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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 nicht ...
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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 hat, ...
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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, gerunds ...
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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 tried—...
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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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Wie sagt man einem Arzt »I would really appreciate your time to help me with my issue«?

Ich schreibe einem Arzt und bin mir nicht sicher, wie ich das englische I would appreciate your time auf Deutsch ausdrücken könnte bzw. ob es überhaupt möglich oder üblich ist, so etwas zu ...
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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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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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Using of “with whom” in German

I'd like to know if the following sentence is correct in German: Er fand endlich eine Frau, mit der den Rest seines Lebens zu verbringen. (He finally found a woman with whom to spend the rest of ...
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German lexical chunks and collocations

I'm an "advanced beginner" in German, and am wondering if anyone knows of any books or articles (preferably but not necessarily written for English speakers) containing lists and explanations of ...
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Is there any other way to say “I don't care” in German

Is there any other phrase to express "Das ist mir egal" (I don't care) in German?
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Übersetzung von “From what I've heard, …”

From what I've heard, the city is not safe after sunset. Wie übersetzt man das am besten? Wäre es so? Von dem ich gehört habe, ist die Stadt nach Sonnenuntergang nicht sicher. Ich habe an zwei ...
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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 “your heart skips a beat” in German?

Ben walked into the room and her heart skipped a beat. Ben betrat das Schlafzimmer und sie wurde überrascht. How do you say "your heart skips a beat" in German? Can I use "überraschen" in this ...
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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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Why “den Kindern” instead of “die Kinder”?

Den Kindern hat der Besuch im Planetarium Spaß gemacht. (The children enjoyed going to the planetarium.) Why is it "den Kindern hat der Besuch", instead of "die Kinder haben den Besuch"?
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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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Wie sagt man “it's about time”?

It's about time she went home Mein Versuch ist : Es ist Zeit, dass sie nach Hause gegangen ist.
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Complimenting 101: Hair

"You look more beautiful with long hair than before." I tried but I don't know if my translation is valid. I would say: Du siehst aus schöner als vor, mit langen Haaren" Do I have my words in ...
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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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Wie sagt man 'a value of a new item'?

Es gibt ein Buch mit paar leichten Kratzer auf dem Umschlag. Das Buch ist aber im Prinzip neu und ungelesen. Wenn ich über seinem Zustand auf Englisch sagen wollte, würde ich sagen: das Buch hat a ...
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Meaning of “Reinlichkeit” in the context of Nietzsche's “Die fröhliche Wissenschaft”

I am translating a text from Nietzsche, who uses the word Reinlichkeit in a discussion of Schopenhauer, asking what attracts people to him. I am wondering whether I have translated the passage ...
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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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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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What does “schreib mal WA” mean?

It might be short for “Ich schreib dir mal bei/in wa” or something, but I still can’t figure it out. It was in this tweet. Here’s a summary of the main part of the exchange: Schatz, holst du ...
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What is equivalent of “failure” in german

I was trying to translate an English sentence to German, but I don’t know which word best fits to failure in the following context. The affective filter is a theoretical construct in second ...
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Verb for “would like”

I've been using a learning app and this sentence came up, Willst du ins Kino gehen? and the translation is Would you like to go to the cinema?. For all other times möchte has been used for would like....
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Übersetzung von “in late June”

The event takes place every year in late June. Wie lässt sich dieser Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? (a) Die Veranstaltung findet jedes Jahr im späten Juni statt. Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob "...
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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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How do I say “I am deep in thought” in German?

How do I say "I am deep in thought" in German? Tief in der Erinnerung versunken, dachte ich an meiner Mutter, die im Schaukelstuhl sass. What's another alternative for this?
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Difference between “zwingen” and “zwängen”?

Both are transitive verbs that translate as "to force" in English.
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Meaning of “Schenk mir noch mal ein”

I’m trying to understand the lyrics of Es ist wie es ist by Böhse Onkelz, where at some point it says: Ich will wissen wie der Tod schmeckt, und schenk mir noch mal ein. My understanding is: ...
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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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German correspondent for “cock wagon”

Both my parents were born in Germany and came to the US, when they were five years old. They spoke German to each other but not with us kids. Now, I got my first job out of school and bought a ...
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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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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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Why does “Wir schaffen das” translate to “We’ll make it”?

Shouldn’t it be "Wir schaffen es"? If I said “Wir schaffen es”, would that have the same meaning as “Wir schaffen das”? What is the meaning of the word das in “Wir shaffen das”? I thought das means ...
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What is the best translation for the term “snack”?

For instance, would you use: der Snack, der Imbiss, die Kleinigkeit, der Schnellimbiss, der Happen, etc.? And when would you use which term? i.e. for what kind of snack — a snack commercially ...