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What does “Handy-Signal” mean?

Google translate tells me that the German for mobile phone signal is Handy-Signal. Is that right? It sounds a bit odd and I was wondering if anyone can tell me whether it is correct.
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Common expressions of “thank you” in a formal setting

What are common ways to say “Thank you very, very much” in a formal or business setting? I am interested in both, phrases for a written letter, and formal ways to express "thank you" in talking. Are ...
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Translation of “She has a nice look”

“Sie hat eine schöne Sicht” or “Sie hat einen schönen Anblick” or something else? Look in the meaning of the manner of view, or the motion of eyes when viewing.
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Further possible meanings of “Verkehr”

I came across the word Verkehr. In dictionaries I only found the translation of the word to mean traffic or transportation. However, it seems that in the context, the word means much more. I read the ...
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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, moods and tenses of “I didn't think it would be so bad”

Suppose I go with a friend to a restaurant that I suggested, and it turned out to be very bad. After the meal, I want to say Sorry, I didn’t think it would be so bad. In German, would that be ...
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How to say “and such” in German?

I'd like to translate the sentence "We need sunburn cream, bath towels and such." Wir werden heute an den Strand fahren. Was brauchen wir fürs Sonnenliegen? Wir brauchen Sonnebrand-Creme, ...
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How would you translate “but still” into German?

Es gab keinen Kaffee mehr, aber noch fragte er nach einer Tasse. There was no more coffee, but still he asked for another cup. Does aber noch fit the context?
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Translation for 'abticken' needed

I couldn't find a match for the german "abticken". What is the word in English for that?
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Wegen, bezüglich, über. Is their use interchangeable?

Is the use of the words wegen, bezüglich and über always interchangeable when we want to say "about" (concerning)? If not, can in some cases be interchangeable? For example what is the best way for ...
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Techn. Übersetzung: to serve a document

Ich übersetze momentan eine kleine Dokumentation für ein Softwareprojekt zur Entwicklung von Webanwendungen. An einigen Stellen heißt es in Bezug auf Webserver: "to serve a document", womit die ...
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Dativpräpositionen – how to say “I am going to Anna's House”?

I'm a total beginner and I'd like to cover one of the Dativpräpositionen basics in German. Which of the following sentences is the most correct and complete form of saying "I am going to Anna's ...
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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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'just the one, please' or 'just one' auf Deutsch - eins, or einmal?

I had ordered a coffee today and turned to ask my friend if he wanted one. He said no, so I just turned around and said 'eins' bitte, but I got a confused look from the cafe assistant. I then said ...
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The men are cooking - translation

In an online translation exercise I was asked to translate: "The men are cooking" My attempt was: Die Männer kochen The answer shown was: Die Männer kochen gerade What does "gerade" at ...
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Meaning of „Dass, wer in der CDU-Führung sagt, … nicht beachtet“

This sentence is the beginning of an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine: Dass, wer in der CDU-Führung sagt, die „Alternative für Deutschland“ (AfD) sei zu ignorieren, diese auch tatsächlich nicht ...
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Translation of “If so”

How do you say "if so" in German? Do you have some time? If so, I would like to speak with you. Would you say "wenn ja"? Haben Sie etwas Zeit? Wenn ja, ich möchte mit Ihnen sprechen.
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Translation of “Links: Miss AuberginehaarPlusZombiehasentasche.”

I cannot figure out what's meant by the following sentence: Links means left. I failed to find "Miss" as a German word to make sense in that context: Miss And about that long word (train), my ...
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What is the most accurate English translation of 'Stromkern'?

There's a band called Stromkern, actually from the US but strongly associated with the German alternative scene. I've been puzzling over what the name actually translates into as both 'strom' and ...
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Which of these is more common to say? - zweideutig, mehrdeutig, vieldeutig

Well, the title has the question, but I also wanted to ask if "deutig" alone means something. One would think that it comes from Deutung (interpretation?) and since it looks like an adjective, it ...
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What is the way to describe final exams?

What is the way to describe final exams? If want to describe my final exams at the end of my semester at university, what's the noun for "final exams"? Between my unreliable dictionary and Google ...
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What is an English phrase for “produktionsbedingter Leerraum”?

What is a good English phrase for "produktionsbedingter Leerraum"? The literal meaning is "an empty space caused by production" and tells buyers that the half-empty cookie box is a feature.
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What's the meaning of “denn” in “Was kostet denn der Teppich?” [duplicate]

I believe it means "How much cost the carpet?", but why adding denn? I know that denn, in a normal context, means because.
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How do you prompt someone to continue their story?

In English, sometimes you'd say things like 'I see', 'All right', 'Got it', 'Go on', etc., to show the other guy that you're still listening to what he's saying. How do you say the equivalent in ...
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Translation of “That must have been a year ago”

A: Remember when we had dinner together at that restaurant? B: That must have been a year ago! To translate: A: Erinnerst du dich, als wir zusammen Abendessen in diesem Restaurant ...
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Translation of “I'm planning to do that next week”

How would you translate I'm planning to do that next week I'm thinking Ich habe vor, das nächste Woche zu machen. Does it sound strange to put "das" after the comma?
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“Alles was recht ist!”

Ich muss eingestehen: I listen to Rammstein. In their song, "Mehr," Till says the following phrase: Bescheidenheit? Hahaha, alles was recht ist! in the following context: Was ich habe ist ...
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Word choice: “manuell” or “von Hand”?

I've been toying with learning German for a few months now, and I'm trying to use my basic knowledge to update the translation to one of my iPhone apps. What word should I use for "manual" as in "set ...
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Meanings inferred from “Das ist alles”

While the phrase das ist alles literally means that is all, are there any other meanings that can be taken from it? For example, when my kids ask if there is any more apple juice, is Nein, das ist ...
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What does “einen Teufel darum scheren” mean?

Can someone explain me this phrase from Die Unendliche Geschichte? und die sich den Teufel darum scheren specificaly I’m finding it difficult to find the translation of darum scheren. Full ...
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Übersetzung von “academia”

Do you want to work in academia or industry after you graduate? Wie kann man den Satz am besten übersetzen? Ich habe zwei Übersetzungen von "academia" gefunden: "Akademia" und "die akademische ...
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How to translate “items to be approved”?

I’m bumping into this English to German translation in our software: Project bookings to be approved -> Zu genehmigende Projektbuchungen I’m Dutch, but something does not sound correct here. ...
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Which translation of “just” does German use to imply some minor/short activity?

I often use expressions like: I'm just eating or: I'm just exercising etc. where the just means that I'm doing some small/short-lived activity that I will be finished with soon. Does ...
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Possible sentence: 'Das Schiff brach sein Ruder.'?

I am a student of English and German language (non-native) and I compare English-German sentences for my diploma thesis from the semantic and syntactic point of view. I have English sentences which I ...
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…zum Verhältnis und im Verhältnis zum Verhältnis

Ich schlug im Wiktionary 'Verhältnis' nach und fand dieses Beispiel. Im Verhältnis zwischen zweien ist das Verhältnis das Dritte als negative Einheit, und die zwei verhalten sich zum Verhältnis ...
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Wie übersetzt man “deductive system”?

Wie übersetzt man "deductive system" von Englischen ins Deutsche? A deductive system (also called a deductive apparatus of a formal system) consists of the axioms (or axiom schemata) and rules of ...
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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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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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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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Commands in software labels (“click here”)

I'm working on translating English language content of a website into German, and I was curious which form do you use in German commands for labels in software. Think of messages like "Click Here" or ...
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Translation of “taken as a whole” in this context?

I would like to use the phrase taken as a whole in a piece. However, I am unsure as to what sounds the most natural in this context. London, taken as a whole, is fantastic. Should I use im ...
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“Click here to Download” in German

How would you say "Click here to Download" in German? Is this correct? It seems awkward. Klicken Sie hier zum Download
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Translation of „Lieber mit einer Flamme im Bett, als mit einer Leuchte am Schreibtisch.“

From a coffee shop, I acquired a small cookie individually packaged in a plastic wrapping. On the wrapping the following is printed: „Lieber mit einer Flamme im Bett, als mit einer Leuchte am ...
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For a German website: how to translate “call me back”?

I have added a "call me back" form to our website but I'm thinking it might better to translate "call me back" into German. On the other hand I don't think "rufen Sie mich zurück" would be a nice way ...
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Translating long paragraphs from German

Are there any guidelines/best practices concerning the insertion of paragraph breaks in long paragraphs (I don't know the reason, but the usage of very long paragraphs in German texts seems common at ...
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Translation of “cash flow management”

How would you translate "cash flow management" into German? I specifically refer to the process of tracking a small business or freelancer income and expenses on a daily basis to make sure the bank ...
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Wie sagt man “Make Someone Happy” auf Deutsch?

Would it be "lass eine glücklich, or "mach eine glücklich? Or some third phrase? This comes from another of my translations of the popular American song Make Someone Happy. A more complete ...
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Wie übersetzt man “interventions”?

Der Kontext ist eine Akademie über Kausalität (Mathematik). Hier ein Auszug aus https://stat.ethz.ch/people/jopeters/index/edit/causalityHomepage/causality_files/scriptChapter1-4.pdf: Causal ...
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Hinkommen - Sprachgebrauch

Ich habe oftmals wie kommt man da hin? gehört. Darf man da durch einen bestimmen Ort (in Verbindung mit irgendeiner passenden Präposition) ersetzen? Es ist mir auch aufgefallen, dass die wie kommt ...
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Meaning/Structure of “Es mag so paradox anmuten”

Das Führen von Kriegen ist keinesfalls ein unverbrüchliches Naturgesetz, sondern ein Kulturprodukt, sozusagen ein Kollateralschaden des zivilisatorischen Prozesses. Und so paradox es angesichts ...