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Übersetzung Deutsch nach Englisch - Questions on translations of a single word or phrase from German to English.

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Was bedeutet “Nein, aber wir können den Reifen zusammen ersetzen”?

Wenn es heißt "we can replace all the tires as a package", warum steht Reifen dann im Singular? Kontext: "Wir haben ein Problem. Sie sind schlecht gefahren. Jetzt haben wir einen Platten. ...
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What's the difference between »Abitur« and »Realschulabschluss«?

The following paragraph appears in the article “"Auslese" fürs Gymnasium. So sortiert Deutschland seine Kinder aus” from Der Spiegel: Unternehmen hätten ihre Erwartungen deutlich nach oben ...
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Need help with understanding »kneifst« in this colloquial conversation

I am asking for help in understanding the meaning of this conversation. I know most of the words but as I am a relative beginner, I am not sure I completely follow. I have included my understanding of ...
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Penpal website or people to write German with [duplicate]

I've been looking around for website for penpals to practice and learn German with, however, it seems like a lot of the website come up short. Any good links to find people?
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What is the difference between “oins, zwoi, drei” vs. “eins zwei, drei”?

What is the difference between oins, zwoi, drei vs. eins zwei, drei? An example of this is when counting down for a race or in the song Ein Prosit.
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Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder

I recently got a Deutsche Grammophon CD with recordings of songs by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. When reading the texts, I noticed the translation of the title of one of the songs. Intuitively I knew it ...
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Translation of “Kfz Sachverständiger” [closed]

I'm struggeling with the correct English terms for "Kfz Sachverständiger" and "Kfz Sachgutachter". Should I translate "Kfz" into "fcc" directly or is this used otherwise here? So, the result would ...
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Why is there no feminine version of “der Fahrgast”?

Given that passengers can be both men and women, I was expecting to find something like "die Fahrgastin" in the dictionary, but I can't find it. Is there a reason for this, or is it simply an ...
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What does “Gleich am Bahnsteig gegenüber.” mean?

Context This sentence is from a conversation about train travel: Fahrgast: "Muss ich umsteigen?" Mitarbeiter: "Ja. In Stuttgart. Der Zug kommt um 11 Uhr 8 dort an, und Sie haben um 11 Uhr 22 ...
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Can you also use 'sorry' when you're regretting something?

A few days ago, I was wandering around and I wanted to go to a shop. When I looked on the door, it said: 'Sorry, wir sind geschlossen'. Does this mean that you can use 'sorry' when you regret ...
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Meaning D-H-Dek in plays' catalogues?

I've found several entries within catalogues of plays which feature the format D - H - Dek, but I haven't been able to determine the letters' meaning. example (from http://www.jussenhoven-fischer.de/...
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What is the difference between “Butterschmalz” and “Butterreinfett”?

Both "Butterschmalz" and "Butterreinfett", have similar meaning in Leo. I can't identify the difference.
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What does “Mandje! Mandje! Timpe Te!” mean?

In KHM 1812/1857 #19 "Von den Fischer und siine Fru" the fisher uses the following words to summon the fish: »Mandje! Mandje! Timpe Te! Buttje! Buttje in de See! Mine Fru, de Ilsebill, Will ...
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What does »Ponyhof für Wohnwagenfahrer« mean?

The two below paragraphs appear in the article “Ärger in der Eurozone. Von saufenden Südländern und überheblichen Nordeuropäern.” My question refers to the first sentence from the second paragraph. I'...
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Meaning of “einzelnen kleinen”?

I am working through this topic and came across this phrase: Autisten sollen verstehen, welche einzelnen kleinen Bewegungen welchem Gefühlszustand entsprechen. Google translates it as: Autists ...
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Fixed prepositions (sich freuen auf/über) [duplicate]

Where do we use sich freuen auf and sich freuen über
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Can anyone translate the handwriting on the front and back of this postcard?

Can anyone translate the writing on the back of this postcard?
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Was bedeutet “verwindungsfrei in Waage und in der Flucht”? [closed]

Ich habe diesen Satz in einer Betriebsanleitung einer Maschine gefunden. Es wurde im Zusammenhang mit dem Absetzung der Maschine erwähnt. Hier der ganze Satz: Nachdem Sie die Maschine positioniert ...
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Translator : You're going down [closed]

My father's golf mates use the phrase "you're going down" before the game, meaning you will lose. He has asked me to translate it to German, but I can't find the correct phrase.
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German to English dictionary for reading “ancient” work of german mathematicians

I want to purchase a good dictionary which will include also words that aren't used in nowadays German language. I presume I need something that will include words from the last 200-500 years. I ...
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Alternative for ‘gute Besserung’?

Can gute Besserung be said for someone who’s fighting cancer? Or is it just for illnesses that are not life-threatening such as flu? Does an acceptable alternative to gute Besserung exist for life-...
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How to make question sentences in modal verbs

How can I turn the sentence Ich habe das nicht machen können. to a question? And In which situations would I use Ich habe machen gewollt?
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What does gekackt mean in this context (german slang)?

You guys are my peepz to go when it comes to proper ghetto german slang. I can’t figure out the meaning of a line in hiphop song lyrics. What’s the loose translation of: Ganz, ehrlich, hätt'st du ...
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What's the role of “denn” here? [duplicate]

I was watching Folge 03 and they said: Ab wann kann man denn Talent erkennen? I understood the question, but what is denn doing here?
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Is “Ich liebe die deutsche Kultur und das deutsche Volk ” rascist? [closed]

I had a meeting with a German Lehrerin and she asked me why I want to learn German, I wanted to say that "I like the German way of life, how focused they are, they care for work and how ethic they are ...
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What's the exact meaning of »bepöbeln«?

The below paragraph comes from the article “Trump über Demonstranten: ‘Warum haben diese Leute nicht gewählt?’” in Der Spiegel: Nur einen Tag nach seiner Amtseinführung waren Hunderttausende in ...
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Zur and Zum usages

Morgen gehe ich zur Schule. Morgen gehe ich zum Fussball Spiel. In both cases the questions apply to wohin So why in one case zur is used and in the other one zum is used ? In Dativ don't ...
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Guten Appetit! Danke schön…?

My mother was born and raised in Germany. She married my dad, an American Paratrooper and moved to the states in 1966. Every night at dinner when I was growing up, we would hold hands, say grace and ...
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What does »Mein neuer Alpi <3« mean?

The taz.de article “Je gefährlicher, desto mehr Klicks” is about motorcycle vloggers (video bloggers) who post their videos on Youtube. One of these vloggers is Blackout, who has recently uploaded a ...
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What does the surname “Hoerster” mean?

As you can see from my username, my surname is "Hoerster." Before the Hoersters came over to the United States from Prussia, and before that, Germany itself, they spelled their surname as Hörster. ...
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What does »bis zur Unsichtbarkeit verankert« mean?

The below paragraph comes from an article in The Süddeutsche Zeitung that discusses racism in Germany. A young Afro-German writes: Dass es Racial Profiling gibt, überrascht mich nicht. Es reiht ...
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What is “kulturelle Energetik”?

In the book "Scientific Babel" by Michael D. Gordon, Wilhelm Ostwald is quoted as saying Interessen immer weiter von der Chemie fortwandern. Internationalismus, Pacifismus und kulturelle Energetik ...
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What does the author want to convey by ending his letter with »Tschüssikowsky«?

The article “Ich hab Urlaub - und Sie nicht” from Der Spiegel provides examples of Christmas out-of-office autoresponder email messages. One example, illustrating a potential ending to an email ...
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“Bitte ich Sie, das alles aufzugeben.” [closed]

The sentence in the title is taken from Rilke's "Briefe an einen jungen Dichter". The common translation is: "I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing." I feel the second part of it deserves a ...
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Meaning of “Wessen ist sie schuldig?”

I do not understand how "wessen" works in this sentence: Wessen ist sie schuldig? Is the correct translation: What is she guilty of? And, if so, why is "wessen" translated as "whose" in my ...
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What's the meaning of “vor” in this sentence? [duplicate]

The sentences are Was haben Sie für morgen vor? Für wann haben Sie einen Ausflug vor? English Translation: What do you have for tomorrow? When do you have an excursion? Normally, vor means ...
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What is the function of the »mit« in this sentence?

Ich wollte, ich könnte mit. According to the translation I could find on tatoeba.org, it means I wanted to do it, but could not. but I can't work out what the mit is for.
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Why did they look stupid? And who are »they«?

The below paragraph appears in the article "USA nach Trump-Sieg. Gespenstische Tage" from Der Spiegel (my questions refers to the italicized portion of the sentence at the end of the paragraph): ...
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When is this proverb used? Ein blindes Huhn findet auch mal ein Korn [closed]

Recently I've been reading one german user in a forum saying the following: Ein blindes Huhn findet auch mal ein Korn. A user replied immediatly Besser ein blindes Huhn als auf dem rechten ...
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What does “Krach” mean in this context?

What does the following sentence mean? Ich habe zu Hause Krach. It was used as an example displaying the meaning of Krach, along with the following sentence meaning “I am in trouble with my ...
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Meaning of “ausrichten”

I've encountered this word twice in one of the Dragon Ball mangas, and none of the translations in the dictionary seem to fit. First one, Vegeta stares powerless as Freezers beats Son Gohan, and says ...
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Identify text on a tombstone (Gothic type)

I was hoping that someone could translate the lower part of this grave, it belongs to a relative of my grandmother. We have the name and the dates, but the bottom is hard to read, especially because I ...
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How to understand the meaning of »Der Bus fährt an der Universität vorbei«?

I don't understand how the following sentence meaning works in English. Der Bus fährt an der Universität vorbei Here vorbei means over, but how does it fit in the sentence? Could someone please ...
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What does “Mopsschnarchlaute” mean?

The scentence is: Auf der anderen Seite des Sofas lag Kommissar Toby und stieß leise Mopsschnarchlaute aus I cannot find any results in any dictionary or from search engines. How should I break ...
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What does “gern” stands for and how to use it?

I have some issue understanding gern in the following context: Anna und ich trinken gern ein Glas Wein. Does it mean: "We enjoy a glass of wine" ("Nous aimons un verre de vin") as Linguee in ...
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»Der Islam gehört zu Deutschland« - “to” or “in”? [closed]

I'm wondering exactly how native German speakers would translate the infamous statement: Der Islam gehört zu Deutschland and its equally infamous counterpart: Der Islam gehört nicht zu ...
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What does ‘vor sich hertreiben’ really mean?

The expression vor sich hertreiben occurs twice in the Süddeutsche Zeitung article "Donald Trump treibt Hillary Clinton vor sich her". In the name of the article itself and at the end of the following ...
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What does ‘Älteren’ mean in this sentence?

I am currently reading taz.de article "Tagebücher des Sowjet-Politikers Maiski. Versprechen und manipulieren". The article begins with the following two sentences: Fragen wir heute nach den Namen ...
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Case use and translation of ‘Welche Liebe ist dir wichtiger?’

Welche Liebe ist dir wichtiger? About the above question; why is dir in the dative case and what would be the translation of this question?
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Meaning of “Ein guter Ruf verpflichtet”

I have seen this sentence below in a text where the speaker is talking about respecting the elderly. I can't say I understand this sentence. Ein guter Ruf verpflichtet