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Difference between “farbig”, “farblich” and “bunt”

I am trying to understand if there are differences in the way people use these three adjectives: farbig, farblich and bunt. So far as I know: bunt = coloured (a dress, a bird …), lively (an ...
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1answer
92 views

What is the origin of “unterbringen”

I would like to know the origins of unterbringen. From what words does this word come in old German, what are the links I can make?
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3answers
158 views

Meines wissens vs meinet wissens

In a recent discussion we talked about the phrase meines Wissens but I recalled a variant with a t: meinet Wissens. Is this a regionalism or what? If I google it the first dozen hits or so come up ...
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254 views

Exact meaning of present perfect in German [duplicate]

In English present perfect is used to show that something happened in the past which has an effect that still remains till now (present). Now let's take a look at a simple Present Perfekt sentence ...
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107 views

Which preposition to use when “going to ATM”?

I am confused between in ATM or zum ATM when I want to say that I am going to the ATM.
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1answer
88 views

Commands in software labels (“click here”)

I'm working on translating English language content of a website into German, and I was curious which form do you use in German commands for labels in software. Think of messages like "Click Here" or ...
13
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4answers
2k views

Everyday German: Asking for a bus-ticket

I have to ask for a bus-ticket to the place I work. So I always say to the bus driver: Einmal bis zu Tübingen bitte Is this right or should I use nach instead?
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3answers
924 views

German words for different cleaning agents (shampoo, body wash, detergent, etc.)

I've been trying to look up words for shampoo, conditioner, detergent, etc. However, I've only a few months of German under my belt and cannot distinguish the nuances between words that the ...
7
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3answers
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Wie nennt man es, wenn man auf „Sie“, „Du“ und „man“ in Erklärungen verzichtet?

Beispiel mit Sie, du, man: Um das Menü zu öffnen, klicken Sie auf diese Schaltfläche. Um das Menü zu öffnen, klicke auf diese Schaltfläche. Um das Menü zu öffnen, klickt man auf diese ...
7
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1answer
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Etymology of “weiter” and “wieder”

The words weiter and wieder are in the same semantic field (e.g. they can both be translated with different meanings of again). They also look similar. Are they etymologically related? How far? In ...
5
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2answers
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What is the particle “irgend” used for, or what concept/sentiment does it convey?

I wonder what irgend means? I’ve seen so many words with it as a prefix, like irgendein, irgendwas and irgendwo. What do they have in common that irgend expresses? The explanations in the Duden ...
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135 views

What means my car's displayed diagnosis “KÜHLMITTLE NIEDR MOTOR ABSTELLEN”?

I'm French and I purchased a used (2001) Volvo V70 which was initially buyed in Switzerland, and where diagnosis are displayed in German, so for me it's often a painful task to understand what the ...
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3answers
273 views

Resources for learning how to pronounce German phonemes?

In reading Fluent Forever. The author makes a point of something I had begun to suspect on my own: Learning to hear and correctly pronounce a language will help you learn much faster, because your ...
3
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1answer
266 views

Everyday German. How to correctly order? Say, beer, pizza and ice cream

Three very little questions, which I think do not deserve to be considered separately: At the restaurant: You want a beer. It is das Bier, but one asks for a Paulaner, Duvel,..., X-Marke. It turns ...
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What does “auf Habacht” mean?

I saw this in a book as a sort of military order, but can’t find it in dictionaries: auf Habacht What does it mean and why isn’t it mentioned?
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1answer
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“Es gibt” vs. “Da ist/da sind”

I asked a German friend of mine if da ist and da sind are valid constructions for saying there is/are, and she confirmed my suspicion, though she was unable to explain the difference between those ...
6
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3answers
234 views

Difference between “Boden” and “Erde”

What's the difference between Boden and Erde? As far as I know, they both mean soil and/or dirt. I would really appreciate it if someone could be very specific in the differences.
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1answer
74 views

Mit Substantiv erweiterte Partizipien: Zusammen oder getrennt? Groß oder klein?

Ich bin mir stets unsicher, was ich bei adjektivisch gebrauchten Substantiv-Partizip-Kombinationen mache. Welche der folgenden Schreibungen ist richtig? Er arbeitete in einem Metall verarbeitenden ...
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1answer
48 views

'Da war doch noch was' [closed]

This phrase has been discussed extensively elsewhere, but how would one best convey the meaning of 'Da war doch noch was'? there was something there(that I can't think of right now) there is one ...
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2answers
97 views

“Wann basds am bestm?” Can anyone translate? [closed]

I am having some issues translating a few phrases from Bavarian to English. There are a few words i can recognize but I cant put the sentences together. "Wann basds am bestm?" "Dei dande dad am ...
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4answers
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“Bis der Tod euch scheide” or “bis der Tod euch scheidet”?

In one of Rammstein’s most famous songs, Du hast, the lyrics go like this: Willst du bis der Tod euch scheide Treu ihr sein für alle Tage? Nein! Now, I am a bit puzzled why there is ...
4
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2answers
98 views

Difference between “sprechen”, “sagen”, “reden”

I would like to know what the difference between "sprechen", "sagen", "reden"? My guess would be, to say, to tell, to talk. I might be wrong, but please clarify!
3
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2answers
117 views

Die Bedeutung von »Sauerei« und »Schweinerei«

Als für Menschen angewandtes Adjektiv nutzen wir im Spanischen perro (wörtlich Rüde; Bedeutung: sehr schlecht) schon als gewissermaßen beleidigend, aber dessen Femininum, perra (wörtlich Hündin), ...
5
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4answers
77 views

Can the polite form ‘wie geht es Ihnen’ be shortened to ‘wie geht’s’?

I understand that Wie geht’s? is a shortened form of Wie geht es dir? where the es becomes contracted and the dir is omitted. However, this can only be used with close friends where du is ...
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2answers
525 views

Is putting an adverbial after the non-finite verb okay?

Roman muss zurückfahren nach Basel. Blinder Passagier, Andrea Maria Wagner Aren’t verbs combined with modal verbs supposed to be placed at the very end of the clause? I would have said Roman ...
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0answers
19 views

Position of Non-finite verb forms [duplicate]

As I see, when using a verb compound, the helping verb should always be placed in the second position of the sentence while the non-finite verb form (or the main/second verb) usually at the end, but ...
0
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1answer
68 views

Most quick way to read paper written in Geman [closed]

I am a student majored in mathematics, and need to understand a paper written in German. The only foreign language I learnt is English. I am wondering is there any way to understand this paper more ...
6
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0answers
127 views

Wann verselbstständigte sich das Tanzen auf vielen Hochzeiten?

Über Leute wie ich, die sich in vielen unterschiedlichen Gemeinschaften auf verschiedenste Arten einbringen, sagt man: Der tanzt auf zu vielen Hochzeiten. Das ergibt natürlich an sich ein sehr ...
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6answers
615 views

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einer Sprachvarietät (z.B. »Österreichisch«) und einem Dialekt?

In einer Diskussion um "korrekte" Aussprache wurde angemerkt, dass das in Österreich gesprochene Deutsch kein Dialekt sei, sondern eine "Standardvarietät der deutschen Hochsprache". ...
3
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0answers
275 views

Was ist mit »Österreichisch« gemeint (in sprachlicher Hinsicht)? [duplicate]

Gelegentlich liest man hier im Deutsch-Forum Fragen und Antworten, in denen es darum geht, ob ein bestimmtes Wort ein österreichisches Wort sein könnte. Das halte ich für problematisch, wenn nicht ...
2
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3answers
169 views

Unterschied zwischen blöd, dumm, dämlich und doof

Was viele Deutschlernende interessieren würde, und was aus einem Wörterbuch nicht unbedingt direkt hervorgeht, wären die subtilen Unterschiede zwischen den Vokabeln dumm, doof, blöd und dämlich mit ...
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2answers
460 views

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?
3
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1answer
68 views

Dialects of Austria—Resources?

From a linguist’s perspective if possible — i.e., not popular media or informal descriptions; I’m looking for any online resources that can give me clear explanations of accent, vocabulary, and ...
2
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2answers
162 views

Do these -tion words come from English or French?

How did words ending on -tion like Operation, Information, or Kommunikation enter the German language? Do these words come from English or French? Or were they first brought to English then to German? ...
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4answers
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Woher kommen Begriffe wie “Heidenarbeit” und “Heidenspaß”?

Laut Wikipedia sind Heiden in der christlichen Lehre Menschen, die nicht im christlichen Glauben getauft sind und die keine Juden sind. Laut Duden.de bedeutet Heidenarbeit umgangssprachlich ...
2
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2answers
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Unterschied zwischen “Körper” und “Leib”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Begriffen Körper und Leib? Ich meine in dieser Bedeutung (nach dem Duden): Körper 1. a. das, was die Gestalt eines Menschen oder Tieres ausmacht; äußere ...
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4answers
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What is the difference between “Ich weiß nicht” and “Das weiß ich nicht”?

I think these two sentences have the same meaning, but which one should I use and why?
3
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1answer
77 views

Usage of “aussetzen”

I was making fun of someone's funny picture, and as response got a comment of Willst du was aussetzen? The two meanings of the verb are suspend, and expose. Am I right in interpreting the ...
9
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1answer
69 views

Why is it “Zwei-Mann-Orchester” instead of “Zwei-Männer-Orchester”?

In the repertoire of the "Musiktheater im Revier" I found the compound word Zwei-Mann-Orchester I wonder why it is "Mann" here. When they're two, shouldn't it be plural "Zwei Männer"?
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1answer
57 views

When exactly to use “hartnäckig”

According to many dictionaries, hartnäckig means something along the lines of persistent, but I don't know exactly when I should use it. Does it have a bad connotation (like "stubborn")? Is it more ...
5
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2answers
98 views

Unterschied zwischen “kostbar” und “wertvoll”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Wörtern kostbar und wertvoll? Beide bezeichnen nach meinem Verständnis eine Sache, die einen gewissen finanziellen, ideellen oder persönlichen Wert hat.
2
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1answer
59 views

What is the noun of the adjective “warm”? [closed]

I was practicing with this site and it ask for the noun of the adjective warm and I didn’t find it in any dictionary. Please help me.
2
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2answers
43 views

Question about word order

Which is correct to say: Mit großem Interesse habe ich in Ihrer Zeitung vom 10. Juni die Meldung über Umweltschutz gelesen, und deshalb möchte ich Ihnen schreiben. or Mit großem Interesse ...
3
votes
4answers
98 views

Was bedeutet „sich zu schaffen machen“?

In Lew Tolstois Anna Karenina heißt es: … der Tatar, der die Gläser wieder gefüllt hatte und sich um die beiden gerade dann zu schaffen machte, wenn seine Anwesenheit nicht mehr erwünscht war … ...
4
votes
5answers
165 views

Unterschied zwischen “Grund” und “Ursache”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den beiden Wörtern Grund und Ursache?
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2answers
113 views

'er war aufgestanden'

Do I assume correctly that the translation of Peter war kurz nach ihrem Zusammentreffen aufgestanden would be, past-perfect: 'Peter had gotten up shortly after their coming together'
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votes
1answer
46 views

Help with a letter to an unresponsive real estate broker [closed]

My level of German is clearly not good enough yet to write an official letter. Would appreciate any help and clarifications ) Hallo Marting, Guten Morgen. In deine letzte Nachricht Sie geschrieben ...
10
votes
2answers
149 views

Was ist das alte Wort für Cousine?

Es gibt ja Cousine und Cousin. Für Cousin gibt es aber auch ein veraltetes Wort – Vetter. Es findet sich ja noch heute beispielsweise in Vetternwirtschaft. Gibt es da auch eine weibliche Form, oder ...
3
votes
3answers
87 views

Ist „unternehmen“ ein trennbares Verb?

Beim Übersetzen vom Griechischen ins Deutsche ist mir diese Frage aufgefallen. Welcher der folgenden Sätze ist korrekt? Ich nahm etwas unter. Ich unternahm etwas. Aus eigener Erfahrung weiß ich, ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Could there be alternative prepositions for the word “an” in the following examples? [closed]

The prepositions seem to fall into two broad categories. One, those that are definitively paired with either the accusative case (e.g. ich warte auf dich") or the dative case (e.g. ich suche nach ...

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