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A joke in German that I don't understand. Is it a language difference or is it that I just don't get it?

I am not a German speaker at any level so I used Google to translate the following: Holy shit der spricht so gut Deutsch, meine Steuererklärung ist feucht geworden From a comment following this video ...

meaning jokes  
asked by chasly - supports Monica 23 votes
answered by HalvarF 56 votes

New German irregular verbs. Are there any?

New verbs in English are invariably regular. Sneak, an old verb in English dating from the 16th century, is one of the very few that have, at least in some parts of the world, become irregular (with ...

verbs history curiosities  
asked by user02814 10 votes
answered by user46563 13 votes

Is there an antonym for Schadenfreude?

Question If Schadenfreude means joy at someone else's failure or ill-fortune, is there an antonym that means resentment at someone else's success or good fortune? Note This is a different kind of ...

asked by chasly - supports Monica 9 votes
answered by tofro 19 votes

What are some words only used in Hessen?

I know, that there is a dialect called „Hessisch“, and as someone speaking German in that region, I really did not realize, that something like an accent or different wordings exist here (yeah maybe I‘...

standard-german dialects  
asked by FromAnatolia 6 votes
answered by infinitezero 8 votes

How can these apparent grave grammar mistakes in one of the most known German military marches be explained?

I'm an undergraduate student learning German as the third foreign language. Yesterday I came across Fridericus-Rex-Grenadiermarsch, which contains the following lines: Die Kais’rin hat sich mit dem ...

verbs perfect-tense past-participle  
asked by Mitsuko 3 votes
answered by Paul Frost 1 vote

What could be the origin of this dialectical expression?

In South Brazil's Hunsrückischer dialect, there is a very known expression (even used by some portuguese speakers) which sounds approximately Das s mu schlimm (There is hardly any examples of written ...

etymology expressions dialects  
asked by embedded_dev 3 votes

Begründung für das Komma bei als mit Konjunktiv

Wenn »als« einen Nebensatz einleitet, wird es (und dieser) mit Komma abgetrennt, z. B.: Er ist schon älter, als sie bei dem Unfall war. Nebensätze erkenne man daran, dass das finite Verb am Ende ...

subjunctive subordinate-clause comma  
asked by Alfe 3 votes
answered by HalvarF 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

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

Wann benutzt man "ob" und wann benutzt man "wenn"?

Ich habe drei Jahre Deutsch studiert. Ich habe natürlich "wenn" benutzt, aber ich habe nie "ob" benutzt. Ich weiß, dass beide auf Englisch "if" bedeuten. Ich habe "wenn" sehr oft gehört, "ob" jedoch ...

word-choice word-usage differences sentence-structure  
asked by John 11 votes
answered by tohuwawohu 3 votes

Wie kann man die Bedeutung von Verben mit Vorsilben ableiten?

Es gibt richtig viele Verben, die Vorsilben haben. Z. B. das Verb sehen kann mit verschiedenen Vorsilben kombiniert werden: absehen ansehen aussehen besehen durchsehen einsehen versehen vorsehen Es ...

verbs prefixes  
asked by Abdulla hawara 9 votes
answered by Matthias 10 votes

"Sich freuen auf" oder "über"?

Wann benutzt man auf oder über mit freuen? Zum Beispiel: Meine Tochter freut sich schon _ die Sommerferien.

verbs prepositions  
asked by Joe 18 votes
answered by SentryRaven 25 votes

How to say “BTW” in German?

How can I write a by the way shortly in German? For example: BTW, that is my mobile number → _____, das ist meine Handynummer.

english-to-german phrase-request  
asked by Kh.Taheri 42 votes
answered by IQV 57 votes

Usage of "aber", "jedoch" and "allerdings"

What is the difference between allerdings, aber and jedoch? I looked them up in the dictionary and all three mean 'but'. Could anyone tell me how they're used in a sentence?

differences usage particles  
asked by DerPolyglott33 12 votes
answered by user unknown 6 votes

W → V, V → F. Why do German speakers wrongly transpose rather than shift when speaking English?

If German "W" is pronounced like an English "V" and German "V" is pronounced like an English "F" i.e. W → V V → F Why is it that I continually hear German speakers pronounce their (English) ...

asked by adolf garlic 36 votes
answered by Debilski 44 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Question with modal verb and separable verb - why separate?

In a "Deutsche Welle" course I am taking, I saw the sentence: "Willst du nicht mit nach Berlin kommen?" I can't understand why the "mit" and "kommen" are ...

asked by user13132640 1 vote
answered by Janka 0 votes

How to translate sentences like "One of the fastest cars on the market" or "One of the biggest disasters in history..."?

I always struggle with these types of sentences in German as I'm not sure how exactly the declension of the indefinite article is decided. For example, I would normally write a sentence like "one ...

comparative superlatives  
asked by Henry Firth 1 vote
answered by guidot 0 votes
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