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What is the meaning of “Mensch” when used between friends or family members?

I met a long-time couple recently, and I frequently heard the wife calling her husband "Mensch." As an example, at one point she asked "Was ist das, Mensch?" and at another "Ach, Du ...
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“Du hast da noch ein Bier zu stehen” - richtig oder falsch?

In Berlin und Umgebung ist es üblich, Infinitive mit “zu” zu versehen, wenn es darum geht, einen Zustand bzw. eine aktuelle Lage zu beschreiben, etwa wie: “du hast deinen Taschenrechner noch ...
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What is the best German translation for the useful word “issue” when describing a problem?

I would like to say the following in German: Unfortunately, we could not reproduce the Save-as-XML issue that you are experiencing on your computer. but I cannot find a word other than ...
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Why do you say “in diesem Sinne” if “Sinne” is a feminine noun?

The LEO page for "Sinne" shows that the noun Sinne is a feminine noun, yet is used in the phrase "in diesem Sinne". Shouldn't that be "in dieser Sinne"?
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How can we translate “Don't be a wuss (or cry-baby)” into German?

I'd like to know how should we translate "Don't be a wuss (or cry-baby)" into German?
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Englische Worte in deutscher Grammatik - aber wie?

Tagtäglich benutzt man Worte aus dem Englischen im Deutschen, gerade im IT-Umfeld, aus dem ich stamme, sind sie allgegenwärtig. Bei Nomen ist der Begriff selbst unverändert, hier stellt sich nur die ...
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Wie heißt es richtig, Masterthesis oder Masterarbeit?

Ich schreibe gerade an meiner deutschsprachigen Abschlussarbeit und wurde darauf angesprochen, warum auf meinem Titelblatt "Masterthesis" steht. Sollte es richtig "Masterthesis" oder "Masterarbeit" ...
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Was ist “Umgangssprache”?

Immer wieder verwende ich beim Schreiben Ausdrücke aus der sogenannten "Umgangssprache". Auch hier bei uns wurde "Umgangssprache" und "umgangssprachlich" schon mehrfach genannt. Eine klare Definition ...
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How do we overcome ambiguity when using the particle “wohl”?

The particle "wohl" can be used in two different meanings: "Auf GL&U kann man sich vorzüglich über Deutsch informieren." "Das ist wohl wahr." - This is probably true. "Das ist wohl ...
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Words for the degree of carbonation of German mineral water

A typical situation when having guests at home or the office, is - since you know they will have to drive - after asking about their desire for non-alcoholic beverages getting the following reply: ...
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How do synchronous interpreters handle long German split verb sentences?

One of the points where German differs from other languages are the split verb sentences where the two parts of a verb form can be placed quite some distance apart, for example: Ich habe nach ...
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Difference between “ziemlich” & “ganz”

I learned that ziemlich means "quite, rather" and ganz means "whole, entire." but I just encountered this tweet: ganz leichter Schneefall. sehr dekorativ. My dictionary agrees that ganz can also ...
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What is the gender distribution of nouns in the German language?

I want a rough estimate of the percentage of nouns that belongs to each gender category
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Was bedeutet eigentlich “gesäßkalt”?

Ist gesäßkalt (oder in Schweizer Schreibweise gesässkalt) eine persönliche Wortschöpfung von Herrn Kachelmann oder gebrauchen auch andere schweizer Wetterfrösche dieses Wort? Welche Kältegrade ...
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Enthält der Duden und vergleichbare Werke alle gebräuchlichen, einfachen Komposita?

Das der aktuellen deutschen Rechtschreibung zugrunde liegende Dokument das Wörterverzeichnis2006 siehe IDS enthält definitiv nicht alle Komposita, sondern legt durch Regeln fest, wie zusammengesetzte ...
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Translating what The Queen said: does she always address her subjects as «Du»?

Today’s General-Anzeiger Bonn has an article containing an excerpt from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee message in which to your service is translated as in Euren Dienst Now I don’t believe ...
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Woher kommt der Begriff “Laufhaus”?

Mir ist aufgefallen, dass sich Bordelle bei uns (Wien) seit einiger Zeit "Laufhaus" nennen. Vor ein paar Jahren war das noch anders. Woher kommt dieser Begriff?
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How does one say “Five cubic metres”?

I found myself on the telephone today attempting to explain the volume that a bunch of furniture would perhaps occupy in a truck, and I used Fuenf cubisch Metern But it was fairly clear to me ...
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Why is it “mir ist übel” and not “ich bin übel”?

To express we feel nauseous we may say Mir ist übel. Mir ist schlecht. Mir ist schwindlig. What are the grammatical rules behind this? Why don't we say "Ich bin übel" when we say Ich bin ...
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Ist die Schreibweise “Reflektion” falsch?

Wenn eine Welle reflektiert wird, spricht man von Reflexion. Ich finde die Schreibweise "Reflektion" hier intuitiver und empfinde die Schreibweise mit "x" als falsch (obwohl ich weiß, dass sie ...
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Looking for translation of “Tanzverbot ”

How would you translate the German word "Tanzverbot" and more interesting, Why can't I find any ("official") translation online, nor a wikipedia article about the issue, even though (probably) Germany ...
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What are some reading comprehension activities for early language learners? [closed]

I am a German teacher at the secondary level, and my German 2 students are reading the Lese-Novelas von Hueber Verlag, such as Anna, Berlin. The book is very good for beginners, but I'm running out of ...
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Why is “eu” used for spelling the sound “oi”?

My little daughter, allthough not being in school yet, is very keen in writing words - naturally, she writes them as she thinks they are written by translating each sound to a letter. Recently, she ...
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Did the gender of “Müll” change with its meaning?

Still in the 19. Century for "Müll" we have both, a neuter and a masculine gender whereas its gender today is masculine. Interestingly it also seems to have had a different meaning than today (trash, ...
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What does this German sentence mean?

While perusing this question, I generally was at least able to understand what all of the playful examples of word repetition meant. There was one, however, that left me completely baffled. Selbst ...
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What does it mean when my friend comes up to me and says “Na”?

I think it means something like "Hello" or "How are you?", am I right?
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Are second-hand books suitable for learning German?

On the second hand market there are lots of opportunities to buy used books for little money. As in 1996 there was a major orthography reform in Germany I am uncertain if reading second-hand books ...
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What are differences between “fließend” and “verhandlungssicher”?

Filling in a questionnaire, in different languages, after picking a language up, you get 4 options : Basiswissen fließend verhandlungssicher Muttersprache So, how are "fließend" and ...
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How would you translate “you have my vote” into German?

In English, you'd say to candidates that you'll vote for them. How would you say this in German? Something like: Hey Stefano, go for it. You have my vote.
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Wie nennt man eine Kinderfrisur mit zwei nicht geflochtenen seitlichen “Pferdeschwänzchen”?

In einer Talkrunde im Fernsehen nannte ein Gast ihre Kinderfrisur "Rattenschwänzchen". Ich erinnnere mich, dass in meiner Kindheit eine Mädchenfrisur auch so genannt wurde. Den anderen Gästen war ...
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Roman Numeral 2 (II) under Bundesadler

I have a west german military greatcoat that I found on ebay. On the shoulder there is a patch with the Bundesadler and a roman number 2 (II) underneath it. What does this mean? I was hoping to ...
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Is there a style guide for German similar to The Elements of Style for English?

Is there a German style guide similar to "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White or "Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace" which are well known for English?
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What's the difference between “der Fehler” and “der Irrtum”?

Is there a difference between these two terms? I'm asking especially thinking about the grammatical/language sphere, but if you're aware of other important differences, you can post them. My ...
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Did the connotation of “emsig” change?

When looking up the meaning of "emsig" (assiduous, diligent) it seems it has an entirely positive connotation unausgesetzt fleißig, ununterbrochen tätig DWDS The first that come to mind with ...
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Mit oder ohne Komma: “Ich denke dies in Ihrem Unternehmen zu finden.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comma in infinitive construction Ich bin mir unsicher, ob es ein Komma braucht: "Ich denke, dies in Ihrem Unternehmen zu finden."
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“Nicht ohne Grund wird unser ausgezeichneter Support in den Bewertungen oft erwähnt” [closed]

Wie würde man diesen Satz übersetzen? Ich würde spontan There is a reason why our outstanding support is often mentioned in the ratings wählen, aber irgendwas stört mich an dem Satz. Wäre die ...
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What does “Kollegen” mean exactly?

I think "Kollegen" means only the male colleagues. Or does it mean the female colleagues, or even both? I can't find an explanation in the dictionaries.
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Welche Schriftsteller oder Dichter waren für die Entwicklung der deutschen Sprache ausschlaggebend?

In jeder Sprache gab es Schriftsteller und Dichter, die für zeitgenössische Sprache stehen und einen erheblichen Einfluss in der Entwicklung der Sprache haben. So war es Chaucer für die englische und ...
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Did “zwo” exist before invention of radio?

Was "zwo" often or ever used before radio, or was it developed as a result of radio? Or has it just always been used around crowds and loud noises? And have other numbers ever had similar ...
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Is the second verse of the German national anthem offensive? Why is it not used?

My understanding is that today's national anthem, "Einigkeit, und Recht, und Freiheit..." was the third verse of the original and that we're not supposed to sing the original first verse, ...
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Difference between Austrian and German

Die Österreicher haben im Vergleich zu uns (Hoch-)Deutschen ein paar lustige Wörter und eine etwas andere (wie ich finde netter klingende) Aussprache (wobei das natürlich von Person zu Person ...
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What is the difference in usage between “Vielen Dank” and “Danke schön”?

I know that they are both essentially polite and mean "Thanks a lot", "Many thanks" etc. but I've always wondered if there is a specific difference between the two. Is there a specific context or ...
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Woher kommt “Total gaga sein”?

Woher stammt das seltsame Wort "gaga" und was bedeutet es tatsächlich? Woher kommt "Total gaga sein"? Where does the strange word "gaga" come from and what does it actually mean? Where does "Total ...
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Why is “ladies and gentlemen” translated as “meine Damen und Herren”?

Why is "ladies and gentlemen" translated as "meine Damen und Herren"?
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Was bedeutet eigentlich “laufen”?

Laut LEO kann das Wort "laufen" sowohl mit "to walk" als auch mit "to run" übersetzt werden. Wann wird "laufen" verwendet und wie weiß ich, was gemeint ist? "Er läuft die Straße entlang." - Is he ...
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Woher kommt die Redewendung “über den Tellerrand sehen”?

Hier gibt es die verwandte, aber abweichende Frage, was es bedeutet. Das setze ich als bekannt vorraus: den Horizont zu erweitern. Da man aber kein Leberklößchen ist, welches in Suppentellern wohnt, ...
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Hab und Gut: What is the difference between “Hab” and “Gut”?

In the phrase "All sein Hab und Gut", what exactly is "Hab" and what is "Gut"? I realise that both refer to private property of some kind, but are the two distinct concepts? Is "Gut" real property ...
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Are the subjunctives of “brauchen” and “verbrauchen” different?

There seems to be a difference when building subjunctives from the verb "brauchen" when used alone, or in the composite verb "verbrauchen". Hätten wir überall Energiesparlampen, verbrauchten wir ...
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What to say after someone sneezes?

I've heard Germans saying: Gesundheit But in a movie, someone sneezes and someone else saying: Heuschnupfen? Is it polite? Is it colloquial? What else could I say when talking to someone ...
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How should I ask politely for a moment of someone's time?

How should I politely ask for someone's time to interrupt them, like in English: Do you have a minute? May I bother you for a moment even though you're quite busy?

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