I have a blog called Watch Me Research, where I publish my research on interesting things, and I've been translating my posts to German, publishing them under a subdomain. I'm still learning German (I have for the last five years), and I can't for the life of me come up with a good translation of the blog's name.

I guess, to generalize the question, can you say "watch me verb" in the same way as in English? Is "schau mir forschen" a good translation?

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    interesting, could i know the site url? – alvas May 3 '14 at 20:14
  • research.fictional.in for the English version, de.research.fictional.in for the German one. – jocap May 3 '14 at 21:34
  • Maybe I'll just use the English name here as well, and append a [DE] to it. – jocap May 3 '14 at 21:36
  • Would you mind sharing a few of your attempts? It would probably be helpful to understand, what your "target" is. – Vogel612 May 4 '14 at 0:35
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    I'm sorry, schlingel, but if you don't have constructive criticism I'm never going to take you seriously. – jocap May 7 '14 at 12:41

Sieh mich forschen – short, grammatically correct version, but a little poetic.

  • Why do you consider this poetic? – Carsten S May 6 '14 at 6:56
  • I cannot imagine someone using this phrase in everyday language. – user6191 May 6 '14 at 15:37
  • Ooh, that's my new favorite. Is it poetic? In Swedish, the equivalent "se mig forska" sounds perfectly normal. Anyway, I'm going with this one, because it most resembles the original English title. Thanks! – jocap May 7 '14 at 12:43

Now the question is what research should mean. In English it roughly means something like gathering information. When translating to German there is a difference. A journalist does research for an article and a scientist is doing scientific research on a special subject and so on...

For these two cases I suggest these translations:

The journalist: Sieh' mir beim recherchieren/nachforschen zu

The scientist: Sieh' mir beim forschen zu

EDIT: But neither of these would sound really good as names for a blog, especially not to native germans.

EDIT 2: After some thinking i came up with "Lass uns forschen!" ("Lets research") as a Blog title. Of course that changes the meaning completely but surves the purpose well in my opinion.

  • Perhaps it is impossible for it to sound good. I'm open to other suggestions based on the content at research.fictional.in and de.research.fictional.in. – jocap May 3 '14 at 21:40
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    What about Lass uns forschen! (Let's research!)? – marstato May 3 '14 at 21:43
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    That's actually a good one. I think I'm going with that one, unless somebody suggests something better. Update your answer with "Lass uns forschen" and I'll accept it! – jocap May 3 '14 at 21:47

Maybe Schau mir zu, wie ich forsche , literally, Watch me as I research?

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    you need to use the verb forschen, not the noun Forschung: wie ich forsche – cr0 May 3 '14 at 20:57

At the risk of leaving information out in the title, why not just name it Schau Mal! Or the like?

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    That sounds a little too vague, though. I want to have "research," in whatever form, in the title. – jocap May 3 '14 at 21:38
  • I understand. It is indeed a trade-off between style and being specific. – emaltman May 3 '14 at 21:39

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