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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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How to master pronunciation

I'm looking for methods and resources (such as music along with their text - audio books) to improve my German pronunciation, other than talking to a native speaker. EDIT: I'm given advice by ...
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Woher kommt “suutsche”?

Folgenden Dialog könnte man in weiten Teilen Norddeutschlands hören: "Ab an die Arbeit, Männer! Pause is' vorbei!" "Immer suutsche, Chef. Geht gleich los." "Immer suutsche" (oder schreibt ...
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How do we use “Verschlimmbesserung”?

Sometimes we can hear or read of a "Verschlimmbesserung": Schmidt bezeichnete Elena als Beispiel „für die schlimmste Verschlimmbesserung von Verfahren“. Was als Projekt zum Bürokratieabbau gedacht ...
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Articles for compound words

I was wondering, in compound words or "complex" ones, let's say, do the article matches with its last word? For example, "Kontrollakt". It's made of Kontrolle + Akt, the former being "die", and the ...
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What's the difference between “das Domizil” and “der Wohnsitz”?

What is the difference between these two terms? In what contexts are they used? Also, which one best fits with "gewählt- ~"? Dictionaries were not helpful enough this time. Edit: I wanted to ...
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Woher kommt die Redensart “eine Sau durchs Dorf treiben”?

Die Redensart und ihre Bedeutung sind mir an sich schon lange bekannt und glaubte bisher auch, die Herkunft sei relativ klar - ein Exemplar der Unterart Sus scrofa domestica wird zum Spaß, oder um es ...
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Seit wann ist ein “Wurm” nur noch ein Wurm und kein anderes Insekt?

Heutzutage versteht man unter einem Wurm ein bein- und wirbelloses Kriechtier wie auf folgendem Bild: Bild eines Regenwurms Wikimedia Das war aber möglicherweise nicht immer so. So nennt man im ...
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How do Germans call someone from the United States?

If "the united states" is translated to "Vereinigten Staaten" then how do you call people from there? I have always heard "Amerikaner" but that one refers to the whole continent.
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Explaining case and usage of “Richtung”

Just curious. How would you explain to someone the proper use and appropriate case of Richtung as a directional indicator, in simple terms? whether showing movement or simple location or direction ...
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What is the best resource to find, e.g. the plural form of nouns such as “der Automatismus”?

I use LEO for looking up German words, but it often does not have the plural form of nouns, so for that I use Biolingus, but in the case of the noun "Automatismus", even Biolingus doesn't inform me ...
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2answers
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What typographical rules are applied when creating the “Esszett” in a new font?

When creating a new font we also need to take care of special German characters. As it is fairly easy to create an Umlaut there are several variations on how to create an Esszett. Below there are only ...
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Differences between “Klausur”, “Prüfung” and “Examen”

Is there any differences in usage between Klausur, Prüfung, Examen, Test*, and (Klassen)arbeit*? * Edit: added more synonyms based on answers below.
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0answers
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Are sentences with and without “dass” equally common? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sind „Ich denke, dass [Nebensatz]“ und „Ich denke, [Hauptsatz]“ auswechselbar? Are these two sentences used equally in informal conversation, or is one form preferred ...
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Is “Erkennungsausweis” an actual word in German?

I found this word when ordering some lists with legal content (PDFs with translations from Italian to German), and failed to find it in my paper dictionary, so I tried the Duden online, but no results ...
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Welchen Ursprung hat das Wort “Pustekuchen”?

Laut Wikipedia gibt es zwei Erklärungsversuche für Pustekuchen: Es stammt aus einer abgewandelten Form des jiddischen Ausdrucks: Ja cochem, aber nicht lamdon ("Zwar gerissen, aber kein Gelehrter" ...
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1answer
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Welche Schreibweise ist korrekt “Es schneite in rauen Mengen” oder “Es schneite in rauhen Mengen”

Duden-Online verrät, dass beim Wort "rauh" die Rechtschreibreform zugeschlagen hat und es jetzt "rau" heißt. Anderseits hat man der Form aufrauhen ihr "h" gelassen. Woxikon nennt Korrekte ...
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2answers
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Word choice: “manuell” or “von Hand”?

I've been toying with learning German for a few months now, and I'm trying to use my basic knowledge to update the translation to one of my iPhone apps. What word should I use for "manual" as in "set ...
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Laich vs. Leiche

Gibt es eine Verbindung zwischen diesen Begriffen? Wie kommt es, dass so gegensätzliche Dinge so ähnliche Namen haben (Laich ist der Beginn des Lebens von beispielsweise Fröschen, wobei eine Leiche ...
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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 ...
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Spittings, shellings, etc

One quaint usage we have in Yiddish is the suffix -echts which converts a verb to a noun. It is usually used with unsavory items like saliva (speiechts) or a pile of sunflower seed shells ...
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Are these two terms interchangeable?

While going through some legal terms from Italian to German, I found these two: istigazione = Anstiftung. istigazione a delinquere = Aufforderung zur Begehung einer strafbaren Handlung. ...
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“Bäckt” or “backt”?

In Dreyer/Schmitt, "bäckt" is given as the main third person form of "backen". Since I never used this and have not heard it often in my area (northern germany), I was very surprised about this and ...
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Woher kommt die Redewendung “Weiß der Geier”?

Wieso Geier? Soviel ich weiß, es gibt keine Geier in Deutschland. Kommt die Redewendung aus Literatur oder der Volkskunde?
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Is there a difference between “Leiche”, “Leichnam”, “Toter”, or “Verstorbener”

There are different German nouns for a corpse. Most used are die Leiche der Leichnam der/die Tote der/die Verstorbene A Google Ngram shows a trend towards "Tote" being increasingly used over ...
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“null” (zero) vs. “NULL”

How do German software developers tell the difference between a result of zero and NULL? They both translate to the same word..."null". Obviously you can see the difference on the screen. But what ...
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How would these two sentences be translated into German? [closed]

Can anyone help me translate these lines into German? "Get 2 free Lufthansa tickets to fly anywhere in the world (limited time only)." "Lufthansa is giving away 2 free tickets to all Facebook ...
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2answers
695 views

Der Nacht oder die Nacht?

Rammstein sings "Sie kommen zu euch in der Nacht" in "Mein herz brennt" song, but to my knowledge "Nacht" is of female gender and it's supposed to be "die Nacht". So what am I missing? And also ...
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Is there anything like a dime?

In the U.S. there is the well established formal label "dime" for a 10 cent coin. Now that the currency in Germany is also denoted in cents I am wondering if we had anything similar for this 10 cent ...
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2answers
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Do all nouns from verbs nominalized by the suffix “-ung” have a female gender?

By suffixing verbs with "-ung" we can build nouns, e.g.: prüfen - Prüfung meinen - Meinung richten - Richtung All those nouns seem to have a female gender. Is that always true or do we have ...
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Why is “blauäugig” used with a negative connotation?

Still today the cliche of a German is being tall, blond and blue-eyed. Surprisingly the expression "blauäugig" is most often used with an obvious negative connotation: Professor Otmar Issing, der ...
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Why “herzlich” in “herzlich wenig”?

Sometimes we hear the following expression in various contexts: Diese Antwort hat aber herzlich wenig mit meiner Frage zu tun. Erwin hat herzlich wenig zum Erfolg unseres Projekts beigetragen. ...
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242 views

How do I say something is the superlative of a group in German?

What is the correct German way for the English construction involving identifying the superlative in a group? For instance Lake Michigan is the largest of the Great Lakes? or It was the ...
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2answers
223 views

Changing the spelling of English words in German (Kop)

Yesterday I saw a headline in a German newspaper using the word 'Kop' and yes, they were writing about policemen. Okay, I don't read much in German but I have not seen the usage of the word 'cop' ...
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3answers
367 views

Was bedeutet “unfertsch”? Ist es Umgangssprache?

A friend described her university studies to me as "[major] unfertsch". I can't find this word in LEO or either of my dictionaries. I assume it means she didn't finish, because as far as I know, she ...
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902 views

Can I use “siehe” when writing to a person with whom I am “per Sie”?

I often read the word "siehe" as in "siehe Anhang" when the writer is using the Sie form. I assume this is an accepted standard, but I don't really understand why, since I would never write using the ...
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2answers
781 views

Wie grüßt man in der Schweiz?

Wahrscheinlich kennen alle den Schweizer Gruß "Grüezi". Allerdings habe ich im Schweizerischen Idiotikon folgendes gelesen: "Gott Grüezi hört-me nümme gärn, Salü und Servus sind modärn" In der ...

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