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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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Are there some mnemonic rules to use correct articles by gender?

I speak Russian. It is quite easy in Russian to determine the gender of the word. The word termination is: o, e = it vowel = she consonant = he Of course there are some exception as in any language....
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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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„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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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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Help with finishing translation

I recently wanted to see if the owner of a domain name was possibly interested in selling it to me. I don't speak German, so I had to use Google Translate to compose the email. She responded in ...
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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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Was genau bedeutet “Akademiker”?

Ich habe einen Artikel gelesen, aber ich wusste nicht genau was Akademiker bedeutet. Ist es jemand, der einen Hochschulabschluss geschafft hat? Oder jemand, der einen Doktortitel erhält?
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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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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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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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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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“Food” in German

When I was looking for the German equivalent of "food" in my dictionary, I've noticed that both "Lebensmittel" and "Nahrung" have same meaning and I've learned "Essen" before. While I was trying to ...
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Hab und Gut: What is the difference between “Hab” and “Gut”?

In the phrase "All sein Hab und Gut", what exactly is "Hab" and what is "Gut"? I realise that both refer to private property of some kind, but are the two distinct concepts? Is "Gut" real property (...
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What does “hinschauen” mean?

I understand that "schauen" means to look but I have difficulties to understand "hinschauen" in this context Ich habe mich auf den ersten Blick verliebt. Ich hätte zweimal hinschauen sollen.
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“To have a haircut”

How would you say I had a haircut yesterday. Would it be (a) Ich hatte gestern ein Haarschnitt. or (b) Ich habe mir gestern die Haare schneiden lassen. Which one sounds more natural?
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Why does “neu” become “Neues” after “etwas”?

I found this sentence in a German children's book: Jeden Tag entdeckt Katrin etwas Neues. Neues is a noun here? How can that be? I'd think that 'new' was an adjective. As a noun, I found Neue ...
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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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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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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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List (exhaustive-ish) of predicates with “quirky subject”? (“Lexikalischer Kasus”)

I’m trying to find an exhaustive-ish list of predicates with quirky subjects (Lexikalischer Kasus) to get a better idea of how many of these there are (a dozen, a hundred?), how common they are, and ...
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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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What is another way to say “sich schminken”?

When my sister puts on make-up, it takes her hours. Wenn meine Schwester sich schminkt, braucht sie Stunden. What is another way to say "sich schminken"?
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How do you say “to have a tire rotation” in German?

Tomorrow I am going to have my tires rotated because the tires in front are worn out Morgen werde ich die Reifen meines Autos umstecken lassen, da die Reifen von vorne abgenutzt sind. Does "die ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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Idiom: einen Türken bauen. Etymology?

What is the origin of the strange idiom "einen Türken bauen"? I have already checked wiktionary, and they present a few alternatives. All these alternatices are insufficient IMO, as they all smell ...
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Individuell/Individual- and Generell/General- Phenomena

Can a native German speaker kindly explain this horrible inconsequence in his language? An adjective generell but a noun die Generalprobe Another example... An adjective individuell but a noun die ...
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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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Where to place “Bitte” in a sentence

As far as I know, many languages have no rules for the place of "please" in the sentence. In German, seems it's not the same. Is it right to use "bitte" at the beginning or at the end of each ...
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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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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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What does “Petze” mean?

My daughter came back from Kindergarten and mentioned this word to me. She said it means dumme Gans and dictionary says differently. Can someone give a few simple examples where it is used?
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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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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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How do you say “I am americanized” in German?

I am not sure if this sentence is right but here it goes: Ich bin amerikanisiert. Is grammatically correct? Would this be used in common speech?
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“ich hätte früher dort gewesen sein müssen” zeit

In dem Beispielsatz oben kommen vier Verben zum Einsatz. Hat diese Form einen eigenen Namen, oder ist das eine Kombination aus verschiedenen Formen (z. B. Perfekt und Konjunktiv II)? ...
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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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“Deine Fotos” gegen “Fotos von dir”

Bekanntlich benennt ein berühmtes soziales Netzwerk (meinem ersten Endruck nach dooferweise) zwei unterschiedliche Bilderordner mit den folgenden Namen: deine Fotos und Fotos von dir. Kann man ...
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What is the difference between “sich amüsieren” and “Spaß machen”?

Yesterday we drove to the beach and had fun. Gestern sind wir an den Strand gefahren und wir haben uns amüsiert. Does "sich amüsieren" fit in this context? Can I also use "Spaß machen"? Does "...
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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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A strange greeting! Servos?

Ever since I have arrived in Germany, I have been picking up words I hear often and then going back home to check their meanings. There is one word that still baffles me. It is a form of greeting. ...
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Was bedeutet “todunglücklich” genau?

Ich habe diesen Satz in einer Kurzgeschichte gelesen: Er ist todunglücklich! Was bedeutet es genau? Ist er so unglücklich, dass er tot gewesen sollen? Ist er so unglücklich, dass es für ihn ...

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