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Best German expression for being metaphorically “rusty”

What would be the most natural way of saying in German that one is "rusty" at a particular skill/language? I have used "verrostet" myself and while native speakers have caught my meaning, I don't ...
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Eine Alternative zu “schwerfallen”?

Es fällt mir schwer, deutsche Redewendungen zu verstehen. I am having difficulties comprehending German idioms. Was sind Alternativen zum Verb "schwerfallen"?
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“etwas gegen etwas anderes eintauschen”. Warum nicht 'für'?

z.B. aus 'Ni no Kuni': Eine Stempelkarte gegen die "Springer"-Belohnung eintauschen? Kann man 'für die "Springer"...' sagen?
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best choice of words in requesting a reply to an email: zusenden, mitteilen

I need to add a sentence to a letter that has already been translated into German, to say that the recipient of the letter can send his/her evaluation (opinion) either by email or on our website. My ...
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Word meaning 'to use' - verwenden, anwenden, benutzen, nutzen, gebrauchen

I understand 5 words to roughly mean 'to use': verwenden anwenden benutzen nutzen gebrauchen When is one of these prefered to the others? I think that 'benutzen' is the most commonly used of ...
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The word “Reichskabinettspaleis“

The word Reichskabinettspaleis is used in this book. Is this word correct? shouldn’t it be Reichskanzlerpalais instead? Here's an image that covers way more than needed:
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What's the difference between “der Fehler” and “der Irrtum”?

Is there a difference between these two terms? I'm asking especially thinking about the grammatical/language sphere, but if you're aware of other important differences, you can post them. My ...
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Why “Bitteschön”?

I know that the word Bitte can have many different meanings. When translating Bitteschön into English word for word however, it makes no sense at all. My question thus is where does this expression ...
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What is another way to say “sich schminken”?

When my sister puts on make-up, it takes her hours. Wenn meine Schwester sich schminkt, braucht sie Stunden. What is another way to say "sich schminken"?
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“Allerdings” as a threat

My German teacher told me that the email I sent her contained a threat. What I wrote was "Allerdings komme ich morgen." She didn't tell me why, just asked me to research about this, but I can't find ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “merken” und “sich erinnern”?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "sich erinnern" und "merken"? Z.B.: Ich höre ein neues Wort und sage: Ich werde mich daran erinnern. oder Ich merke (mir?) das. Auf English würde ich ...
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Unterschied zwischen “es geht irgendwie” und “es ergeht irgendwie”

Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen “gehen” und “ergehen” in den folgenden Beispielen? Ist “gehen” in diesem Fall nur der umgangsprächliche Ausdruck für “ergehen”? Wenn nein, wann benutzt man ein Wort ...
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Wann Drache und wann Drachen?

Wann nehme ich das Wort 'der Drache' und wann 'der Drachen'? Ist es egal oder gibt es einen feinen Unterschied?
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Unterschied zwischen “wirken als ob” und “aussehen als ob”

Es wirkt fast so, als habe Linklater (ein Name) das unauffälligste Kind gewählt, das er finden konnte. Mason (ein Name) selbst wirkt in jeder Szene, als sei er nie ganz da. Er ist mir ...
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“Unterwegs” or “auf dem Weg”?

What is the difference between auf dem Weg and unterwegs? Ich bin unterwegs/auf dem Weg nach Hause.
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What is correct German word for “native land”?

I'm writing a book, and I made a rule for myself, to name every chapter in German (not that I knew German really well). So trying to name a chapter, I've found that in German there are several words, ...
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What is the difference between “verdachten” and “vermuten”?

What is the difference between "verdachten" and "vermuten" and am I using the proper words in my translations of the popular American songs: (Du weiss) ich liebe dich, sehr geliebte Jedes Tag ...
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Wie heißt es richtig, Masterthesis oder Masterarbeit?

Ich schreibe gerade an meiner deutschsprachigen Abschlussarbeit und wurde darauf angesprochen, warum auf meinem Titelblatt "Masterthesis" steht. Sollte es richtig "Masterthesis" oder "Masterarbeit" ...
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Programming: Verb for #include, build in Diploma thesis

For my diploma thesis in engineering I describe some programming. One thing is that I want to describe which libraries can be included. The German inkludiert sounds very old. Eingefügt does not get ...
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Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen “nun” und “jetzt”?

Ich übersetzte die beiden als "now", aber ich vermute, dass es irgendeinen Unterschied in ihrer Bedeutung geben muss. Welcher?
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Is there a difference between verbs 'bereisen' & 'reisen'

Recently I heard the verb bereisen which means to tour, travel. I have been using reisen to mean the same. Do these two verbs have the exact same meaning? Is there a context in which one verb fits ...
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Webwörter neu erfinden - Für google, duckduckgo, photoshop

Please provide the equivalent german words for the following terms. google (verb) photoshopped (verb and abjective) duck it (from duckduckgo.com - brand new) Is there any urban dictionary (apart ...
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Unterschied zwischen “bequem”, “gemütlich” und “angenehm”

Ich weiß, dass die drei Adjektive als comfortable übersetzt werden können. Aber was ist denn der Unterschied? Sind sie austauschbar?
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When to use “circa” or “ungefähr”?

Both words can be translated as "approximately". Is there any rule/guidance as to the usage of circa and ungefähr? I have heard circa being used more often and when there are numbers involved (and ...
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When can I use “Behüten” as a noun?

An Silvester war ich mit Aufräumen und Behüten meiner Kinder sehr beschäftigt. Ich habe im Internet gesurft und den Spiegel gelesen. On New Year's Day I was busy taking care of the kids and ...
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What is the formal way to say “to say” in German?

My mom asks me whether I want to go to my friend's house and I said yes. Meine Mutter fragt, ob ich zu meiner Freundin gehen will und ich antworte mit "ja". What is the formal way to say "to ...
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Best way of expressing “for all I know” in German

One English expression I particularly like is "for all I know". It has such a level of arbitrariness to it that is unlike any other German expression that is similar to it: For all I know, every ...
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English/German one word for “in progress”

I'm looking for an English/German word for the term "in progress" (or "in process"). I search for this term in relation to the life cycle of a project, which (in my specific case) are: open accepted ...
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What are the alternatives for “ schmutzige Wäsche in die Waschmaschine werfen”?

Vor dem Zubettgehen habe ich meine schmutzige Wäsche in die Waschmaschine geworfen, weil ich morgen arbeite. What are alternatives for werfen? Can I use reintun or stecken in this context?
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Looking for a good translation of “unpublish”

In many content management systems (CMS) administrators have the option to publish and "unpublish" articles. "Unpublish" disables an public article and sets it private again. What is a good German ...
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Nevertheless/Nonetheless in German

Related to What's the grammatical difference between "trotz" und "trotzdem"?, there are several translation for nevertheless or nonetheless: gleichwohl [formal] ...
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How do you say “with style” in German?

The singer of Oasis sings with style. Der Sänger von Oasis singt mit Stil. Is mit Stil correct in this context? Can I also use stilisch?
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How do you say “a runaway” in German?

A policeman found a runawaywalking along highway 75. Ein Polizist hat eine Fliehende auf dem Highway 75 entlang gehen finden. Alot of suggestions came up for the word "runaway" and I chose only ...
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What is the difference between “einräumen”, “aufräumen” and “verräumen”?

Während ich ins Schlafzimmer meiner Kinder ging, habe ich ihre Spielsachen verräumt. While I was going to the bedroom of my kids, I picked up their toys. Can I also use aufräumen or einräumen in ...
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How to say “take a joke” in German

When pulling a prank on someone or telling a joke that could come across as offensive, usually we say "take a joke" or something along those lines. What is the expression for this in German?
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What is the difference between “hinzufügen” and “fügen”?

I looked up the verbs fügen and hinzufügen and they both should mean to add something; according to Wikipedia the first has the following etymology: from "hin" there + "-zu" to + "fügen" add. What's ...
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What's the difference between “möchte”, “willst du”, “lieber”, “würden”?

Each of this words seems to mean I want / I wish / I'd like. For example: Was würden sie gern essen? Can you help me to understand the difference between them?
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Use of 'so' as interjection at sentence start

According to the top answer from Word order with "so" and "also", "so" is never used at the start of a sentence as an interjection. That said, in Pokemon Schwarze Edition, this is ...
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Unterschied zwischen ermorden, töten, und umbringen?

I was just watching a crime show with a scene where the perpetrator shouted: Ich habe ihn nicht ermordet! I understand ermorden means to murder, but is there any difference between that, töten ...
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Hat man »zwei Eltern« oder »zwei Elternteile«?

Auf meiner Website habe ich heute einen Beitrag veröffentlicht, der mit diesem Satz beginnt: Ein Mensch hat zwei Eltern, vier Großeltern, acht Urgroßeltern und so weiter. Ein Kommentator hat ...
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What's the difference between “darf” and “kann”?

Consider the following two sentence: Kann ich dich küssen? Darf ich dich küssen? Both verbs mean "can", so what's the difference between "dürfen" and "können"? I've tried to make a search on ...
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German equivalent of “…, though”

For example, how would you say "The weather is nice, though". This is used in the sense of continuing someone else's thought, usually with a contrasting sentiment. For example, if two friends go to a ...
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por la ciudad, по городу, across(?)/over(?) the city

(The title is in Spanish and Russian, because I'm not sure what's the best way to say it in English either.) I'd like to say that I took a walk in the city (and visited many different places on the ...
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How do I say in german “car parking fine lawyer”?

I would like to make a search on Google for finding information about a lawyer company specialized on this. I know only the word Strafzettel. I've found many words but which is the more correct for ...
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Funktioniert zustimmendes “allerdings” für jede Sorte Statement gleich gut?

Das Wort "allerdings" wird oft benutzt um einer Aussage zuzustimmen. "Das ist so und so." "Allerdings." Ich habe allerdings (haha) das Gefühl, dass es vor allem bei negativen, skeptischen oder ...
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Unterschied zwischen “Lebensinhalt” und “Lebenssinn”?

Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen "Lebensinhalt" und "Lebenssinn"? In einem Artikel geht es um Sport für Leute mit Behinderungen. Da waren die beide Wörter als Synonyme benutzt. Meiner Meinung nach ...
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Fremdwörter in wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten

Ich schreibe gerade an dem Bericht für mein Fachpraktikum und werde demnächst meine Bachelorarbeit beginnen. Zur Info: ich studiere einen Ingenieursstudiengang an einer technischen Universität. Nun ...
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Für zwei Woche gehe ich nach Madrid. kann man so sagen?

Wenn jemand z.B. Madrid besuchen will, kann man dann sagen? Für zwei Woche gehe ich nach Madrid.
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Is there a difference between 'bis' and 'bis an'

There is a good list of bis phrases here, but it doesn't include 'bis an'. Eine noble Kriegerin bis an ihr Ende,... "A noble warrior until her end...". Is the 'an' needed here? Can the phrase be ...
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Is it correct to use “ich sehne mich nach…” for inanimate objects?

I've gathered so far that "ich sehne mich nach etwas" can definitely have a romantic connotation. Ich sehne mich nach dir Ich sehne mich nach Liebe But other than that, is it acceptable to use ...