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Is there a German expression for “out of my budget”?

Can I simply say "es ist aus meinem Budget"?
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What are the differences between “Raum” and “Zimmer”?

Can I use both words as "room"?
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Monk recommends: knock down women on sight

I read today: Ein weiser Möch sagte einst: "Wenn deine Augen eine Frau erblicken, schlage sie nieder" Am I misunderstanding something? Because it is kind of hard to consider knocking down woman ...
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Silbentrennung von Fremdwörtern im Deutschen

Ich habe gerade in einem Buch das Wort Guerillakrieg gelesen und es war zwischen den beiden L's getrennt: "Gueril-lakrieg". Ist das korrekt? Im Spanischen würde man das ll ja als eigenen Buchstaben ...
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Appropriate translation of the word “record.”

Could someone please clarify for me the variations in German of the English word record (as a verb and as a noun)? I'll limit my question to the following examples. Use a graphic organizer to ...
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Why is Mozzarella masculine?

Mozzarella has a typical feminine Italian/Latin ending (-a). So is there a specific reason, why it is masculine in the German language? If so, could you please tell me?
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When to translate “ein” to describe people

I know that in German the words "ein" or "eine" are often dropped when referring to a person's occupation or role. Is this always the case from a grammatical point of view? Or is it a matter of style? ...
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Does a sign (or book, or webpage etc.) “say” its written contents in German?

In English, I can write things like The sign says "Stop". The webpage said that it had already finished. Can I likewise write Das Schild sagt "Stoppen Sie". Die Internetseite hat ...
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Wo-Pronominaladverb und Satzbezug

Ich habe auf Cannoo.net folgenden Satz gelesen: Du hast gewonnen, worüber sich alle freuen. Ich denke, es soll ein Beispiel sein für ein wo-Wort, dass sich auf einen ganzen Satz bezieht. Hier ...
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Nächste Mal vs Nächstes Mal vs Nächsten Mal

Why is it that "Nächstes Mal" can have so many different variations on the "nächste" word? If I'm not mistaken, all of the below are correct: Nächste Mal. - I think there is an article missing. ...
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Trying to simplify complex sentences with modals

When I am writing a complex sentence using a modal verb, is it acceptable to move the second verb, so that less advanced readers don't have to wait until the end to find it? Example: (this is my ...
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Abbreviating time

In English you can abbreviate time, such as 3 days 7 hours 30 minutes as 3d 7h 30m. My question is, is there a German equivalent? Would 3t 7s 30m make sense or could it still be confusing as the ...
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über sich sprechen [closed]

I have to appear in a German test "B1" in coming days and i have prepared a small introduction for the speaking part. What mistakes have I made? I don't need a translation or a full evaluation, just ...
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Mixing of 'tschüss' and 'ciao' in saying farewell

I am currently in Heidelberg, Germany. I find often that when I say tschüss, someone will reply with ciao (or: tschau) and vice-versa. This has struck me as odd because when I say tschüss, I usually ...
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Is there an audio learning program beyond Pimsleur IV?

I found Pimsleur the best method for me (others will disagree), but unfortunately the audio lessons from Pimsleur only go to level IV (Plus). Does anyone know of an audio program that's similar to, ...
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Feminines oder maskulines Substantiv + “darin”

Das Adverb "darin" bezieht sich normalerweise nur auf Substantive, die (meines Erachtens) generell einen neutralen Genus haben. Meine Frage ist, ob man das Wort "darin" auch für feminine und ...
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What does “Eilgesetz” mean?

For a word with no entries in Duden, dict.cc or LEO, "Eilgesetz" seems to be quite common. I just saw it in a Spiegel article: "Die Regierung in London will mit Eilgesetzen die Überwachung von ...
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mit jdm. dulden

Aus Goethes „Die Leiden des jungen Werther“: Frau M. ist sehr schlecht; ich bete für ihr Leben, weil ich mit Lotten dulde. Was bedeutet der Teil „weil ich mit Lotten dulde”? Diese Verwendung von ...
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Wie nennt man ein Produkt oder eine Dienstleistung, die ein Unternehmen nur anbietet, weil es “muss”?

Wie nennt man ein Produkt oder eine Dienstleistung, die ein Unternehmen nur anbietet, weil es denkt, andere erwarten dieses Angebot? Aber tatsächlich bestellt es kein Kunde, noch möchte das ...
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es mit + Substantiv

Aus einer Zeitung: "Es ist eine Illusion, zu glauben, dass diejenigen, die davon profitieren, es mit der Zusammenarbeit ernst meinen" Ich habe die Bedeutung dieses Ausdrucks im Wörterbuch nicht ...
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291 views

Translate late 1800's postcard to English

I have a postcard from the family of my 3-times-great grandmother written in old German that was sent to some of their family that came to America. The picture was taken in Hechingen, Germany. My ...
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“Unserer” oder “Unser” als eigenständiges Subjekt

Als Beispiel folgender Zusammenhang: "Unser Fernseher funktioniert nicht mehr." "Unser(er) auch nicht." Was ist hier richtig? Ich glaube, ich habe beides schon im Sprachgebrauch gehört. Streng ...
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“I am going to take a shower”

Would you say Ich werde eine Dusche nehmen. or Ich gehe eine Dusche nehmen. Which one is right for the sentence: "I am going to take a shower." "I am going to take a shower" vs. "I will ...
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Can Rechnungswesen be used as translation of Computer Science?

I just had some documents translated by a court interpreter and I received some (to me at least) strange results. My German is a bit rusty, so I want to double-check if the results I got can pass a ...
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In oder im Lotto gewinnen?

Wie wäre denn die korrekte Schreibweise? Beispiel: Ich würde gerne in/im Lotto gewinnen. Mein Sprachgefühl sagt mir, dass im richtig wäre, aber auch nur, weil ich es immer so höre. Ist denn das auch ...
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What does “jetz ist es so weit” mean in this context?

A fragment of an invitation: Abi 90: Wisst ihr noch? Da haben wir Abitur gemacht. Wir haben damals gesagt: "2000 machen wir ein Klassentreffen." Jetz ist es so weit: Zehn Jahre sind vorbei. ...
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Difference between Ihr and Ihnen

I am doing an exercise (using Rosetta Stone) in the context of an airport, where a woman gets asked: Haben Sie ihr Flugticket? Haben Sie ihnen Reisepass? Why is this, if it is "der Reisepass" ...
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Woher kommt das Wort “Purzelbaum”?

Woher kommt das Wort "Purzelbaum"? Das Wort beschreibt das Kopfüberrollen am Boden, das Kinder oft und gerne tun.
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175 views

German counterpart of Reddit

Just about to recap on my German which I have been learning for eight years in my childhood and teenagehood, most of which I happily managed to forget. All the standard German language courses I ...
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Unterschied zwischen “irgendeine Frage” vs “irgendwelche Fragen”

I recently came across these two forms of the following sentence: Bitte sagen Sie uns Bescheid, wenn Sie irgendeine Frage haben Bitte sagen Sie uns Bescheid, wenn Sie irgendwelche Fragen ...
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Why “meinem” is used in “Er glaubt meinem Kind”?

I saw this sentence in Duolingo. Is this supposed to be dative? If so, why?
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Where to read German essays online?

Are there any sites where one can read German essays? I'm learning to write essays and with my learning style I think I will learn a lot by reading authentic German written school essays and journal ...
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1answer
85 views

How do I use the verb(s) fallen lassen (“to drop”) in the informal singular imperative?

My step-father and I have a long-standing joke in which I will tell him "don't drop the soap" (because he's in prison). I'm writing him a letter and I want to say this in German. I have two German ...
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1answer
228 views

Woher kommt die „goldene Ananas“?

„Die Goldene Ananas ist als umgangssprachliche Redewendung ein fiktiver Preis, der für einen Wettbewerb mit eigentlich irrelevantem Ausgang vergeben wird“ … und sie hat sogar einen eigenen ...
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In a subordinate clause, where should “nicht” and the adverb be placed?

Note: I'm new to this site and my German skills are at a fairly low level since I'm only self-studying it whenever I have a large chunk of free time, so my apologies if this has already been asked. I ...
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2answers
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Warum spricht man von Alt-/Mittelhochdeutsch?

Vor Luthers Bibelübersetzung sprach jede Region ihren eigenen Dialekt, so sprach man in Sachsen Sächsisch und in Schwaben Schwäbisch. Angehörige verschiedener Volksgruppen verstanden sich kaum. Luther ...
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Meaning of German verb “anflicken”

I have come across the verb anflicken in a German translation of Ars Poetica by Horace and have not been able to find the meaning or translation in English on the internet. I have found example ...
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Deutsches Wort für “second hand shop”

Bei "Second-Hand-Store/Laden" denke ich an Kleidung. Klar gibt es Gebrauchtwarenladen aber das "Waren" lässt mich eher an Möbel oder Geschirr oder sowas denken. Gibt bzw. gab es so ein ...
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Was meint hier »ein toller Hecht«?

I'm reading the Harry Potter series in German to brush up on the language. I came across the following sentence: »Dieser Lockhart ist schon ein toller Hecht, nicht wahr?« So I guess it's ...
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du vs dir in “How are you?”

As far as I know, du is used to mention a direct object and dir is to mention an indirect object. If that is the case, why do they use "Wie geht's dir?" to ask "How are you?", when "you" is a direct ...
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1answer
148 views

Typical German family names (for Americans) [closed]

Which last names do Amercians consider typically German? I don't mean which are the most common family names in Germany, but which names signal their German origin the most and feel most common to ...
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1answer
180 views

Verb/noun pairs in German (collocation)

I am a native English speaker, relatively fluent in German - but something I continue to find quite difficult is to get a sense of which verb is appropriate for a given noun. It's possible this is ...
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3answers
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Deutscher Schäferhund or Deutsche Schäferhund?

Which is correct: Deutscher Schäferhund or Deutsche Schäferhund? I am still trying to get a hang of the language. I am not able to find an equivalent usage of an English adjective which has two ...
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1answer
81 views

A Few Questions about Deutsch [closed]

I have a few questions about German or Deutsch. What is the difference between "Bin Ich" and "Ich bin". It's really been bugging me and I couldn't find anything about it. I also looked at the ...
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2answers
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What is the etymology of “Strauß”?

As a person with very little knowledge of German, I found the word for Ostrich to be a bit of a surprise. What's the etymology? Does the following function as any sort of pun? Herr Strauss ...
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Recommended German-English Dictionaries

I would like to have German dictionaries that include plural forms, genitive forms, articles and verb conjugations as well. So far I have not found a single dictionary containing all these functions, ...
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Wie kann man “just in case” übersetzen?

Gibt es in der Umgangssprache eine andere Übersetzung für "just in case"? Im Wörterbuch kann ich nur einige wie "für alle Fälle", "im Notfall", aber die klingen mir zu schriftsprachlich. Könnte man ...
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Kommasetzung bei “nur wenn”

Allgemein sollte man Nebensätze immer durch Kommas abgrenzen. Wenn ich Zeit habe, gucke ich Fußball. Ich gucke, wenn ich Zeit habe, Fußball. Wenn man jetzt aus dem simplen Temporalsatz ...
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3answers
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What's the difference between “instabil” and “unstabil”?

Question What's the difference between instabil and unstabil? Elaboration I always use instabil, but hear other people also use unstabil. I assumed unstabil was wrong, but Duden has an entry for ...
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How do Germans refer to people without caring about the gender

In German, a noun always has its own gender. However, there is a case I don't know. Suppose that there is a class with many students, both males and females, and then when I want to refer to all ...

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