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What's the difference between "genau" and "stimmt"?

When somebody agrees with a point made in conversation they often say "genau" or "stimmt" (often preceeded by "ja"). So what is the difference? Is one slang and the other standard? Or is one regional?...
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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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'Blau machen' and other phrases for absenteeism

I was watching a video about various idioms that have 'machen' in them. This included the sentence 'Er macht blau', which would formally translate into English as something like 'To be absent from ...
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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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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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Woher kommt das Wort "abnippeln"?

Gibt es dazu eine gesicherte Etymologie?
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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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Woher stammt der umgangssprachliche Ausdruck „Boah ey“?

Woher kommt der umgangssprachliche Ausdruck „Boah ey“? Für mich sieht er sehr seltsam aus.
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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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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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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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„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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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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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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German term for 'Frenemy'?

Has a German term for the English word frenemy been developed? I found a definition through Google: Eine Person, die nur vorgibt ein Freund zu sein. I would say this is accurate, however I'm ...
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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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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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German slang websites similar to urbandictionary.com

I use this site quit a a lot, especially for English scene forums or chats. Anyone knows a similar site/online database for German slang words? Or translation service which shows at least well-known ...
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Is "dingsbums" offensive, rude, vulgar, etc?

I've heard that my favourite word "dingsbums" might not be acceptable in some circumstances due to it being related to "bumsen" which, I'm told, is some kind of a word for intimate relations. Yet ...
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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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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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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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"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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"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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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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Was bedeutet das Wort "Schanko"?

Der Rapper GPC erwähnt das Wort "Schanko" in vielen seiner Lieder. Ein Beispiel ist: Ich bin kein Auto Doch ich tu dir Schanko tanken. Quelle bei Youtube
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Was ist die deutsche Variante von "Textspeak"?

Im englischsprachigen Netzjargon ist der Begriff "textspeak" für abgekürzte Textbotschaften gebräuchlich. Beispiel: I h8 2 sA dat w'v 2 do r hmwrk 1st. - I hate to say that we have to do our ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 bedeutet "Schneckattack" in der Jugendsprache?

Ich hab im Fernsehen eine Gruppe von Jugendlichen gesehen, von denen einer das Wort Schneck-Attack verwendet hat. Was versteht man darunter? Ich glaube nicht, dass es sich dabei um einen Angriff der ...
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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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What does "krass" mean?

During conversations with native German speakers, I have heard the word "krass" used in different contexts. But I still don't know how to translate it. Any ideas?
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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 "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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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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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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On the origin of "guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr" // Wie deutsch ist „guten Rutsch“?

Ich hatte nie die Bedeutung von „guten Rutsch“ verstanden. Ich habe das DWDS nachgeschlagen und das gefunden: Rutsch m. im Neujahrswunsch Guten Rutsch (ins Neue Jahr)! (Anfang 20. Jh.). Wohl aus ...