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Was meint “potthässlich sein”?

Neulich befand meine Frau ein Kleid als potthässlich. Umgangssprachlich habe ich das auch schon häufig benutzt, aber nun habe ich mich gefragt, auf was sich das eigentlich bezieht? Was soll der ...
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1answer
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Whats the function of “da” in connection with verbs?

As I figured, da has several meanings. How is it understood, when it comes together with a verb? Consider the following statements Und jeder Priester steht da und verrichtet täglich den ...
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8answers
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What's the difference between “genau” and “stimmt”?

When somebody agrees with a point made in conversation they often say "genau" or "stimmt" (often preceeded by "ja"). So what is the difference? Is one slang and the other standard? Or is one ...
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4answers
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Why use Konjunktiv I in mathematics?

Konjunktiv I is mostly used for indirect speech and wishes. The following sentence is neither. Die Funktionen ψ_n(x) seien Eigenfunktionen eines Hamiltonoperators Ĥ. Why is the Konjunktiv I used ...
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2answers
83 views

How to stop structuring Deutsch sentences like English ones

I've been learning German for 3 years now, and I have a huge struggle with two things: cases, and word order/sentence structure. I've been told and can clearly see that I just think of a sentence in ...
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5answers
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How to express “silly” in German?

The English word "silly" has a multitude of meanings. Is there a single German word that would work as a translation for "silly" the following example sentences? If not, which word should I use in ...
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2answers
776 views

How to discuss your graduation?

What is the proper way to talk about your graduation? From high school, Germans have the "Abitur", but would we use the same term for an American high school graduation perhaps? Also, what about ...
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3answers
315 views

Is it wrong not to use Konjunktiv I (K1) in indirect speech?

I increasingly see cases where Konjunktiv I is not used to mark indirect speech and the indicative present is used instead, e.g.: Er sagte, er muss nach Haus gehen. instead of Er sagte, er ...
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1answer
54 views

Difference between wollen and möchten [duplicate]

I was wondering what is difference between wollen and möchten? When exactly do we have to use each of both? for example, which of the following is correct? Ich möchte Ingenieur werden. Ich will ...
7
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8answers
516 views

Wie sagt man urinieren und defäkieren in der Kindersprache?

Mein 4-jähriger Sohn geht zur Deutschen Schule Rom (die ich selber 15 Jahre lang besucht habe), und daher versuche ich mit ihm soviel wie möglich Deutsch zu sprechen. Aus meiner Kindheit kenne ich ...
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3answers
217 views

What is the difference between “testen”, “probieren” and “schmecken”?

Der Restaurantkritiker hat meinen Kuchen geschmeckt. The Food critic tasted my cake. Can I use probieren or testen in this context? What is the difference between testen, probieren and ...
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1answer
51 views

fahren in (die oder den) Sommerferien

Welcher Satz ist richtig? Ich fahre in die Sommerferien. Ich fahre in den Sommerferien. Ich weiß, wann man nach den Wechselpräpositionen Dativ oder Akkusativ benutzen muss. Aber hier ist ...
2
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3answers
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“for each of the two” in German?

I would like to say "for each of the two" in German in a context sort of like however, I do not know whom I should contact for each of the two courses. The only way I could think to translate ...
2
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3answers
312 views

Learning German helpful for any other language learning? [closed]

I am interested in learning German since I am fascinated about the German automation machines and I want to study in a German university. I want to know whether learning German directly helps in ...
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1answer
140 views
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Ursprung der stimmhaften Aussprache von <s>

In zahlreichen Büchern über historische Sprachstufen des Deutschen (z. B. Alt- und Mittelhochdeutsch von Bergmann/Pauly/Moulin) wird darauf hingewiesen, dass die beiden Grapheme <s> und <z> ...
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3answers
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Zweite Bedeutung von »nachweisen« in der Juristensprache

In dieser Frage wird folgender Satz aus einem Dokument im Zusammenhang einer Wohnungsvermietung zitiert: Der Mietinteressent bestätigt, o.g. ihm unbekannte vermietbare Wohnung vom Makler ...
2
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2answers
58 views

Wie übersetzt man “deductive system”?

Wie übersetzt man "deductive system" von Englischen ins Deutsche? A deductive system (also called a deductive apparatus of a formal system) consists of the axioms (or axiom schemata) and rules of ...
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2answers
90 views

Meaning of “Nebenfelder” [closed]

The weather prediction says Morgens einige Nebenfelder, sonst setzt sich tagsüber überall die Sonne durch. What does "Nebenfelder" mean? I can't find it in the dictionary, and since "neben" ...
2
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2answers
42 views

When you say 'Ich möchte etw.', do you use the accusative or the nominative?

Is it 'Ich möchte ein Kaffee' or 'Ich möchte einen Kaffee'? I've only ever heard people say "Ich möchte ein Kaffee, bitte", but then again, Kaffee is the object, not the subject, so...
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6answers
2k views

German video news with transcription

Inspired by an answer, I wonder if there are good places to watch simple-language multimedia on current topics with subtitles or transcription (and ideally English translation). For example, Spiegel ...
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vote
3answers
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How can “Constitution Council” be translated?

Context: Do you wish the Constitution Council's proposals to form the basis of a new draft Constitution? Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_constitutional_referendum,_2012 I know ...
2
votes
1answer
100 views

How can “Dense plasma focus” be translated?

Does anybody know how to translate "dense plasma focus"? I would like to start the German Wikipedia article, but I don't know how this is called in German. A dense plasma focus (DPF) is a machine ...
5
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2answers
296 views

Meaning of the abbrevation “o.g.” and position in context?

I am reading a document for renting an apartment in Germany through a real-estate company, and I stumbled upon the abbreviation, o.g. What does it mean, and what are the original words? The context ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

Wo kann man im Internet die deutsche Sprache üben?

Ich suche etwas wie Skype, Google Talk, Hangouts, ... wo es Gruppen gibt, wo man die deutsche Sprache bzw. Aussprache üben kann. Hat jemand eine Idee? Am besten ein PG, das auch für Minderjährige ...
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3answers
232 views

Use of “ja” in a sentence

In the following sentence: Na gut, dann kann ich ja ab sofort auf Deutsch schreiben. Why is ja used? What's its function?
4
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2answers
115 views

How to learn/explain to pronounce Ä,Ö,Ü,Z,CH?

How do I learn to pronounce Ä (at least 2 different: "Ärzte" + slightly different "Ärmel", "ätzend") Ö (at least 2 different: "Öl", "Öffnung" + slightly different "Löffel") Ü (at least 2 ...
5
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5answers
381 views

Deutscher Konjugator / German conjugation tables

Wo kann ich einen "Deutsch-Konjugator" finden bzw. ihn herunterladen? Where can I find German conjugation tables?
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4answers
684 views

Is there such a word as “Gestern-heute” and if yes what does it mean?

The news had something that happened on this date a few years ago(9-11) and it had in the title "Gestern-heute" if I remember correctly. What does it mean? EDIT To make the question clearer I am not ...
2
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1answer
115 views

Umlaute in Namen ins lateinische Alphabet übertragen [closed]

Als Besitzer eines Umlauts (ü) im Namen lernt man recht schnell, dass dieses auf Dokumenten oder in Computersoftware oder auch nur im Kreuzworträtsel in ein ue gewandelt wird, gleichermaßen mit äund ...
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0answers
36 views

Can someone reproduce the dialogs in FSI German FAST Lesson One? [on hold]

I don't know why but Dialog 1 and Dialog 2 are the only missing dialogs of the whole course. Any generous help would be appreciated.
4
votes
1answer
104 views

Unterschied zwischen pflegen und betreuen

Welchen Unterschied gibt es zwischen den Verben pflegen und betreuen? Ich habe zwei Fehler in meinem Test: Die Blumen meiner Mutter wachsen so gut, weil sie sie intensiv betreut. Carola ist ...
8
votes
5answers
319 views

What is a Lesepause?

I came across a bookmark in a German biography today with the word Lesepause written on the top. I assume this means bookmark, but I can't find any references to this word in any Wörterbücher. What ...
4
votes
3answers
96 views

Was würdest du mir zu sagen?

I was looking for a translation for: What would you like me to say? and was given "Was würdest du mir zu sagen?". To me, that translates literally to: What would you say to me? Which is ...
3
votes
4answers
161 views

Creating a composite word names

I am trying to come up with a composite word for a group of "hunters from/of the hills" for a story. Looking at dictionaries and some web pages the best I can come up with is Hügeljäger. As this is ...
5
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3answers
231 views

Usage of “aber”

Why is "aber" used in this context? Darf ich dich zu einem Kaffee einladen? – Aber ja, sehr gern.
8
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1answer
77 views

Gibt es Regeln, ob die Fremdadjektivierung durch das Suffix “-orisch” oder “-iv” gebildet wird?

Manche Fremdwörter enden in ihrer Adjektivableitung mit dem Suffix "-orisch" oder "-iv". In vielen Fällen gibt es jeweils nur eine richtige Variante, aber es gibt auch Beispiele, in denen beides, z.T. ...
5
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1answer
115 views

Brauchen as modal (again)

I found this Dilbert comic on a german website: ...
2
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8answers
644 views

Common expressions of “thank you” in a formal setting

What are common ways to say “Thank you very, very much” in a formal or business setting? I am interested in both, phrases for a written letter, and formal ways to express "thank you" in talking. Are ...
6
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1answer
133 views

Anything like the NYT crossword in German?

English is not my first language. In college (in the US), a roommate got me hooked on the New York Times crossword puzzle, and I picked up a lot of English vocabulary (along with a ton of trivia) ...
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6answers
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Gibt es eine Bedeutung des “Kraweel, Kraweel” Gedichts von Lothar Frohwein (Loriot)?

Das in der Lesung des Kulturvereins von Frau Lohse von Lothar Frohlein Frohwein persönlich verlesene Gedicht geht so: Melusine! Kraweel, Kraweel! Taubtrüber Ginst am Musenhain! Trübtauber ...
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votes
0answers
67 views

Habe ich die Zusammenfassungen richtig geschrieben? [closed]

Ich muss zwei Resümees für die Schule schreiben. Ich habe das schon getan, aber ich bin nicht sicher, ob ich sie richtig geschrieben habe... Habe ich grammatische Fehler gemacht? Wenn ja, welche? ...
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10answers
3k views

Resources for learning German

Since they have same questions on different language learning SE websites(resources for learning Russian), I'd like to write one for German language since it's a great idea to have all kinds of ...
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vote
0answers
36 views

What website should i use to master german? [duplicate]

I need to learn german but I don't know where to start. thanks,
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4answers
529 views

Difference between “Behälter” and “Gefäß”

Both Behälter and Gefäß mean "container", but is there a difference in usage or are they equivalent?
2
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2answers
125 views

Woher kommt “Freunde des schlechten Geschmacks”?

Gibt es irgendeine "Quelle" für die Wendung "(meine lieben) Freunde des schlechten Geschmacks"?r
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vote
2answers
106 views

Duolingo typo “Wie bist du in mein Zimmer gekommen?” [duplicate]

I excercise German with the Duolingo app from time to time, and today I think I found a typo in one of the excercises: "Wie bist du in mein Zimmer gekommen?" I was taught that "in" is a dative ...
11
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1answer
168 views

Analysis of “mit am besten”

Or more generally: mit + superlative. A friend of mine was reading something to me, when she suddenly said that. The sentence was in the spirit of Diese Variante ist mit am besten. (this variant ...
6
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2answers
137 views

»wenn ich mich nicht vertue« – origin of »vertue«

In another thread, user Em1 begins a comment with the phrase, wenn ich mich nicht vertue ... which I understand as if I’m not mistaken ... What is that verb he’s using? It looks to me ...
5
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2answers
198 views

Usage of “scheinbar”

Follow up on this question. Can "scheinbar" be used in the sense of "angeblich"? Examples from the question above, and Zwiebelfisch: Er schläft scheinbar. (You know he is not sleeping, just ...
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vote
2answers
135 views

Which German films to watch to improve my German? [closed]

I want to watch German films to improve my German. As a beginner, I will try to absorb as much vocabulary as I can. I will watch every film 3 times at least. The first time using English subtitles ...

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