3
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1answer
34 views

“Dankeschön” or “Danke schön”? [on hold]

I’ve seen some people spell ‘thank you’ Dankeschön, and others Danke schön, so I was wondering, which is it?
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0answers
37 views

I dont unterstand test question [on hold]

In this test question, I can not understand why the correct answer is 1, isn't the second sentence in perfekt? Hast du mich aber erschreckt! Ich habe dich gar nicht ______. kommen hören ...
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4answers
523 views

Which common mistakes do Spanish native speakers studying German make?

Although the title might sounds subjective, let me prove firstly that it isn't so: If the title would be Question. Which common grammar mistakes do Russian native speakers studying German as a ...
7
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4answers
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Are there German words that get pronounced differently based on whether they are capitalized?

Are there words in the German language where abcde and Abcde are both valid words but they get pronounced slightly differently? Maybe words that are stressed differently? Is there any case where the ...
7
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1answer
412 views

What is the meaning of »Aha-Erlebnis«?

I already searched in dictionnaries but I never found the meaning of it.
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0answers
34 views

Etymology of nouns “Rede” and “Gespräch” comparing to verbs “reden” and “sprechen”

I would like to know, why does the noun Rede means speech while the verb reden means to talk and, similarly, Gespräch means conversation while sprechen means to speak? Intuitively speaking, Gespräch ...
4
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2answers
142 views

Wie sagt man “i dont care” auf höfliche Art und Weise?

A: Welchen Wagen möchtest du morgen verwenden? Den roten oder den schwarzen? B: Egal, solange er funktioniert. Ich weiß nicht, ob egal in diesem Kontext passt.
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4answers
158 views

Intransitive verbs

I am searching for a good definition and fitting examples of intransitive verbs. For example one not helpful example from Wikipedia: „Gehen“ ist intransitiv. Man kann nicht etwas oder jemanden ...
6
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1answer
59 views

What is 'stockbeinig'?

I came across the following sentence in Der Spiegel: Fotografen sind abhängig vom Auftraggeber, vom Kunden, von der Konkurrenz und immer wieder auch vom Objekt: denn was macht ein Fotograf, wenn ...
4
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3answers
69 views

Differences between “weit” and “weit entfernt”

What is the difference between weit and weit entfernt? Which (if any) is the correct version? Er wohnt weit von mir. Er wohnt weit entfernt von mir.
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6answers
128 views

Ausdruck für vor langer Zeit angeeignetes fast-vergessenes Wissen

Ich suche einen deutschen (idealerweise Lebenslauf-kompatiblen) Ausdruck, mit dem ich Wissen und Kenntnisse beschreiben kann, die ich mir vor langer Zeit angeeignet habe, aber mittlerweile teilweise ...
6
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4answers
148 views

Welche vollständigen Teekesselchen gibt es?

Zwei oder mehr Wörter, die Homonyme sind, werden bei unterschiedlicher Bedeutung gleich ausgesprochen (homophon) oder gleich geschrieben (homograph) oder beides. Die Wörter haben dabei ...
0
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1answer
269 views

Looking for help identifying/translating old book

I'm looking for help in identifying some general info about a book, such as year, title, author, origin, and any information about the contents. You can see the book scanned into PDF at one of the ...
20
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10answers
5k views

Is Yiddish a dialect of German?

I would call it a dialect of German, and I wonder if people would agree with that characterization? I am posting a link to my musical translation of the epic Yiddish poetic ballad "Monisch" so people ...
7
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7answers
855 views

Colloquial expression for “penis”

What's the best way to refer to a penis in a casual, but not necessarily overtly sexual, way, akin to saying dick in English? Take for example this sentence from the autobiography of Ice-T: I had ...
7
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2answers
102 views

»ck«, »tz« ,»vv« und »ww« als Sonderfälle von Doppelkonsonanten

Alle Konsonanten können im Deutschen doppelt vorkommen, um die kurze Dauer des vorangehenden Vokals zu signalisieren. bb, dd, ff, tt etc. Manche davon verhalten sich anders, als die anderen. ...
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0answers
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Essay about Fashion (searching for a correction) [closed]

Liebe Peter, Ich freue mich dass du mir regelmäßig Briefs shickst. Deine letzte Postkarte war besonders sehr schön, das Bild war sehr origonal. So weit die Mode betroffen ist, finde ich sie sehr ...
3
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2answers
73 views

Verb-derived noun and capitalization

Any verb, which is derived to a noun, is written capitalized, like Die Struktur kann genutzt werden, um die Aufgabe zu erleichtern vs. Das Nutzen der Struktur erleichtert die Aufgabe. ...
3
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2answers
148 views

Warum ersetzt man in manchen Fällen »ä« durch »ae«?

Laut meinem Assimil-Lehrbuch soll die Ersetzung von ä durch die Kombination ae stattgefunden haben, weil die früheren Schreibmaschinen nicht über den Buchstaben ä verfügten. Diese Erklärung scheint ...
6
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2answers
115 views

Kann ß durch das griechische Beta β ersetzt werden?

Ich habe eine Nachricht mit dem Wort genieβen (anstatt genießen) bekommen. Es stört mich irgendwie genau so wie oe anstelle ö; nun weiß ich aber nicht, ob ich intolerant bin und lernen muss, ...
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2answers
61 views

Darf man „Wuff“ bei Scrabble legen? [closed]

Ich spiele grade Scrabble mit jemandem, der meint, er dürfte „Wuff“ legen, weil es im Duden steht; aber das möchte ich nicht akzeptieren.
5
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2answers
87 views

Wann benutzt man 'erst' und wann benutzt man 'Zuerst'? Was ist der Unterschied?

Stufe: A1. Schreiben Sie die Antwort in Englisch bitte. Beide bedeuten das Gleiche, oder nicht?
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6answers
7k views

How would you translate “fremdschämen”?

I was hanging out with friends tonight and we were watching a documentary on (Australian) TV. There was this obnoxious main character. For all her actions habe ich mich fremdgeschämt, but I wasn’t ...
3
votes
2answers
472 views

How does the pronunciation of “dass” compare to “das”?

I’m reading a book in which these two words often occur right next to each other as so: “… dass das …” Is there a difference in their pronunciation? If so, how can I make that clear? Do I need to ...
20
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6answers
940 views

How should one pronounce “Denglisch” words when one is a native English speaker?

I'm not sure if this question is completely on-topic since I think it's largely a cultural question rather than being strictly about German language, but I noticed a pronunciation tag so I thought it ...
2
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1answer
71 views

“Job enquiry” in German?

I am writing an e-mail (in German) enquiring about job vacancies in some company and I am having difficulty picking an appropriate subject (Betreff) for the e-mail. I would like to put something ...
23
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4answers
2k views

What is the German word for “mind”?

Is there a word in German to refer to the mind? Gehirn is brain, but that’s the meat inside the head, not the mind. In Spanish it is mente. Is there a German equivalent? I have consulted my ...
1
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1answer
31 views

Meaning of “recht gelassen zu”

Normalerweise geht es in Hannover recht gelassen zu. Is recht gelassen zu a fixed expression, meaning ‘very relaxing’?
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0answers
22 views

Wenn muss man “dass” und “daß” verwenden? [duplicate]

Ich meine z.B. "Ich sehe, dass ...." oder "Ich glaube, dass ...". Ich habe irgendwo es mit "daß" gesehen, aber leider erinnerte ich mich nicht wo. Ist das eine alte Form? Ich lerne Deutsch in der ...
4
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3answers
601 views

What is the difference between “belehren” and “lehren”?

I realize many verbs add the "be" to the beginning, which fundamentally changes the meaning, e.g., kommen and bekommen, or stehen and bestehen. However, it seems as though the "be" in belehren doesn't ...
1
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2answers
53 views

Verb in the first position?

The sentence is: "Eingeladen hat ihn die Bundeskanzlerin." After looking "Eingeladen" up in the dictionary, it should be a Verb or ADJ. It should be more reasonable that it's a Verb here. If so, I ...
2
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1answer
31 views

what difference in the effect of expression that adversative words make with varying positions in a clause?

I read from Hammer's Grammar that such adversative particles as 'aber', 'doch', 'jedoch' will produce different effects of expression with varying positions in a clause; for example: (i) er ...
4
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1answer
50 views

Konjugierung der Verben wie googeln

Ich habe schon einige neue Verben gesehen, die schwach sind. Ich würde gerne wissen ob alle neue Verben schwach sind.
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0answers
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how to interpret the meaning of 'jedoch' in terms of 'je' and 'doch'?

As 'jedoch' arises as the combination of 'je' and 'doch', I am wondering how to deduce the fundamental meaning of 'jedoch' from those of 'je' and 'doch'?
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8answers
3k views

Would a computer use ‘du’ or ‘Sie’ for the user?

Would a computer use du or Sie for the user? Example: “You have unsaved changes.”
5
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2answers
161 views

mit der ihr German

Can someone translate me this sentence in English and explain to me how "mit der ihr" works? Sie fuhr mit der ihr eigentümlichen, drolligen Aufmerksamkeit.
2
votes
2answers
67 views

when should 'jedoch' be used as a conjunction and when as an adverb?

'jedoch' in the sense of 'however' can be used either as a coordinate conjunction which does not affect the word order in a sentence or as an adverb which may affect the word order in a sentence ; I ...
4
votes
1answer
81 views

How to decide the use of 'sehr' and 'zu' with 'nicht'?

Stufe: A1. Beispiel: I want to say: It is not cold enough. So, would I say: Es ist nicht sehr kalt. or, Es ist nicht zu kalt. I am asking this because we have learnt that ...
4
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5answers
111 views

“Geld sparen” oder “zurücklegen”

What is the difference between Geld sparen and Geld zurücklegen? Don't they both mean save money? When do you use what?
6
votes
4answers
276 views

What is the German word for paper abortion?

‚Paper abortion‘, auf dänisch ‚juridisk abort‘, ist eine stark umstrittene Thematik. Es gibt zwar einen englischen und einen dänischen Wikipediaartikel zum Thema, jedoch keinen deutschen Beitrag. Ich ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Meaning of “vor sich hin”

In Harry Potter, the sentence Mr. Dursley hummed as he picked out his most boring tie for work, ... is translated as Mr. Dursley summte vor sich hin und suchte sich für die Arbeit seine ...
5
votes
3answers
71 views

“Standardised Orthography” for Dialects

Although my title seems to contradict itself slightly, are there any instances in which a German dialect has a kind of “standardised” orthography? While living in Austria, I spoke a heavy Vorarlberg ...
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vote
3answers
92 views

“Er wuchs ein verschlossenes Kind” & “Er ist ein verschlossener Mensch gewachsen”?

Are these sentences correct? I know, that it is possible to say "Er war ein verschlossener Mensch" and "Er ist ein verschlossener Mensch geworden". But can we say in the same way with the verb ...
5
votes
2answers
208 views

How to say ‘son of X’ in German?

Let’s say for example that my father is called Karl. Ich bin Sohn von Karl. Ich bin der Sohn von Karl. Ich bin der Sohn von dem Karl. Sounds fair enough but it uses the von + dative as ...
5
votes
9answers
689 views

Any German books with included vocabulary?

I am trying to learn German, but I find memorizing vocabulary 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 to ...
13
votes
2answers
131 views

Desinstallation und Desaktivierung

Im Deutschen heißt es zum Beispiel Desinfektion und Desillusion; auf Grund der ersten Antwort wird wird also kein Fugen-S zwischen de und das Wort gesetzt, die Vorsilben de- und des- haben leicht ...
16
votes
3answers
407 views

Komma in: “das ist wie wenn”?

Ich steh gerade auf dem Schlauch. Das ist wie wenn man zu viel Bier trinkt. Kommt in den Satz ein Komma? Erst wollte ich eins nach dem ist setzen, dann nach dem wie, dann sahen beide komisch ...
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votes
0answers
42 views

Translation English-German [closed]

I want to translate the following part: ...is a sea side snack restaurant and bar set in a casual atmosphere at the waterfront, where you can indulge yourself with the freshly prepared snacks. ...
2
votes
2answers
74 views

Why do some German dictionaries list the genitive case ending?

I recently read that some German dictionaries list the genitive case ending for an entry but no explanation was given as to why some publishers choose to do this. Anyone happen to know?
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votes
2answers
97 views

How to translate “spirit brands”?

How can we say in German "Coctails with local spirit brands"? I am facing difficulties to translate the part "spirit brands". Do you have an idea?

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