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Meaning of the “Schnee von gestern” as an idiom

I was watching a "Learn German" video and heard this line: ...das ist doch Schnee von gestern! I think I understand it, but would like to make sure. I understand that literally means "Snow from ...
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When to use the pronoun “es”?

I am not a German native speaker. I know that in certain situations the pronoun "es" has a different usage than the English "it", but I am not sure when it should be used and when it shouldn't. Here ...
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Platonic term of “endearment” vs. “romantic”

Would "mein Schatz" be used between platonic male and female friends or is there a romantic connotation?
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When (if ever) did “Hors d'oeuvre” become a loan-word in German?

I was reading a graphic novel set during WWII, and while speaking English to some Americans, one of the German characters used the word "Hors D'Oeuvre". I've done some etymology research but haven't ...
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“Bild” zu “visualisiert” ist wie “Ton” zu…?

Ich bin gerade auf der Suche nach einem schönen Wort um zu sagen, dass etwas per Audio-Wiedergabe vermittelt wurde. Wenn es um ein Video oder eine Graphik ginge, würde ich visualisiert verwenden. Was ...
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What is the translation for “random” in German?

What is the correct translation for saying something like "wow that was random." Random as in weird, not as in having a lack of pattern.
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What is the meaning of “afterburne”

I just wonder and I'm asking this here, because I couldn't find any closer match to the very interesting word "afterburne" . Well, I know it written incorrectly, but I've heard this one, with "Jemand ...
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“I am awesome like that”

How would I say phrases like the following in German: A: Woah, did you delete your one-year-old account? B: Yes, and I am awesome like that*. Or C: What a nice question, how come it got ...
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Does pronunciation of German words vary a lot across different places in Germany?

I am in a learning stage and I was wondering if pronunciation and (even accent) differs a lot across the places in Germany. E.g. "Ich" being pronounced differently at different places made me think ...
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Source of “Der Tod ist die letzte Feste dem Freien, deren Tor immer offen steht.”

There is an epigraph, poem or similar, where something like Der Tod ist die letzte Feste dem Freien, deren Tor immer offen steht. is written (but unfortunately I do not remember the details). ...
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When to use 'Ich bin', 'es geht mir', 'Ich habe' and 'mir ist'?

If you wanted to translate "I'm hot" into German, like "I'm burning up cause it's hot outside", it would translate to "Ich bin heiß" which has a bad connotation. So it is translated to "Mir ist heiß". ...
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Translation of Gesamtbetriebsrat

Would you translate this as 'general works council' or 'workers council', or something else? The article I'm looking at refers to 'Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzende' (presumably the chairman) and later ...
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How does “wem”, “wen” and “wer” help to recognise the appropriate case?

I'm told a way to recognize the appropriate case is the following: Ich gab Ihm einen Kuss = Dativ; wem gab ich einen Kuss= Ihm I'm having a hard time understanding how this helps. It actually ...
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Read old handwritten Text

A few months ago I bought an old book, it was printed in ~1801 and it has a name entry (?) at the first page. Anybody can fully read that? I personally cannot. What I think: ... ... Auktion im ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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What is the difference between “Wie spät ist es?” and “wie viel Uhr ist es?”

Here are my questions: Does it matter when to use each of the two? Is there any difference in the literal translation of them? Are both of them correct when you speak and write?
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Is “Mir ist kalt” correct? Did I hear it correctly?

Listening to Ramstein, "Keine Lust", I heard "Mir ist kalt, so kalt.". I thought it would have been "Ich bin kalt". Did I hear it incorrectly, or is there a rule I don't remember? (It's been 20 years ...
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What does “an die bemooste See” mean?

Gestreckt auf wildes Kraut, an die bemooste See." - Andreas Gryphius, Einsamkeit Does he mean a lake (dialect?) or is the lake mossy?
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“Jetzt, wo…” - wie entstanden?

Wo und Wann sind als Lokal- bzw. Temporaladverbien stimmig, wenn es sich um Fragesätze handelt ("Wo kommst du her?", "Wann kommst du?"). In manchen Deklarativsätzen hingegen passieren seltsame Dinge. ...
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Double consonants in German

Are there double consonants in German that differentiate between words? Like in Italian where for example, "casa" means house and "cassa" means box. This question is related to the question "Is ...
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Is there a difference in pronunciation between “ist” and “isst”?

Is there a difference in pronunciation between "ist" -be (3p. sing) and "isst" -eat (3p. sing)? EDIT: I posted the second part as an independent question
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Wie werden umgangssprachliche Auslassungen schriftlich dargestellt?

In der gesprochenen Umgangssprache werden häufig Vokale ausgelassen, zum Beispiel beim Wort "es": Morgen soll es regnen. Die Frage ist nun wie dies beim aufschreiben aussieht. Ich würde sagen, ...
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Sind die beiden Formen korrekt: “mit euch drei/mit euch dreien”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Warum erhalten Zahlwörter manchmal das Suffix “-e”? Vor kurzem habe ich irgendwo den Ausdruck "über euch dreien" gelesen. Ich würde in demselben Satz ...
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Wann benutzt man “ob” und wann benutzt man “wenn”?

Ich habe drei Jahre Deutsch studiert. Ich habe natürlich "wenn" benutzt, aber ich habe nie "ob" benutzt. Ich weiß, dass beide auf Englisch "if" bedeuten. Ich habe "wenn" sehr oft gehört, "ob" jedoch ...
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What's the grammatical difference between “trotz” und “trotzdem”?

"Trotz" is usually used as "despite", and "trotzdem" is "nevertheless", but: What is the grammatical difference? Where does the verb go for "trotz" and where does it go for "trotzdem"? Do Germans ...
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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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What is the most accurate English translation of 'Stromkern'?

There's a band called Stromkern, actually from the US but strongly associated with the German alternative scene. I've been puzzling over what the name actually translates into as both 'strom' and ...
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Ist irgendwo nachzuschlagen, mit welchem Adjektiv ein Substantiv “gemessen” wird (ist eine Geschwindigkeit hoch oder groß oder beides)?

Manchmal wissen auch einige von uns Muttersprachlern nicht genau, mit welchem Adjektiv ein Substantiv steht; ob eine Geschwindigkeit hoch oder groß ist, oder ob ein Adjektiv vielleicht nicht passt: ...
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Erkennung einer alten Handschrift

Ich habe eine Kopie eines Manuskripts aus dem 18 Jahrhundert. Es handelt sich um die Geburtstagskantate für Prinzessin Ulrike einschließlich des Textes. Die Kopie ist nicht besonders gut. Die ...
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What are the rules behind this translated phrase: “das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen”?

I came across this when reading the German translation of the Book of Mormon: Denn das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen, ja, das sollt ihr tun. The English part reads: For that which ye have ...
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Why in Harry Potter didn't they translate 'Mister' as 'Herr'?

e.g. 'Mister Potter' Shouldn't this have been 'Herr Potter'? Is this a modern thing, English dubbed into German thing or...?
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How are words categorized into masculine, feminine and neutral

Recently, while learning German I came across the articles der, die and das. which are used to indicate the gender of a noun. So, categorizing the words into masculine, feminine and neutral ...
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How to translate “add” as in “add me on Skype”?

How to translate the "add" when talking about social networks? Please add me on Skype. I'll add you on Facebook.
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Sind die Wörter “laut” und “lauter” verwandt

Duden und Wiktionary geben Wurzeln an, die sich extrem ähnlich sehen. . Laut kommt wohl von hlut und lauter von etwas wie (h)luttar. Ersteres ist laut ... der Quellen ein Partizip mit der Bedeutung ...
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Gegenteil von Apotheose?

Apotheose = Erhebung eines Menschen zu einem Gott What is the opposite, where a god would become mortal? / Was ist das Gegenteil, wenn also ein Gott sterblich würde?
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technisch vs fachlich (sch vs ch)

Ganz knappe Frage: Gibt es einen Grund, dass man "technisch" mit "sch" am Ende schreibt, "fachlich" aber mit "ch"? Das ist mir gestern beim Chatten aufgefallen, als ich beide Wörter in einem Satz ...
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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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What should one say when someone arrives from a quite long trip?

When you see a friend who is going to travel, you'd say: Gute Reise. What would you say to someone who has arrived from a quite long and exhausting trip?
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“Sich bewerben um” oder “für”?

What is the correct version? sich bewerben um etwas sich bewerben für etwas Are there cases where one or the other is preferable? Please make some examples if there are.
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How do we translate “eye candy” in a user interface design context?

The term "eye candy" is increasingly used for optical/graphical design gimmicks intended to make the user experience on various desktops more attractive. Examples: "Your iPhone application ...
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“Konjunktiv I” vs. 'sagen, dass' in reported speech

I was taught in my German course that we use "Konjunktiv I" as a form of reported speech, to say something that someone already said. However, I usually use the verb sagen plus dass. Der Politiker ...
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What is the correct answer to “alles klar”?

When someone asks me "alles klar?" what should I answer? I would like to say something more than "ja". Is there a way to ask if they are doing ok too?
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'y' as a vowel in German

I encountered the word "Typ" (en:type) which has a 'y' serving as a vowel; in this case a 'ü', I believe. Is this a singular case or are there more words in which 'y' is used as a vowel?
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Localization Help

I'm writing a program and need to know how dates, versions, time, and numbers are formatted in the German Language Example (in English) Version 1.0.0 (Build 0) How would that look in German?
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“Faxen dicke” haben - woher kommt das?

Ich frage mich gerade woher der Ausdruck "Jetzt hab' ich die Faxen Dicke!" herkommt. Hat "Faxen" was mit den störenden Geräuschen (Piepen) eines Faxgerätes zu tuen? Und "Dicke" mit der Breite der ...
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Wie wird die Redewendung “wie es im Buche steht” grammatisch gebildet?

Ich habe ziemlich oft folgende Redewendung gehört: Es ist ..., wie es im Buche steht. Ich glaube ich verstehe diesen Ausdruck - es geht darum, dass etwas ganz typisch ist. Ich frage mich, was ...
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Can one say “Schönheit”/ “Bescheidenheit” instead of “Gesundheit”?

When somebody sneezes, we say "Gesundheit". Can this word be replaced by "Schönheit" or "Bescheidenheit"? One of my colleagues has suggested me these words. What do these words mean in this ...
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Der Wind dreht auf Südost

Does that mean that the wind will be coming from south-east (since wind direction is usually reported by the direction from which it originates) or that the wind will be blowing to south-east ...
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“Have fun during the exhibition”

I'd like to say: Have fun during the exhibition. in German. What I tried to found was "Ausstellungsdauer" meaning "during the exhibition" but my translation doesn't make much sense as it stand: ...
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Wird “ad hoc” im allgemeinen verstanden?

Wenn ein Begriff, noch dazu ein entlehnter, in einer Fachsprache häufig verwendet wird, heißt das noch nicht, dass er außerhalb der Fachsprache verstanden wird. Meine Frage ist nun, ob man davon ...

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