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What is a good translation for “I wish!” ?

Often times, a situation comes up and I want to use the expression "I wish!" For instance, somebody asks me: "Is that brand new car yours?" or "Was that you who I saw winning $1000?" However, I don't ...
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What is the German equivalent of foo, bar, baz?

The English words foo, bar and baz are often used as placeholder nonsense names in programming. In French, "toto, titi, tata, tutu" are common. Which words are used for this purpose in German code? ...
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What is the German equivalent of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”?

What is the German equivalent of "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."? That is: A phrase used for font selection that contains all the letters of the alphabet.
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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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How to translate Fernweh to English? [closed]

Is there a good English translation for Fernweh? dict.leo.org suggests wanderlust and itchy feet, but they are both more about travelling around rather than going away.
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How do synchronous interpreters handle long German split verb sentences?

One of the points where German differs from other languages are the split verb sentences where the two parts of a verb form can be placed quite some distance apart, for example: Ich habe nach ...
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“Food” in German

When I was looking for the German equivalent of "food" in my dictionary, I've noticed that both "Lebensmittel" and "Nahrung" have same meaning and I've learned "Essen" before. While I was trying to ...
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Was ist eine angemessene Übersetzung für “shitstorm”?

Was ist eine angemessene Übersetzung für "shitstorm"? Gibt es dafür ein deutsches Wort?
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Can I use ‘fahren’ when the mode of transport is not decided?

Suppose I am in London, and I am going to Paris. If I am just mentioning to someone the fact that I’ll soon go to Paris, can I use fahren as a generic translation of to travel? I might go by ...
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What is the German equivalent of the English “aka”?

In English, the abbreviation aka means "also known as". A literal German translation might be "auch bekannt wie". Is this, in fact, the correct German equivalent? And is the abbreviation ABW (or the ...
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German analogue for “on the fly”

What is the best way to translate the phrase on the fly? For example in: I’ll try to capture the data on the fly. The only translation that I was able to find was spontan, but I’m not sure if ...
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What is the equivalent of “boyfriend” in German?

In English when a man is in a relationship with another man, he can say he's his boyfriend. In German, saying "Freund" when both are of the same sex is usually understood to mean the equivalent of "...
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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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Difference between Erfahrung and Erlebnis?

They both translate into "experience" in English.
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Is this translation of Donald Trump's tweet by ‘Der Spiegel’ correct?

I came across an article in Der Spiegel, in which a translation of Donald Trump's tweet was made. Here is sentence from the article that provides some context: Mit einem Stern vor Banknoten, der ...
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What does “krass” mean?

During conversations with native German speakers, I have heard the word "krass" used in different contexts. But I still don't know how to translate it. Any ideas?
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What can “passt schon” mean?

I've heard the phrase "passt schon" used to mean: Never mind: „Ich denke... nee, passt schon.“ No problem: „Entschuldigung!“ „Passt schon.“ OK: „Wie geht's?“ „Passt schon.“ What can it mean in ...
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What does “Ich brauch mal Storno” mean?

Ich war heute bei Kaufland und habe blah blah... ich brauch mal Storno gehört. Bedeutet das so etwas wie "Kaffeepause" oder mehr in Richtung "Pinkelpause"? Oder ist die Bedeutung eine ganz ...
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“Wir waren hier gelaufen” vs. “Wir sind hier gelaufen”

I'd sometimes like to indicate a completed action in the past by using the Plusquamperfekt, as indicated in the title. Whenever I do this, I seem to get strange looks. I have a feeling that I am ...
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Translation of “I can't eat spicy food”

How would you say "I can't eat spicy food"? Ich kann kein scharfes Essen essen. It sounds strange to put two "Essen"s together. Or is it okay? What would be other ways?
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Monk recommends: knock down women on sight

I read today: Ein weiser Möch sagte einst: "Wenn deine Augen eine Frau erblicken, schlage sie nieder" Am I misunderstanding something? Because it is kind of hard to consider knocking down woman ...
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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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What or who is a “Scholli”?

I hear people say: "Mein lieber Scholli, das war knapp!" What does "Scholli" mean in this context? Is using this idiom in any way offensive or insulting?
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Wie kann man 気持ちいい am besten auf Deutsch ausdrücken?

Wie kann man das Japanische 気持ちいい kimochi ii am besten auf Deutsch ausdrücken in den folgenden Situationen: ein kimochi ii Pullover eine kimochi ii Massage kimochi ii Wetter generell kimochi ii, ...
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How would you translate “mind you” in German

How would you translate the expression "mind you" in German, a phrase introducing something that should be taken into consideration. For example: "He's very well dressed, but mind you, he's got plenty ...
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Are “friends” and “Freunde” false-friends?

I guess that "Freund" is better translated with "close friend" and "friend" is more our German "Bekannter". Especially in context with twitter and other social networks one seems to get a lot more ...
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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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Meaning of “Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor”

I'm reading Kleiner Eisbär, wohin fährst du? von Hans de Beer but I'm puzzled by this sentence: Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor. If verlassen is a reflexive verb as the word sich suggests, ...
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What are the rules behind this translated phrase: “das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen”?

I came across this when reading the German translation of the Book of Mormon: Denn das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen, ja, das sollt ihr tun. The English part reads: For that which ye have ...
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Ist “rauf voten” und “runter voten” eine akzeptable Übersetzung für “upvote” und “downvote”?

Was ist eine angemessene deutsche Übersetzung von upvote und downvote? Das deutsche Verb voten findet man in Duden Online. Zur englischen Orthografie siehe EL&U.
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What do you call a “Questions & Answers site” (Q&A) in German?

I am looking for a German term to describe StackExchange - the English term seems to be "Questions & Answers site" (Q&A) which has no equivalent in German (that I'm aware of). The literal ...
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Übersetzung für “Fusselst Du?”

Ich habe heute im Internet Folgendes gesehen: und dachte: ehh? Im Wörterbuch konnte ich 'fusseln' nicht finden. Kann mir jemand mit einer Übersetzung helfen?
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Translation of common Australian saying — “If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick.”

I am looking for a faithful translation of the (common in Australia) saying: "If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick." It is in no way offensive, and means that if you ...
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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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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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Is “Heizölrückstoßabdämpfung” a real word?

I saw "Heizölrückstoßabdämpfung" as an example of a word that is almost a pangramm without repetitition, but is it a real German word?
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How can I translate the adverb “doch” in sentences?

What is the difference between "Dann mach doch das Fenster zu" and "Dann mach das Fenster zu"? Further examples: Ich fahre doch nur 90. Sieh doch im Korb nach.
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Prägnante deutsche Übersetzung von “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

In seiner bekannten Rede bei der Absolventenfeier in Stanford 2005 prägte Steve Jobs den Ausdruck Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Ich verstehe die Bedeutung der Worte, suche aber eine prägnante ...
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How to translate the word “download” to German?

In German there is runterladen or herunterladen for the term to download. Is there a common translation for the noun of download that could be used for translating i.g. the amount of downloads ...
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How do you say that you're ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German?

How do you say that you’re ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German? Is the expression limited to marijuana or is it used in other instances as well? Also if there is a term for people who smoke a ...
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How does “used” translate - “benutzt” or “benützt”?

Duden and other resources list both "benutzt", and "benützt" as valid but indicate that "benützt" is used regionally in Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. Are translations for Germany ...
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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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Is there a good translation for “Dark horse”?

Ich habe gerade versucht, den englischen Ausdruck "Dark horse" zu übersetzen, und es hat gar nicht funktioniert :). Obwohl das immer witzig ist, kann jemand mir helfen mit einer Übersetzung?
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Is “du bist dran” the best translation for “it is your turn”?

Is there a more direct translation of "it is your turn"? I have used "du bist dran" for card games and the like, but is that a good translation in general? For example how would you translate "it is ...
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What's the right German word to use for the English “troll”?

We do use "Troll" and "trollen" in German forums. But is there another Word that predates the Internet that could be used instead?
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German idiom for “in so.'s infinite wisdom”

I want to translate (something like) the following: Chris, in his infinite wisdom, has... In English, in so.’s infinite wisdom is a sarcastic way of saying that you think what someone did was ...
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Besseres Wort für “Lesebeitrag” in Careers (original: Reading)

Nach dieser Frage stellte sich für mich die Frage, was Lesebeiträge eigentlich sind. Beispielprofil: http://careers.stackoverflow.com/ncraver Im Englischen heißt der Punkt: "Reading" und beinhaltet ...
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Gibt es eine Übersetzung von “blackboard bold”?

Wie nennt man Buchstaben mit Doppelstrichen, wie sie in der Mathematik für die verschiedenen Grundmengen (natürliche Zahlen, reelle Zahlen usw.) verwendet werden? In der englischen Sprache gibt es die ...
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Can Rechnungswesen be used as translation of Computer Science?

I just had some documents translated by a court interpreter and I received some (to me at least) strange results. My German is a bit rusty, so I want to double-check if the results I got can pass a ...
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“High school” in German?

I’m trying to translate the term high school into German. However this is proving to be difficult since the school systems in the U.S. are different from Germany. Using Dict.cc and Linguee, I’ve ...