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Translation of “That is nothing to be proud of.”

How would you translate this sentence? That is nothing to be proud of. I can only think of (a) Das ist nichts, auf dem man stolz sein soll. Are there better ways to translate it?
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Translating “by + present participle”

By signing, you agree to the contract. He showed agreement by nodding. For the first example, Google translate gives Durch die Unterzeichnung... but according to this comment, ...
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Translation of “Let me think about it”

If my friend asks me to make a decision and I want to say "Let me think about it", should it be Lass mich darüber zu denken. ? I'm not sure if this is a complete sentence, and if we need a ...
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Translation of “I have never been to …”

What would be the best translation for I have never been to Germany. Would it be Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gegangen. or Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gewesen. ? Also, is ...
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How to translate “to make no sense”?

How would you say "to make no sense" in German? I've seen uses with machen and haben: Das macht keinen Sinn. Es hat keinen Sinn, mit Ihnen zu streiten.
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Why “Wo” and not “Was”?

In the following sentence why using Was instead of Wo is not possible? Wo arbeitet Hans? according to my book the only possible W-question is Wo
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Saying 'for example' and 'e.g.'

I think that all three of these are acceptable: zum Beispiel (z.B) beispielsweise Bsp. If so, are there any differences between them? Is one more formal, archaic, colloquial, etc. than the other ...
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Translation of “entscheidend auf die Reihenfolge”

I came across this sentence Bei den "für alle" und "es gibt" kommt es in der Mathematik, anders als in der weniger präzisen Umgangssprache, entscheidend auf die Reihenfolge an. I looked up ...
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Which preposition do I use in translating: I wish I could go to Germany today

I will heute Deutschland (preposition?) gehen/fliegen.
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“Hang out with friends” in German

How do I say I like hanging out with friends in German? I'm having trouble with the verb "hang out" in this meaning. From the dictionary, there are meanings of shirts/tongue hanging out, ...
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Any good website to practice translation *to* German?

As per the subject. I see duolingo is mostly about translation from German, which is good, but I'd like to practice the other way round. I also speak Spanish if that helps.
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What does sowieso mean? [closed]

I was watching a German show, and they kept using the word sowieso? Can someone explain to me what it means?
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Confused by a sentence using “erleben”

Recently I found the following sentence at the end of a novel which I was reading in translation (i.e. it’s the German translation of an English-language novel). Dann mache ich mir eine Liste im ...
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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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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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“Made strong through the struggles”

My family is from Germany, I don't know how to speak the language, although my grandfather was fluent. His favorite phrase was "Made strong through the struggles" and I believe it went something like ...
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Difference between “zwingen” and “zwängen”?

Both are transitive verbs that translate as "to force" in English.
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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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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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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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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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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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How to translate “Do you miss him”?

I would like to translate this simple sentence into German. Are the following translations correct? Fehlt er Dir? Vermisst er Dich? Vermisst Du ihn? Is there a different usage of fehlen or ...
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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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“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 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 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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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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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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Most efficient way to learn German? [closed]

There have already been a few duplicates regarding how to learn German efficiently; however, my question may be a slight variant. (If it's not distinct enough, please let me know and I will delete.) ...
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How do you say “I walked in the park” in German?

How do Germans say "I walked in the park/in the woods yesterday"? My dictionary translates to walk as (spazieren) gehen and laufen. I thought to walk, as in I walked in the woods, didn't indicate a ...
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Meaning of “behind” when translated from German [closed]

I find the following phrasing in software I receive from German authors. There will often be an installation instruction to place a line into a file in a certain location. For example: Where there is ...
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Ich meine == I mean?

Today in my German class, I subconsciously said "I mean" and when I apologized for changing to English, my teacher said "Almost, you also say 'ich meine'" in German. Is this expression used so common ...
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Eines Tages - Also used with past?

According to what I've been reading about the expression Eines Tages, like here, it more or less translates and is used as one day, referring to past and future. But then, checking the Wiktionary, I ...
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On “bei sich” in translation [closed]

Abbas will keinen Israeli mehr bei sich dulden Does that mean, Abbas doesn't want to tolerate any Israelis any more? I think (I'm almost sure, that is) that this is a good rendering of the ...
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Translation (en–de): Stack Overflow

I would like to translate the Term Stack Overflow. Google gives me the following translation proposals for the term stack: Stapel - stack, pile, batch, staple, stocks Paket - package, ...
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Translation of the song “Land der dunklen Wälder”

First of all, I hope it's not verboten to post Ostpreußen's anthem here. Lately, I've been fascinated with this region's history (where my dad's best friend's mom was born), and this song has become ...
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An idiom likely having a more figurative translation

There is a very nice German song whose name is, Ich lass mich auf den Sommer ein. I have found the following idiom with einlassen: sich auf etw (accusative) einlassen, which is rendered as to get ...
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On the usage of nach / hinter / zu

In Der Pfennig by Hans Eckart, there is also the following sentence: Eines Tages war der Vater nach der Arbeit sehr müde. Except for nach der Arbeit, all is clear to me: One day, father was very ...
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Meaning of “werden” in this context

In Der Pfennig by Hans Eckart, I've found the following sentence: Nach Jahren wurde er durch Fleiß und Eifer endlich Vorarbeiter. If my understanding of the text is correct, this should mean: ...
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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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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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What does “Die Weichen waren gestellt” mean?

I am reading Peter Zolling´s "Deutsche Geschichte von 1871 bis zur Gegenwart". Can someone please help me understand the sentence: Die Weichen waren gestellt?
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What do you call being “on hold” on the telephone in German?

In the situation that someone (in the room) might ask you, Sind Sie am Telefon? and I am indeed on a call but being on hold, and thus I can still speak while waiting to be put through, I'd like ...
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Your point being?

How would you translate "your point being?". Best thing I can come up with is "Und?". But that only works if the context is there. Is there some more "correct" translation?
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How do you say “over the hump” in German?

Google translate gives "über den Berg", which seems wrong. It translated "hump" as "mountain," but "hump" is a small obstacle, not a large one. The context was a comment I left on a post, If you ...
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What is the children's song “Zehn kleine Zappelfinger” about?

Can anyone explain what the children's song "Zehn kleine Zappelfinger" is about? Zehn kleine Zappelfinger zappeln hin und her. Zehn kleine Zappelfinger finden´s gar nicht schwer. Zehn ...
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Difference between “Es sind” and “Es gibt” for asserting existence of something

In English we say There are... and I know that I've seen es gibt used in German. I've also seen es sind. Are these phrases identical? There are many flowers in the garden = Es gibt viele Blumen ...
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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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“All things being equal” auf deutsch

Was ist eine gute (d. h. für geschriebenes Deutsch) Übersetzung des englischen All things being equal...