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bio website mst.rwth-aachen.de
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Apr
30
comment How do you translate “bless his (little) heart?”
For instance: "He thought he could iron his pants while wearing them, bless his heart."
Jan
6
comment Is it acceptable to omit umlauts and put an extra 'e' instead?
Input in a specific program such as Microsoft Word is very different than a general operating system feature. (Moreover, such advice may only apply to the Windows version of Word; it doesn't work in the Mac version. And who wants to open Word to type a foreign character?)
Dec
28
comment Distinguishing Sie (you) from sie (they) in conversational German
I asked the question because I've actually had this situation several times. When it happened in person, I felt it would be rude to point too much. And, of course, there are the times it happened in a telephone call (my biggest nemesis, in so many ways), where visual clues are obviously useless.
Mar
6
comment Welcher versus der?
Thank you. The context is formal here, so I will use the welcher form.
Mar
7
comment Does form of address change when other listeners or readers are present?
I hadn't either, until I saw it in the email and thought, "Huh, this is strange."
Feb
23
comment How do you say “Three strikes, you're out!” in German?
Both. Edited to clarify.
Feb
13
comment What is the meaning of “Mensch” when used between friends or family members?
@knut: Not really—the "Mensch" didn't really seem to have that sense. It was used too often during the conversation, and it was always being addressed specifically to the husband.
Jan
17
comment How do I say something is the superlative of a group in German?
So is it preferred to say «Lake Michigan ist der größte Große See» instead of «Lake Michigan ist der größte der Großen Seen», or are both acceptable? Is the second considered more literary rather than Umgangsprache?