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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 ...
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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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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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What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?

In its "usual" usage in politics, it refers to the (forced) union of Germany and Austria in 1938. And a literal translation of the word might be "closing." Can the term be used to refer to a "merger ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den Interjektionen “o” und “oh”?

Es gibt in deutschen zwei phonetisch sehr ähnliche Ausrufewörter (Interjektionen): o und mit Dehnungs-h: oh. Beispiele: O du fröhliche (Weihnachtslied) Oh, das tut mir leid! Gibt es einen ...
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Schreibt man “gutes Neues Jahr!” oder “gutes neues Jahr!”?

Manche Leute schreiben zum Beispiel Ich wünsche dir ein gutes Neues Jahr! obwohl neu hier als Adjektiv klein geschrieben werde müsste. Ist Neues Jahr eine eigene Form? Oder handelt es sich ...
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When should one capitalize adjectives/numerals which are used as noun?

In which cases is the noun capitalized and why? 1) Der eine kam, der andere nicht. 2) Peter ist der Beste. 3) Ich denke, wir haben das Wichtigste gesehen. I have spelled the sentences ...
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Using “nötig” vs “notwendig”

What is the difference between "nötig" and "notwendig"? When would one be preferred over the other, or are they always interchangeable?
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Is the verb “türken” offensive?

In colloquial German we hear "türken" or more often "getürkt" used for "to fake". "Das sind doch alles getürkte Daten." Duden does not explain the origin of this verb but does not recommend ...
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“sprengen”: Wieso sprengt man Rasenflächen?

Google's Resultate bzgl. Herkunft waren mittelprächtig. Es scheint mir, dass es sich mit "in die Luft jagen" (dem anderen "sprengen" das sehr bekannt ist) die Herkunft teilt. Aber wie die genau ...
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What is the best German translation for the verb phrase “to upgrade software”?

When writing IT German, I try find the balance between using accepted German words (e.g. "Festplatte" instead of "Harddrive" even though anyone reading the text would understand "Harddrive") but not ...
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Asking someone to be patient

When someone is being impatient, in English you could say "please be patient", "just a moment please" or even the slight slang of "hang on." What is the equivalent in German? I know you can say ...
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Meaning of “übertragen”

I was reading a German magazine and I came across the verb "übertragen" in this context: Alte Gewohnheiten werden deshalb besser nicht auf die neue Partnerschaft übertragen. As far as I ...
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What does “halt das Schicksal auf” mean?

What does it mean: Halt das Schicksal auf, gib mir was einst war mein.
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Besteht ein Zusammenhang zwischen “Habilitation” und “Rehabilitation”?

Ist es Zufall, dass Rehabilitation (Wiederherstellung der Ehre, Genesung) und die Habilitation (Erlangen eines akademischen Grades) sich nur um eine Vorsilbe unterscheiden? Hängen die beiden Begriffe ...
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Kehren und fegen

I'm currently learning the verb Kehren with the meaning to sweep. But I recently realized that I've already learnt fegen as meaning to sweep. Is this correct, are fegen and kehren totally ...
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Ist “strunzdumm” eine neuere Wortschöpfung?

Ich bin gerade bei Twitter über das Wort strunzdumm gestolpert. Mir ist das Wort nicht geläufig. Bei Google ngram finde ich es nicht, wohl aber im Duden Online kennt es. Wer weiß etwas über ...
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What's the meaning of “Deine Mudda”?

In germany, i hear a lot of jokes containing "deine Mudda". I don't understand them, what does this mean, and what kind of jokes are containing them?
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German video news with transcription

Inspired by an answer, I wonder if there are good places to watch simple-language multimedia on current topics with subtitles or transcription (and ideally English translation). For example, Spiegel ...
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An idiomatic German translation of the Bible

Is there a translation of at least the New Testament into German which uses modern vocabulary and idioms, similarly to the way The Message does in English?
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Next step after Rosetta Stone?

I'm getting close to completing the 5 level online Rosetta Stone course, so I start wondering what should I do next in terms of learning grammar and vocabulary? The long-term goal being visiting or ...
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“noch immer” vs “immer noch”

I thought this question was dealt within a previous discussion, but it has been pointed out to me that it remains somewhat open. My impression was that if you say "er liebt sie immer noch" you were ...
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Continuing situations in German

In English I'm often using the word still to emphasize I'm in a continuing situation. For example I still haven't done my Christmas shopping. It is still raining here. I hope the film will ...
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Wie würde man “easy come, easy go” übersetzen?

Meine Kinder haben mich gestern nach der Bedeutung von "easy come, easy go" im Text der Bohemian Rhapsody von Queen gefragt. Dort heißt es: I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy Because I'm ...
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4711, 08/15 and other numbers with some flair in German?

This weekend I played a detective mystery party game in German called "Im Irrenhaus". The action of the game takes place in a mental health hospital. Every patient has a number and a name, both are ...
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What's the meaning of “zur Frau werden”?

I cam across the idiom: zur Frau werden - to become a woman I'm wondering what does it really mean. In what sense to become a woman?
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Plural von “Stadt” - “Städt” oder “Städte”

Ich lerne Deutsch. Das Lehrbuch das ich benutze werwendet den Satz: "Kleinere Städt lohnen einen Besuch". Ist "Städt" der richtige Plural von "Stadt"?
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“Could” phrases

As far as I know the word could is the subjunctive of "can/to be able to" which translates to "können". However I'm not sure about the subjunctive of "können", and how it affects German sentence ...
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Why is “Zeile” but not “Zeiger” differently pronounced in the south?

For both nouns there is a similar pronunciation of "-ei-" in standard German: Zeile: [ˈʦaɪ̯lə] Zeiger: [ˈʦaɪ̯ɡɐ] When people in some southern German regions try to speak non-dialect German the ...
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What does “Wer nicht lenkt, kommt irgendwo an!” mean?

Just to explain what I'm missing here, I'll attempt to translate the phrase Wer nicht lenkt, kommt irgendwo an! into English If you don't steer, you arrive somewhere! But that makes no ...
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What is the way to describe final exams?

What is the way to describe final exams? If want to describe my final exams at the end of my semester at university, what's the noun for "final exams"? Between my unreliable dictionary and Google ...
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How do I tell somebody to “get to work”?

Does "get to work" (imperative) translate directly, or is there another way of saying this?
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German equivalent for “buzz-in”?

While working at the US I learned this very useful word, "to buzz somebody in". It means that you press the button which remotely opens the front door of your house, and as long as the person waiting ...
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Groß- und Kleinschreibung von “Funktionales Testen” im Satz

Wenn ich den Fachbegriff Funktionales Testen mitten im Satz verwende, schreibe ich dann "funktionales" groß oder klein? Eigentlich ist es ja ein Adjektiv, aber andererseits bilden "Funktionales" und ...
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What is the correct preposition for “Name” in following contexts

How would I say have a reservation under the name XXX in german ? Ich habe eine Reservation unter dem Namen XXX. or Ich habe eine Reservation auf dem Namen XXX.
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Does the word “Fahrenheit” mean anything in German?

Is Fahrenheit a real word in German? Does it come from a concept or from a name?
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Was bedeutet “buzzern”?

http://www.the-voice-of-germany.de/news/voting-bestes-team-1.2995534 Alle Teams sind voll besetzt. Da stellt sich die Frage aller Fragen: Wer hat sich eurer Meinung nach das beste Team ...
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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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German alternatives to “Shit happens”?

As this metaphor caused some meta-discussion, I would like to know what it exactly means to the majority and what the german counterpart is: My understanding of this metaphor: It's basically ...
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Online Language Tools for advanced learners? Online-Sprachwerkzeuge für Fortgeschrittene?

I am looking for language tools for advanced learners of German available online that would allow me to perform the following: For any given word I would like to get the usage examples taken from ...
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Unterschied von Eigenschaftswörtern, die auf -al und -ell enden

Es gibt im Deutschen Paare von Eigenschaftswörtern mit demselben Wortstamm und den Endungen -al bzw. -ell, zum Beispiel: formal und formell ideal und ideell gradual und graduell nominal und nominell ...
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How to say “pull the plug” in German?

A literal, physical translation of "we pulled the plug" is "Wir zogen den Stecker." But sometimes, this expression is used in a figurative sense We "pulled the plug" on the project. Is there a ...
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Was genau bezeichnet das Wort Statussymbol?

Muss ein Statussymbol offen zur Schau getragen werden, muss eine Kommunikationsabsicht bestehen, damit etwas zum Statussymbol wird? Beispielsweise ist bei einer teuren Armbanduhr relativ klar, dass ...
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Meaning and origin of 'Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof'

What does the following sentence mean and what is its origin? Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. I've heard this expression from some friends – I guess it's what you say when you don't really understand ...
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Is it “in Urlaub”, “im Urlaub”, or “auf Urlaub”?

When referring to being on holiday any of the following seems possible: Wir sind über die Feiertage im Urlaub. Wir sind über die Feiertage in Urlaub. Wir sind über die Feiertage auf Urlaub. ...
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Deklination bei Nomen die auf -er enden

Wird bei Nomen die auf -er enden, bei einer Verwendung eines Dativs oder Akkusativs in der Mehrzahl immer ein "n" hinten angehängt? Ein Beispiel wäre folgender Satz: Viel Spaß mit deinen neuen ...
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German dictionary with detailed declensions, audio pronunciations, and IPA

I'm looking for a German dictionary that'll give me the following things for, of course, as many words as possible: Audio files of pronunciation. IPA. All declensions. The definition of the word in ...
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What are differences between “des” and “darum”?

What are differences between "Des" and "Darum"? Apparently they both mean "therefore", do they? Here are some contexts: "Meine Mutter war eine Wienerin, D'RUM habe ich Wien so gern." "DES ...
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Meaning of schon in “das schaff' ich schon”

Watching Futurama, one of the characters said: "das schaff' ich schon!" What exactly does this mean, and how does "schon" change the meaning? (I don't remember, but I think it was Fry, which ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Fragewörtern “wieso”, “weshalb” und “warum”?

Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen den Fragewörtern "wieso", "weshalb" und "warum"? Ist er regional, gibt es subtile Unterschiede in den Bedeutungen, oder gibt es noch einen anderen Grund für die ...

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