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How to say “A red apple”

I am learning german, very slowly though and when I typed red it came up as "rot" in google translator. Then I typed a red apple and it came up as " ein roter apfel". The only part I don't get is why ...
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“umgekehrt als bei” oder “umgekehrt wie bei”?

In folgendem Satz: Bei X ist das anders als bei Y. muss das Wort "als" verwendet werden, sagt mir mein Sprachgefühl. Ich hadere aber etwas bei: Bei X ist das umgekehrt als bei Y. Ich würde sagen ...
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Unterschied zwischen ermorden, töten, und umbringen?

I was just watching a crime show with a scene where the perpetrator shouted: Ich habe ihn nicht ermordet! I understand ermorden means to murder, but is there any difference between that, töten ...
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“Die unglaubliche Frage des Raffael V.”

Ich lese viel (zu oft) spiegel.de und mir ist irgendwann aufgefallen, dass man dort dazu neigt eine bestimmte (gekünstelte) Formulierung für Betitelungen zu nutzen, welche wohl dazu bestimmt ist eine ...
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More info about the use of “bezüglich” [on hold]

Can somebody try to explain in short, when it is appropriate to use bezüglich and when it is not?
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Are these passive sentences correct?

Do these passive sentences make sense or are they wrong? Mir wird nichts gesagt. – I’m not being talked to; nothing is being said to me. Bei den Kino wird geraucht, obwohl man es nicht darf. ...
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What does the following translate to in english? “Jawooooolllllooo! - feeling hot -boy-mäßig”

I saw this on twitter, posted by a german female friend of mine but have no idea what it means, especially the Jawooolllooo part. Google translates mäßig as "Moderately". Could anyone tell me what is ...
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poetogen – Alternativbedeutungen, Herkunft, Herleitung

Über den Begriff poetogen stolpere ich immer wieder und suche deshalb nach Erklärungen, wie es zu zu diesem kam. Unter den ersten Google-Treffern ist die Topik des Sonetts, die eine Erklärung liefert: ...
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Are these sentence in the passive voice correct? [on hold]

I'm trying to understand how to use the passive voice in German. Are these two sentences correct?: Der Hund wird getoetet worden sein. - The dog will have been killed. Der Hund wird orange ...
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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Vorkommen” [on hold]

What is the difference between Ereignis and Vorkommen. I keep on needing explanation in this question even so some can think it's nonsense. If someone, in Hedegger's understanding, could explain me, ...
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Etymology of “Wertgegenstand”

I can't understand very well.. According to canoo.net, Wertgegenstand is composed of Wert (value), gegen (against) and Stand (state). So does this mean something like "stand against value?" And what ...
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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Eventuell”

I know that this two words Ereignis and Eventuell are related, but I would like to know more about what makes them different. Translating them into my native language, Portuguese, they both translate ...
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How the verb works in a question

I want to say: Yes, get water please in German, but I think my attempt is wrong. I'm speaking to one other person informally: Ja, bitte Wasser kriegt. Is this right? Do I conjugate like ...
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What does “endgeil” mean in German? [closed]

What does endgeil mean in German, is it comparable to awesome in English? Is there a direct translation of the word? This is "teen slang" and therefore hard to find in many dictionaries.
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Finding out how many german words I do know

I know a website offering a test for knowing how many words you know in english. http://testyourvocab.com/ I would like to find something similar for the german language. I've made some searches ...
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“Gradeaus” vs “geradeaus”

I know that geradeaus means "straight". But I also heard its variation gradeaus. Is it appropriate to say or write this word so?
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Any German books with included vocabulary?

I am trying to learn german, but I find memorizing vocabularly lists very boring, and would prefer to read a book and just look up the words I don't get. The problem is, I find it really frustrating ...
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Substantivierung: “Mein Suchen war nicht von Erfolg gekrönt”

Dieser Satz steht in meinem Grammatikbuch als Beispiel für Substantivierung. Hier ist das Verb suchen substantiviert. Duden aber sagt, die Substantivierung soll die Suche sein, und Suchen besteht nur ...
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Hat man »zwei Eltern« oder »zwei Elternteile«?

Auf meiner Website habe ich heute einen Beitrag veröffentlicht, der mit diesem Satz beginnt: Ein Mensch hat zwei Eltern, vier Großeltern, acht Urgroßeltern und so weiter. Ein Kommentator hat ...
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What is the origin of the word “Ursprung”?

From which words does the German Ursprung originate? In Portuguese we have the translation origem (origin), but I need to know more about this word. I tried to separate the ur from the sprung to see ...
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Richtige Präposition [on hold]

Sind diese Sätze richtig? Er geht auf den Flughafen. Er geht auf den Hof. Er geht auf den Bahnhof. Er geht auf die Post. Er geht aufs Rathaus. Er geht auf den Markt. Er geht auf die Universität. Er ...
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How to type the capital ß (ẞ) on a Windows 8 German keyboard?

I just started learning German through DW online courses. I can not find how to type the capital ß (ẞ, this one is copied :) ) on the German keyboard of Windows 8.
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Gibt es eine Übersetzung von “blackboard bold”?

Wie nennt man Buchstaben mit Doppelstrichen, wie sie in der Mathematik für die verschiedenen Grundmengen (natürliche Zahlen, reelle Zahlen usw.) verwendet werden? In der englischen Sprache gibt es die ...
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Etymlogy of “Bedürfnis”

I've tried to search on Google for the etymology of this word but I couldn't find it (or at least I couldn't understand that it was an etymology since it was written in German). Bedürfnis should mean ...
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Are “wenn” and “falls” really always interchangeable in case of a conditional? [duplicate]

The question is only about the case, when both conjunctions are used as a conditional (leaving the possibility to use "wenn" as temporal aside). Let's start off with an example: "Falls ich ...
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What's the difference between “darf” and “kann”?

Consider the following two sentence: Kann ich dich küssen? Darf ich dich küssen? Both verbs mean "can", so what's the difference between "dürfen" and "können"? I've tried to make a search on ...
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What's the meaning of “würde”?

I know the meaning of the following sentence Ich würde gerne einen Termin machen. Trying to better understand the words like wollen, gern, möchten, würde etc., I realized that the meaning of ...
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Asking someone to switch to English

Not knowing quite enough yet to speak completely in German, I sometimes need to ask someone on the phone to switch to English (as they normally answer in German). My last attempt: Können wir ...
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Meaning of “Augen unter Null”

I was hearing a german song by Eisbrecher music band. Song called "Augen unter Null". Augen unter null - Sehen das Ufer nicht, Einsam abgetaucht Und kein Land in Sicht. I think ...
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Why “schieben” guards “Wache”?

The expression "Wacheschieben" is well-known to native speakers. It's synonymous to "Wachestehen". I just realized that this word can be confusing to language learners. Ich habe vier Wochen ...
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Geschlecht neuer zählbarer und unzählbarer Substantive

Ich habe gerade über Geschlechter von Substantiven nachgedacht. Im Standarddeutschen ist Butter weiblich, aber so weit ich weiß kommen landschaftlich alle drei Geschlechter vor. Weniger überraschend ...
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Demonstrative pronoun: does it have to match the subject? [on hold]

I'm a little confused about German grammar, the demonstratives to be specific (this, that, these, those). Does the demonstrative pronoun have to match the subject being described? Example: Would ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einer Spachvarietät und einem Dialekt?

In einer Diskussion um "korrekte" Aussprache wurde angemerkt, dass das in Österreich gesprochene Deutsch kein Dialekt sei, sondern eine "Standardvarietät der deutschen Hochsprache". ...
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When can I use constructions like “wenn du planst teilzunehmen?”

In writing an email to some friends, I was told that it's better to write Bitte gib uns Bescheid, wenn du planst teilzunehmen. instead of Bitte gib uns Bescheid, wenn du teilzunehmen ...
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Splitting the German word “Taucherausrüstung”

I mean splitting into prefix, suffix, and so on. Like when you look at the etymology. For example: Gelegenheit is: Ge+ legen + heit To better understand some German words I'm trying to ...
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84 views

What's the meaning from “Machenschaft”

I’m writing about Heidegger’s use of the word Machenschaft and I would like to try to explain this word correctly because I chose to keep it in German. In my language it was translated as Maquinação, ...
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Does the word “Fahrenheit” mean anything in German?

Is Fahrenheit a real word in German? Does it come from a concept or from a name?
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Wie üblich ist 'Feber' in Österreich?

Ich bin gerade am Lokalisieren eines Programmes und wollte für den Monatsnamen Januar in der österreichischen Fassung Jänner verwenden. Dabei fiel mir auf, das es auch einen Feber für Februar gibt. ...
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“Ich kann Englisch”

Strange as it may sound (to me at least), it seems that it is correct, rather than (more logical sounding to me) Ich kenne Englisch Is that some kind of historical accident that "können" has ...
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How does a German say “Nice to meet you”?

In English it is common to reply with "Nice to meet you" when you were introduced to somebody. Likewise you say "Was nice to meet you" on leaving. Are there any similar phrases a German would use in ...
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Looking for ALL german verbs database

It could be plain text. I need to have there all verbs with all forms written down. I'm afraid I can't use any web source, 'cause I want to create an application that will "read" sample german book ...
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What do I need to know to pass the A1 or A2 exams from Goethe Institut?

Can someone share what I need to know to pass the A1 or A2 exams from Goethe Institut? For instance, do I need to know all cases (nominative, accusative, dative, genitive)? the past form of every ...
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Usage of “aber”, “jedoch” and “allerdings”

What is the difference between allerdings, aber and jedoch? I looked them up in the dictionary and all three mean 'but'. Could anyone tell me how they're used in a sentence?
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Meaning of the “Schnee von gestern” as an idiom

I was watching a "Learn German" video and heard this line: ...das ist doch Schnee von gestern! I think I understand it, but would like to make sure. I understand that literally means "Snow from ...
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How to say “and such” in German?

I'd like to translate the sentence "We need sunburn cream, bath towels and such." Wir werden heute an den Strand fahren. Was brauchen wir fürs Sonnenliegen? Wir brauchen Sonnebrand-Creme, ...
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“sprengen”: Wieso sprengt man Rasenflächen?

Google's Resultate bzgl. Herkunft waren mittelprächtig. Es scheint mir, dass es sich mit "in die Luft jagen" (dem anderen "sprengen" das sehr bekannt ist) die Herkunft teilt. Aber wie die genau ...
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What time does “Vormittag” start and end?

This morning I read someone's message (written at 7am) saying that he likes "den frühen Vormittag". In my opinion 7am in the morning isn't Vormittag yet. Is there a definition for the time span ...
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Can I say “Togo war deutsch”?

Can I say "Togo war deutsch bis 1918" ? Togo war eine der deutschen Kolonien in Afrika von 1884 bis 1918. Togo war deutsch nach dem Untergang Deutschlands in 1918. Nach der Unterzeichnung ...
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How is “ch” pronounced correctly?

I'm interested (or rather "re-interested") in learning German. When I looked up some basic lessons to get myself started, I found this on about.com. If you click on any of those words, you can hear ...

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