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Do Germans find the English phrase "it's giving [x]" confusing?

In German, there's a phrase "es gibt [x]" that is generally translated as "there is/are [x]" in English. (Or at least, that's what Duolingo has led me to believe.) Recently, I've ...
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Au-haue as regional to Hamburg?

Back in the day when I was in Hamburg (ca. early 1980s), my girlfriend would say something like au-haue which meant "oh, wow" or "oh my." Was I imagining that? I've never heard or ...
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Origin and pronunciation of "verbugt"

I recently saw this in an on-line forum about a computer game. It doesn't seem to appear in dictionaries, but I think the meaning is clear from the structure of the word and a bit of context; German ...
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Die Bedeutung des Begriffs "Dicker Pulli" in Liedern der Fantastischen Vier

Vor kurzem hab ich mir mal wieder die (jetzt schon ziemlich alte) CD von den Fantastischen Vier angehört, worauf es die Lieder "Die Da" und "Dicker Pulli" zu hören gibt. In dem ...
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Engelmacher means someone who helps with abortions?

Does the German word of "Angelmaker" mean someone who helps with abortions? How did that come about historically. If so, how would this word classify, specifically. Double entendre, idiom, ...
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Slang for money amounts in German

Related How do you refer to a 50 Euro bill in German?. American English has an inventory of slang terms for amounts of money, not just the the notes themselves, which seem to be covered by the other ...
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Meaning of "in Wahrheit"

I am currently browsing some German subreddits on Reddit, and I came across this meme on r/ich_iel. I unfortunately don't know enough German to fully understand it, so I got a bit of help from Google ...
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Altes Haus and alte Schachtel

I was curious. I'm familiar with altes Haus, however my German cousin always calls me alte Schachtel (carton/box as opposed to House), because she thinks it's funny. Do they both mean the same thing, ...
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"Eahna" auf Bairisch

I speak quite good German but have lived in Vienna for a while before moving to Bayern, so my "Bairisch" is not really very good. Today a Bavarian said to me "Das ist für Eahna", ...
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Meaning of "Abfahrt" in German slang

What is the meaning of the word "Abfahrt" in the context of this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfVK9z7BlUM I know the word to literally mean departure, exit, descent, etc, but it's ...
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Slang usage of das Glück

Is the word das Glück ever used in German to describe the euphoric state arising from the consumption of mind-altering substances? Why do I need to know? In Russian, there is a slang word глюк, which ...
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Variations of "Ich kann es nicht ertragen."

I am using the internet, dictionaries (Pons, Duden, Langenscheidt) und various automatic translation services to improve my German. Sometimes there seems to be only one German phrase for multiple ...
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Can someone explain the use and meaning of the phrase "leider geil"?

I see this written a lot in advertising and amongst younger speakers - often as a standalone sentence referring to an act, product or activity. Can someone shed some light on how it's used and what ...
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"Nix" oder "Nichts"?

Jetzt wohne ich in Bayern. Die bayrische Bevölkerung benutzt immer das Wort "nix". Ich vermute, das heißt "nichts", oder? Aber zum Beispiel in Berlin verwendet niemand "nix". Am Anfang habe ich auch "...
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Is “Karotte” a slang term for “idiot”?

In this clip (1:00 onwards) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge twice uses what sounds to me like “Karotten” to mean “idiots”. Have I heard this correctly? I hadn’t come across the word being used in this sense ...
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Reference Request: Dummbatz

Can anybody confirm that Dummbatz is Saxon dialect (or perhaps low Saxon)? I heard it from a friend repeatedly, whose father was from around Dresden, said Pfenge, ei verbibbsch and so on. I parsed ...
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Slang words for "head" in German and their usage?

In English we have noggin, melon, bean, coconut, knocker, cantaloupe, egg... and those are just the first ones that come to mind. In German all I know of is "Birne". What are some other common slang ...
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Leaving out pronouns in informal conversation

I've seen a few simple sentences leave out an "ich" and go straight to the verb, particularly in very informal conversation or for stylistic reasons. Here are some examples that come to mind: In the ...
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Meaning of "offen balkon machen"?

... bin ja verheiratet und mache viel offen balkon This is said in the tv show Stromberg (00:26 here). What does "mache viel offen balkon" means, if that is really what is said.
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Translation of phrase from Ohio German

I know this is a stretch, but my father grew up Amish in mid-northeastern Ohio, and he tried to repeat a phrase to me that he said he couldn't quite translate to English, as we were comparing words ...
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What are the German Novels for Beginners? [closed]

After completing A2, I wish to go ahead and read interesting novels from different genres to learn new words and getting to know the slang. Is there any recommended novels for beginners? Thanks in ...
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The American slang term "ayyyy" and the context it encompasses, is there a German equivalent or would it just be the same?

An acceptable definition: usually a word said out of excitement or happiness. Ex. "Dude, I just graduated! With honors" "Ayyyy! Kick ass! I'm proud of you!"
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What does that mean when a German said 'nasty beast' to you? [closed]

A German friend said this to me once. Does nasty beast have special meaning in German language?
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„Hässlich wie eine Rolle Stacheldraht“

Auf der Heute Show der letzten Woche sprach Dietmar Wischmeyer. Hier verstehe ich aber etwas nicht ganz: Als die Holländer im XVII Jahrhundert die Insel Mauritius in Besitz nahmen, lebte da der ...
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A couple of slang word translations [closed]

Just wondering what the German versions of these words would be, they're all slang words. "Like" - It's like not that bad, Sarah sighs "Sis" - "That's not it sis" "lowkey" - "I'm lowkey about to ...
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Two theories on German/Yiddish origins of American slang terms for "woman" [closed]

I have a couple of theories about possible German/Yiddish origins of some 1930/1940s American slang terms for "woman," and I wonder what people think, and if these ideas have been proposed before. "...
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What colloquialisms can be used to refer to a friend?

Can somebody please help me translate the phrase "What's up Homeboy" into German? I am getting mixed results with various computer-generated translations. I feel like these translations would not ...
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What does 'vong' mean?

I have read in a page on Facebook: 'Weng immer noch simgel bimst, demkt dran: Gott schaut vong obem auf dich herab umd demkt sich: Du bimst was gamz besomderes, dich hebe ich mir für besomdere mensch ...
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Was ist Rotwelsch? What is "Rotwelsch"?

In Diskussionen zur einer kürzlich gestellten Frage wurde deutlich, dass ein Bedarf besteht, den Begriff genauer zu definieren. Ist "Rotwelsch" ein Dialekt des Deutschen oder sogar eine eigene ...
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Warum bedeutet »draufgehen« sterben?

Draufgehen bedeutet umgangssprachlich sterben. Aber warum? Ich konnte keinen klaren Zusammenhang dafür finden.
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Can one translate "limey" into German?

In Robert Heinlein's “juvenile novel” Between Planets, published in 1951, we find this: “Touchy, aren't you? Just like all fog eaters [ . . . ]” “Fog eater,” used to describe a man from cloud-...
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What does "Bätschi" exactly mean?

"Bätschi" seems to be a quite popular word in German politics nowadays, being popularized by the proposed new SPD head, Andrea Nahles. But I haven't been able to find a suitable explanation online, ...
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What does "botten" mean?

I am having trouble translating the word botten in this sentence: Ich bin am botten bis ich blutende Hacken hab, ich kauf wie eine Frau neue Botten im Minutentakt. (Lyrics of a German song)
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Steht der Name »Kevin« für etwas Besonderes? (z.B. in »Sei kein Kevin«)

Ich verstehe nicht, was an dem Satz Sei kein Kevin! lustig sein soll. Das erste Mal, das ich den hörte, schien er mir ein Insiderwitz zu sein. Neulich sah ich aber den Ausdruck auf einem Zettel und ...
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Slang Meanings of Grünes and Weißes?

I was listening to Ufo361, and heard the lyric(s): Ja, du weißt, wo ich wohn' Wo du dein Grünes und dein Weißes holst, jaja Du weißt, wo ich wohn' (ja, du weißt) Wo du dein Grünes und dein Weißes ...
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Are these SMS-abbreviations reliable? [closed]

I found this shared on a Facebook group. I just want to to make sure this wasn't hoaxed before sharing in my own timeline. 8ung: Achtung AWS: Auf Wiedersehen div: danke im voraus GN8: Gute Nacht ...
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How to translate "something is cheesy", for instance music?

I have having trouble explaining to a German colleague what I mean by the music (or anything) being cheesy. Obviously most searches come back with food related results. If I try searching for "naff" ...
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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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Ist "Kiez" Berliner Regionalsprache?

Als ich in München studiert habe, bin ich dem Wort "Kiez" nicht einmal begegnet. Aber jetzt in Berlin sehe ich das Wort überall: "im Kiez" ist die häufigste Verwendung, aber man sieht auch Dinge wie "...
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Was bedeutet „Wat kiekstn so, Fatzke?“

Ich weiß, dass dies ein klassisches Sprichwort aus Berlin ist. Auch, dass es vielleicht nicht so freundlich ist. Aber ich kann es doch nicht verstehen. Ich würde sehr dankbar sein, wenn Sie dieses ...
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What kind of slang is "Crêpe-de-Chine-Vorlesungen"?

Several people say the mathematician David Hilbert gave "Crêpe-de-Chine-Vorlesungen'' in the 1930s. The phrase means that the audience at the lectures included many somewhat wealthy people and ...
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What is the English translation for the Hessische Wort "Ger"? (correction "gell")

In Hessen, people often use the word "ger" at the end of sentences, as in ** "Danke ger!" "Weißt du, ger!" ** Definitely know it is an exclamatory expression. Is there any translation in ...
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(Vielleicht umgangsprachliches) deutsches Wort: Unannehmlichkeiten verursachen

An alle, deren Deutsch besser ist, als meins (ca. alle): Fühlt euch frei signifikante Änderungen vorzunehmen, wenn es besser klingt. Auf Englisch habe ich manchmal den Begriff letting him/her ...
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"Nein" vs "nee", is there any difference?

The only time I've ever seen Germans say nein is in the movies or in textbooks. I've also heard a politician say nein when she wanted to make a strong stand again a comment. I'm guessing nein is more ...
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Dictionary for colloquial forms like ick

I see strange spelling and words in movie subtitles and books quite often. There are spellings like "ick" instead of "ich" and phrases like "Wat ist n det für n Blödsinn?". I need some online ...
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How to translate “Who’s in?”

I’d like a colloquial translation of Who’s in? a bit like Wer kommt? but less formal.
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L(i)ebe Meaning

I am assuming l(i)ebe means both love and live. I want to make sure so that I don't misuse it. I can find book titles that support my assumption, but don't want to be wrong.
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Woher kommt die Redewendung „Hast du sie noch alle“?

Die Bedeutung ist hier „Bist du verrückt?“, aber worauf bezieht sich das Pronomen sie in diesem Satz? Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob das Pronomen etwas mit dem Satz „Du hast wohl einen Vogel“ zu tun ...
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Substantive mit zwei Präpositionen: „Angst vor/um“

Manchmal ändert die Präposition die Bedeutung des Substantivs wie z. B : – Ich habe Angst um dich. – Ich habe Angst vor dir. Ich weiß, dass einige Substantive mit zwei Präpositionen ...
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Jugendwort 2015

Heute stand in der Süddeutschen Zeitung eine Glosse zur Wahl des Jugendwortes 2015. Die Glosse legt nahe, dass die gelisteten Wörter, von denen mir einige ganz lustig und originell erscheinen, ...
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