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How to translate the idiom - "at the bottom of the food chain" into german :)

How to translate the idiom - "at the bottom of the food chain" into german :)

english-to-german idiom  
user avatar asked by Hara Gopal Score of 4
user avatar answered by Paul Frost Score of 5

"geforben" as punchline

Here is an "amusing" story about someone struggling with the German language. I can see the mistake, but I feel like I'm missing an extra angle on the joke. Is there some additional pun or ...

german-to-english joke  
user avatar asked by ajor Score of 3
user avatar answered by Kilian Foth Score of 5

What is the difference between "gewöhnlich" and "für gewöhnlich"?

DWDS shows many examples of the adverbial use of gewöhnlich, including: Wenn Mitteleuropäer wilde Tiere in freier Wildbahn sehen wollen, müssen sie gewöhnlich weit, weit fahren. Und das dauert, ...

user avatar asked by user44591 Score of 3
user avatar answered by idmean Score of 2

How to know "which" da- word to use? What gives away the specific preposition without literal context?

I have been learning more on the "da"- and "wo"- words. One common theme learning them is that there is a preceding contextual sentence or main clause that has the preposition that ...

meaning word-usage word-choice  
user avatar asked by BlauKakapoW Score of 3
user avatar answered by David Vogt Score of 10

Translation of a Line in a Poem

My great-grandfather had written a book of Poems in German. We've been able to translate most of them, but having trouble with an English translation for this one, especially the last line of the ...

translation german-to-english  
user avatar asked by Sue Weiland Score of 2
user avatar answered by planetmaker Score of 3

Help with translation - Sei Seele, aber säusele nicht!

Anyone got any good ideas for how this can be successfully translated into English (preserving the "pun")? Context being this comes from a list of amusing things that a witty person said... ...

german-to-english joke  
user avatar asked by ajor Score of 2
user avatar answered by Jonathan Scholbach Score of 3

Placement of genitive of proper names

Among others exhibiting similar variations, these sentences appear in DWDS: Um eine echte Atmosphäre aus Partikeln und Gas festzuhalten, ist Merkurs Schwerkraft einfach zu schwach. "Wir nehmen ...

word-order article proper-noun  
user avatar asked by user44591 Score of 2
user avatar answered by guidot Score of 1

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Was sind direkte und indirekte Objekte?

Ich lese hier in Fragen immer wieder die Begriffe direktes Objekt indirektes Objekt Diese Begriffe werden, meiner Beobachtung nach, (fast) ausschließlich von Leuten verwendet, die Deutsch als ...

grammar-identification objects  
user avatar asked by Hubert Schölnast Score of 20
user avatar answered by tofro Score of 23

Simple but interesting German literature

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on German ...

big-list literature  
user avatar asked by Tim Score of 90
user avatar answered by ladybug Score of 39

"gäbe" vs. "gebe" bei indirekter Rede

Ich komme hier jedes Mal durcheinander. Wenn ich Konjunktiv I verwende, soll das berichtend, also wertfrei sein. Konjunktiv II dagegen soll die Aussage in Zweifel ziehen. Wenn ich also keine eigene ...

difference subjunctive indirect-speech  
user avatar asked by 32bitfloat Score of 18
user avatar answered by tohuwawohu Score of 17

What is the proper position of "gern"?

For example, which of these is correct: Ich esse gern Pizza or Ich esse Pizza gern

adverb word-order  
user avatar asked by Matt Fenwick Score of 22
user avatar answered by Ansgar Esztermann Score of 26

Difference between "vor" and "seit"

I struggle to understand how to use these two words correctly. I cannot grasp their difference. In these next two sentences I can't see any. Ich habe vor einem Monat in Graz gewohnt and Ich ...

word-usage word-choice difference meaning  
user avatar asked by E.V. Score of 9
user avatar answered by Tauchsieder Score of 19

How to write an "ß"?

What is the proper way to write an Eszett on paper with a pen? In English we are told to start letters at the top, but the ß only has ends at the bottom, so what is the proper way to draw the letter?

writing eszett handwriting  
user avatar asked by Moshe Score of 29
user avatar answered by Takkat Score of 34

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "worden" und "geworden"

Laut ist das Partizip von werden entweder worden oder geworden. Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den beiden? Kann man immer geworden benutzen, oder gibt es Fälle, in denen geworden ...

word-usage participle  
user avatar asked by StrixVaria Score of 24
user avatar answered by Mike Score of 20
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