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Is “selbstbewusst” a negative word?

Sometimes I see translations of selbstbewusst as confident, arrogant or selfish. I would like to know if this word has a negative or positive denotation. If I call someone of selbstbewusst, is it a ...
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How would you translate “mind you” in German

How would you translate the expression "mind you" in German, a phrase introducing something that should be taken into consideration. For example: "He's very well dressed, but mind you, he's got plenty ...
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Deppen Leer Zeichen

Für falsch geschriebene Substantivverbindungen wie Holz Tisch statt Holztisch, oder häufiger Diät Apfel Saft statt Diätapfelsaft, insbesondere im Bereich Marketing und Produktbezeichnungen zu finden, ...
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Polite way of asking someone not to “duz”

I'm a native German speaker, but I still would like to know your opinion about this. What is the best and politest way to ask someone or tell someone to use "Sie" instead of "Du"? In some cases I ...
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Meaning of 0815 and ger/eng alternatives?

Does 0815 simply mean something is very standard and common, or does it carry any connotations? Where can one use it, e.g. for description of processes, objects, persons? Can you give alternative ...
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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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“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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Meaning of “die Kurve kriegen”

I played chess with the German speaker and he tells me that 'Irgendwie habe ich noch die Kurve gekriegt'. Generally I understand that somehow he took advantage of the game. So what's the meaning of ...
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Ist “rauf voten” und “runter voten” eine akzeptable Übersetzung für “upvote” und “downvote”?

Was ist eine angemessene deutsche Übersetzung von upvote und downvote? Das deutsche Verb voten findet man in Duden Online. Zur englischen Orthografie siehe EL&U.
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Do you always pronounce ST as SHT?

If you have a word like 'Strasse' and it forms part of a street name for example, then I would assume that you still pronounce the word as though it were by itself. But are there examples of when you ...
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What does “krass” mean?

During conversations with native German speakers, I have heard the word "krass" used in different contexts. But I still don't know how to translate it. Any ideas?
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“Gedownloadet” oder “downgeloadet”?

Windows gibt gerade ersteres aus nach einem Update. Gibts hier eine grammatikalische Regel die Windows kennt aber ich nicht? Intuitiv habe ich bisher immer downgeloadet verwendet, wahrscheinlich wegen ...
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Speaking German with accent: a status symbol or a sign of being a foreigner?

I have been living in Germany for almost 10 years now and despite good command of both written and spoken German I have a noticeable accent and my texts are not absolutely perfect. I have noticed many ...
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Are “friends” and “Freunde” false-friends?

I guess that "Freund" is better translated with "close friend" and "friend" is more our German "Bekannter". Especially in context with twitter and other social networks one seems to get a lot more ...
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How is the familiar “You” (Du) used in online conversations?

I remain fairly fluent in German from my experience living in Germany back in the 70's and 80's. However, the use of familiar "Du" among relative strangers online surprised me when I recently read ...
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die Worte vs die Wörter

Worte and Wörter are both plurals of Wort. Is there a difference in meaning between them?
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“was ist der Unterschied” vs. “was ist die Differenz”

I noticed "Differenz" is the equivalent of the English word "difference", since I used "Unterschied" till now. Are the two completely interchangeable?
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Is it an error when I do not use ß when it is necessary?

I'm living in a German-speaking country where ß is not used at all. Therefore, I do not use ß when I write German texts. Now I'm asking myself if this is technically a spelling error? Or is the ß more ...
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Natural way to deny help from a shopkeeper

When browsing a shop, it is common for a shop assistant to ask “can I help you?” or similar. In English, it is quite natural to say: No thanks, I am just looking. I am looking for similar ...
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How to address more than one person in an E-mail?

I have to address my future German Au Pair family in an E-mail and until now have only been in contact with the woman. However the last E-mail was signed with both names, so I now feel I should ...
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How to write ordinal numbers in German?

How do Germans write Ordinal numbers as in English? 1st, 2nd, 3rd ...
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Milch? Milsh? Why the pronunciation difference?

I'm working my way through the Pimsleur German series, and I've noticed that one of the speakers has what seems to me a strange pronunciation of the word Milch. He pronounces the ch like the sh sound ...
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“Grund zu der Annahme” - Konjunktiv oder nicht?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den beiden folgenden Sätzen und wann wird welche Form verwendet? Ich habe wenig Grund zu der Annahme, dass sie mitkommt, wenn XY dabei ist." Ich habe wenig ...
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“Schwer” oder “schwierig”?

Ich habe beide Varianten gelesen: Ungarisch ist schwer und (vielleicht öfter) Ungarisch ist schwierig. Gibt es da einen Unterschied in der Bedeutung? Wenn nicht, ist die Form schwierig ...
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Übersetzung für “Fusselst Du?”

Ich habe heute im Internet Folgendes gesehen: und dachte: ehh? Im Wörterbuch konnte ich 'fusseln' nicht finden. Kann mir jemand mit einer Übersetzung helfen?
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What's the difference between “können” and “könnten”?

I'd like to know when it's appropriate to use "können" and when "könnten", are they completely interchangeable? Is it like the difference between "can" and "could" in English? Können Sie mir bitte ...
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Difference between “Es sind” and “Es gibt” for asserting existence of something

In English we say There are... and I know that I've seen es gibt used in German. I've also seen es sind. Are these phrases identical? There are many flowers in the garden = Es gibt viele Blumen ...
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Wie kann man 気持ちいい am besten auf Deutsch ausdrücken?

Wie kann man das Japanische 気持ちいい kimochi ii am besten auf Deutsch ausdrücken in den folgenden Situationen: ein kimochi ii Pullover eine kimochi ii Massage kimochi ii Wetter generell kimochi ii, ...
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Wie kann man wissen, ob ein Verb trennbar ist?

Gibt es eine bewährte Regel um zu entscheiden, ob ein Verb trenn- bar ist?
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Is there a 'da-' construct with 'ohne'? if not, are there any more prepositions that can't form 'da-' constructs

I'm talking about "damit, daraus, darauf, darin, da-..." I've never heard "darohne" or anything like that, and according to the dictionary, nothing like that exists. Can anyone explain a bit and ...
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Seit wann hat man aufgehört, im Perfekt Hilfsverben wegzulassen?

In der früheren Literatur war es üblich, das Hilfsverb im Perfekt oder Plusquamperfekt wegzulassen. Hier ist ein Beispiel (aus Reichtum, einer Kurzgeschichte von Arthur Schnitzler) in dem das letzte ...
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Gibt es ein Verb zum Substantiv “Mediation”?

Es gibt das Hauptwort Mediation mit der Bedeutung aussöhnende Vermittlung zwischen den Interessen verschiedener Personen; Technik zur Bewältigung von Konflikten durch unparteiische Beratung ...
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Gibt es andere übliche Märchenbeginnformeln neben “es war einmal”?

Sehr viele Märchen beginnen auf Deutsch mit "Es war einmal", aber ich kenne auch ein Märchen, das anfängt mit "Zu der Zeit, als das Wünschen noch geholfen hat ...". Gibt es noch andere Beginnformeln ...
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Why “alle” is used in “Diese Busse fahren *alle* fünfzehn Minuten vom Hauptbahnhof ab” instead of “jede”?

I think in the following sentence, "alle" should be replaced with "jede": Diese Busse fahren alle fünfzehn Minuten vom Hauptbahnhof ab. It means "these buses leave every fifteen minutes from the ...
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Translation of common Australian saying — “If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick.”

I am looking for a faithful translation of the (common in Australia) saying: "If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick." It is in no way offensive, and means that if you ...
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Schibboleths für verschiedene norddeutsche Regionen?

Schibboleths sind Wörter, anhand deren Aussprache man die Herkunft des Sprechers zuordnen kann. Ganz allgemeines Beispiel für Muttersprachler vs. Ausländer: "Streichholzschächtelchen". Für den ...
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In welchen älteren literarischen Werken kommen derbe Ausdrücke vor, die heute auch noch verwendet werden?

Goethe schreibt zum Beispiel in Faust, jemand werde einem anderen mit der Faust in die Fresse fahren, und sein Götz von Berlichingen erwidert anstatt sich zu ergeben, man solle ihn im Arsche lecken. ...
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Where to find IPA transcriptions of Hochdeutsch online?

Where can I find a comprehensive online resource for IPA transcriptions of the "official" pronunciation of German words?
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International interpretation of “Public viewing”

The phrase "Public Viewing" was created and established during the world championships in 2006 in Germany. It describes the viewing of an event (like a football match) in a public crowd. As ...
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Vermeiden von Anredeformen

Wenn ich mit Leuten zu tun habe, bei denen ich mir nicht sicher bin, ob ich sie Duzen oder lieber Siezen sollte, verfalle ich gerne (und oft automatisch) in einen Satzbau, der keine Anredeform ...
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How to say “practice what you preach” in German?

Some people will advocate a policy, like higher taxes, and then try to get out of it themselves. This is hypocrisy (Heuchelei). Others will gladly do themselves what they advocate for others. These ...
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Is “Lebensraum” a taboo word in German because of an association with Hitler and the Nazis?

Much associated with Hitler and the Nazis has become taboo or gauche in the English-speaking West as a result of the terrible tragedies of the Second World War; one can point to many things, from ...
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Wie schreibt man Umlaute und scharfes S auf nichtdeutschen Tastaturen?

Transl: How do you write Umlauts and ß on non-German keyboards? Wie schreibt man Umlaute und ß auf einer US-Tastatur?
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Is 30-60 minutes per day enough to get fluent in eight months?

I will be spending May - Sept 2012 in Germany and want to be fluent in speaking and proficient in reading / writing by May 2012. I have started the journey to learning German I am currently using ...
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Contemporary music to learn vocabulary from?

What are some bands/songs that are good to learn vocabulary from? I'm not particular about the genre. I would like music that is comprehensible to an absolute beginner (I'm still fairly new to German ...
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What is the proper position of “gern”?

For example, which of these is correct: Ich esse gern Pizza or Ich esse Pizza gern
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Where to place “Bitte” in a sentence

As far as I know, many languages have no rules for the place of "please" in the sentence. In German, seems it's not the same. Is it right to use "bitte" at the beginning or at the end of each ...
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Gibt es ein Eigenschaftswort für den Zustand, wenn man keinen Durst hat?

Das Gegenteil von "hungrig" ist "satt". Mir fällt aber kein Wort ein, das dem Zustand "ohne Durst" entspricht. In anderen Sprachen existiert ein solches Wort; zum Beispiel gibt es "dissetato" in ...
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A German word for non-alcoholic, carbonated, sweet drinks?

Is there a German word for soft drinks, i.e. the group of non-alcoholic, carbonated, sweet drinks? It should cover Cola, Fanta and Sprite, but not mineral water, squash or beer.
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von, aus or mit (or none)

If asking a shop keeper if they have any food (baguette, wrap etc.) having fish, what is the proper way to ask? I ask: Haben Sie etwas mit Fisch or Haben Sie etwas aus Fisch I am not ...

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