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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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Wholesale Watches: Uhrengrosshandel or Uhrengroßhandel? [on hold]

What is the correct translation of "Wholesale watches", "Uhrengrosshandel" or "Uhrengroßhandel"?
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1answer
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fordern vs. fördern: Is there any relationship between the two etymologically?

I have a question regarding the two words: fordern: to postulate, to posit fördern: to fascilitate, to further, to foster Is their similar spelling a coincidence?
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1answer
74 views

Where to breathe in the middle of a poetic phrase

So, in Wolf’s Mignon I, there is a phrase at the end, … und nur ein Gott vermag sie aufzuschliessen. Because it is an extended musical phrase, a breath must be taken in the middle. I believe ...
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1answer
52 views

English documentary with German subtitles

It is easy to find German documentaries with English subtitles. But I am looking for English voiced documentaries with German subtitles. I find this makes it easier to learn new German words. Any ...
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7answers
891 views

Is there a difference between “Medikamente”, “Arzneimittel” und “Drogen”?

The words "Medikamente", "Arzneimittel" und "Drogen" all seem in the dictionaries to mean drugs or medicines. Apart from drogen which I can understand may have the negative connotation of illegal ...
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2answers
68 views

How do I separate “vorziehen” from this sentence?

How can I say: ... but I would rather/would prefer to speak in German Is the following sentence correct? ... aber ich ziehe um Deutsch zu sprechen vor.
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2answers
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Confused by “lange” as adverb

While learning German on Babbel, I came across this sentence: Ich muss lange beim Orthopäden warten. This confused me, because I thought that it should be "lang" instead of "lange". My theory ...
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0answers
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Can I learn German from scratch in 8 months? [on hold]

I don't know anything about German language but i'm going to travel to Germany to study in college there (Software Engineering) in German language. I have been told that I should need a preparatory ...
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6answers
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Why are German numbers backwards?

Latin languages, as well as English, speak numbers from left to right, in the same direction in which they are written, e.g. forty-two, quarante-deux, but in German, you write from left to right but ...
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2answers
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Difference between Jacke und Mantel

What is the difference between a "Jacke" and a "Mantel"? Are there any cases in which one could be both? Are they properly defined or are they "elastic" concepts?
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2answers
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Sind »Ausprägung« und »Variante« synonym?

Wenn ich verschiedene Arten habe, wie ein Objekt gestaltet sein kann, ist es dann bedeutungsgleich, ob ich von Ausprägungen oder Varianten spreche? Oder gibt es die Unterscheidung: Etwas kann nur ...
6
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3answers
105 views

Difference between “zweifeln”, “anzweifeln” and “bezweifeln”

I was looking at the verb form from the word "Zweifel" and I found 3 different words: zweifeln anzweifeln bezweifeln It probably is subtle, but could someone explain me the difference between ...
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2answers
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Usage of “bunt”

I thought bunt was a neutral term that simply means colorful or multicolored. One German-speaking friend recently told me that bunt was not neutral at all and often carried a judgement. For example, ...
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0answers
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My Translation English to German is correct? [on hold]

Is correct translation English to German?: Buy Seiko watches directly from the dealer wholesale price, save up to 90%. The best selection of Seiko watches for men and women. Seiko Watches suppliers. ...
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2answers
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überlassen vs. verlassen

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen überlassen und verlassen? Ist die Bedeutung von überlassen wie surrender im Englischen und von verlassen wie leave sommething behind? Die Frage ist mir bei folgendem ...
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2answers
131 views

Unterschied zwischen “Rufnummer” und “Telefonnummer”?

Gibt es einen Bedeutungsunterschied zwischen Rufnummer und Telefonnummer?
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1answer
59 views

Distinction between “bewölkt” and “bedeckt”

While I read some story I found two terms that confusing me: Bewölkt and bedeckt. Both of them are same to me, or I am wrong. Is there any distinction?
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1answer
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What is “ein Tour-Set-Führer”?

Wildwest. Natur ohne Grenzen -- himmelhoch und abgrundtief. Der neue Tour-Set-Führer "Colorado" beschreibt ein Mekka für aktive Urlauber. [...] Source: em Übungsgrammatik I guess "Führer" means ...
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4answers
88 views

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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0answers
29 views

“zwei Verliebte” or “zwei Verliebten”? [on hold]

Recently I was wondering which phrase is correct: zwei Verliebte zwei Verliebten I have seen the both versions and this confused me.
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4answers
212 views

Wer bestimmt, welche Regeln in der deutschen Spache gelten?

Wie der Titel schon sagt: Wer (oder was) hat das letzte Wort, wenn es um Regelfragen in der deutschen Sprache geht? Die angesprochenen Regelfragen können sowohl die Grammatik als auch die ...
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0answers
27 views

Habe ich die Zusammenfassungen richtig geschrieben? [on hold]

Ich bin neu hier und brauche Ihre Hilfe unbedingt! Ich muss zwei Resümees für die Schule schreiben. Ich habe das schon getan, aber ich bin nicht sicher, ob ich sie richtig geschrieben habe... Habe ich ...
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1answer
44 views

Technical translation of thesis description for Lebenslauf [on hold]

I’m attempting to translate my thesis description into German for my CV. Firstly, is this even necessary/advisable? (I will probably be applying for positions with German job descriptions.) If so, ...
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2answers
141 views

Translation for “There are 20 students in my class”

There are 20 students in my class. I've read the thread on difference between es gibt/es sind, and since this example is a specific situation, it seems the translation should be Es sind 20 ...
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1answer
47 views

Dankbarkeit für Öffnen eines Geschäfts ausdrücken [on hold]

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 ...
10
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3answers
129 views

Why is it “gesponsert” and not “gesponsort”?

The noun is Sponsor and not Sponser, so why is it sponsern and not sponsorn? Is this because Sponsor is an anglicism? Are there other examples of such strange flexion in the German language?
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3answers
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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 ...
2
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3answers
117 views

Größte Menge deutscher Wörter, deren Aussprache sich nur durch Variation eines Vokals unterscheidet

Ich suche eine möglichst große Liste von deutschen Wörtern, deren Aussprache sich nur durch Variation eines Vokals bzw. Polyphtongs (Diphtong, usw.) unterscheidet, also das größte deutsche ...
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2answers
2k views

“Wie lange” und “Wie lang”

Worin unterscheiden sich die Ausdrücke "wie lange" und "wie lang"? Wie lange lernst du Deutsch? Wie lang ist die Arbeitzeit pro Tag?
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0answers
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A little help or clarification on demonstrative pronouns [on hold]

Currently learning demonstratives and I am troubled by them. Basically I learned that "das" is a universal demonstrative for "that", is that true? Which one would be correct, or would they both be ...
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1answer
79 views

Meaning of “Anstrengungen geben”

„Der Kampf gegen die Miliz müsse von der internationalen Gemeinschaft getragen werden. Es muss eine gemeinsame Anstrengung geben, den Krebs zu entfernen, damit er sich nicht ausbreitet.“ (via Spiegel ...
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vote
1answer
194 views

Sprachwandel oder weit verbreiteter Misnomer von “komplex”?

Es ist mir inzwischen des Öfteren nicht entgangen, dass sich Leute des Begriffes "komplex" bedient haben, obwohl in betroffenem Kontext eher "kompliziert" gemeint war. Es ist selbstverständlich weder ...
5
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1answer
98 views

Dativ und/oder “für”

Manchmal kann man wahlweise den Dativ oder "für" benutzen: Das Buch ist mir zu kompliziert. Das Buch ist zu kompliziert für mich. Meine Frau hat mir Essen gekocht. Meine Frau hat Essen für mich ...
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0answers
34 views

What are the major areas of grammar to cover for German cloze tests? [closed]

Cloze tests are those tests where you have to fill in the blanks in large passages. Sometimes it's adjectival endings, missing articles, missing verb forms, etc. What are the most important areas of ...
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1answer
74 views

Can a reflexive pronoun be used after a preposition?

I'm working through the Collins easy learning German Grammar & Practice book, and am currently on the reflexive pronouns section. I'm confused, because it says: 'Unlike English, reflexive ...
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vote
1answer
229 views

Pronunciation of “der”, “er” (the word) and “-er”

I have been learning German for a little while now and my pronunciation is still horrid. I just recently noticed though that it may be worse than I have imagined. I may have been pronouncing der and ...
4
votes
1answer
64 views

“Thank you for your consideration” am Ende eines Bewerbungsschreibens

So könnte das Ende eines englischen Bewerbungsschreibens aussehen: Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, John Doe Auf deutsch fällt mir nur ein Mit freundlichen Grüßen, ...
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2answers
73 views

(kurzer) Nebensatz im Nebensatz: Kommas optional?

In einer Antwort zu einer Frage, in der es ironischerweise um Kommasetzung bei eingeschobenen Nebensätzen ging, schrieb ich: Es handelt sich in beiden Fällen um einen eingeschobenen Nebensatz, der ...
2
votes
2answers
85 views

Trennt man “die man schläft” mit Kommas/Beistrichen ab?

Gehören in den folgenden beiden Sätze Kommas/Beistriche? Wenn ja: Warum? Wenn nein: Warum nicht? Jede Stunde die man schläft nimmt man 42 g ab. In jeder Stunde die man schläft nimmt man 42 g ab. ...
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1answer
663 views

How does the crew address the captain in “Das Boot”?

In the movie Das Boot, the crew address the captain with a word I don't understand. I think it may be "Kaleun", which I assume is short for "Kapitan Leutnant". Am I right? Is that a real word?
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2answers
570 views

What is “hochdeutsch”? Which dialect should I learn?

If I want to learn the German language, which dialect should I learn? In other words, I would like to know about the dialect which is most common? (I have just arrived in Germany and living in ...
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2answers
94 views

Welchen Fall benutze ich in einem ob-Satz?

Ist "Artikel" hier Dativ oder Akkusativ? "Könntest Du bitte nachschauen, ob die Artikeln brauchbar sein könnten?"
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3answers
118 views

Präposition für fliegen

Ich weiß, dass dieser Satz richtig ist: Im Sommer fliege ich in die USA. Kann ich auch sagen: Im Sommer fliege ich nach den USA. Gibt es andere präpositionen, die ich benutzen kann?
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0answers
45 views

Warum 'in die Türkei' aber 'nach Italien'? [duplicate]

Warum heißt es Ich fahre in die Türkei in den Urlaub. aber bei anderen Ländern Ich fahre nach Italien in den Urlaub.
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5answers
2k views

Does “wiederhören” really exist?

I know that wiedersehen exists together with its declination, but what about wiederhören? Does that verb really exist?
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votes
2answers
81 views

What does “so” mean in “So macht Lernen Spaß!”?

What does so mean in this title? So macht Lernen Spaß! – Film Tanzen wie die Stars The film is about a Tanzschule. I have a few ideas what it could mean, but so got so many meanings that I’m not ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Does “schwarzl” also mean black?

While driving I noticed there was a lake in Austria called "Schwarzlsee". "Schwarzl" is very similar to "schwarz". Does it also mean black, what is the difference between it and just "schwarz"?
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votes
4answers
120 views

Besser als meines – why “meines”?

I found myself in a situation where I wanted to say: I’m a beginner, your German is better than mine! My first attempt was wrong, because I said: Ich bin Anfänger, dein Deutsch ist besser ...
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2answers
86 views

When to use “der” or “den”?

Die Frau isst der Apfel. Die Frau isst den Apfel. Are these both the same?

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