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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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Translation of “to maintain a skill”

I haven't been able to find an obvious translation for this. There are three verbs I've come across the seem like they could do that job: Halten Erhalten Aufrechterhalten But I can't seem to figure ...
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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 “ladies and gentlemen” translated as “meine Damen und Herren”?

Why is "ladies and gentlemen" translated as "meine Damen und Herren"?
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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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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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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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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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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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Ist es “die” Webseite und “der” Link?

Ich habe all meine Computerkenntnis in den USA erlernt, und deshalb verstehe ich kaum, wie man technische Sachen nennt, und ob man die, der oder das sagt. Könnte mir jemand helfen, die folgenden ...
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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 ...
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Wie sagt man “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” auf Deutsch?

Wie kann man den englischen Spruch "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst" elegant ins Deutsche übersetzen? Mein Versuch: Hoff auf das Beste und bereite dich auf das Schlimmste vor. Ist es ...
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Implicit distances in demonstrative pronouns “das”, “dieses”, “jenes”

[For the following, please assume neutral case always to make it simpler.] I was lucky enough to grow up in a Spanish-German bilingual household, and as such am fluent in both languages. This is ...
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Is there an equivalent in German to “I hope this message finds you well”

In English, these two variants can be said in a letter/message: I hope this message finds you well. I hope this message finds you in good times. In trying to translate, I skipped the first ...
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How do you say ' to be good at something' in German?

How do you say 'to be good at something' in German? Meine Mutter ist sehr gut dazu, dass sie das Haus sauber hält. My mother is very good at keeping the house clean. Ich bin sehr gut im ...
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How to translate “Relever une prescription” from french to german?

How do you say in german when a nurse becomes aware of a medical prescription and prepares everything according to what the doctor asks? In french we say "Relever une prescription". The action itself ...
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How does one say “illustrated dictionary” in German?

I'm looking for the German-language equivalent of the Petit Larousse Illustré, and, embarrassingly enough, I can't figure out what keywords to search for it with. Or rather, everything I've ...
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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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Toasting “To the Old Gods”?

I have been trying to find information regarding toasts however I am just starting my studying of German. I would like to be able to toast the Old Nordic gods when I have drink, but lack of knowledge ...
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When do suffixes “-able” or “-ible” translate with “-bar” vs. “-lich”?

We can not simply translate the suffixes "-able" or "-ible" with "-bar" as there seem to be many examples where "-lich" is used instead. avoidable - vermeidbar vulnerable - verwundbar bootable ...
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'Witzig' bei Nietzsche

Nietzsche cannot mean 'witty' (as it is currently used) here, can he? He means 'clever', 'ingenious', 'devious'. 'Witty' has not meant 'ingenious' except as humorous for several hundred years! The ...
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How do you say “I am almost # (age)” in German?

When I am using Google translate on "I am almost 18", I get: Ich bin fast 18. Ich bin beinahe 18. Are this sentences correct? What is most used? Are there any other popular forms?
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English/German one word for “in progress”

I'm looking for an English/German word for the term "in progress" (or "in process"). I search for this term in relation to the life cycle of a project, which (in my specific case) are: open accepted ...
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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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Wie übersetzt man “schwerpunktmäßig” ins Englische? [closed]

Wie übersetzt man schwerpunktmäßig in Bezug auf Arbeitsfähigkeiten? Zum Beispiel: Herr Schmidt ist schwerpunktmäßig mit den folgenden Tätigkeiten befasst... Ich hätte gern einziges Wort dafür ...
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What does the “kz” abbreviation mean in a programming/technical context?

I am a non-German-speaking programmer writing software that interfaces with a database that uses German field names. There are a number of these fields that are prefixed with KZ_. The only ...
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How would I say “Or, call us at (phone number)” in German?

How would I say "Or, call us at (phone number)" in German, or perhaps "Or, contact us at (phone number)? This is to be placed next to an e-mail contact form. The tone of the site is professional ...
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Creating a composite word names

I am trying to come up with a composite word for a group of "hunters from/of the hills" for a story. Looking at dictionaries and some web pages the best I can come up with is Hügeljäger. As this is ...
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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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How to translate “There is nothing more to talk about”

How can I translate the sentence "There is nothing more to talk about." into German? I have three sentences in mind: Es gibt nichts mehr, über was zu reden. Es gibt nichts mehr, worüber zu ...
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Difference between “zwingen” and “zwängen”?

Both are transitive verbs that translate as "to force" in English.