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What is abbreviated to “penn'”

I'm translating some song lyrics to English from here. Und wenn du mich da draußen grade hörst Dann bitte warte kurz auf mich, ich bin direkt bereit und fahr los Doch wenn nicht, gehe ich ...
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Nuances of the seemingly Synonymous words “Flagge” and “Fahne”

With the World Cup in full swing, I've come across the words "Flagge" and "Fahne" quite a bit. These words are seemingly synonymous, but that might not be the case. Take a quick look at the ...
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What does “Petze” mean?

My daughter came back from Kindergarten and mentioned this word to me. She said it means dumme Gans and dictionary says differently. Can someone give a few simple examples where it is used?
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“Hechel, keuch…”--what does it mean?

I saw this text while playing Pokemon in German. The phrase was used by a girl who had just come out of a cave.
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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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What does “Da kommt sein Schiff an eine kleine Insel” mean?

Can you help me at understanding this sentence? Da kommt sein Schiff an eine kleine Insel. I know that da means there. I've looked it up in several dictionaries. Google Translate, for instance, ...
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What does “Knallerfrauen” mean?

Google translate doesn't seem to make sense with this word. I found this comedy show that I think It's hilarious, which its name is this word. What does "Knallerfrauen" mean?
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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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Various colloquial meanings of “Der Hammer”

My question is about the word 'Hammer' in colloquial and idiomatic usage. I have heard this word used in three ways in German: Das ist der Hammer (to indicate that something is cool or awesome) Das ...
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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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different meanings of “gleich”

I've read this dialog: "Komm bitte mal rüber. Du sollst aber GLEICH kommen!" "Ja, ich komme gleich." Nichts passiert. "Wo bleibst du? Ich habe doch gesagt, du sollst gleich kommen." "Ja, ...
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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 does “endgeil” mean in German? [closed]

What does endgeil mean in German, is it comparable to awesome in English? Is there a direct translation of the word? This is "teen slang" and therefore hard to find in many dictionaries.
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What's the meaning of “würde”?

I know the meaning of the following sentence Ich würde gerne einen Termin machen. Trying to better understand the words like wollen, gern, möchten, würde etc., I realized that the meaning of ...
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I am having trouble understanding this sentence:

I cannot make sense of this in English: Der empirische, zweite Teil der Diplomarbeit stellt das Projekt "Bewegte Steiermark” vor und stellt das dazugehörige Evaluationskonzept sowie die ...
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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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Meaning and usage of “sich unterstehen”

I found this (dwds.de): sich einer Sache unterstehen sich anmaßen, erdreisten, etw. zu tun niemand unterstand sich, ihr zu widersprechen So sich einer Sache unterstehen means sich anmaßen ...
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What sort of “recovery” do genesen or erholen represent?

I’ve recently come across the verb genesen and got confused. I had been using erholen, but now I have the suspicion it’s something to do with relaxing? and not actually recovering from an illness? So ...
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Is something “kaputt” just broken or completely ruined?

Kaputt according to Duden: entzwei; defekt; nicht mehr funktionierend Which of these items are "kaputt" in this sense? a glass jar broken in half a glass jar with a crack that leaks water but ...
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What's the meaning of “be-” prefix?

Keep this example: http://www.wordreference.com/deen/beachten http://www.wordreference.com/deen/%C3%A4chten achten means respect beachten means obey What's the meaning of the prefix be? What is ...
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“Ebenfalls” vs. “Gleichfalls”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen ebenfalls und gleichfalls? Können sie wechselseitig verwendet werden? A: Wie geht es dir? B: Sehr gut und dir? A: Gleichfalls/ Ebenfalls.
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Unterschiede zwischen Brauch, Sitte, Ritual, Ritus, Tradition

Wo genau bestehen Unterschiede und Überschneidungen bezüglich dieser 5 Begriffe: Brauch, Sitte, Ritual, Ritus, Tradition?
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“hinterlassen” and “verlassen”

Einen geliebten Mensch zu verlieren, hinterlässt tiefe Wunden. Why is hinterlassen used here instead of verlassen? Is hinterlassen more formal than verlassen?
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What does “was los sein” mean?

Im kleinen Fischerhafen ist immer was los. My guess is: There's always something going on in the small fishing harbour.
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Different meanings from different accentuation rules

On this site I recently read that it was possible, that the meaning of a word could change if you change the stressed syllable. The example was: [trotz-'dem] meaning altough (as obwohl colloquial ...
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Does my friend missunderstand me when I say to her “Ich hab dich lieb” [duplicate]

I already know that "Ich liebe dich" is said to someone whom we love and we look for a relationship with him, but I have a friend who is very close to me, I appreciate her, we help each other and ...
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What does “selbst” mean?

So I more or less understand that it means "self", however I still don't get how to translate it. For example in the sentence: Ganz ehrlich, ich wusste zu Beginn selbst nicht, ob ich die ...
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“Freundschaftlich” vs. “freundlich”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den zwei Wörtern? "Freundschaftlich" erscheint mir absurd.
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Does “Mein Freund” always mean “my boyfriend”? [duplicate]

If I say Mein Freund hat mich überredet, ins Kino zu gehen. Does "Mein Freund" automatically mean "my boyfriend", or can it also just mean "my friend" depending on the context?
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Gehirn vs. Hirn

Gibt es zwischen den beiden Begriffen Gehirn und Hirn eigentlich Unterschiede? (Außer in der Schreibweise) Ist Hirn einfach nur ein Kurzform? Gibt es Kontexte, in denen man einen Begriff bevorzugt?
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Usage of “beschließen” and “vorhaben”

What is the difference between vorhaben and beschließen? Im Dezember habe ich vor, nach Deutschland zu fliegen, um meine Freundin zu besuchen. Im Dezember beschließe ich, nach Deutschland ...
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“I want to” vs. “I like to” vs. “I have to”

How do you say the following in German? I want to eat an apple. I like to eat apples. I have to eat an apple. Can you apply the same context to all verbs?
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Bedeutungswörterbuch versus «normales» Wörterbuch

Ich will ein paar gebrauchte Bücher von Amazon kaufen, und ein Buch, das ich besonders kaufen will, ist ein echtes Deutsches Wörterbuch. Das Problem, dem ich jetzt begegne ist: ich habe ein ...
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Was ist ein “Kurverein”?

Kann mir jemand erklären was ein Kurverein ist? Ich zitiere den Text, wo ich dieses Wort gefunden habe: Informationen über den Zustand der Winterspazierwege erhalten Sie bei den örtlichen ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den Interjektionen “o” und “oh”?

Es gibt in deutschen zwei phonetisch sehr ähnliche Ausrufewörter (Interjektionen): o und mit Dehnungs-h: oh. Beispiele: O du fröhliche (Weihnachtslied) Oh, das tut mir leid! Gibt es einen ...
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Impliziert “leugnen” die Behauptung des Gegenteils einer erwiesenen Tatsache?

Die Frage steckt eigentlich schon im Titel. Aber ich möchte auch ein Beispiel geben: Atheist: der Gottesleugner Atheist: der Gottesverneiner Die erste Definition stammt so aus dem Brockhaus. Sie ...
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What is meaning of “verlustbehafteteren”?

Here is a sentence from book: Wenn möglich, bevorzugen wir die direkte Kommunikation und vermeiden die meist deutlich aufwendigeren und verlustbehafteteren indirekten Kommunikationstechniken. I ...
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Can Ihr be used as her?

I was going through a lesson on lingq about a girl named Elli. There's a sentence in it Ihr Vater heißt Thomas. I looked up the meaning of Ihr and it is said to be the plural of du which is ...
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So viele Bezeichnungen für Nackedeis? (nackt, nackig, nackelig, nackert, nackend, …) [closed]

Warum gibt es so viele Varianten von nackt? Bestehen bei nackig, nackelig, nackert und nackend Unterschiede in der Bedeutung, Herkunft oder Verwendung? In der Wikipedia heißt es, es seien tabuistisch ...
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Confused by a sentence using “erleben”

Recently I found the following sentence at the end of a novel which I was reading in translation (i.e. it’s the German translation of an English-language novel). Dann mache ich mir eine Liste im ...
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What is the difference between “zurzeit” and “zur Zeit”?

Word's spellchecker often suggest that I write "zur Zeit" where I would naturally write "zurzeit". Is my understanding correct, that the meaning is always: zur Zeit = at some time in the past (zur ...
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Are Genug and Genügend Interchangable?

My dictionaries list both genug and genügend as "sufficient, enough, etc." Are there any differences between the two other than one functions as a participle of genügen? Additionally, are these two ...
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“schmecken lassen”: Tuck in?

I am familiar with "Das schmeckt" to say you like the taste of something and I was working on a lesson in DuoLingo.com and used it in context a couple of times. I was looking up how to spell it, and ...
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Is there a difference between “bauen” and “erbauen”?

What is the difference between bauen and erbauen? I mean, semantically. Or can they be used interchangeably?
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Schwarzer Kaffee vs schwarzen Kaffee

I need to know why do we say "schwarzen Kaffee, bitte" and not "schwarzer Kaffee, bitte". To me, it should be "schwarzer Kaffee", however, I am being told it is the other way around.
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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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When to use “bezahlen” and when “zahlen”?

Leo shows that both bezahlen and zahlen are translated as "to pay". I noticed that people sometimes use the one, and sometimes the other. So, when to use bezahlen and when zahlen?
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What are the differences between “jein” and “naja”?

After reading this related post, I started wondering: what are the differences between jein and naja? I am especially interested in any context(s) where only one of them would be correct or ...
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Can someone give the examples ( few sentences ) with words: da, deutete, dabei? [closed]

I read a book on german and meet these words very often, but the context still not clearly for me. So I want to see a few examples with these 3 words with translation. upd As I read a book further ...
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