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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Translation for the word “spoiled”: “verzogen”?

Which word would you use to translate the English adjective spoiled, like in the example: He is really a spoiled kid. Would you recommend using the word verzogen? Is that what most people would ...
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Translation of “May all your dreams and wishes come true”

You want to say to your friend on her birthday May all your dreams and wishes come true. A direct translation would be (a) Mögen all deine Träume und Wünsche wahr werden. But as it was ...
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“Electronic Engineering” in German?

How would you say Electronic Engineering in German? I've looked it up and it appears in some places just as "Elektronik", but it is like the "engineering" part there is missing. I'm just a beginner so ...
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Spelling noun–noun compound words

I am translating my meatloaf recipe to German and am unsure about translating the meatloaf mixture from the sentence Transfer the meatloaf mixture into the loaf pan. I have: meatloaf → der ...
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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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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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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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How do I say “The night is young” in German?

How do I say "The night is young" in German? Here's my attempt: Die Nacht ist jung.
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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 does 'sich in der Bringschuld sehen' mean?

I came across the following paragraph in Der Spiegel: Eine der wichtigsten Fragen ist, wie [Donald] Trump nun mit seiner Partei umgeht. Die Republikaner sind traumatisiert, die alte Garde fühlt ...
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How to best translate “The Immolator”?

To immolate means to sacrifice, especially by the means of fire. There is an English noun immolator, but Feueropfernder doesn’t sound right, and the description jemand, der ein Feueropfer darbringt ...
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What would be the best translation of the expression “on track”?

I’m currently writing a status report using a “traffic light” system, where the description for “Green” would be “On track”, to note that a certain task is on track with the development plan and and ...
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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.