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Bedeutung - Questions on definitions and nuances of words, phrases or sentences.

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sich bei jemandem melden

I always thought that sich bei jemandem melden meant to get in touch with someone and that it is used between friends. However, I recently found this example: Ich muss mich jede Woche bei der ...
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Meaning of “leb dich aus”

I wanted to say something like “live out loud”, to express the idea of living fast and wild. A German woman told me the sentence “leb dich aus”. Is it correct? What does “dich aus” mean?
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Ja klar, kann man machen

I asked someone the following: Willst du mit mir mal ins Kino? The answer was: Ja klar, kann man machen. What connotation does the answer carry?
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In what context would one use “verpeilt”?

Does "verpeilt" have negative connotations? Is it something one does intentionally? EDIT: Example for my case: "Ich hab mich irgendwie echt mega verpeilt." EDIT 2: The context being that the speaker ...
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Was bedeutet der juristische Begriff »Nichtrücktritt«? [on hold]

Löst der Kunde den Vertrag gemäß den Punkten a, b, c, d, e auf oder beschließt nach eigenem Ermessen, den Vertrag gemäß dem Punkt g (Nichtrücktritt) aufzulösen, ist er berechtigt, die bis zum ...
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What is better to say: 1. Wir gehen auf die gleiche Klasse. 2. Wir sind in der gleichen Klasse?

Wir gehen auf die gleiche Klasse. Wir sind in der gleichen Klasse.
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what is the difference between “mit jemandem sprechen” and “jemanden ansprechen”? [closed]

what is the difference between "mit jemandem sprechen" and "jemanden ansprechen"?
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What's the difference between “ein-” after article as adjective and as a replacement for article as a word for “one” (a counter)

Reading through Hammer, I've come across the use of einer as determinative. One example the book gives is: Der eine deutsche Tourist beschwerte sich. How does this differ from Ein deutscher ...
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How to “grow closer/get close to” somebody in German

I'm trying to figure out the correct ways to express both, "to grow closer to somebody" and "to get closer to somebody". Let me offer some examples: We grew closer over the years. It was difficult, ...
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What is the difference between Ratschlag and Vorschlag? [closed]

What is the difference between these two? And one more thing, would empfehlen and vorschlagen be synonyms? what about beraten? Beraten and vorschlagen appear to be an advise or suggestion, empfehlen ...
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What or where is “Foriaul”?

An obscure word I have run across is "Foriaul". What is this?
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what is the meaning of “Red mit dem Rückspiegel!”

Red' mit dem Rückspiegel What is the meaning of this line? is it a phrase?
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How to use sonst?

As far as I've understood, sonst refers to anything else but this particular thing your talking about right now. So, for instance, if I'm trying to say in German I don't care about anything else ...
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Bedeutung des Wortes kohärent

Ich frage mich gerade, ob es passend ist, im Kontext von kohärenten unterrichtlichen Inhalten von einem erkennbaren roten Faden der Inhalte zu reden. In anderen Worten also, dass alles in sich stimmig ...
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usage of proverb in literature and culture?

What is usage of this proverb? When would be its proper usage? Wo man singt, da laß dich ruhig nieder; böse Menschen haben keine Lieder. Is it used nowadays as well?
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“nachdenklich” vs. “gedankenvoll”

There seems to be quite a big overlap according to dictionaries, but my guess is that there is a subtle difference. Let me give one example sentence that I would like to translate: I am looking for ...
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“Eigentlich” benutzen

Meine Deutschlehrerin meint, dass man das Wort "eigentlich" nicht benutzen muss. Ich übersetze "eigentlich" zu "actually". Aber sie sagte tatsächlich sei ein besseres Wort. Gibt es keine ...
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What is the “synthetic ending”?

In a recent question someone suggested something that I had never heard of before (Question here). The so-called synthetic ending The situation was as follows: In German you have Sprecher/-in or ...
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What does “Vorstellung” and “Redemittel” mean in this context?

I came across this table in my textbook Studio D A1 and I don't know what those 2 words mean. "Redemittel" is the vertical word in purple box. Redemittelkasten means "speech box" (thanks to Google ...
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The different ways to “approach” somebody in German

I have a quick question. I am a bit stuck with the translation of "approach" in German, as simple as it may seem. My main confusion comes between the words "an etwas herangehen" and "sich etwas/...
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What is the meaning of “Einer” in this context and how to use it

I've recently encoutered usage of the word "einer" in a context I don't quite understand, where it seems to refer to any 'single entity'. Examples: 1) Einer für alle, alle für einen 2) Der ...
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What does “in” mean in “Sprecher/in”?

In my Studio D A1 book, I came across this and I don't know what in of "Sprecher/in" mean in this context. Before you answer or comment on this question, please read our guidelines for questions on ...
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What is the german equivalent of “espousal of position”?

In the paper "Organizing knowledge syntheses: A taxonomy of literature reviews. Knowledge in Society, 1, (104-126)" of Cooper H.M. he describes a taxonomy of literature reviews. Inside of this ...
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Properly expressing an “incendiary” or “inflammatory” speech/comment

I was wondering if somebody could help me with properly expressing a an "incendiary" or "inflammatory" speech/comment in German. Of course, there are many translations in the online dictionaries. I ...
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Bedeutung von “biedere Haut”

Ebensowenig gelang es mir, noch einmal mit dem fürchterlichen Reddinger zu sprechen, und so kam mir diese biedere Haut, die noch ganz auf das Faustrecht eingeschworen war, für immer aus dem Blick ...
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Was ist ein “Eselsbänkler”?

Siehe Titel. Das Wort ist mir in der deutschen Übersetzung von John le Carrés "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" begegnet.
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What does “Miezekatze” mean, and how is it different from simply “Katze”?

According to the leo dictionary it translates to "pussycat", but I'm not sure what exactly this word specifies. So what does "Miezekatze" mean? Is it a (group of) particular breed(s) of cats? Is it ...
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Was bedeutet „göbeln“?

Ich hörte gerade in einem Hörspiel (»Jonah, der Aufstieg« von Rebecca Gablé) Nirgendwo göbelt es sich so komfortabel wie an Bord deines Schiffes, aber ich wünschte der König hätte mich in den ...
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Kann man “wohin soll mein Lebensweg führen?” sagen?

Ist der Satz "Wohin soll mein Lebensweg führen?" richtig oder klingt es ganz seltsam? Vielen dank im Voraus.
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Figurative sense of “festhängen”

I know festhängen has a literal, physical meaning, and I am not concerned with that. It seems that festhängen can also mean to be stuck in a figurative sense, and that is what I am interested in. ...
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The brain-bending “widersetzen”

This word "widersetzen" is really confusing me. Let me give you some examples, motivated by similar sentences I have found on the internet: Er widersetzt sich dem Befehl. Sie widersetzt sich ...
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What is the purpose of “ihm” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Was bedeutet ihm Sexualität mit Ihnen? Google translates this as What does sexuality mean to you? but it skips the meaning of "ihm". I have an idea that this sentence means something like ...
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Expressing “getting stuck with something” in German

I am trying to figure out the proper way of expressing "getting stuck with something" in German. Let me give some example sentences: We need to register for classes early, or else we will get ...
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meaning of 'Nummer' and 'jeweils' in a sentence?

What's the meaning of Nummer and jeweils beneath? I know what Todesrad is, but not what the Nummer means here. And does mit jeweils 4 Personen mean with 4 persons each time? Der Mitarbeiter wird ...
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Differences in prallen, aufprallen, aufspringen, zusammenstoßen

I was wondering if you could help me understand the overlaps between some of these words. Dictionaries have me going in circles. The first difficulty is Er ließ den Ball aufspringen. Er ließ den Ball ...
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Who was married?

I'm seeking clarity on a passage written by Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern, the captain of the first Russian around-the-world voyage. He wrote an account of his trip and there's a point in it that I don'...
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~ machen die Goldbären zu einem ganz besonders

This is from the HARIBO jelly bag. sorgfältig ausgewählte Zutaten und eine seit mehr als 90 Jahren ständig verbesserte Rezeptur machen die Goldbären zu einem ganz besonders einzigartigen ...
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How to express “manageable” in german

I'm looking for the proper way to express the word "manageable" in German. Let me give some examples: The city is large, but very manageable (easy to find your way around). This car would be more ...
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Bedeutungsunterschied zwischen »Sinnes-« und »Sinnen-«

Im Sprachgebrauch hat sich der Begriff »Sinneswandel« etabliert, doch kürzlich bin ich über das Wort »Sinnenwandel« gestolpert. Grimm kennt keines von beiden, dafür aber »Sinnesänderung« und »...
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meaning of 'zu Viert mehr Platz' in a sentence

In this sentense, Zuerst wollten wir nur eine größere Wohnung, um zu Viert mehr Platz zu haben. I would interpret it as First, we just wanted a bigger apartment in order to have a fourth ...
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What does this phrase mean? Wer hat Ihnen denn ins Hirn geschissen?

What does this phrase mean? Wer hat Ihnen denn ins Hirn geschissen?
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The difference between “eigen” and “eigenartig”

I've been playing with the words "eigen" and "eigenartig", as well as "Eigenheit" and "Eigenart" and was trying to figure out what differentiates them, and where some overlap may be. I will start with ...
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Stützen, abstützen, aufstützen

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen stützen, abstützen, aufstützen? Und mit welchen Präpositionen werden sie benutzt?
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Sport ausüben vs. Sport treiben

Ich habe gehört, dass man Sport ausüben benutzt wenn eine Sportart unbekannt ist. Falls die Sportart bekannt ist, nimmt man Sport treiben in Anspruch. Ist das richtig? Wenn nicht, bitte sagen Sie mir ...
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The difference between “sich xyz stellen”, and “sich xyz anstellen”

I was wondering if you could help be figure out the difference between the two sentences. Er stellt sich dumm. Er stellt sich dumm an. I think the first sentence is translated as, "He's playing/...
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What does Erkenntnisgewissen mean?

In Weyl's Raum. Zeit. Materie.(see here for example) In the introduction one can read (italic and bold is not original) [...] auf die philosophische werde ich nur ganz nebenher eingehen, aus dem ...
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Ist die Benutzung von “Platz” anstatt “Ort” eine Entlehnung aus dem Englischen?

Ich lese in letzter Zeit immer öfter Aussagen wie z.B. "Dies ist der schönste Platz der Welt". Ich frage mich, ob der Verfasser dieses Satzes nicht eher "Dies ist der schönste Ort der Welt" sagen ...
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How to properly express “to mess up” in German

I'm looking for the best way to express "to mess something up" in German. I get the feeling that in English, it is used more widely in German, and hence I have tended to make some mistakes while ...
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The difference between “auswirken auf” , “einwirken auf”, and “wirken auf”

I'm trying to figure out the subtle differences between "auswirken auf" , "einwirken auf", and "wirken auf". Dictionaries tend to all point in the same direction, and that is "impact/have an impact on/...
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Inakzeptabel oder unakzeptabel?

Gibt es beide Versionen um etwas zu beschreiben was nicht akzeptabel ist? Beide Versionen stehen im Duden [1][2].