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Is there a difference in usage between “umsorgen”, “versorgen” and “sich darum etwas kümmern”?

I'm interested in differentiating the usage between "umsorgen", "versorgen" and "sich darum etwas kümmern". I recognise there seem to be different contexts where they are used: for example: Ich ...
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how do I say “junior level programmer” in german?

I need to say "I am a programmer of a junior level" in german. Can it be translated as "ein Programmierer von junior-ebene?". Maybe it's better to use english word "Level" in the german ...
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Bedeuten “anhören” und “zuhören” dasselbe?

Sind die folgenden Sätze richtig? Und wenn ja, haben sie dieselbe Bedeutung? Sie hörte der Diskussion schweigend zu. Sie hörte die Diskussion schweigend an.
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“Schätzen”: How to differentiate between a guess and an estimation?

To translate the phrase "this value is only an estimation" the most obvious choice would be "dieser Wert ist nur eine Schätzung". However, I feel there might be a problem with it. In my context it's ...
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How to distinguish between a female friend and a girlfriend?

The word Freundin can mean either a girlfriend or a female friend. In some cases, they can be distinguished by using the possessive pronoun to refer to the former: Ich habe mit meiner Freundin ...
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What is the difference between “anlegen”, “einrichten” and “aufstellen” in regards to installing/constructing something?

Recently I came across some examples of installing/building objects in a city. die Regierung will einen großen Spielplatz anlegen die Regierung will eine Fußgängerzone einrichten die ...
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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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How to recognise *when* to use a passive construction?

While I was reading articles about nature, I noticed that a lot of the descriptions are in the passive voice, i.e, they use werden instead of sein. If I were the author writing in English, I would ...
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What's the difference in usage between “machen” and “tun”?

Is there any rules or guidelines when to use which one? Du darfst mir nicht sagen, was ich machen soll. or Du darfst mir nicht sagen, was ich tun soll. I find a big overlap in their usage: ...
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How to discuss your graduation?

What is the proper way to talk about your graduation? From high school, Germans have the "Abitur", but would we use the same term for an American high school graduation perhaps? Also, what about ...
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What are some options for “catch you later” in both a figurative and a literal sense?

What are some options for "catch you later", as in either "to catch up with at a later time" (figurative sense) and in, for instance, a race, that is "to physically catch up with someone"? I am ...
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“Geschlossen” oder “abgeschlossen”?

Ich hatte den Eindruck, ich verstünde den Unterschied zwischen geschlossen und abgeschlossen : abgeschlossen ist "mehr" als geschlossen (um es ein bisschen vage auszudrücken). Aber diese "Regel" ...
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German word for “complete”

I want to know the best(s) german words for "complete" in the meaning of "equipped with all factory optionals", to characterize vehicles like bikes, automobiles or motorbikes.
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Word for pleasure at victory by cleverness

Is there a German word for being pleased about something clever defeating something awful? I've asked around and so far I've gotten: Genugtuung ein Gefühl vollständiger Zufriedenheit But I'm ...
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When would you use “kommen”, “ankommen”, or “eintreffen”?

I was talking with my partner about when he would be arriving home and when our guest would be arriving. I didn't know the word for "arrive" and Google translate didn't provide much enlightenment. I ...
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Dankbarkeit für Öffnen eines Geschäfts ausdrücken [closed]

Ich möchte mich mit einem Brief bei einem Restaurant bedanken, das nur zur Sommersaison offen hat. Im Normalfall würde ich einfach sagen: Danke fürs Aufmachen. Ich denke im sprachlichen Gebrauch ...
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What is the function of “stein” in “steinreich?”

In "Die Firma", the German translation of the American novel "The Firm", the partners were described as "steinreich". A back-translation might be something like "filthy rich". How did "stein" become ...
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What is more commonly used, (die Tür) “aufmachen” or “öffnen”? [duplicate]

Is either of those more common (due to some subtle differences)? die Tür aufmachen and die Tür öffnen
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Concise way of saying “A list of things”

Thinking from the point of view of an URL/Blog/Page Title. I wish to say A list of things or My list of things. I am not sure whether Dingeliste is accurate and concise at the same time. Another word ...
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Bedienungsanleitung – Alternative zur Überschrift »Für Eilige«

Ich schreibe an einer Art Anleitung, der ein Abschnitt für Nutzer vorangestellt ist, die nicht die Zeit oder Muße haben, sich durch die Anleitung zu arbeiten. In diesem wird eine Methode beschrieben, ...
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German Equivalent of “Time Sensitivity”

I am looking for the German term that is equivalent to the English term "Time sensitivity" or "time sensitive nature" in a professional, business setting. I have considered two options, but am ...
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“Sterben” oder “versterben”? [duplicate]

In Reich-Ranickis Für alle Fragen offen lese ich, dass Nabokov "1977 verstarb". Ist das ein respektvoller Ausdruck für "starb", oder liegt da eine andere Nuance vor?
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Wie drückt man aus, dass man sich falsch in dieser Welt fühlt?

Viele Menschen, die an einer Depression leiden, haben das Gefühl, dass sie "falsch sind", dass sie nicht zu der Welt passen, in die sie geworfen wurden, und dass sie in einer anderen Welt durchaus ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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?