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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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What is the meaning of (the perhaps swisswide used) “resonieren”

In the swiss german song for children Joggeli sött go Birli schüttle I came accross the word resoniere of which the written german equivalent should (probably) be resonieren. [...] Do goht de ...
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How do we define the strength of coffee?

Coffee is the most consumed drink in Germany. No wonder it comes in a huge variety of flavours. However the list of coffee specialities does not say much on the strength of the brew. I heard of ...
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Nouns and verbs which share the same form

Beside "leben" - to live and "Leben" - life, are there other nouns which have the same form as their verbs?
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Wann darf man Markennamen bevorzugen?

Es gibt einige Beispiele für Markennamen, die inzwischen in den deutschen Sprachgebrauch so sehr integriert wurden, dass man bereits folgende Konversationen beobachten kann: "Kannst Du mir ein ...
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Origin, usage and meaning of “Wischiwaschi”

In colloquial German we sometimes see "Wischiwaschi" which was used since the 19th Century. In "Der Misogyn" Lessing wrote in 1748: Wumshäter (zur Laura.) Da, sieh einmal, wie verwirrt du ihn ...
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Typographische Konvention zum bis-Strich in der Fraktur

Jemand sagte mir, dass der Halbgeviertstrich »–« in der Fraktur nicht verwandt wurde. Wie hat man dann in der Fraktur Bereiche ausgedrückt? Im Antiquasatz verwendet man den Halbgeviertstrich als ...
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Geviertstrich als Gedankenzeichen?

Wikipedia sagt zum Geviertstrich (—), dass er im Deutschen kaum noch verwendet wird, da er als zu lange empfunden wird. Was ist Eure Meinung dazu: Verwendet Ihr den vollen Geviertstrich (—) oder nur ...
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“Die machen kein Problem für dich” or “die sind kein Problem für dich”?

When I want to say So they're no problem for you. in German, which of the two sentences is (more) correct or common? More context: I was talking about the two special German words, "Sie" and ...
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Do I need to use a definite article?

Is this correct? Ich freue mich, dass es Wochenende ist. Or should I say: Ich freue mich, dass es das Wochenende ist. With or without the article? I have definitely heard the first, but I ...
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What is a good translation of “Aus dem Nähkästchen erzählen”?

Can you help me finding a good translation for the German idiom Aus dem Nähkästchen erzählen/plaudern.
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How do we use “Verschlimmbesserung”?

Sometimes we can hear or read of a "Verschlimmbesserung": Schmidt bezeichnete Elena als Beispiel „für die schlimmste Verschlimmbesserung von Verfahren“. Was als Projekt zum Bürokratieabbau gedacht ...
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Position of verbs in clauses

When should you place the verb at the end of a clause? I know that you're supposed to place the main verb at the end of a clause if it follows another clause; such as: Ich werde es nicht kaufen, ...
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Using “-lein” and “-chen” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any rules how to build the diminutive? I was reading this article on Duden's webpage and began wondering about the diminutive forms of "-lein" and "-chen". ...
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1answer
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Teaching German to businesspeople: tips? [closed]

For a once-weekly class taught to international learners of German, what recommendations can you give me. Three to four students (but sometimes only two or one). 60 minutes per class. Diverse ...
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1answer
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What's the matter: Yiddish “was is der mehr?”

We have in Yiddish an expression for "what's the matter" that sounds like "was is der mehr?". Is this German or what? I can't make sense of it.
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Was ist das Partizip Perfekt eines englischen Lehnwortes wie “booten”?

How do I form the perfect participle of an English loan word like booten (for a computer)? Was ist das Partizip Perfekt eines englischen Lehnwortes wie booten? Ich boote meinen Computer. → ...
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Is “dümpeln” also used and understood in southern German speaking regions?

I learned that "dümpeln" or "dahindümpeln" comes from low German "dümpelen" where in the sailors language it means that a boat is bobbing around not moving forward. Today it may also be used when work ...
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Is the title of the “Vincent will Meer” grammatically correct?

I just watched the film Vincent will Meer and enjoyed it. The only thing bothering me is the title that does not seem to be grammatically correct in the absence of an article before meer. Is it some ...
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“Personen” or “Menschen”

While reading some recent newspaper stories as well as book jacket introductions, I noticed that when describing the characters of the story the writers were often using "Personen" and "Menschen" ...
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2answers
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Using Abflug vs Abfahrt

What's the exact difference and how should those words be used? P.S.: Is it when we talk about air travel and land travel?
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1answer
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German postpositions

The German adpositions are predominantly prepositions, with some cases such as entlang that can be used both as a preposition and a postposition. are there any adposition in German that are used only ...
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Ironic constructions in German

As part of my masters in linguistics, I am taking a course on the subject of irony. We were given examples of sentences that are most likely ironic, as the English sentence "he is not exceptionally ...
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“Noted” in German

What's the German translation of "noted" in the following context: A: Note that if you have a parenthesis outside the Mathjax immediately following a curly brace inside, the curly brace won’t ...
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Welche Präposition nutzt man, um “das Bild gehört ihr” zu sagen?

Gibt es eine Präposition, die Zugehörigkeit vermittelt? "Das Bild von ihr" bedeutet, dass man sie im Bild sehen kann, oder? Wie sagt man, dass das Bild ihr gehört? Ist "von" richtig in folgendem ...
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Is there an idiomatic equivalent in German for “have other fish to fry”?

Is there an idiomatic equivalent in German for “have other fish to fry”? have other fish to fry: "To have more important things to do" As an anecdote I want to mention that in the two romance ...
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Deklinierung von Antezedens

Was ist die richtige Form vom Antezedens (im Sinn des Wenn-Teiles einer logischen Aussage) im Dativ Singular? Duden http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Antezedens gibt nur die Genitiv-Form an.
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1answer
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What is the “correct” way of pronouncing - ig and the end of the word [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where? In all of my German books and several websites (as in this one), it is said that an -ig suffix it is pronounced as -ich ...
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Is there a german equivalent for 'prepper'?

I am wondering if there is a germain equivalent for a prepper. dict.leo.org didn't "know" this word. Would the average ordinary german person understand the word prepper?
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What is the gender distribution of nouns in the German language?

I want a rough estimate of the percentage of nouns that belongs to each gender category
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About an “unusual” sentence structure?

In German, most sentences have a simple structure: subject, verb, object. Ich liebe dich. But there are some verbs such as gefallen or gelingen, where this structure doesn't apply. Instead, the ...
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Where are these verses from?

Can someone tell me from which poem these verses are? "Das Unverfängliche gibt uns kein Gleichnis, das Unzulängliche, hier wird´s Ereignis." I think it is from Goethe.
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A German equivalent for “The devil's in detail”

I want a German equivalent for "The devil's in detail", Which literally means: "This plan sounds simple when you describe what needs to be done at a high level, but actually doing it will be very ...
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How to say “unmaintained”, speaking about abandonware?

I want to say that a given application is unmaintained: No support, No new features will ever be added, Bugs will not be fixed. Can I say "nicht erhaltet"? Preferably a short adjective so that it ...
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1answer
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“So ein X” vs. “ein solches Y”

There is a German song with a title "So ein Tag" (Such a Day). On the other hand, a native speaker corrected my usage of "solches ein Mädchen" as "ein solches Mädchen", which might translate into "a ...
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1answer
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Terminus für unzulässige Satzverkürzung

Ich bin auf einem Fragebogen über folgenden Satz gestolpert, bei dem, m. E. unzulässigerweise, ein Teil der Wörter nicht wiederholt, sondern weggekürzt wurde. Im Spaß ist dieses Verfahren von Heinz ...
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What is a German programmer's “rubber duck”?

I came across this excerpt from answers of the now deleted stackoverflow question on new programming slang where it says: Rubberducking Sometimes, you just have to talk a problem out; for ...
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When to use das/die/der and when ein/eine?

I'm just starting with German and got a bit lost when one should use das (or die/der) and when ein (eine/ein). I suppose it should be something like "a" or "the" in English depending if we're talking ...
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How do synchronous interpreters handle long German split verb sentences?

One of the points where German differs from other languages are the split verb sentences where the two parts of a verb form can be placed quite some distance apart, for example: Ich habe nach ...
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1answer
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Unterschied Mietvertrag - Anmietvertrag

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einem Mietvertrag und einem Anmietvertrag?
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Sentence order when using “abends”, “morgens”, etc

Which is more grammatically correct in this sentence: Ich gehe abends meiner Uni um Deutsch zu lernen. or Ich gehe meiner Uni um Deutsch zu lernen abends.
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Differences between zu Haus/nach Haus

When should I use zu Haus and when nach Haus? For instance: Ich fahrt nach/zu Haus. Ich gehe nach/zu Haus.
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Sollte der Plural von Status im Schriftlichen vermieden werden?

Es geht um eine Übersicht unfertiger Projekte, die einen Indikator besitzen, der anzeigt in welchem Status sich das Projekt befindet. Wenn ich in der Programmbeschreibung sagen möchte: In diesem ...
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Is it true that 'Putzfrau' is used for males as well?

A friend of mine, who's spent some time in Germany, told me today that in German, the noun Putzfrau is often used for male cleaners as well. This goes beyond all logic, since I found the word Putzmann ...
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How does one say “Five cubic metres”?

I found myself on the telephone today attempting to explain the volume that a bunch of furniture would perhaps occupy in a truck, and I used Fuenf cubisch Metern But it was fairly clear to me ...
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Psychisch oder Psychologisch?

In Sportlerinterviews, auf der Suche wieso es heute wieder nicht geklappt hat, wird oft von psychologischer Befindlichkeit gesprochen, wo es m.E. die psychische sein sollte. Wir konnten den ...
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Difference between 'Ich sollte' and 'Ich hätte … sollen'

When is it correct to use these two expressions: Ich sollte mit Ihnen gehen Ich hätte mit Ihnen gehen sollen I know the second sentence expresses 'I should have gone with you', but doesn't the ...
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What is the difference between Entschuldigen and Entschuldigung?

The dictionary definitions seem semantically identical. Do you use one instead of the other in certain situations? (I am a native English speaker who is learning German)
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Is there a colloquial/slang equivalent of “'them's fight'n words” in German?

I'm giving a keynote in Potsdam in two weeks on reputation systems, and I'm looking for a German colloquial/slang phrase for "Them's fight'n words!" I'm using it to represent the idea that people can ...
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What's the meaning of “Er hat mit ihr geschäckert”? [closed]

Can someone translate this into English: Er hat mit ihr geschäkert. The verb "schäckern" has no entry in dict.leo.org . UPDATE The correct spelling is schäkern which you can find in most ...

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