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List of 1000+ (most common) German nouns with plural form

Has anyone managed to find a list of this kind in a tabular form, possibly with articles? Something like this would be ideal: ---------------------------- das Kind | die Kinder | der Hund | ...
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Difference between “Boden” and “Erde”

What's the difference between Boden and Erde? As far as I know, they both mean soil and/or dirt. I would really appreciate it if someone could be very specific in the differences.
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Difference between “sprechen”, “sagen”, “reden”

I would like to know what the difference between "sprechen", "sagen", "reden"? My guess would be, to say, to tell, to talk. I might be wrong, but please clarify!
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How many German words do I need to know to perform like a native German office worker?

I live in Germany, and I have learnt German up to a B2 level course. My German is good enough to survive but not enough to get in a university to study subjects using German language, for getting a ...
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What does Spitze mean specifically in this context?

I was reading a famous news site online and came across this Neue schwere Vorwürfe gegen FIFA-Spitze Spitze has many translations. Based on context I assume it to be "top" which makes me ...
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How to use mitfeiern?

I came across this phrase Schade, dass wir nicht mitfeiern können which means Shame we can’t be there to celebrate with you but I couldn’t find more examples of these word. I think it ...
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DW.de-Tweets über „aus Prinzip“ und „im Prinzip“

Ich versuche meine Frage auf Deutsch zu stellen, weil ich Deutsch lerne. Bitte korrigieren Sie mich, wenn es Fehler gibt. Ich habe zwei Tweets auf DW.de über aus Prinzip und im Prinzip gesehen. Aber ...
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Sprichwörter that rhyme [closed]

To enlarge my vocabulary and memorize some structure of the German language I find it very nice to learn "Sprichwörter". They are especially easy to learn when they rhyme. Can you give examples of ...
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Difference between “vorher” and “vorhin”

Can vorher be replaced with vorhin? Wir machen nicht, wie vorhin angesagt... Can we replace here vorher? What is the difference between the two words?
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Was ist die Bedeutung für dickfällig?

Ich finde es hier aber ich kann nicht die Bedeutung im Worterbuch finden. Abkupfern werde dickfällig hingenommen
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Was bedeutet “rechthaberisch”?

Ich habe ein bisschen im Internet gesucht, konnte aber nicht finden, was es genau bedeutet. Also wenn jemand sagt Ja, dein Problem ist, dass du rechthaberisch bist. Was kann das bedeuten? ...
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Word-reminder software – how do you remember the words?

I can understand German when I read it. So, I started watching the Mad Man TV series with German subtitles and the show on mute. I write new words in a two-column Word document. I then try to learn ...
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In welchem Kontext benutzt man “zu Buche schlagen”?

In welchem Kontext benutzt man "zu Buche schlagen"? Kann zum Beispiel sagen: "Meine Kenntisse schlagen zu Buche."?
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Any German books with included vocabulary?

I am trying to learn German, but I find memorizing vocabulary lists very boring, and would prefer to read a book and just look up the words I don't get. The problem is, I find it really frustrating to ...
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Was bedeutet “Smeck” in einem Gedicht von Till Lindemann?

Das Gedicht Bleib von Till Lindemann lautet: Still liegt in meinem Arm was ich nicht lassen kann ein Hort für Smeck und Nissen mein gutes altes Kissen Weiß jemand was Smeck ist? Ist das ...
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Finding out how many German words I do know

I know a website offering a test for knowing how many words you know in English. http://testyourvocab.com/ I would like to find something similar for the German language. I've made some searches ...
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How to remember words which are extremely similar but have totally different meaning?

I would like to know if someone has any suggestion regarding how to remember words which are extremely similar but have totally different meanings. Any advice? Tricks? I am thinking of words like: ...
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German “für die klugen Leute” specific translation?

I was just wondering about a specific translation: German for clever people Would that be translated thus? Deutsch für die klugen Leute And specifically about word order for adjectives and ...
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Is “Erkennungsausweis” an actual word in German?

I found this word when ordering some lists with legal content (PDFs with translations from Italian to German), and failed to find it in my paper dictionary, so I tried the Duden online, but no results ...
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Äquivalent zu “seitlich” für oben und unten

Bringt man an einem Ding links und rechts weitere Sachen an, so sind diese seitlich angebracht. Gibt es ein Wort wie seitlich, nur für oben und unten? Gesucht ist ein einzelnes Wort, keine ...
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Volant, Steuer, Lenkrad

Diese drei Wörter sind alle Synonyme, aber welches wird am meisten benutzt? Ich glaube, dass Volant auf Deutsch ziemlich ungewohnt ist, aber ich habe keine Ahnung von den anderen zwei. Gibt es ...
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Was bedeutet “Hauses” in diesem Kontext

alle Führungskräfte des Hauses mit dem fortgeschrittensten Managementwissen vertraut zu machen, das es zur Zeit gab.
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“wollen” mit der Bedeutung von “werden”?

Ich war mir sicher, dass es – dem Englischen ähnlich – eine (heutzutage vielleicht veraltete) Bedeutung des Verbs "wollen", die sich zuweilen mit der Bedeutung von "werden" deckt, gibt. Weder der ...
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Was ist Bewerberbogen auf Englisch? [closed]

I habe eine E-mail bekommen und es gibt das wort "Bewerberbogen". Was ist das auf English? Vielen Dank, Víctor
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Difference between “ihr” and “dessen”

If I want to say: “He is their son”, which is correct: Er ist ihr Sohn. Er ist deren Sohn. What is the difference (if any) between ihr and deren in the meaning of their?
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Difference between “häufig”, “gewöhnlich” and “üblich”

Looking them up in dictionaries gave me this: häufig – frequent, common gewöhnlich – ordinary, common, habitual, normal, usual üblich – common, usual, ordinary, normal. I looked online for ...
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Unterschied zwischen pflegen und betreuen

Welchen Unterschied gibt es zwischen den Verben pflegen und betreuen? Ich habe zwei Fehler in meinem Test: Die Blumen meiner Mutter wachsen so gut, weil sie sie intensiv betreut. Carola ist ...
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Anything like the NYT crossword in German?

English is not my first language. In college (in the US), a roommate got me hooked on the New York Times crossword puzzle, and I picked up a lot of English vocabulary (along with a ton of trivia) ...
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Difference between “Behälter” and “Gefäß”

Both Behälter and Gefäß mean "container", but is there a difference in usage or are they equivalent?
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Any German dict like Webster?

I'm a beginner of German and I wonder whether there is any dictionary as important as the Webster in English, which I found is extremely useful when I was preparing my GRE test.
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What does “werden X nach Y unterschieden” mean?

The full sentence is: In vielen Sprachen werden die Nomen nach dem Genus unterschieden. I've checked the meaning of every single word, but I'm still not sure what the sentence means. Especially, ...
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How to use the verb “pflegen” with the meaning of - being used to do something?

How to use the verb "pflegen" with the meaning of - be used to doing something? Example - How to say My grandmother is used to taking a nap every afternoon.
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How do you say “I was awoken by the crying of the baby” in German?

At 3 o'clock in the morning I was awoken by the crying of the baby. I had to pick her up and give her to her mom. Um 3 Uhr morgens wurde ich vom Schreien des Babys geweckt. Ich musste sie vom Bett ...
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How do you say “growth development” in German?

Playing is very important to children because it helps with their growth development. Das Spielen ist den Kindern sehr wichtig, weil es ihrer Wachsenenwicklung hilft. Is Wachsenentwicklung the ...
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Difference between riechen an und riechen nach

Wann kann man "riechen an" oder "riechen nach" benutzen ?
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“Das Deutsch” or “das Deutsche”?

I know that the latter is a substantivated adjective, but I can't really seem to get the difference in meaning. To me, both indicate the German language. Yes, "das Deutsche" is used "im Allgemeinen", ...
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Was bedeutet “wohl”?

Ich würde gerne die Bedeutung verstehen: Dann hast du wohl keine Zeit. Was bedeutet hier wohl?
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Tight and Narrow = Eng und Schmal?

I've been trying to learn the vocabulary for both 'tight' and 'narrow', but I am having trouble with the translation. There seems to be some overlap. I'll give a couple of example sentences and my ...
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Was bedeutet “nur” in “wie machst du die nur”?

Die Nudeln sind lecker! Wie machst du die nur? Was bedeutet nur in diesem Satz? (In der Regel bedeutet es "only", hier habe ich aber ihre Bedeutung gar nicht verstanden.)
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Difference between anhören und hören [duplicate]

Ich habe diese Frage gefunden: "Wollen wir uns die Oper zusammen _?" a) hören b) anhören Aber was ist der Unterschied zwischen anhören und hören?!
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How to specify “Aunt”, “Uncle”, “Cousin” relative to father or mother, in German? [duplicate]

If we would specify "Onkel", "Tante" or "Cousin(e)" related through the mother's side of the family, can we use: mein mütterlicher Onkel meine mütterliche Tante meine mütterliche Cousine ...
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Searching for an Android flashcard application which is integrated with some good dictionary

I'm looking for application in which I could look up a meaning of the word, save it automatically as a flashcard and later practice it. Great example of this is vocabulary trainer on dict.cc, but this ...
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“Besondere Lernleistung” in English [closed]

Wie kann der Begriff "Besondere Lernleistung" am Besten übersetzt werden, z.B. zur Angabe als Projekt in einem Lebenslauf? Dabei handelt es sich um ein freiwilliges umfangreicheres Projekt, welches ...
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Safety and Security Manager - How to translate to German?

Ich muss "Safety and Security Manager" auf Deutsch übersetzen. Sicherheits- und Sicherheitsmanager? Wie übersetze ich Safety und Security als zwei separate Wörter?
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Was bedeutet “weiterskippen”?

I don't know whether this is "weiter + skippen" or "weiters + kippen", although the latter seems somewhat implausible because I've never seen "weiters". In a forum for fans of Nena, I found this: ...
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The adjective grauenkalt

I've only seen the word 'grauenkalt' in a line from the song, 'Dieses Leben,' by Juli. The line is: "Diese Nacht ist grauenkalt und schwer." I looked up the verb 'grauen,' and it means both 'to ...
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What does “Kantenblatt” mean?

What does "Kantenblatt" mean? I did not find it in a dictionary. I know that "Blatt" is a kind of list.
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German flash cards with pictures and no English?

I am looking to increase my German vocabulary and am looking for a good series of flash cards that does not contain any English, but instead just has pictures and the German word. Does such a thing ...
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What quick lookup software is there for German vocabulary in Mac OS X?

I'm not sure if this question belongs here, but it's certainly relevant to my German learning and I'd love to know what others are using... I'm wanting to start reading online newspaper articles to ...