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Meaning of German verb “anflicken”

I have come across the verb anflicken in a German translation of Ars Poetica by Horace and have not been able to find the meaning or translation in English on the internet. I have found example ...
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Deutsches Wort für “second hand shop”

Bei "Second-Hand-Store/Laden" denke ich an Kleidung. Klar gibt es Gebrauchtwarenladen aber das "Waren" lässt mich eher an Möbel oder Geschirr oder sowas denken. Gibt bzw. gab es so ein ...
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Was meint hier »ein toller Hecht«?

I'm reading the Harry Potter series in German to brush up on the language. I came across the following sentence: »Dieser Lockhart ist schon ein toller Hecht, nicht wahr?« So I guess it's ...
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du vs dir in “How are you?”

As far as I know, du is used to mention a direct object and dir is to mention an indirect object. If that is the case, why do they use "Wie geht's dir?" to ask "How are you?", when "you" is a direct ...
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Typical German family names (for Americans) [closed]

Which last names do Amercians consider typically German? I don't mean which are the most common family names in Germany, but which names signal their German origin the most and feel most common to ...
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Verb/noun pairs in German (collocation)

I am a native English speaker, relatively fluent in German - but something I continue to find quite difficult is to get a sense of which verb is appropriate for a given noun. It's possible this is ...
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Deutscher Schäferhund or Deutsche Schäferhund?

Which is correct: Deutscher Schäferhund or Deutsche Schäferhund? I am still trying to get a hang of the language. I am not able to find an equivalent usage of an English adjective which has two ...
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A Few Questions about Deutsch [closed]

I have a few questions about German or Deutsch. What is the difference between "Bin Ich" and "Ich bin". It's really been bugging me and I couldn't find anything about it. I also looked at the ...
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What is the etymology of “Strauß”?

As a person with very little knowledge of German, I found the word for Ostrich to be a bit of a surprise. What's the etymology? Does the following function as any sort of pun? Herr Strauss ...
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Recommended German-English Dictionaries

I would like to have German dictionaries that include plural forms, genitive forms, articles and verb conjugations as well. So far I have not found a single dictionary containing all these functions, ...
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Wie kann man “just in case” übersetzen?

Gibt es in der Umgangssprache eine andere Übersetzung für "just in case"? Im Wörterbuch kann ich nur einige wie "für alle Fälle", "im Notfall", aber die klingen mir zu schriftsprachlich. Könnte man ...
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Kommasetzung bei “nur wenn”

Allgemein sollte man Nebensätze immer durch Kommas abgrenzen. Wenn ich Zeit habe, gucke ich Fußball. Ich gucke, wenn ich Zeit habe, Fußball. Wenn man jetzt aus dem simplen Temporalsatz ...
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What's the difference between “instabil” and “unstabil”?

Question What's the difference between instabil and unstabil? Elaboration I always use instabil, but hear other people also use unstabil. I assumed unstabil was wrong, but Duden has an entry for ...
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How do Germans refer to people without caring about the gender

In German, a noun always has its own gender. However, there is a case I don't know. Suppose that there is a class with many students, both males and females, and then when I want to refer to all ...
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Are there any significant changes in German grammar since 1975? [duplicate]

I've decided to revise my German, after a pause. In home I came across a textbook called "Deutsch Intensiv - Grundkurs für Ausländer", VEB Verlag Enzyklopädie, Leipzig 1975 - with around 700 pages ...
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Eine passende Anzeige finden [closed]

Ich möchte nach einer Aufgabe fragen, die ich gemacht habe. Die Aufgabe ist: Ich muss eine Anzeige finden, die zu der gegebenen Situation passt. Hier ist die Situation: Sie sammeln alte ...
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Difference between Leitung and Geschäftsführung

Are these two words synonyms? I've seen Leitung for a team-leading role (Projektleiterin), but is Geschäftsführung for executives only? Any better examples ?
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Wie schreibt man zusammengesetzte Adjektive aus Nomen und Verben?

Wird ein Adjektiv, dass sich aus einem Nomen und einem Verb zusammensetzt groß oder klein geschrieben? Wie ist das mit dem Bindestrich? Mein konkretes Beispiel: ein Fluoreszenz-markiertes Protein ...
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Meaning of “Abgechecktheit”

I am reading an interview with Cro from Die Zeit here. At the beginning (yeah already stuck! lol): Frage: Cro, kürzlich bei Ihrer Album-Präsentation haben Sie gesagt: "Ich bin der schlechteste ...
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Sind Zootiere Ausstellungsstücke?

Ich versuche einen generellen Begriff für Zootiere zu finden, der unterstreicht, dass sie zur Schau gestellt werden. Das Wort "Ausstellungsstück" wurde mir nahe gelegt, aber ich halte dieses Wort für ...
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Does 'Kritik' always come with a negative touch?

I often read Lob, Anregungen und Kritik erwünscht. My question: is it necessary to differ between Lob and Kritik? Does Kritik not include Lob?
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Indicating case for proper nouns

Consider sentences of the form (correct me if I've got them wrong): Mir ist langweilig / Es ist mir langweilig. Dem Mann ist kalt / Es ist dem Mann kalt. It's important not to use the ...
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Examples of the prefix “co–” (instead of “ko–”) in German

Gibt es im Deutschen Beispiele für die Verwendung von „co–“ als Präfix anstelle von „ko–“? Sind zumindest stets beide Verwendungen akzeptiert, auch wenn vielleicht eine Verwendung unüblich ist? ...
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How can “Dense plasma focus” be translated?

Does anybody know how to translate "dense plasma focus"? I would like to start the German Wikipedia article, but I don't know how this is called in German. A dense plasma focus (DPF) is a machine ...
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What is abbreviated to “penn'”

I'm translating some song lyrics to English from here. Und wenn du mich da draußen grade hörst Dann bitte warte kurz auf mich, ich bin direkt bereit und fahr los Doch wenn nicht, gehe ich ...
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Practicing German in daily activity [duplicate]

English is my first language. I have taken four semesters of university German in preparation to go abroad in 2015 to work and study. My question is this: how can I practice and improve my German in ...
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Historischer Gebrauch des Begriffs “Kanakermann”

Laut Wikipedia soll das Schimpfwort "Kanake" aus dem seemännischen Ehrentitel "Kanakermann" stammen: Kannakermann war im späten 19. Jahrhundert unter deutschen Seemännern eine verbreitete ...
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Unterschied zwischen “auf etwas ankommen” und “von etwas abhängen”

(Aus der Zeitung) Frage: Welche Rolle spielt die Lebensdauer von Produkten für Konsumenten bei der Kaufentscheidung? Antwort: (Es) kommt auf das Produkt an. Könnte die Antwort auch ...
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How does one pluralize hyphenated compounds constructed from phrases?

In light of the highly regular pluralization in English, compound phrases are instinctively pluralized by likewise adding an s. For example, a parent might say to a child, "I'm really sick of hearing ...
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Can the word “gelenk” be used as an adjective?

In the Pokemon game one of the swimmer enemies describes himself as locker und gelenk. But what does it mean? Locker, I've already found in a dictionary.
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„Ausgeschlafen? Ne! Abgebrochen.“

„Ausgeschlafen? Ne! Abgebrochen.“ What does "abgebrochen" mean here? Is it some kind of a witty remark? I have a feeling as if I'm missing something.
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Semantische Vokalvielfalt

Mit semantischer Vokalvielfalt meine ich sinnvolle Wörter, die sich nur an einem Polyphtong (Vokal, Diphtong, Triphtong, auch inklusive Dehnungs-e, aber nicht Hiat) unterscheiden. Die Aussprache ist ...
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Nuances of the seemingly Synonymous words “Flagge” and “Fahne”

With the World Cup in full swing, I've come across the words "Flagge" and "Fahne" quite a bit. These words are seemingly synonymous, but that might not be the case. Take a quick look at the ...
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German always needs an article even when refering to general things?

I have a question relating to the use of articles in German that I think is different in English. When people say something in general like I always wear T-shirt and jean in summer. no article ...
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Any German dict like Webster?

I'm a beginner of German and I wonder whether there is any dictionary as important as the Webster in English, which I found is extremely useful when I was preparing my GRE test.
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“Allerdings” as a threat

My German teacher told me that the email I sent her contained a threat. What I wrote was "Allerdings komme ich morgen." She didn't tell me why, just asked me to research about this, but I can't find ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “merken” und “sich erinnern”?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "sich erinnern" und "merken"? Z.B.: Ich höre ein neues Wort und sage: Ich werde mich daran erinnern. oder Ich merke (mir?) das. Auf English würde ich ...
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Wie kann ich “esdrújula” (Proparoxytonon) anders übersetzen?

Im Gegensatz zum Deutschen haben wir im Spanischen unheimlich viele auf der drittletzten Silbe betonte Wörter. (Vermutlich) demzufolge haben wir ein einfaches Wort dafür: esdrújula. Kann ich ...
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Ein Mädchen im Kumpelmodus?

I was partying last weekend with a couple of friends and some of their acquaintances. There was a girl wearing a pretty sexy and not that long dress who said she was in Kumpelmodus. What does that ...
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“Nesting” of subordinate clauses

A simple example to explain what I mean: as far as I know, the following sentence is correct: 1 - Ich habe begonnen, zu machen, was du gesagt hattest. Is the following, alternate form correct? ...
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What is the difference between “Ich weiß nicht” and “Das weiß ich nicht”?

I think these two sentences have the same meaning, but which one should I use and why?
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What does “werden X nach Y unterschieden” mean?

The full sentence is: In vielen Sprachen werden die Nomen nach dem Genus unterschieden. I've checked the meaning of every single word, but I'm still not sure what the sentence means. Especially, ...
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A German relative clause that begins with “welchem in diesem”

Grammar books have taught me that 'der' words are the usual relative pronouns in German, and that 'welcher' words might work sometimes but would sound stilted and bookish. But I found a sentence in ...
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Most terrible-sounding mistakes in German [closed]

I was holding this question back because I suspected that it wouldn't be objective enough, i.e. there wouldn't be a scale to classify the awfulness of grammar mistakes. Well, there is no such a scale, ...
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Why is “my father's book” constructed differently in German

My children grow up bi-lingually and sometimes that really helps identify false friends and differences between English and German. My boy wanted to say the following English sentence in German. ...
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What does “zu Hause” mean in this context?

This fragment comes from a text about an Internet cafe: An allen verfügbaren Computern kann man online die neusten Zeitungen lesen, mit anderen Leuten "chatten" oder sich zu Hause in angenehme ...
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Haben Wörter mit Endungen auf „-männin” sexistische Konnotation?

Ich habe ein Wahlproblem. Ich kann zwischen Wörtern wählen, die entweder „sexistisch“ klingen dürfen, oder nicht so geläufig sind. Zum Beispiel deutet dieses Ngram darauf hin, dass Landsmännin weit ...
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The German 'Kommen + Past Participle' Construction

I encountered the usage of a German verb + past participle construction when in English one would have used verb + present participle. It is from the fairy tale 'The Frog King or Iron Henry' ('Der ...
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Bifurcation of the “ei” vowel in Yiddish: why?

In Yiddish, about half the "ei" words are pronounced the same as German (mein, sein, drei...) but the others shift to an "ey" sound (rhymes with "day"): éins, zwéi, kléin… We had a discussion here ...
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Wann verwendet man “bei” und wann “auf”

Welches der Beispiele ist korrekt: Willkommen bei StackExchange oder Willkommen auf StackExchange Oder ist beides erlaubt? UPDATE Ich bin gerade dabei eine Website in 3 Sprachen zu ...

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