This question asks how to say "sounds like" in German. How would one say "smells like" in German?
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"It smells like" is translated to "Es riecht nach".
If you want to emphasize that it is a good fragrance, you can use the verb "duften", too. Or if you want to emphesize that is stinks, you can use "stinken".
The verb "riechen" is neutral and can be used in both cases.
Es riecht/duftet nach Rosen.
Es riecht/duftet nach Weihnachten.
Es riecht/stinkt nach alten Socken.
Indeed smells like and sounds like (and looks like) all exist in German language as well and have the same two meanings each. One is the pure physical thing (affecting nose, ears, eyes). The other (figurative) meaning is a bit diffucult to explain for me but some examples might help:
I bumped into Radio Shack's display window.
- Das riecht nach Ärger! – That smells like trouble.
- Das klingt nach Ärger! – That sounds like trouble.
The journey to the moon was all made up!
- Das klingt nach Verschwörung! – That sounds like a conspiracy.
The sailors don't do what they're told.
- Das riecht nach Meuterei! – That smells like mutiny.
Conclusion: in English and German it's pretty much the same.
Usually you'd say something like
Es riecht nach etwas
where etwas is the something it smells like, e.g. ranzige Butter. alternatively (if the smell has a good adjective)
Es riecht etwassig
where etwassig is the corresponding adjective, e.g. ranzig
Es duftet/riecht/stinkt nach
are some possibilities to express this
The equivalent German verb is riechen (nach). It even "sounds like" (and I believe is the root word of) reeks, the less common English synonym of "smells."