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Opinions on Duolingo [closed]

Is Duolingo regarded as a good way to being learning German? Given the emphasis on learning by translation, which I've heard mixed opinions about, I was wondering if people believed this was a good or ...
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Magazines and documentaries for speaking German with subtitles

Could you please name some documentaries, radio stations or magazines with easy German vocabulary and clear pronunciation?
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Sinnvoll sein - Sinn haben - Sinn machen [closed]

Als ich noch zur Schule ging, bzw. auch als ich noch studierte (bis ca. 1990), taten wir Dinge, die sinnlos waren und andere Dinge, die sinnvoll waren. Am Samstag mit Freunden ins Kino zu gehen, das ...
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Wie nennt man eine “Pusteblume” in Standarddeutsch?

Erst seit etwa dem 20. Jahrhundert gibt es den Begriff Pusteblume, der aber nach Duden und anderen Lexika als umgangssprachlich oder sogar als "Kindersprache" bezeichnet wird. Gibt es einen anderen ...
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What is/are the correct preposition/s to use with “Sicherheit”?

I cannot put my finger on why one of the following examples sounds right while the other sounds wrong: a) Der neue Reifen bietet Sicherheit vor Aquaplaning. b) Ein Deich bietet Sicherheit vor ...
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What grammar form is “Es muss gemacht worden sein”?

I thought the following sentence was Perfekt Passive mit Modalverb (PPmMV): Es muss gemacht worden sein. But I just found a book which says that "PPmMV" is: Es hat gemacht werden müssen. ...
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How is “Parameter” pronounced?

Is it /paˈraːmetɐ/ or /paraˈmeːtɐ/? In other words, which syllable is stressed?
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Adjective declension in “Wir haben große Fernseher”

I just started to learn German declension. According to that site an adjective should end in '-en' for plural nouns. But I also found this Wikipedia entry which says that attributive adjectives should ...
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Deklination eines Adjektivs zwischen Zahlwort und Nomen

Wenn in einem Satz die Rede von sämtlichen Dingen (plural) ist und zwischen sämtliche und dem Nomen ein Adjektiv ist: Endet dieses auf -en oder auf -e? Beispiel: Heisst es XY erfüllt sämtliche ...
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Was bedeutet dieses englische Schild? [closed]

Ich habe in dem Spiel Portal 2 dieses Schild gefunden. Jedoch kann ich mir dieses Schild nicht übersetzen. Ich vermute das es sich dabei um etwas umgangssprachliches handelt das nicht normal übersetzt ...
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Online resource which has easy German to read with its English translation

Is there any resource online which has easy German (should use most common words in daily setting) and also has its English translation alongside?
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Source of “Der Tod ist die letzte Feste dem Freien, deren Tor immer offen steht.”

There is an epigraph, poem or similar, where something like Der Tod ist die letzte Feste dem Freien, deren Tor immer offen steht. is written (but unfortunately I do not remember the details). ...
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In der Diagnose links, rechts: Aus wessen Sicht?

Vielleicht kann mir jemand auf eine Frage zur deutschen Fachsprache helfen. Wenn ich eine Diagnose von einem Arzt in der Hand halte, ist dann links, rechts aus der Sicht des Patienten formuliert, ...
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Welchen Fall verwendet man mit “wert” im Sinne von “worth something”?

Die Beispiele die ich im Wörterbuch gefunden habe, scheinen unterschiedliche Fälle zu verwenden, z.B. Es ist nicht der Rede wert. (Genitiv) oder Es ist das Geld wert. Es ist einen Besuch ...
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Differences between “Nutzungsverhalten” and “Nutzerverhalten”

I'm struggeling to find a concrete explanation/differentiation for both terms, "Nutzungsverhalten" and "Nutzerverhalten". I've seen Nutzungsverhalten being used mostly in the context of ...
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Translation of “gut x kilometer”

What's the English translation of "gut dreißig Kilometer"? As in: Es befindet sich gut dreißig Kilometer außerhalb von London? I'm not sure whether it's 'a good thirty kilometres' or 'some ...
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Is an “Internetseite” also a website?

In English we do have the distinction between a web page and a web site, the former being the HTML document visually displayed in a browser, the latter is a set of web pages from a given web address. ...
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A oder b ist/sind

Folgender Satz war Ausgangspunkt einer Diskussion mit unserer Doku-Abteilung: "Unbefugte Vervielfältigung oder unbefugter Vertrieb dieses Programms oder eines Teils davon sind strafbar." Ist der ...
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How to say “What day/time is convenient for you” in German?

A potential customer is asking me to come show a demo, and I want to ask what day/time is convenient for them. What is the usual way to express this? My attempt: Welches Tag/Zeit ist gut für ...
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What is the relationship between “Hochzeit” and “Hochmut?”

As I understand it, Hochzeit means "wedding", and Hochmut means "pride", while hoch means "high". Often, words with a common shared prefix are at least somewhat similar in meaning. But I can't relate ...
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“helfen jmdm.” vs. “helfen zu jmdm.”

I thought that helfen required Dative without any preposition, but in one of my favorite songs by J.S.Bach, the lyrics go like this: Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten, O Jesu, o ...
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How to differentiate between sie (they) and sie (she)?

I am starting to learn German and I'm trying out Duolingo, I've faced this problem several times. If I understand correctly "sie" means both she and they. So if there is no context, can I distinguish ...
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“How were the Holidays?”

Is it correct to say: Wie geht's Dir die Ferien? Not sure if it makes sense or not.
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Are there any english subtitled german intellectual shows?

I've taken german in school for several years, meaning I got the basics of the language somewhat ingrained in me. One of the ways to improve my skills, I notice, is by watching english (or swedish, ...
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Proper translation of ahnungslos?

I read a post (in another forum) that said this today: Das Land der Ahnungslosen Obviously indicating that individuals from a certain (unspecified) country were "clueless". Someone responded ...
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Is “du bist dran” the best translation for “it is your turn”?

Is there a more direct translation of "it is your turn"? I have used "du bist dran" for card games and the like, but is that a good translation in general? For example how would you translate "it is ...
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Literal translation for “Mist”

I was watching this video. When the woman gets the card wrong, she says "Mist". Is this just the German way of saying "dang" or "crap"? Does it have bad connotation? Is it appropriate to use?
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Herkunft von „Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm“

In den Tiefen des Internet entdeckte ich eine vermeintliche Erklärung der Herkunft des Sprichwortes: Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm. Behauptet wird hier, es handle sich um ein Ritual der ...
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Is “wir feiern mit euch mit” correct?

We received a wedding invitation with the following sentence to fill in: [x] Wir feiern mit __ Personen mit Euch mit It seems to me that the last "mit" is superfluous but only to the same extent ...
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When should I use ruhig / still?

A friend of mine says that one is typically used for people and the other one is for objects. The dictionary is no help, it gives the same translation for both. Is there a significant difference or ...
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How does one say “in a manner of speaking” in German?

Google translate gives "in eine Weise zu sprechen" but that strikes me as a literal translation that doesn't have the right "ring" to it. Is that, in fact, the best translation or is there a better ...
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How do you say “runder Geburtstag” in English?

When someone turns 10, 20, 30, 40, 50... it is common in Germany to say that they are celebrating their "runder Geburtstag" which is usually celebrated in a larger way, inviting a larger circle of ...
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What is the most accurate English translation of 'Stromkern'?

There's a band called Stromkern, actually from the US but strongly associated with the German alternative scene. I've been puzzling over what the name actually translates into as both 'strom' and ...
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Translation of “cash flow management”

How would you translate "cash flow management" into German? I specifically refer to the process of tracking a small business or freelancer income and expenses on a daily basis to make sure the bank ...
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“denn” vs. “dann”

I'm having a hard time finding out when to use "denn" and when "dann". This happens when I want to say the word as the equivalent of the English "then". For instance, A: I bet Germany wins the ...
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Free classic psychological e-books for language learning

I want to master German via reading e-books. I was thinking about the classic works of psychology. At best I'd like to read the works of Sigmund Freud and Erich Fromm in original. I was searching the ...
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When (if ever) did “Hors d'oeuvre” become a loan-word in German?

I was reading a graphic novel set during WWII, and while speaking English to some Americans, one of the German characters used the word "Hors D'Oeuvre". I've done some etymology research but haven't ...
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When to use the pronoun “es”?

I am not a German native speaker. I know that in certain situations the pronoun "es" has a different usage than the English "it", but I am not sure when it should be used and when it shouldn't. Here ...
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Adjectives with capital letters and no inflection

I’ve just learned Schweizer, which strikes me as unusual for an adjective in: having a capital letter; not being inflected for case/gender/number. Do the two always go hand-in-hand, and is ...
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What is the meaning of “afterburne”

I just wonder and I'm asking this here, because I couldn't find any closer match to the very interesting word "afterburne" . Well, I know it written incorrectly, but I've heard this one, with "Jemand ...
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“I am awesome like that”

How would I say phrases like the following in German: A: Woah, did you delete your one-year-old account? B: Yes, and I am awesome like that*. Or C: What a nice question, how come it got ...
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When to use 'Ich bin', 'es geht mir', 'Ich habe' and 'mir ist'?

If you wanted to translate "I'm hot" into German, like "I'm burning up cause it's hot outside", it would translate to "Ich bin heiß" which has a bad connotation. So it is translated to "Mir ist heiß". ...
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How are words categorized into masculine, feminine and neutral

Recently, while learning German I came across the articles der, die and das. which are used to indicate the gender of a noun. So, categorizing the words into masculine, feminine and neutral ...
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Double consonants in German

Are there double consonants in German that differentiate between words? Like in Italian where for example, "casa" means house and "cassa" means box. This question is related to the question "Is ...
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“Befreyung”: Was there an ey→ei spelling reform?

I recently saw a monument with the following text: AUCH SIE STARBEN FÜR DES VATERLANDES BEFREYUNG The spelling of "Befreiung" piqued my interest. Has there been a spelling reform changing more ...
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Translation of Gesamtbetriebsrat

Would you translate this as 'general works council' or 'workers council', or something else? The article I'm looking at refers to 'Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzende' (presumably the chairman) and later ...
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Read old handwritten Text

A few months ago I bought an old book, it was printed in ~1801 and it has a name entry (?) at the first page. Anybody can fully read that? I personally cannot. What I think: ... ... Auktion im ...
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How does “wem”, “wen” and “wer” help to recognise the appropriate case?

I'm told a way to recognize the appropriate case is the following: Ich gab Ihm einen Kuss = Dativ; wem gab ich einen Kuss= Ihm I'm having a hard time understanding how this helps. It actually ...
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Warum erhalten Zahlwörter manchmal das Suffix “-e”?

Es gibt seltene Varianten, in denen Zahlwörter ein Suffix "-e" erhalten: Sie streckten alle viere von sich. Beim Kegeln fielen alle neune. "Ach, du grüne Neune!" "Wir treffen uns um Zwölfe." ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...

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