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Where to breathe in the middle of a poetic phrase

So, in Wolf’s Mignon I, there is a phrase at the end, … und nur ein Gott vermag sie aufzuschliessen. Because it is an extended musical phrase, a breath must be taken in the middle. I believe ...
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Confused by “lange” as adverb

While learning German on Babbel, I came across this sentence: Ich muss lange beim Orthopäden warten. This confused me, because I thought that it should be lang instead of lange. My theory is: ...
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How do I separate “vorziehen” from this sentence?

How can I say: ... but I would rather/would prefer to speak in German Is the following sentence correct? ... aber ich ziehe um Deutsch zu sprechen vor.
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English documentary with German subtitles

It is easy to find German documentaries with English subtitles. But I am looking for English voiced documentaries with German subtitles. I find this makes it easier to learn new German words. Any ...
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868 views

Difference between Jacke und Mantel

What is the difference between a Jacke and a Mantel? Are there any cases in which one could be both? Are they properly defined or are they elastic concepts?
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Usage of “bunt”

I thought bunt was a neutral term that simply means colorful or multicolored. One German-speaking friend recently told me that bunt was not neutral at all and often carried a judgement. For example, ...
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Sind »Ausprägung« und »Variante« synonym?

Wenn ich verschiedene Arten habe, wie ein Objekt gestaltet sein kann, ist es dann bedeutungsgleich, ob ich von Ausprägungen oder Varianten spreche? Oder gibt es die Unterscheidung: Ein Objekt kann ...
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Distinction between “bewölkt” and “bedeckt”

While I read some story I found two terms that confusing me: Bewölkt and bedeckt. Both of them are same to me, or I am wrong. Is there any distinction?
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What is “ein Tour-Set-Führer”?

Wildwest. Natur ohne Grenzen -- himmelhoch und abgrundtief. Der neue Tour-Set-Führer "Colorado" beschreibt ein Mekka für aktive Urlauber. [...] Source: em Übungsgrammatik I guess "Führer" means ...
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When would you use “kommen”, “ankommen”, or “eintreffen”?

I was talking with my partner about when he would be arriving home and when our guest would be arriving. I didn't know the word for "arrive" and Google translate didn't provide much enlightenment. I ...
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Dankbarkeit für Öffnen eines Geschäfts ausdrücken [closed]

Ich möchte mich mit einem Brief bei einem Restaurant bedanken, das nur zur Sommersaison offen hat. Im Normalfall würde ich einfach sagen: Danke fürs Aufmachen. Ich denke im sprachlichen Gebrauch ...
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Difference between “zweifeln”, “anzweifeln” and “bezweifeln”

I was looking at the verb form from the word "Zweifel" and I found 3 different words: zweifeln anzweifeln bezweifeln It probably is subtle, but could someone explain me the difference between ...
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Translation for “There are 20 students in my class”

There are 20 students in my class. I've read the thread on difference between es gibt/es sind, and since this example is a specific situation, it seems the translation should be Es sind 20 ...
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What is the function of “stein” in “steinreich?”

In "Die Firma", the German translation of the American novel "The Firm", the partners were described as "steinreich". A back-translation might be something like "filthy rich". How did "stein" become ...
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279 views

Unterschied zwischen “Rufnummer” und “Telefonnummer”?

Gibt es einen Bedeutungsunterschied zwischen Rufnummer und Telefonnummer?
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1answer
104 views

Meaning of “Anstrengungen geben”

„Der Kampf gegen die Miliz müsse von der internationalen Gemeinschaft getragen werden. Es muss eine gemeinsame Anstrengung geben, den Krebs zu entfernen, damit er sich nicht ausbreitet.“ (via Spiegel ...
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überlassen vs. verlassen

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen überlassen und verlassen? Ist die Bedeutung von überlassen wie surrender im Englischen und von verlassen wie leave sommething behind? Die Frage ist mir bei folgendem ...
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Dativ und/oder “für”

Manchmal kann man wahlweise den Dativ oder "für" benutzen: Das Buch ist mir zu kompliziert. Das Buch ist zu kompliziert für mich. Meine Frau hat mir Essen gekocht. Meine Frau hat Essen für mich ...
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Pronunciation of “der”, “er” (the word) and “-er”

I have been learning German for a little while now and my pronunciation is still horrid. I just recently noticed though that it may be worse than I have imagined. I may have been pronouncing der and ...
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Can a reflexive pronoun be used after a preposition?

I'm working through the Collins easy learning German Grammar & Practice book, and am currently on the reflexive pronouns section. I'm confused, because it says: 'Unlike English, reflexive ...
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1answer
460 views

“Thank you for your consideration” am Ende eines Bewerbungsschreibens

So könnte das Ende eines englischen Bewerbungsschreibens aussehen: Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, John Doe Auf deutsch fällt mir nur ein Mit freundlichen Grüßen, ...
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(kurzer) Nebensatz im Nebensatz: Kommas optional?

In einer Antwort zu einer Frage, in der es ironischerweise um Kommasetzung bei eingeschobenen Nebensätzen ging, schrieb ich: Es handelt sich in beiden Fällen um einen eingeschobenen Nebensatz, der ...
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Why is it “sponsern” and not “sponsorn”?

The noun is Sponsor and not Sponser, so why is it sponsern and not sponsorn? Is this because Sponsor is an anglicism? Are there other examples of such strange flexions in the German language?
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Word for pleasure at victory by cleverness

Is there a German word for being pleased about something clever defeating something awful? I've asked around and so far I've gotten: Genugtuung ein Gefühl vollständiger Zufriedenheit But I'm ...
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Trennt man “die man schläft” mit Kommas/Beistrichen ab?

Gehören in den folgenden beiden Sätze Kommas/Beistriche? Wenn ja: Warum? Wenn nein: Warum nicht? Jede Stunde die man schläft nimmt man 42 g ab. In jeder Stunde die man schläft nimmt man 42 g ab. ...
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Warum 'in die Türkei' aber 'nach Italien'? [duplicate]

Warum heißt es Ich fahre in die Türkei in den Urlaub. aber bei anderen Ländern Ich fahre nach Italien in den Urlaub.
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2answers
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Welchen Fall benutze ich in einem ob-Satz?

Ist "Artikel" hier Dativ oder Akkusativ? "Könntest Du bitte nachschauen, ob die Artikeln brauchbar sein könnten?"
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When to use “der” or “den”?

Die Frau isst der Apfel. Die Frau isst den Apfel. Are these both the same?
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435 views

Last name Fahnel pronunciation

Our last name is Fahnel which is German and I wanted to know the correct way to pronounce it. Some relatives believe it is pronounced Fennel like the spice but I believe it is either Fah-nel or ...
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Besser als meines – why “meines”?

I found myself in a situation where I wanted to say: I’m a beginner, your German is better than mine! My first attempt was wrong, because I said: Ich bin Anfänger, dein Deutsch ist besser ...
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'Blau machen' and other phrases for absenteeism

I was watching a video about various idioms that have 'machen' in them. This included the sentence 'Er macht blau', which would formally translate into English as something like 'To be absent from ...
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“sagt man” or “man sagt” [duplicate]

I am just starting my journey to German language, so please excuse me for my trivial question. What is the difference between "sagt man" and "man sagt". How would I understand where to use right one? ...
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Does “schwarzl” also mean black?

While driving I noticed there was a lake in Austria called "Schwarzlsee". "Schwarzl" is very similar to "schwarz". Does it also mean black, what is the difference between it and just "schwarz"?
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Using definite article with people's names

So, in looking at some fairly basic German conversations, I came across the following: Hallo, wie heißt du? Ich heiße Susanne. Und du? Ich bin der Martin. Und wer ist das? Das ist ...
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Construction with “sein” + infinitive?

In Harry Potter, the sentence I'll send this with Hedwig when she gets back; she's off hunting at the moment. is translated as Ich schick dir diesen Brief mit Hedwig, sobald sie ...
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3answers
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What are examples of grammatical mistakes that native Germans make? [closed]

I'm curious to know what sort of grammatical mistakes are made by native German speakers. Are there errors in speech or writing that give a native away as being poorly educated? Native English ...
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What is the Singular of 'Ferien'?

In the last days I have come across the question: What is the singular of 'Ferien'? Plural: die 'Ferien' But what is the singular?
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1answer
597 views

Strange Pokémon attack names in a German translation

While playing Pokémon in German, I came across a few attack names (usually with the -er ending) that I wasn't able to find in the dictionary. In the English version of the game these names just seem ...
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2answers
294 views

»Anfangs« oder »Zuerst«?

Laut Duden sind anfangs und zuerst Synonyme. Diese beiden Sätze sagen also dasselbe: Zuerst empfand ich noch wenig Sympathie für meinen Kollegen Klaus. Anfangs empfand ich noch wenig Sympathie ...
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Translation of „Lieber mit einer Flamme im Bett, als mit einer Leuchte am Schreibtisch.“

From a coffee shop, I acquired a small cookie individually packaged in a plastic wrapping. On the wrapping the following is printed: „Lieber mit einer Flamme im Bett, als mit einer Leuchte am ...
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What does “so” mean in “So macht Lernen Spaß!”?

What does so mean in this title? So macht Lernen Spaß! – Film Tanzen wie die Stars The film is about a Tanzschule. I have a few ideas what it could mean, but so got so many meanings that I’m not ...
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94 views

-isator versus -isierer

Zu Verben auf -isieren gibt es zwei Möglichkeiten, den Akteur dieser Handlung zu bezeichnen: mit -isator und -isierer: Stabilisator / Stabilisierer Homogenisator / Homogenisierer Magnetisator / ...
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1answer
61 views

to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning

What's the idiomatic German for to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning? jemanden massiv ins Kreuzfeuer nehmen jemanden scharf verhören
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Gibt es das Wort Mülltasche?

Gibt es das Wort "Mülltasche"? Wenn ja worauf bezieht sich das?
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How do I ask for my coffee “for here”?

In a coffee shop, you can say, for example, "einen Kaffee zum Mitnehmen, bitte" to say that you want your coffee "to go". What is an idiomatic way to instead ask for your coffee "for here", meaning ...
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2answers
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How to get from the diminutive form to the root word (from Häuschen to Haus), and back?

Is there a rule (or best practice) on how to get from a "Substantiv" to it´s diminutive form and also back again? What I mean is i.e: How to get from Haus to Häuschen and back to Haus. It´s a ...
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Does the verb “möchten” exist?

I have often encountered the forms möchte, möchtest.... Does the verb möchten exist? Is it some special form of mögen or an independent verb?
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247 views

Etymologie des kölschen “Mer” (1. Person Plural)

Das Pronomen der ersten 1. Person Plural in der kölschen Mundart lautet "Mer", und in einigen angrenzenden Dialekten "Mir". Diese Pronomen können gedeutet werden als Variation des deutschen "wir". ...
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2answers
537 views

How to translate “The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person's determination”

How would you translate this quote? The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person's determination. You can translate it to this: Der Unterschied zwischen dem ...
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Sprachlicher Fehler Unserer Lieben Frau in Lourdes?

Im Jahre 1854 verkündete Papst Pius IX. in seiner Bulle Ineffabilis Deus das Dogma von der unbefleckten Empfängnis Mariens. Dieses Dogma besagt, dass die Jungfrau Maria von ihrer Zeugung an frei von ...

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