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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 does one say “to catch up” in German, as in to catch up with a friend?

I am writing an email in German to an old friend, a colleague from a former job. I am trying to set up a meeting with him when I am going to be in town. I'd like to say that it would be great to catch ...
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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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What are good translations for “confidence” and “overconfidence” in terms of abilities/actions?

I was discussing descriptive terms for a role playing games rule system in the rpg.SE chat, and we came up with the terms "Confidence" and "Overconfidence" for these artifacts. I was wondering if ...
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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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“Ein Knopf ist schwer zu drücken.” Wie sagt man das?

In Englisch steht hier: All the buttons work smothly whereas in earlier models the buttons were a bit sticky. sticky.. "klebrig" passt hier irgendwie nicht. Wie würde man das auf Deutsch ...
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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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How to informally say “Sending love to you and your family” in German?

Best way to say "Sending love to you (female) and your family" in German? Our families are very close, so it should be informal.
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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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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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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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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.
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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 hatten? ...
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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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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 do these words mean as German language knowledge level?

Can you please help me to know what these words mean exactly as German proficiency level: Foreign language A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2? Because while I’m looking for any job vacancy I see these words and ...
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Translation of “that sb is better than”

He looks down on people that he is better than. How do I say this sentence in German? By the way, should the word that be relative pronoun or subordinate conjunction?
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Substantiv für »Aufteilung in einem Gitter«

Gibt es ein Substantiv für den Prozess des Aufteilens in einem Gitter? Vgl. auf Englisch Gridding. (Kontext: Mathe)
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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 Welt"...
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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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How to say “Sorry that I am late”?

I would like to know how to express “Sorry that I am late” in German. What would be the best and most common way to say that? Would any of the following be right? Entschuldigung / Entschuldigen ...
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How would you say “Sorry I am only beginning to learn German”?

What would be a good way to say "I'm sorry I am only beginning to learn German". I usually say: Entschuldigung, mein Deutsch ist schlecht. But that is not a very positive way to start a ...
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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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Translation of 'WHY' to german in this context

I want to say, 'Today I will talk about why it is a good idea to learn german.' 'Heute spreche ich über warum es ist eine gute Idee, Deutsch zu lernen.' I know it sounds funny, so could someone ...
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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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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 ...