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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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859 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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598 views

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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247 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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242 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
379 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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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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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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247 views

Woher kommt der Östereichische Begriff “Erlagschein”?

Ich habe gerade auf Wien Heute.at einen Bericht über einen falschen Schwarzkappler gefunden, der Schwarzfahrern die nicht bar bezahlten einen Erlagschein gegeben hatte. Beide Begriffe werden in ...
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177 views

Hochdeutsch only or also regionalisms?

When making a sales call, for example, should you: only speak standard Hochdeutsch with the customer no matter what, use that customer's regional language or dialect if you know it to "get on their ...
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How to brush up my German?

I've studied German for almost three years when I was a teenager. I'm now out of practice. I just managed to keep up minimal functional reading skills by keeping reading books and visiting German ...
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2answers
499 views

Was ist ein Tröglein?

Im Märchen Das Tröglein baut der Sohn ein hölzernes Tröglein. Was ist das?
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3answers
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“Schiffen gehen” — regionale Bedeutung?

Ich kenne den Ausdruck "schiffen gehen" nur im Zusammenhang mit Stuhlgang, höre ihn aber gelegentlich im Sinne von Wasserlassen. Laut google scheint die letztere Bedeutung verbreitet zu sein. Gibt es ...
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2answers
224 views

Richtige Verwendung von “offenbar”

Nach meinem Sprachgefühl ist ein Sachverhalt "offenbar", wenn er in irgendeinem Sinn offensichtlich erkennbar ist. In deutschen Zeitungen findet sich aber "offenbar" oft im Sinne von "scheinbar", ...
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How do we pronounce “China”?

In German there is some confusion on how to pronounce the letters 'ch' in "China". I heard all of following variants: [ˈçiːnaː] - "ich" [ˈkçiːnaː] - "Bäckchen" [ˈkiːnaː] - "Kino" [ʃiːnaː] - ...
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3answers
346 views

Wie kam es zu der Wendung “jemand hängen lassen”?

Eine sehr gebräuchliche Redewendung ist "jemand hängen lassen" (to let someone down) Unser Lieferant hat uns wieder einmal hängen lassen. Woher kommt dieser Ausdruck?
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gegen etwas austauschen or durch etwas austauschen

I'm not sure which form is correct in the following sentence. Ich beschloss, in das Geschäft zurückzugehen und das Tuch gegen ein schöneres auszutauschen. Is the gegen correct or should it be ...
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2answers
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Warum klingt “treffen uns um 8” richtig und “treffen uns um 20” falsch?

Zeitangaben, bei denen die Stunde größer als 12 ist, funktionieren nur mit angehängtem "Uhr": "Wir treffen uns um 23 Uhr." vs. "Wir treffen uns um 11." - "Morgens?" - "Nein, nachts!" Obwohl die ...
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How do I use “arbeiten an”?

In a company flyer I just came across this formulation in a paragraph on quality management: Wir arbeiten kontinuierlich an unseren Qualitätsdefiziten It is obvious that they meant something ...
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Gibt es Steigerungsformen für falsch und richtig?

Eigentlich war ich immer der Meinung, dass jedes Adjektiv über eine Steigerungsform verfügt. Auch wenn bei einigen der Wortstamm wechselt. gut, besser, am besten Gibt es auch Steigerungsformen ...
7
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6answers
178 views

Beschreibung extremer Langsamkeit

Gibt es noch andere Worte/Redewendungen als "im Schneckentempo", um extreme Langsamkeit auszudrücken?
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5answers
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How do I answer a phone call?

When somebody calls me on the phone I need to say something when answering. In English (similar to other languages) it may be sufficient to just say "Hello" Is it accepted to just say "Hallo" ...
8
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1answer
159 views

What do I say on returning from a break in a telephone conversation?

When talking to people on the telephone there are situations when we need to interrupt the conversation to look something up or to ask someone near by. We can do this by saying: "Einen Moment, ...
5
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1answer
457 views

Was ist korrekte Schweizer Schriftsprache?

In seiner Antwort weist Lukas darauf hin, dass offenbar viele mundartliche Ausdrücke in der Schule als Fehler korrigiert werden. Wie definiert sich denn nun die korrekte Schriftsprache ?
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4answers
416 views

Translation of IT term “code folding”

I am translating the user interface of a text editor into German. This editor has "code folding" capabilities, i.e. fold (=hide) and unfold (=reveal) sections of code, usually defined by structural ...
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2answers
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meanings inferred from “Das ist alles”

While the phrase "das ist alles" literally means "that is all", are there any other meanings that can be taken from it? For example, when my kids ask if there is any more apple juice, is "Nein, das ...
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3answers
448 views

What English IT Phrases/Words Should Not be Translated into German?

Working in the German IT industry as an English speaker, you slowly get the sense of which English words and phrases should be used in German and which should not, e.g.: Use German Term (English term ...
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2answers
114 views

Höfliches Ersuchen mit “ruhig”

Wird es in der Alltagssprache als zu gehoben (oder gar altmodisch) bezeichnet, wenn man eine höfliche Bitte mit "ruhig" sanfter macht? Zum beispiel: "Nehmen Sie ruhig Platz!" "Geben Sie mir ...
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6answers
4k views

Erwiderung auf eine Entschuldigung?

Gibt es, ähnlich wie es für "danke" das Wort "bitte" gibt (und umgekehrt), für Entschuldigungen eine Art "Standard"-Erwiderung? Mit "Standard" meine ich hier, dass sie... das Thema, das die ...
6
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2answers
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Using “nen” instead of “einen”

Would one sound like a native German speaker saying "nen" instead of "einen" or is there another special point behind it? Does it have colloquial usage only?
4
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2answers
145 views

Is there such an expression as “ganz großartig gesagt?”

I once saw in a chess book, the report of a German commentator saying, "ganz großartig gespielt" to a particular move. Are there commonly used similar expressions with other verbs, such as "ganz ...
2
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4answers
390 views

Max and Moritz in alternating German dialects

1) Ach, was muss man oft von bösen Kindern hören oder lesen! 2) Maggs und Moridds sin zwee solsche Daachediebe, Fleeschl, Schdrolsche! 3) Schdatt dass se durch gscheide Lehra Sich zom ...
7
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4answers
820 views

Was bedeutet “Puff” in Schweizer Deutsch?

Ich bin gerade auf bei Blick.ch auf die Überschrift "Schluss mit Zeiten-Puff" gestoßen. Wird das in der Schweiz ohne Assoziationen an Bordell gebraucht, oder wird hier bewusst für eine große ...
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2answers
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “gerade”, “nur” und “bloß”?

Ich spreche Englisch als Muttersprache, und einige der Modalpartikel verstehe ich gar nicht. Gibt es noch mehr, die "just" auf Englisch bedeuten? Was ist der Unterschied zwischen all diesen Varianten? ...
8
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3answers
445 views

When is using “sau-” for emphasis inappropriate?

How would you explain at what point using "sau-" for emphasis (z.B.: "Das ist saustark!") becomes somewhat offensive or vulgar with some word combinations?
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3answers
9k views

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?
3
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3answers
977 views

How to find pen pals?

How do you find pen pals for people like me who are learning German and think maybe it'd be a good idea to have someone as a pen pal who is a native German?
9
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3answers
418 views

Verschwundene und verschwindende Anglizismen

Im Zusammenhang mit der Theoriebildung über den Gebrauch von Anglizismen ist mir kürzlich der Gedanke gekommen, dass manche Anglizismen wieder aus der Sprache zu verschwinden scheinen. Mein Beispiel ...
2
votes
1answer
150 views

Useful books/materials for private lessons in German

As a small hobby or even sidejob, I am planning to give private lessons in German for people with 1) no or low knowledge in German, 2) medium or good abilities. Can you recommend any books or other ...
6
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2answers
311 views

In German, is a company plural or singular?

In American English, I would say "the company...it said" but I know in British English they use the plural as in "the company...they said". How is this handled in German? Which of these sentences is ...
3
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3answers
472 views

What does “ZZT” stand for?

What does "ZZT" stand for? As for context, I was listening to a conversation. Two persons talking to each other, after a while one of them said: Ach so. ZZT, wohin bist du gestern gegangen?
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2answers
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How do you translate “Infoabend” into English?

How do you translate Infoabend in English? linguee translates it as "information evening" which sounds odd to me and LEO doesn't even have an entry for it. and "open house" is another kind of ...
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5answers
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Best way to learn German [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good way to start learning German? What is the best way -in your opinion- to learn German on my own? I have been trying a lot to learn but still suggestions ...
6
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6answers
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Does using the pronouns “sie” and “er” when refering to objects sound odd to native German speakers?

I was going to write the following sentence in an e-mail, but the "sie" sounds odd to me: Diese Datei ist nicht im Excel-Format, sondern im XML-Format. Bitte schauen Sie sie an. so I changed ...
6
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2answers
81 views

Gebrauch von “-wert” gegenüber “-würdig”

Gibt's einen deutlichen Unterschied zwischen den Wortendungen "-wert" und "-würdig"? Wie z.B.: "bemerkenswert" oder "merkwürdig" Ich spüre also dazwischen einen feinen Nuanceunterschied im ...
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2answers
937 views

What is the best way to translate “To do list”?

The closest translation I can find so far is Aufgabenliste which is more literally "Task List". Is there a more commonly used, native way to express the common english phrase "To do list" when using ...

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