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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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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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“Alles was recht ist!”

Ich muss eingestehen: I listen to Rammstein. In their song, Mehr, the following phrase can be found: Bescheidenheit? Hahaha, alles was recht ist! in the following context: Was ich habe ist ...
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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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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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How to translate “West North Central States” (U.S.) to German?

I want to translate West North Central States (of the United States) into German. A sample context is this Wikipedia article. My guess is "Westnordmittestaaten" or "Westnordcenterstaaten", but I'm ...
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Wie kann man ins Deutsche das russische Wort проститутка (Prostitutka) in der Bedeutung „verdorbener, verkaufbarer Mensch“ übersetzen?

Wie kann man ins Deutsche das russische Wort проститутка (prostitutka) mit der zweiten Bedeutung Растленный, продажный, человек Russisches Wörterbuch (rastlennij, prodazhnij tschelowek) ...
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The literal meaning and origin of the name “Thallman”

My mother’s maiden name is Thallman. Her side of the family is German in heritage, and due to some diligent work by my grandfather, we are able to trace my families blood back through many ...
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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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What is an English phrase for “produktionsbedingter Leerraum”? [closed]

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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Wie würde man Dashboard sinngemäß übersetzen

Die wörtliche Übersetzung von dashboard ist ja Armaturenbrett. Das ist zwar korrekt, wenn man von Autos oder Bedientafeln spricht. Wie würde man es ins Deutsche übersetzen, wenn von ...
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The benifit of reading the original versus the English translation of Critique of Pure Reason [closed]

I wish to read Kant's Critique of Pure Reason in the near future, but I have read that it is better to read the Critique in its original German. However, I don't know German. I have read the works of ...
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Was wäre eine gute Übersetzung von engl. “attention whore” ins Deutsche?

Ist da Rampensau angemessen oder unpassend? In English: What's a fitting translation for "attention whore" (into German) Would Rampensau be fitting or inappropriate?
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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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Wie sage ich „I brush their teeth“?

Ich möchte ausdrücken, dass ich morgens die Zähne meiner Töchter putze (sie sind 5 und 7 Jahre alt). Sage ich Ich putze ihnen die Zähne oder Ich putze ihre Zähne?
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Wie sagt man “according to”?

Recently, I wanted to say something like: According to the national emergency office … but I didn’t find an expression for according to. It seems to me that the translation nach refers to a ...
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How to say “happy cooperation” in German?

I want to express the wish for a "joyful and fruitful cooperation" to my German colleague in German. But it is hard for me to trust Google translate on this task. Can anyone kindly show me how to say ...
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How do I translate “God” and “god” to German?

Naively, both (monoteistic and pagan) would be "der Gott". In Russian language the God and a god are also often discrimitated by capitalisation. How does it go in German? Answers to the related ...
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Wie sagt man »facetime«?

Hallo, Jana! Willst du facetimen? Hello, Jana! Do you want to facetime? Ich weiß nicht, ob das Verb »facetimen« existiert. Das habe ich mir ausgedacht. Habt ihr Vorschläge? Danke!
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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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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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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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Wie sagt man “notation” auf Deutsch?

Ich schreibe gerade eine Arbeit in Deutsch und suche nach einer guten Übersetzung für das englische Wort notation. Was ich mit diesem Wort meine, ist sozusagen wie man etwas schreibt. Also welche ...
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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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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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“Anything” in German

Do you know anything about my next appointment time? How to ask that question in German, especially anything in this case (question form). How to say it? So, the sentences I need to translate ...
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How to ask “how is my note calculated”?

I want to ask in German: How is the note of the course calculated? Do you consider the obtained points of the homeworks or only the number of the handed over homeworks? I think it could be: ...
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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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“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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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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“Da, wo ich herkomme, schon.”

I’ve come across the expression Da, wo ich herkomme, schon. From context, I gather that it means something like ‘That’s how it is where I come from’. Is something being omitted/left unsaid in ...
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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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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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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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Einliegerwohnung english translation [closed]

First let me make a clarification: I live in the ground floor of a house. The owner of the house lives in the upper floor in the same house. We have a common entrance and there is nothing more that I ...
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Die Arbeiten werden auf Nachweis ausgeführt

Die Arbeiten werden auf Nachweis ausgeführt Trying to translate a subcontractor quotation, I found this line, which appears to be some sort of generic term or condition but also a bit of an idiom ...
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Translation of “I would be lying if I said that …”

I would be lying if I said that I'm not stressed about the upcoming test. How can this be translated into German? Ich würde lügen, wenn ich sagen würde, dass ich über die kommende Prüfung ...
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Übersetzung von “wish you the best of luck”

I wish you the best of luck for your upcoming exam. Wie übersetzt man das ins Deutsche? Man kann Ich wünsche dir viel Glück für deine kommende Prüfung. sagen, was die gleiche Bedeutung ...
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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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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, ...