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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...
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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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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 to translate Perfekt into English

I came across these sentences with their translations: Du bist aus Berlin gekommen. - You have come from Berlin. Wo seid ihr so lange gewesen? - Where were you so long? From what I have ...
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Translation of a Nietzsche-related text; OK? [closed]

In an answer of mine on Philosophy, I (neither native-German nor native-English speaking) translated some German to English as follows. Nachdem man nun weiß, was die Zukunft von Ehe und Gattin ...
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Sprache für automatische Übersetzung ins Deutsche

Ich vergleiche gern die unterschiedlichen Sprachen eines Lemmas in der Wikipedia. Diese sind längst nicht immer gleich gut gepflegt. Manchmal finden sich in einzelnen anderen Sprachen interessante ...
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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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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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Den Unblöden gehört die Welt! - What does Unblöden mean?

Media Markt has a campaign where they state that the world belongs to the "Unblöden", but I don't understand what "Unblöden" means and Google translate won't translate it. So what does "Unblöden" ...
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“erstellen” or “erzeugen”?

Software X is producing printed reports, based on user input. How would I translate accurately 'produced with X' and 'produced by X', as both erstellen and erzeugen seem to be very near in their ...
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Questions on a “Take-off” Poem

Some years ago, I wrote a poem entitled "Berlin ist die Hauptstadt Deutschlands," to the tune of "Kalkutta Liegt am Ganges" using a technique called "parallel construction." (That is, I was probably ...
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Kann man einen “fachlich geprägten Kunden” einem “technisch argumentierenden Entwickler” entgegen setzen?

It is about Software Engineering, where it usually comes to problems in communication between the customers (domain-specific, functional, professional lexis) and developers (technical, generic lexis). ...
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Trace Debugging - Übersetzung von trace?

In letzter Zeit begegnen mir immer wieder Worte wie "trace debugging" oder "power trace" im Englischen, für die mir keine sinnvollen Übersetzungen einfallen. Ein "trace" beschreibt dabei eine Art ...
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translation of a line from the german version of “We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line”

I was reading the wiki page about the WW2 song We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line and there is a line there: Bis zum Wäschetag, ja bis zum Wäschetag that was translated ...
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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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How to say “please do not slam the door” in German?

How to say "please do not slam the door" in German? I tried to translate it like this: "Bitte knall die Tür nicht zu", but there must be another way because I googled it with no result.
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Is “zweisprachige Ausgaben” the right expression?

I like to re-read in German translation my favorite authors1, and I enjoy it even more when they are in the form of dual-language editions. To my surprise, however, I'm having a difficult time ...
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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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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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Is there an idiomatic equivalent for “polyglot”?

Does the word polyglot, meaning "knowing or using several languages" translate directly into German, or is there an idiomatic equivalent? Google Translate just adds an extra "t" at the end, as German ...
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How to translate “single-threaded” in a software documentation?

As the question states... how would you translate "single-threaded" in a software documentation? "Einzel-gethreaded" sounds kinda weird to me. The sentence I like to translate is the following: ...
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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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Wie heißt in einer Zahnarztpraxis der Angestellte, der Kundentermine und Bezahlungen behandelt?

Es gibt den Arzt, die Krankenschwester/Behandlungsassistenten, aber oft auch eine "Sekretärin" die am Telefon antwortet, usw. Wie aber heißt die Funktion im Titel der Frage genannte ...
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“Don't count on it”

What's the best way to say "Don't count on it" to somebody in German when they have high hopes on something that is more likely not to happen than to happen?
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Help with finishing translation

I recently wanted to see if the owner of a domain name was possibly interested in selling it to me. I don't speak German, so I had to use Google Translate to compose the email. She responded in ...