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Reading comprehension/Leseverstehen

A week ago I wrote Higher Matura Exam in my country (Croatia). One of the tasks involved putting the right sentence into the right blank space in the text. In my opinion, there are two possible ...
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Wie sagt man „to butcher a language“?

Ich tue mein Bestes, gutes Deutsch zu lernen, weil ich es nicht verunstalten will. Ich frage mich, ob ich in diesem Kontext auch das Verb vergewaltigen verwenden kann und warum.
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Das wichtigste Versorgungsystem ist/sind die elektrischen Netze

Die moderne Gesellschaft ist in hohem Maße von Energie abhängig und das wichtigste Versorgungsystem ist/sind die elektrischen Netze. Welche Formulierung ist richtig und warum? Ist oder sind?
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Can auffordern (etc.) + an infinitive serve to introduce a stretch of indirect speech?

Am I correct to think that the second and third sentences (in bold) of this quote (from this Spiegel article) are indirect speech? Alexis Tsipras hat die Griechen in einer TV-Ansprache erneut dazu ...
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German equivalent of “ain't”

Ain't represents the contraction of: am not, are not, is not, have not, has not Examples: I ain't a traitor. -> I am not a traitor. Ain't gonna happen. -> Is not gonna happen. You ain't seen ...
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Conjunctive combined with “als”

In another question recently asked here, there was an "als"-sentence as a subclause of reported speech. The question was whether to use conjunctive or preterit and the only answer there stated that ...
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Was bedeutet die Redewendung “jemandem noch aus den Ohren raus hängen”?

Ich lerne Deutsch, aber es ist nicht meine Muttersprache. Einmal schrieb mir jemand: Es wird dir noch aus den Ohren raus hängen. Ich möchte gerne wissen, was das bedeutet.
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Best books for Hören

As you know Hören is a critical skill for improving the other skills (Schreiben, Sprechen and Lesen). I am looking for a set of books that would teach me this skill and give me good exercises? I am ...
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Richtige Schreibweise von »Fünfziger Jahre«?

Wie werden in einem Text die Fünfziger Jahre richtig geschrieben. Ich habe Folgendes gefunden: Fünfziger 50er 50iger Aber was ist richtig?
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“Ich sitze am Tisch” or “zu Tisch”?

I was wondering how to translate I am sitting at the table, is it Ich sitze am Tisch or Ich sitze zu Tisch? Are both possible maybe? Is there a difference between them? I would have said am Tisch ...
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Wie kann man “Er ist der erfolgreichste Teilnehmer des Wettbewerbs” klarer machen?

Er ist der erfolgreichste Teilnehmer des Wettbewerbs. Ist er nur mit männlichen Teilnehmern verglichen, oder mit sowohl männlichen als auch weiblichen Teilnehmern? In dieser Frage wird behauptet, ...
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Explaining the adjective endings in “Für seine guten Leistungen überraschte ihn die Mutter mit einem neuen Fahrrad”

I am still struggling sometimes to understand how it works with adjective endings. I already once asked a question about another expression and now I again found something I cannot explain. I don’t ...
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2answers
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Perfect + modal verb + list – how do I expand this?

The question is on the highlighted verb in this quote from Rotkäppchen. Es wird auch erzählt, dass einmal, als Rotkäppchen der alten Grossmutter wieder Gebackenes brachte, ein anderer Wolf es ...
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Subclauses in reported speech: conjunctive or indikative?

The question is on the highlighted verb in this quote from Rotkäppchen. Es wird auch erzählt, dass einmal, als Rotkäppchen der alten Großmutter wieder Gebackenes brachte, ein anderer Wolf es ...
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Wie konjugiert man “etwas sein lassen”?

Könnte mir jemand sagen, warum in einem deutschen Lehrbuch steht: Ich habe das sein gelassen. Aber ich glaube es muss heißen: Ich habe das sein lassen.
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when we say “ich gehe ins Kino” ? [duplicate]

according to the german grammar we should say " ich gehe in dem kino " because "das Kino" is in the dative position >>> but why here ins not in dem
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Gibt es im Deutschen Adjektive, die Januswörter sind?

Als Januswort bezeichnet man laut Wikipedia ein Wort mit mindestens zwei Bedeutungen, wobei eine Bedeutung das Gegenteil einer anderen ist („Auto-Antonymie“). Mir ist aufgefallen, dass der ...
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1answer
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Karl Simrock's Nibelungenlied translation

I am reading the Nibelungenlied's translation by Karl Simrock. One of the first few verses reads: Die Minnigliche [Kriemhild] lieben brachte keinen Scham, Um die [Kriemhild] viel Recken warben, ...
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Best phrase to use when passing by someone in your path/way?

I do hear Entschuldigung a lot in this case, but what other words or phrases are there to politely excuse yourself while brushing past someone?
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Ist »Ich bin heim« richtig?

Laut dem Duden bedeutet »heim« wieder nach Hause, in die Heimat zurück Demnach sollte man das Folgende sagen können: (a) Ich bin heim. Aber ich höre viel mehr von (b) Ich bin daheim. ...
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Woher kommt “Schicht” in der Bedeutung “Ende”?

Diese Frage ist mir während eines Konzertmitschnitts von Jan Delay in den Sinn gekommen. Im Lied St. Pauli kommen folgende Zeilen vor: Auf St. Pauli brennt noch Licht. Da ist noch lange noch ...
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‘At home’: ‘Daheim’, ‘Zuhause’ or ‘zu Hause’?

To translate at home as in the simple ‘I’m at home’, which of the above is correct? Daheim, Zuhause or zu Hause? Also, what is the difference between Zuhause and zu Hause?
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Difference between “Was ist dein Beruf?” and “Was bist du von Beruf?”

What is the difference between the following? Was ist dein Beruf? Was bist du von Beruf? They translate to the following: What is your job? What are you doing for living?
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Is there a service to help transcribe Kurrentschrift into Latin script?

I have several documents that I need transcribed from Kurrentschrift into modern German script (really just a text file, notepad would be perfect). Some examples of the documents I'm looking to have ...
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1answer
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When should I use these two pronunciations of r?

I read the following in a textbook: In the German-speaking world of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, there are two distinct ways of pronouncing r. One way is the rolled r as is heard in ...
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1answer
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Noch vs Mehr - when to use the other?

If I were to ask something like "Can I have one more apple", I would apparently say Kann ich noch einen Apfel? Using noch. If I were to ask something like "Can I have more apples?" (Only taking ...
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How to say ''I like you'' with gefallen? [closed]

İs it ''mir gefallen dich'' or ''Mir gefallen dir''?
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1answer
84 views

Logic consistency of prepositions between “Willkommen bei uns zu Hause” and “Willkommen bei Twitter”

I'm struggling with prepositions. What's the meaning of bei uns in this sentence? Willkommen bei uns zu Hause. Or another example: Willkommen bei Twitter. Why is it not like "Willkommen zu ...
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Gegenteil von Rücktritt (am Fahrrad)

Neulich hatte ich eine Diskussion über das Wort Rücktritt im Kontext von Fahrrädern. Die Frage war, ob mit Rücktritt besagt, dass man beim Rückwärtstreten bremst oder genau nicht bremst. Nach einer ...
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2answers
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Bezeichnung für eine Person, mit der man nur online zusammenarbeitet

Hintergrund meiner Frage ist die Arbeit in Open-Source-Projekten. Was wäre ein passender Begriff für Menschen, mit denen man schon länger online zusammenarbeitet, die man aber nie persönlich ...
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How to say “I still remember the taste of your sweet lips” in german? [closed]

I really don't know how to say it in a correct form. Help please!
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Proper usage of “Entschuldigung”

I'm currently on the German course on Duolingo (trying to learn) and am a little confused about some of the Duolingo translation. It says that Entschuldigung means both excuse me and sorry. If this is ...
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3answers
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“Persönlichkeit: sein oder haben”, what is right?

I am trying to understand how the word Persönlichkeit is used in German, ARE people one, or do they have one? I was surprised I found on Duden an example with to be: -er ist eine starke ...
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1answer
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Tips on teaching German semantics to political refugees [closed]

As a part time job, I teach German, here in Germany, to teenagers (the interval goes from 15 years of age to 18) who have fled their lands due to war and general political instability. The come from ...
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What learning strategies are there for German noun declension?

In German, there are three genders, four cases, two numbers and irregular words. It’s a lot and I can’t learn the declension of each word one by one by heart. Of course, I’m not talking about der, das ...
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How would this sentance be translated in German? [closed]

How would this sentance be translated to German correctly? "that is the degree to which an individual is liked or disliked by his or her peers" Thank you in advance :P
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Wie liest man Nummern in Namen wie “Elisabeth II.” vor?

Wir freuen uns auf den Besuch von Königin Elisabeth II. Wie spricht man "Königin Elisabeth II." aus? Liest man es immer als Genitiv (Elisabeth der Zweiten) vor?
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How rude are these German words? [closed]

I often see/hear words like he following, but dictionaries like dict.cc or leo.org give many different translations with varying degrees of rudeness. So, is it possible to give me an idea of how ...
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How to differentiate wägen und wiegen for Partizip II

I would like to know how Germans differentiate between wägen and wiegen. When it comes to past participle both changes to gewogen (of course, the simple past is also wog) Do Germans just know them by ...
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1answer
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“Das ist sein Pass.“ Is this sentence right?

Das ist sein Pass. In this sentence, why is sein, not seinen? Pass is a masculine word. I’m a little confused!
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596 views

Is there a proper name for “old German” script?

Is there a name for “old German handwriting” besides just calling it old? I’m referring to the German script written pre-world war II, it was the Nazis who scrapped it in the late 30s. My ...
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3answers
260 views

Different words for a “contract”

While I was searching for the German word for a contract (in the general meaning, as a binding agreement between any multiple entities, in any context) in my English-German dictionary I came across ...
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2answers
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Are there any mnemonic aids for remembering how to deal with cases for each gender?

I always get confused remembering adjective endings for both definite and indefinite articles. Does anyone know of any phrases/songs that kids are taught at school to help with remembering these? For ...
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In conversation, how do I add information after I’ve already ended a sentence?

I often want to say something like: Ich habe Übungen gemacht. Täglich. where I think to add täglich after finishing the first sentence. What’s the correct way to handle this in conversation? The ...
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2answers
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Trennbare Verben und Wortstellung

This question also has an answer here (in English): Putting (part of) separable verb at beginning of sentence? Ich glaube, dass die Antwort "auf keinen Fall" ist, aber ich wollte ...
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1answer
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What is the English translation of “Bemerfungen”?

I've tried google and bing translate as well as asking my uncle (a native German speaker, born in Germany). None have a translation, my uncle's response was the word Bemerfungen has me stumped. It ...
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8answers
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Deutsches Wort für “adjacent possible”

Ich habe ein englisches Buch gelesen (Cal Newport, So good they can’t ignore you), in dem mehrfach der Begriff adjacent possible auftaucht. Soweit ich verstanden habe ist es der nächste Schritt nach ...
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2answers
123 views

Doubt about how “ohne” influences sentence meaning

Studying on Duolingo, I am trying to translate this sentence here: Die ersten Kakaobohnen brachte Christoph Kolumbus aus Amerika mit, ohne dass man zu dieser Zeit etwas damit anfangen konnte. I ...
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1answer
59 views

When to use German subjunctive? [closed]

I realize that German subjunctive is more like English conditional as it translates to would and should. If I wanted to say We would have taken a bus, but it was too crowded. would I use ...
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1answer
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What does “Fur Reichbeshaffenungsamp” (embossed on a camera) mean?

Embossed on a camera are the words Fur Reichbeshaffenungsamp I have tried to split the letters but cannot find a true meaning.

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