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Why does vormachen mean lying?

As was trying to understand "Machen wir uns nichts vor" (in chapter 9 of Schlamassel in Stuttgart) and discovered that sich vormachen means lying to oneself. This post says vormachen means ...

meaning etymology  
asked by Tony M 8 votes
answered by Tim 16 votes

Weird word order in a sentence

Zum allerersten Mal hörte einen der neue Partner Dialekt sprechen. I'm quite confused by this sentence. I would try to reform it like this: Der neue Partner hörte zum allerersten einen Dialekt ...

sentence-structure grammar-identification  
asked by Mario Bedoun 8 votes
answered by amadeusamadeus 10 votes

Minimalpaar h ↔︎ ch

Ein Minimalpaar ist ein Paar, das aus zwei sehr ähnlichen Wörtern besteht, die sich in der Aussprache nur durch einen einzigen Laut unterscheiden. Beispielsweise unterscheidet sich die Paare Kiste = [...

pronunciation  
asked by Hubert Schölnast 5 votes
answered by amadeusamadeus 4 votes

"Die Deutschen machen am Liebsten alles in Vereinen"

… bin verwirrt... In der Januar-Ausgabe von Deutsch perfekt gibt es einen Artikel mit folgender Überschrift: Die Deutschen machen am Liebsten alles in Vereinen Am liebsten ist doch kein Nomen, sondern ...

spelling  
asked by Serena 5 votes
answered by Hubert Schölnast 5 votes

"Ruf mich bei deinem Namen"?

Es gibt einen Film, der heißt "call me by your name" (2017), ins Deutsche wurde er als "Ruf mich bei deinem Namen" übersetzt. Ich tue mich schwer, die Präposition "bei" ...

translation english-to-german prepositions vocabulary  
asked by sermonion x 4 votes
answered by guidot 0 votes

How does "Freie und Hansestadt" work grammatically?

The official name of Hamburg is Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg. The und in the name sticks out to me. I would've expected either Freie und Hanse Stadt Hamburg, similar to the English translation, or ...

adjectives grammar-identification compounds  
asked by Connor 4 votes
answered by amadeusamadeus 4 votes

Why is the Ch in Chiemsee & Cham not [h] but [k]?

I know that Chemnitz is not pronounced [Hem-nits] but [Kem-nits] due to its Slavic etymology origin (Kamenitsa/Kamienitsa etc.) But if so, why isn't it then spelled Kemnitz? That brings me to my ...

pronunciation standard-german bavarian place-names  
asked by Martinho88 3 votes
answered by Hubert Schölnast 5 votes

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How different is German handwriting from American's?

Here is a bulleted list of my specific questions in case you want to save time not reading what gave rise to them: Do German people use cursive writing often? Is it necessary for me to learn how to ...

numbers handwriting  
asked by T. G. Monk 12 votes
answered by isopod 15 votes

Speaking German abroad and feeling condescended to when people speak English back to me

I've traveled to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and I found that in the big cities such as Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich a lot of people speak English. When I visited those cities I try to make the ...

sociolinguistics speaking conversation  
asked by mjl007 45 votes
answered by Dan 65 votes

What is an acceptable response to "wie geht's"?

If someone asks me how something is or how I am doing, for example if someone asks me "wie geht's?" Is it okay to respond with "alles gut" or should I say "Alles ist gut?"

salutation  
asked by user10804 12 votes
answered by Veredomon 13 votes

The difference between "mein" and "meine"

______ Hemden sind weiß. This was an exercise in the Duolingo app where you had to fill in the blank, and there were two options given: 1) Mein 2) Meine I selected Mein which I found to be ...

grammar possessive-pronouns  
asked by Ufomammut 14 votes
answered by tannerli 24 votes

Was bedeutet: "Das geht sich nicht aus"?

Die Phrase "Das geht sich nicht aus" ist denke ich österreichisch? Ich bin Muttersprachler und hatte es davor noch nie gehört. Kann jemand helfen?

meaning phrases idioms austrian  
asked by vonjd 41 votes
answered by Tim Pietzcker 32 votes

Difference between "antworten" and "beantworten"

Is there any difference between "antworten" and "beantworten"? In which situations should I use one and in which another?

differences verbs  
asked by dmitru 38 votes
answered by Thorsten Dittmar 37 votes

Woher kommt "pfiat di"/"pfiat eich" als Abschiedsformel im bayerischen Raum?

Im südlichen deutschsprachigen Raum (Bayern und weiter südlich) Raum ist "pfiat di" bzw. "pfiat eich" eine übliche Grußformel zum Abschied. Was bedeutet sie bzw. woher kommt sie (etymologisch gesehen)...

etymology usage phrases bavarian valediction  
asked by Tomalak 39 votes
answered by Takkat 41 votes

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Adjectives written right before their nouns

I came across these words: Kleingruppe, Reinform Why are they like that? Why not "kleine Gruppe" and "reine Form"? This looks really interesting. Please explain to me how and ...

adjektiv  
asked by Mario Bedoun 1 vote
answered by Tim 0 votes
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