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Jun
6
comment What are the differences between “jein” and “naja”?
I don't quite agree. "Jein" is more if you are really in doubt about yes or no. Or if a question really cannot be answered with yes or no, because for some reason both answers are true. - Naja, however, is used if you agree or disagree with reservation, because you're having small, but certain, doubts. But still, you basically (dis)agree. For that reason, I'd go with naja in both of your "jein"-examples. You agree that they can borrow your car, but with the restriction of half an hour. And you disagree with her being his sister, although they're very close to each other.
Jun
6
comment Usage of “zwar”
Aside: The question "Hat man heute Geburtstag" is a bit strange. You'd rather ask "Hat heute jemand Geburtstag"
Jun
5
comment How to say “I come from Beijing, China” in German?
Gutes Beispiel, @userunknown, auch wenn Texas ja in dem Sinne kein 'Land' ist, sondern lediglich ein Staat.
Jun
3
comment How to say “I come from Beijing, China” in German?
I disagree in one point. Namely, it's common to say "Beijing, China".
Jun
3
comment Welchen Fall benutzt man mit Phrasen wie “last year”?
“Ende diesen Jahres” vs. “Ende dieses Jahres” - Why Akkusativ in “dieses Jahr”, “diesen Sommer”?
Jun
3
comment How to say “to check the mail”?
@Takkat As far as I know does user unknown live in another region than I do, for that reason I vote for 'not regional'. And definitely not colloquial.
Jun
2
comment How to say “to check the mail”?
I always use the English word: "E-Mails checken". Alternatively I guess most people tend to say that they will "read" emails. Ex.: "Ich muss noch meine (E-)Mails lesen." I've never heard "prüfen" in this context. Probably also possible is "abrufen". Ex: "Kann ich mal eben meine E-Mails abrufen."
May
30
comment Wie sagt man “Do you know if something?” auf Deutsch?
Did you try to translate it yourself?
May
29
comment What's the meaning of 'erl'?
As far as I see the this answer to Erklärung der Beugung des Wortes „Erlenkönig“ im Gedicht Goethes does also answer your question.
May
29
comment How do you say “over the hump” in German?
@Mac I also read the full comment and I would actually phrase that completely different in German. For one, I wouldn't use any of these idioms at all, for another I would word that sentence in a way it fits to the previous lines. In this answer, however, I focused on that sentence only and tried to keep most of OP's initial approach. I like your suggestion anyway.
May
28
comment Welche Präpositionen folgen auf “Portierung” (Softwareportierung)?
@bummi Aber books.google.com/ngrams/…
May
28
comment Most common Präteritum / Imperfekt forms in written German?
@EdmundHeaphy I wouldn't say that this list is completely wrong but I'm pretty sure that your results are still not good enough to rely on those. Have another look at "er litt". Don't look at the number but at the actual results. I'm pretty sure the ranking of leiden is far too high. Anyway, I don't think that for your use case the actual ranking is that important. You covered a lot of common words. I can't tell if you missed any.
May
27
comment Is “selbstbewusst” a negative word?
We live in "these days". And we have to live and accept with what people understand in "these days". And I never lived in "other days" so I do not know any other meaning of *selbstbewusst".
May
27
comment Is “selbstbewusst” a negative word?
Comments? Here we go: selbstbewusst is not used "to make fun of people". Selbstbewusst is not differently used in different social classes. Selbstbewusst, furthermore, do not have different connotation when used by different social classes. And there isn't any negative touch in common use of the word. The rare exception are given above. Can't tell about the "real meaning in former times" but etymology wasn't asked in the question. Conclusion: -1. Sorry.
May
25
comment Aufzählung: Numerus und Kasus
Interessant. Ich finde den Singular absolut in Ordnung in OP's Satz. Kann aber nicht mal sagen, warum.
May
24
comment Reduplikation in der deutschen Sprache
Ja -> Jaja. => LMAA
May
23
comment Word composition in German
Fugenkonsonanten bei zusammengesetzten Wörtern
May
23
comment What is the children's song “Zehn kleine Zappelfinger” about?
Zappeln means to move your body or a part of your body to and fro. The definition of flounce and flounder are completely different . Fidget would fit in another context (boring, nervous). In this case I'd go with wiggle as teylyn suggests, or wriggle.
May
22
comment Distinction between “sei” and “war”
@EugeneSeidel Funktioniert auch nicht immer: "A: Es ist so. Mich hat gestern ein Igel angegriffen, auch wenn du es mir nicht glaubst. - B: A sagte, ein Igel hätte sie angegriffen, auch wenn ich es ihr nicht glaube." (Mixtur beabsichtigt)
May
21
comment “Etwa” vs “ungefähr”. Gibt es einen Unterschied?
@harper Ein Substantiv und müsste groß geschrieben werden. Der Gebrauch des Substantivs ist jedoch, mit Ausnahme dieser Redewendung, weitesgehend in Vergessenheit geraten. Ungefähr bedeutet Zufall, Schicksal. Daher "Es kommt nicht von Ungefähr" => "Es ist kein Zufall".