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How do German speakers translate sounds that animals make?

I have always been interested in the ways that animal sounds are "translated" in foreign languages. Presumably, the sounds are the same to our ears. In English: Dog: woof Cat: meow Cow: moo Duck: ...
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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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“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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Zwei Verben mit zwei direkten Objekten in einem Satz [closed]

Where do I put the accusative object for each verb in a sentence with two verbs? For example, is this sentence correct? you need him to buy him something du brauchst ihn etwas zu kaufen ihn or ...
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German translation of “case sensitive”

As a translation of case sensitive dict.cc offered Groß- / Kleinschreibung-unterscheidend schreibungsabhängig, and Groß- / Kleinschreibung (beachten)! None of these are as elegant as the english ...
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What is the German word for “mind”?

Is there a word in German to refer to the mind? Gehirn is brain, but that’s the meat inside the head, not the mind. In Spanish it is mente. Is there a German equivalent? I have consulted my ...
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Is this usage of 'zu' correct?

Eine andere Sprache zu sprechen, ist eine beeindruckende Fähigkeit zu haben. I want to say: Speaking another language is an impressive skill to have. I’m not sure if speaking another ...
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Differentiating between feminine and plural

First of all, both she and they translate to sie. In most sentences we can tell them apart by looking at the verb. But I got really confused today while doing an assignment. I need to translate They ...
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Why is 'Zur' used in these sentences?

From a german magazine, "Der Trend zur stylishen Kopfbedeckung aber bleibt." I don't understand why zur is used there. What is it's meaning in the sentence? The trend to the stylish headgear... Does ...
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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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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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Meaning of the phrase: “Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee”

I am a beginner at German learning. I found this line of dialog in the book "Schritte International 1": Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee! What does it mean exactly? I looked up the ...
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Substantiv (Gen.) + nach

Ich bin über den folgenden Satz in einem Text gestolpert, der mir echten Kopfschmerzen bereitet: Ziel war die Erschaffung eines Volkes der wiedererstarkten 'echten' und 'reinen' Türken, der ...
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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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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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“Einige Forschungen” or “manche Forschungen”? [closed]

I have seen that some can be used in a variety of ways. Is there a standard use of some that can be used on all occasions?
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Dictionary entries: etw. zusammentragen vs zusammentragen

In dict.cc, etw. zusammentragen is translated as to collect sth, whereas zusammentragen is translated as to collate. Why isn't the entry given as follows: etw. zusammentragen = collate sth. ...
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Translating “You have no right to kill people even if you are hungry.” into German [closed]

How can you translate You have no right to kill people even if you are hungry. into German? My attempt is: Du hast kein Recht zu töten Menschen selbst wenn du bist hungrig. Is that ...
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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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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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Mobile phone app specific term — How would one say “press” or “tap”?

For example, move a game piece and use it to tap on another game piece. So far, I think it is likely antasten most likely (I have consulted dict.leo.org). I would be grateful if a native German ...
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Translating “A man with a gun is a citizen, a man without a gun is a subject” into German [closed]

How do you translate A man with a gun is a citizen, a man without a gun is a subject. into German?
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Translation of “man gönnt sich ja sonst nichts”

I got a bottle of Black-Wood whisky for Christmas and this phrase is on the pamphlet included. From my searching online, it might mean something like my only vice or it’s my one and only treat but I ...
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Meaning of “Ich werde essen Obst und Gemüse, um mehr zu gesund sein.” [closed]

Ich werde essen Obst und Gemüse, um mehr zu gesund sein. I want to know whether this means I will eat fruits and vegetables, in order to be more healthy.
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Could you translate these sentences pls [closed]

heyy na net gian telmor mrg<β? sog wenn donn mochmor fix aus jo gea iaz schlofen sogmer um 3? will mrg fria aufstian wie des weil i gsog hon tat so gern do sein ober isch mor zu tuier auf wos ...
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Why is “Close the door.” translated to “Tür zu.”?

How does the meaning of "Close the door." come from "Tür zu."? I get that Tür means door. But how does zu mean close? I thought zu means to or too, and I can't fathom what I'm not understanding.
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Dictionary for colloquial forms like ick

I see strange spelling and words in movie subtitles and books quite often. There are spellings like "ick" instead of "ich" and phrases like "Wat ist n det für n Blödsinn?". I need some online ...
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Yiddish phrase for “turn out the lights and go to sleep”

My mother grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at a time when the neighborhood was largely inhabited by Yiddish speaking Jews. This led to the amusing situation of her Irish-born grandparents, and to a ...
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Translation of “Being a person is getting too complicated. Time to be a unicorn.” [closed]

My idea of translation: Ein Mensch zu sein wird zunehmend zu kompliziert. Es ist an der Zeit, ein Einhorn zu sein. What is a better translation that has more style and sounds more German?
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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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Translation of “Deutschländisch” into English

How would you translate "Deutschländisch" or "deutschländische Deutsch" into English? Example context from Sprachpflege an Schulen: Österreich kämpft gegen deutschländisches Deutsch Darin geht es ...
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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 would you translate “to judge someone” to German?

In English, "to judge someone" often implies a negative opinion, as in "Don't judge me!". Is there a German equivalent for this? How would you translate the example? My dictionary gives "jmdn. ...
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Übersetzung von “Take another guess!”

Wrong! Take another guess! Wie kann man das ins Deutsche übersetzen? Reverso Dictionary schlägt Vermutung, Annahme und Schätzung als Übersetzungen des Substantivs guess vor, aber ich glaube, dass ...
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What is the meaning of the word “regenfleckige”?

I don’t mean to call for help just for translation, but I couldn’t find anything related to this word using Google. Dict.cc usually has many alternatives to choose from, for the meaning of a given ...
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Translation of “When I had short hair” [closed]

I have been told that it isn't Wann hatte ich kurze Haare. Is it something along the lines of Wann habe ich kurze Haare. or Wann ich kurze Haare gehabt?
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How to say correctly “to work under the stress and time pressure”? [closed]

I am trying to answer the question about how I am working under stress and I want to use the phrase "Under stress I am working..." Is it "unten dem Stress und Zeitdruck" or something different?
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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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Meaning of ‘Lernfeldübergreifend’

I was searching for the meaning of Lernfeldübergreifende or Lernfeldübergreifende Fachgebiet but I didn’t find any reliable translation.
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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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Was heißt “Ist mir zu warm?” auf Englisch?

Ist mir zu warm? Ich weiß alle der Wörter im Satz, aber ich verstehe die Bedeutung nicht. The reason I ask is because I’m unsure exactly how/why the dative case mir shows up. What could be done ...
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What is the meaning of “es bedarf eines Aktes”? [closed]

What is the meaning of the phrase “es bedarf eines Aktes”? Context: Um sozusagen zum Kern dessen vorzustoßen „was da steht“, bedarf es eines Aktes in unseren Köpfen. Also, why is the ...
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What is the German equivalent of the term sub-skills?

I googled for the English term sub-skills that is especially used in the educational field. And I saw there are three terms that were Subskills, Teilkompetenz and Einzelfertigkeit. But I don’t like ...
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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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How to translate “Steel your heart”?

Title says it all — in a moment of despair if you want to inspire someone and say “Steel your heart” how would you do so in German? I stepped upon this in the sentence “Steel your heart and your ...
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Translation of “weiterwandern”

I found in some German newspaper word weitergewandert and I think it is present perfect of weiterwandern, but I cannot find a translation. What would be an appropriate translation?
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Translation of “of which”

Quelle: 23.5 billion kilograms of household-waste every year, of which 9.4 billion is recycled I wasn't really sure of the the word for 'of which'. My instinct was 'von denen', but a dictionary ...
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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith — Order 66

There is a scene in the third episode of Star Wars in which Darth Sidious says Execute Order Sixty-Six. What would be the best way to translate this into German? I am thinking of using ...
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How to translate computer/software logging?

How would I best translate logging of data by a computer program? A log Logging to a file A log entry We also ‘book’ entries to a log file, such an entry is called: A log booking For now we ...
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How to construct complex relative clauses true to their English original?

I’m trying to build multiple relative clauses in the same context, but I’m not sure what I’m missing, where I’m wrong. This is usually thought of as teaching a language for specific purposes for ...