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2answers
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Eifersucht vs. Neid

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Eifersucht und Neid? Mein Wörterbuch übersetzt beide Wörter nach jealousy.
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5answers
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What is the German equivalent of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”?

What is the German equivalent of "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."? That is: A phrase used for font selection that contains all the letters of the alphabet.
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German words with interesting etymology [closed]

Which German words have a very interesting etymological history? Translation: Welche deutschen Wörter haben eine besonders interessante etymologische Geschichte?
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6answers
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Was sind gute Zungenbrecher im Deutschen? / What are good German tongue-twisters? [closed]

Welche Zungenbrecher im Deutschen sind besonders interessant oder eine gute Übung?
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2answers
568 views

Grammatisch oder grammatikalisch?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "grammatisch" und "grammatikalisch"? Ist am Ende eins von beiden falsch? Wenn ja, warum? Wie kommen diese beiden unterschiedlichen Wortformen zustande?
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5answers
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How rude is “Quatsch!”?

I've seen Quatsch! translated as Bullshit, which I was fine with as I had only heard it used among friends. Today, a university teacher used the Q-word in response to a student's serious suggestion in ...
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1answer
66 views

Searching German Website with user feedback on regional usage of words and phrases

After seeing the question on the regional usage of a certain grammatical construction: In welchen Regionen ist die dem-sein Form gebräuchlich? I remembered that there is a German website that ...
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13answers
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How can a native English speaker know when it is appropriate to use the polite (Sie) or the familiar (Du)?

In a language such as English, where there are no "built-in" (so to say) polite and familiar forms, what are some simple tips or guidelines for when to use the polite or the familiar forms? Are there ...
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7answers
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How to translate Fernweh to English?

Is there a good English translation for Fernweh? dict.leo.org suggests wanderlust and itchy feet, but they are both more about travelling around rather than going away.
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1answer
521 views

Does Swabian have English influences?

Many variations of the swabian dialect contain words and pronunciations that to me always subtly sounded like influenced by modern english. One of the more prominent examples is the pronunciation of ...
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3answers
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Why no perfect participle? “Sie hat sich scheiden lassen”

Sie hat sich gestern von ihm scheiden lassen. This sentence uses the infinitive lassen instead of the perfect participle gelassen. Which grammatical rule causes this?
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3answers
281 views

What do we have to take care of when trying to learn grammar from spoken conversations?

In spoken conversations the grammar used is sometimes very different from the rules that we learn in textbooks or that apply to writing. This is even more so in regional dialects when sentences like ...
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7answers
492 views

Selbständig vs. selbstständig

Selbständig and selbstständig seem to share the same meaning. What are the differences in tone and usage?
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12answers
1k views

In welchen Regionen ist die dem-sein-Form gebräuchlich?

Als Alternative zum Genitiv gibt es das dem-sein-Konstrukt. (Keine Ahnung, wie man es sonst nennen sollte): Der Frau ihre Handtasche. Dem Fritz sein Schwager. Wo ist diese Form gebräuchlich?
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11answers
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Good online resources for improving German over Summer Vacation?

I recently finished an evening class in beginners German (Common European Framework A1/A2), and plan to take an intermediate class in September. I don't want to slip out of practice over the summer. ...
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4answers
384 views

Do Latin loanwords conserve their gender?

When I asked my teacher for the gender of Mensa, she replied that it is feminine, because the Latin word mensa is feminine. When it comes to words that share the same spelling in both German and ...
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7answers
434 views

Gibt es ein eigenes Wort für beschmutztes Geschirr?

Gibt es ein eigenes Wort für beschmutztes Geschirr? Z.B: "Du hast zu viel __ in deinem Zimmer!"
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4answers
302 views

German student preparing for travel abroad

I've studied German in an academic setting in the US for a number of years. When conversing with native German speakers I've noticed slang and other "non-academic" mannerisms. I'm preparing to ...
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7answers
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In what context do we write “Guten Tag” rather than “Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren”?

Formal letters almost always used to start with "Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren," or "Sehr geehrter Herr Maier" if the person is known. However more and more we see formal correspondence that addresses ...
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3answers
225 views

Benutzt man immer einen Wasserschlauch in einer Wasserschlacht?

Ich suche ein Wort für das Kinderspiel, in dem sich Kinder mit Wasser bekriegen. Wasserschlacht klingt gut, aber mein Wörterbuch merkt an, dass es ein Krieg "mit einem Wasserschlauch" sei. Ist das ...
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16answers
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How can I better learn noun genders?

One of the things that I really liked about German, as I was studying it in college, was the very orderly grammar, which actually helped me to understand my native English better. As a non-native ...
20
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10answers
2k views

What are the differences in punctuation between German and English?

Each language has its own ideas of how to punctuate, e.g. space before question marks in French. How is German punctuation different from English?
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6answers
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Is there a good on-line resource to look up the etymology of German words?

Is there a good on-line resource - free or not free - to look up the etymology of German words? Something like Duden's "Das Herkunftswörterbuch"?
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19answers
4k views

What are good online dictionaries for translation between German and English?

What are good online dictionaries for translation between German and English?
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2answers
1k views

Gibt es andere übliche Märchenbeginnformeln neben “es war einmal”?

Sehr viele Märchen beginnen auf Deutsch mit "Es war einmal", aber ich kenne auch ein Märchen, das anfängt mit "Zu der Zeit, als das Wünschen noch geholfen hat ...". Gibt es noch andere Beginnformeln ...

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