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Übersetzung - Questions on issues while translating from or to German. Use with care as these questions are very likely to be closed as a translation request, which would be off topic. Don't use this tag on phrase requests or proverb analogies.

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“Es gefällt ihm.” How to identify similar exceptions?

I am in final stages of my A1 Deutsch, but this statement was an exception to read: Es gefällt ihm im Kindergarten sehr gut. Normally I will translate it as: It likes him in kindergarden a lot! ...
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Original German for Goethe quote “By seeking and blundering we learn.”

This quote has been attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, for example, at goodreads.com. "By seeking and blundering we learn." I would appreciate seeing the original German.
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How do you say 'This took a dark turn.' in German?

How do you say "This took a dark turn / This turned dark real quick/fast"? Dictionaries offer "dunkel, finster, düster, freudlos", but I don't think these reflect the emotion behind the sentence.
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How to say “respectively” in German when listing (enumerating) things

In English and many other languages I could say something like this: Tom and Jack play football and baseball respectively. That means that Tom plays football and Jack plays baseball. How can I ...
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Role of “einfach” in a certain context

I recently saw this on someone's post on social media: Ich bin einfach nur unglaublich dankbar. Google translates it to: I'm just incredibly thankful. If I simply remove unglaublich then it ...
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Where to place “zu + Verb” infinitive construction by a subordinate clause with “wenn”?

I would like to say: I would like to transfer my number, but only if it is still possible to get an offer with discounted price. I am not sure how to connect verbs with "zu" in this sentence: ...
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Does deswegen have another meaning than “that is why”?

I came across this sentence while practicing my German: "Ich mache Ihnen deswegen keine Vorwürfe." Which according to the language learning web site I found the sentence on, translates to: "I am ...
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How do I say “quirky” in German without sounding derogatory?

I've looked up a few translations of the word "quirky" as they all seem to have a bit of a negative connotation attached to them (e.g., skurril, verschroben, eigenartig, and sonderbar). How can I ...
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Correctly expressing “provisions” in German

I have a question as to how to appropriately express the word "provisions" in German. By provisions, I mean the following definition in English: Provision: a measure taken beforehand to deal with a ...
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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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How can I say, “What kind of a question is that?” in German? [closed]

For example: “Of course, I'll help you! What kind of a question is that? I'm your brother, for goodness' sake!” I gleaned some translations from the web but I'd like confirmation from you natives ...
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Using “never” “want” and “again” in a sentence [closed]

I want to translate the phrase "I never want to see your hairy butt again" (it's a joke for a wedding speech). My two classes of German have taught me it should look something like this: Ich will ...
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How do you say “half the time …, the other half …” in German?

I am looking for a way to say in German the equivalent of "half the time …, the other half …" but when it's used in a very specific, colloquial context in English. For example: Joan: So how are ...
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What does this sequence of short words starting with a 'd' mean? [closed]

What does: der den des den die die der der des des das den mean? It's the only thing I remember from German at school.
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Few questions about german patterns often seen in computers or mobile phones [closed]

First of all, I'm an software developer. Our company has a plan about adding german language support to our application. Most of the things can be translated really quick by using Google Translate but ...
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How to express ‘cliffhanger’ in German

I was watching the TV series Weißensee and wanted to say to someone that every episode was a cliffhanger, i.e. the show ended with you wanting to immediately watch the next episode to see how the ...
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To “hit home” in German

I was wondering what the correct way of expressing "to hit home" with somebody in German is. To hit home in English means: Suppose you have had a bad experience in the past, maybe a family member died ...
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How would you translate “insured for your peace of mind”?

I am currently translating a flyer for my dad's renovation and property maintenance business from English to German (he recently moved to Germany). I am pretty confident with most of what I've done so ...
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Add room number to postal address?

Let's say I live in the student dormitory. If I'm writing the address should I add my room number so that a parcel can be delivered into my post box?
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Is there common pairing of different English and German prepositions in the same sentences? [closed]

German and English use different prepositions in the same sentence. Some of these seem to me to be more often than others. For example, "in" in the following German sentence and "on" in the English ...
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How to distinguish the computational terms in German Language? [closed]

I often listen from people saying der baume, which means the tree (Family tree / or computational tree structure), which I usually mix with plant trees, or sometimes das fenster which I mix with room ...
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Expressing “feed off of” in German

Quick question: I am looking for the best way to express "feed off of" in a figurative sense in German. Here are some examples: The soldiers feed off of the courage of the general. The band feeds off ...
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What can you say for “Nebenkampfplatz”?

The title says it all. Another similar word is Nebenschauplatz or Nebenkriegsschauplatz. Example taken from (here): Das Rauchverbot stellt nur einen Bruchteil dieser „feindlichen Übernahmen“ dar,...
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“To be or not to be”: How to translate “to be”?

How would one translate the "to be" in "to be or not to be"? Is "Sein oder nicht sein?" correct? Does "dasein" have a meaning similar to the "to be"?
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Expressing “off the hook” in German

I am trying to express "get off the hook" correctly in German. In dictionaries, I see what seems to be two possibilities: "aus dem Schneider sein/kommen", and "vom Haken kommen/lassen". Let me provide ...
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informal gesprochen vs. informell gesprochen

Let's consider the following passages: Informal gesprochen nennen wir A und B unabhängig, wenn die Kenntnis des Eintretens von B die Prognose für A nicht ändert. Formal (für P(B) > 0): A, B ...
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How is this phrase translated?

Alright, I am not sure if the phrase itself is enough to make a good German translation. That is why here are the full lyrics. The part of the lyrics I want to translate is: I just fuck it up as ...
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Getting away with something in German

I know that "mit etwas davonkommen" is "to get away with" something in the sense of a crime, but can this be used figuratively as well? For example, Singers can "get away with" less talent today ...
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How do you say “there's a lot of X involved with Y” in German?

Let me give some example sentences: There's a lot of strategy involved with tennis. There's too much politics involved with a promotion here. There's always some risk involved in an operation....
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Correct use of ergeben?

In playing a card game, I’d like to say that taking a certain card results in negative points. Is it correct to say ‘diese Karte ergibt Minuspunkte?’
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How to say “to make my heart sing”

In english when one hears a beautiful piece of music, the feeling can often be described that it "makes my heart sing". Is there an equivalent description for this feeling in german?
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How to properly say “bail on somebody” in German?

I think the question in the title is clear, so let me get to some example sentences: Me and my friends had plans to go out last night. A couple of them bailed at the last second. We agreed on a ...
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Options for quick email reply to the effect of “I've just done it” or “I've taken care of it”

If I get an email request to do something, what would be some standard polite replies to the effect of "I've just done it" (what you asked for)? Would Lieber X, habe ich gemacht. Viele Grüße, Y ...
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“Shall we … ?” as a polite-but-informal suggestion : wollen vs. sollen

I often find myself wanting to make a polite-but-informal suggestion like the English "Shall we meet tomorrow?", and not knowing whether to say "Wollen wir uns morgen treffen?" or "Sollen wir uns ...
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How to properly say asset/assets in German

I am having some difficulty getting some of the financial defintions/contexts straight. I was wondering if somebody could help me with the following sentences: A house can be considered a type of ...
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Use of German “für” [closed]

Für (German) can be translated to English for but in many cases for (English) has different meaning in German. Can anyone tell me what to watch for in English to German translations? I would ...
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Why is George R. R. Martin's “A Song of Ice and Fire” titled “Das Lied von Eis und Feuer” in German instead of “Ein Lied von Eis und Feuer”?

This change always bothered me. Is there a rule in German that prevents book titles from starting with an indefinite article?
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How to tell whether a sentence is active or passive voice

This might be a duplicate question (Is "heißen" passive or active in this usage?), but I am still unclear on the answer. After hosting a German exchange student for 10 months, I decided ...
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“wieder je”, Nathan der Weise (I.1, 30)

Ich brauche Hilfe, um einen Auszug (I.1, 30) aus Nathan der Weise zu verstehen. Hier ist der Auszug (I.1, 30-31): (Nathan glaubte fälschlicherweise, dass seine Tochter tot sei. Er hat gerade ...
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Deciphering old handwriting from a 1850 church record

Is there anyone that can please decipher the following old german handwriting? It's from an old Silesian church record written in 1850. Any help with this is very much appreciated!
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What is important to you about becoming successful? [closed]

How the following sentence would be translated best? What is important to you about becoming successful? Google translates it like so: Was ist Ihnen wichtig, um erfolgreich zu werden? Is that ...
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“Von hinten durch die Brust ins Auge” [closed]

Dieser Ausdruck bezieht sich wohl ursprünglich auf den Weg eines Pfeils (oder einer Pistolenkugel) und beschreibt eine überaus umständliche und umwegige Vorgehensweise. Gibt es etwas adäquates auf ...
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Translation phrases for email from english [closed]

1. "...write Bachelor thesis under your supervision..." *I would like to translate it as: unter Betreuung der Bachelorarbeit schreiben 2. Coould you please check the folowing sentense? ...
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What would be the way to say “just saying” in German? (Not the literal translation)

The context would be when making a suggestion. For example, if I am with a group of friends and everyone is hungry I could say: "There is a restaurant nearby. Just saying." If me and some friends ...
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Max Planck quote translation request [closed]

Which, A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is ...
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What does “Kann weiter” mean?

In the film Bella Martha, around the 40 min mark, a waiter comes into the restaurant's kitchen and says to the chefs "Die 6 kann weiter". What does this mean? Reverso translates this from German to ...
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Deciphering old handwriting

Is there anyone that can please decipher the following handwriting and give a brief summary in English?
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How to translate this handwritten sentence?

I need help translating this sentence. Sie sehen daß noch nicht alles was den Auszeichnungen herauszulesen vor. My problems here are that I cannot understand the use of "daß" (shouldn't be the ...
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Translation for “Good Riddance”

I'm looking for a phrase in German that can equate to the English phrase "Good riddance," a very sarcastic way of saying goodbye to someone/something that you won't actually miss. Is there a way to ...
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How is the “common practice period” (1650-1900) called in German musicology?

Is there a commonly used translation in German musicology for the term 'common practice period'? I couldn’t find a translation to German for ‘common practice’ except the naming of the 3 epoques: It ...