up on LEO.de and Google, and haven't found a suitable answer. How do you express the concept of Three strikes, you're out! in German? Has it just been "absorbed" into the ...
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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 zurzeit 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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German word for “thesis reviewer” and “thesis examiner”

Maybe this is something specific to the French doctorate, but a thesis committee is made of different types of members: An advisor (directeur) is a person that supervised the doctoral work. They ...
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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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How to say “What day/time is convenient for you” in German?

A potential customer is asking me to come show a demo, and I want to ask what day/time is convenient for them. What is the usual way to express this? My attempt: Welches Tag/Zeit ist gut für ...
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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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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 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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Is “was” used as a modal particle here?

Dann kann ich jetzt endlich was abarbeiten. I think I understand this sentence except for the use of was: Now I can finally work. But I can’t determine how the was changes either the ...
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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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How to translate the English imperative 'See: X' when referencing?

In a reference like See: Page 234 or See: requests, how is that done in German? Since neither English nor German is my native language, I hesitate to write Sehe.
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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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Legal firstname, legal lastname in german?

Question: I need to translate the form labels legal lastname legal firstname into German. The legal is important here, since it's important the user enters his official name. Lastname is ...
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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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Translation of “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" is a popular proverb in English. According to Wikipedia: The phrase is a play on words involving idiomatic (Proverb) and distinct meanings of ...
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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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German word for “passphrase”

What is a good translation of the word passphrase into German? I refer, of course, to the technical term. I.e. when used with encryption. Would it be legit to use the old, but arguably suitable, ...
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Which of these two is the correct translation for “Silly me”?

Me is nominative here. So what it should be? Bin ich dumm! or Dumm ich!
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Meaning of “Man nennt dich doch auch”

I am watching a little cartoon and I do not understand the German subtitles, especially this sentence: Man nennt dich doch auch... What does doch auch mean? Why are they both in the same ...
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“power aware design” in German

What would be a good translation for a power aware design when speaking about an electronic design flow? Energiebewusster Entwurf?
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Hans im Glück - Help

I am reading Hans im Glück and I am having a hard time understanding the following sentence: Ihr habt Euch jederzeit zu helfen gewusst", sprach der Schleifer, "könnt Ihr's nun dahin bringen, dass ...
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Was würdest du mir zu sagen?

I was looking for a translation for: What would you like me to say? and was given "Was würdest du mir zu sagen?". To me, that translates literally to: What would you say to me? Which is ...
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“I can change the way I look at it” translation

The context is: “I cannot change the way I look but I can change the way I look at it.” How could you translate the last part? My proposal would be “Ich kann es nicht ändern wie ich aussehe, aber ich ...
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“How were the Holidays?”

Is it correct to say: Wie geht's Dir die Ferien? Not sure if it makes sense or not.
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Of starting and stopping

In English start and stop are pretty much interchangeable with begin and end, although they are usually grouped together in those particular pairs. In German, however, there are many more choices. I ...
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How much is “eine gewisse”?

I sometimes hear sentences like: Er bezahlte eine gewisse Summe, um [...] Nach einer gewissen Zeit wurde ihm klar, [...] Eine gewisse Menge Lösung wird benötigt, um [...] Now this "gewisse" ...
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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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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 ...
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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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“To go rogue” in German

How could this phrase be translated into German? I can think of zu einem wütenden Einzelgänger werden or similar combinations with different adjectives, but none of them are nearly as concise ...
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Translation of “I work whenever I want to work.”

I work whenever I want to work. What would be a good translation for that? I have a problem with "whenever". Google Translate says that the translation of "whenever" is "sobald", "wann auch ...
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Translation of Gesamtbetriebsrat

Would you translate this as 'general works council' or 'workers council', or something else? The article I'm looking at refers to 'Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzende' (presumably the chairman) and later ...
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Why is the meaning of “Triefnase” vs. “Rotznase” used as an invective so different?

Both colloquial terms "Triefnase", and "Rotznase" translate with "runny nose". However when used as an invective they seem to have very different meanings "Diese Triefnasen haben immer noch kein ...
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What's the meaning of “kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst”? [closed]

What does "kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst" mean?
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Ist ein Generalinspekteur ein General? Ein Inspekteur? Beides?

Ich war darüber verwundert, dass "Generalinspekteur" auf Englisch "inspector general" heisst - nicht "general inspector". In der Diskussion meiner Frage dazu bei english.se fiel mir auf, dass ich den ...
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Quiz Shows: Antwort “einloggen”, log in, lock in

In German quiz shows (e.g., "Wer wird Millionär?"/"Who wants to be a millionaire?"), a contestant chooses between a set of possible answers, the choice is then locked and the answer checked. Before ...
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how to say “It does not make any difference”?

I want to know what is the correct(most common) way to say It doesn't make any difference" Is it something like es macht keinen Unterschied or is there a better way to say this.
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How to say “That sounds good to me” in German?

I was wondering about the options for saying That sounds good to me or just Sounds good in German. I initially thought something along the lines of "Das klingt mir gut" oder "Das hört ...
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Translation for “of interest to”

How would you say This video might be of interest to you. in German? I can think of Vielleicht interessiert Sie dieses Video. which would be closer to This video might interest you. I ...
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How to say “the start of my new life”?

My attempt: der Anfang meines neuen Lebens. I just want to make sure I’ve got the grammar perfect here. Also, is der Anfang the best-sounding word here, or do you think der Beginn is a better choice? ...
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Bedeutung von “wegen, um … willen”

Beim Übersetzen vom Griechischen ins Deutsche bin ich auf ein Problem mit der Übersetzung von ενεκα gestoßen. Im Gemoll (Griechisch-Deutsch Wörterbuch) steht, dass diese Präposition normalerweise mit ...
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Translation of “Game on!”

In a football match, one team leads 2-0. The other team scores a goal. The commentator says It's now 2-1. Game on! where "Game on!" is used to mean that the game gets interesting again. Is there ...
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Übersetzung von “paper accepted for publication in journal”

His paper was recently accepted for publication in the journal Science. Wie kann man diesen Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? Mein Versuch: Sein Paper wurde kürzlich zur Veröffentlichung im ...
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How to translate “Anstrich” in draw/wrinting context into English?

The word "Anstrich" is used in different contexts. Here I'm refering to a stroke beginning the sketch of a character. This stroke is not part of the character but often used when it comes to ...
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Literary passage: 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction

I am having a difficult time understanding the meaning of the following passage. Specifically, I do not understand the 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction at the end. Zum Schäkespears Tag [1771] von ...
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What would be some good exercises with a language partner for a beginner?

Does anyone have advice for keeping a conversation going with a language partner. I've been studying German for 6 weeks, twice a week at night school. So my vocabulary is quite small and apart from ...
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Why do many English philosophers speak German. Are there problems with translating German philosophical texts? [closed]

Concerning the question »Is it more common to write longer sentences in german than in english?«, I wonder why some well-known English philosophers bothered to learn German. A lot of important ...