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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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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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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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What are “Marmelade”, “Konfitüre”, or “Fruchtaufstrich”?

Living in Germany I almost exclusively hear "Marmelade" for any spread made of fruits including "Erdbeermarmelade", "Himbeermarmelade", "Aprikosenmarmelade" and so on. Only rarely I also hear ...
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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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Deutscher Wortschatz - Definition?

Kurzform: Wie ist der deutsche Wortschatz definiert? Langform: Bis zu der Rechtschreibreform 1996 war ja der Duden das Standardwerk zur deutschen Orthographie. Wo und Wie ist seitdem die deutsche ...
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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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Context-based Vocabulary Builder

I am a foreign student living in Germany, who already has basic knowledge of German grammar. The biggest problem I have now is lack of vocabulary when speaking on a particular topic. If there was a ...
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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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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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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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Gegenteil von Apotheose?

Apotheose = Erhebung eines Menschen zu einem Gott What is the opposite, where a god would become mortal? / Was ist das Gegenteil, wenn also ein Gott sterblich würde?
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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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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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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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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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Recommended reading strategies for intermediate speakers to build up their German

I learnt English mostly by reading all sorts of books once I'd a very rudimentary grasp of the basics. This was not intentional, but reading a lot is what in retrospect was the most helpful for me to ...
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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 Mad Man tv series with German subtitles, and put the show on mute. However, I used to write new words in a two columns Microsoft Word ...
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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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Any German books with included vocabulary?

I am trying to learn german, but I find memorizing vocabularly 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Was bedeutet genau “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? Ich ...
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Grundwortschatz für ein Lexikon (Flörsheimer Mundart)

Wir sind dabei, ein auf Mediawiki basierendes Lexikon des "Flerschemerisch", die zum Südhessischen gehörende Mundart wie sie in Flörsheim am Main gesprochen wird, zu erstellen. Dabei liegt das ...
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Difference between riechen an und riechen nach

Wann kann man "riechen an" oder "riechen nach" benutzen ?
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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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Fortsetzung vs fortgesetzt. Continuing a figure on next page

My figure streches over two pages. On the second page, what would you append to the figure title: (Fortsetzung), (Fortgesetzt), or something else? In English, I would probably write (Continued) E.g., ...
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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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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 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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Was ist Bewerberbogen auf Englisch? [on hold]

I habe eine E-mail bekommen und es gibt das wort "Bewerberbogen". Was ist das auf English? Vielen Dank, Víctor
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Unterschied zwischen “Lehrgang” und “Praktikum” [closed]

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Lehrgang und Praktikum?