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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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Properly decline an apartment offer in German [email correction] [closed]

I a trying to write a polite email to decline an offer. I can write it only in german. Guys, could you help me? Can anyone check the text below? Es war schwierig für mich, eine Entscheidung zu ...
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What is the longest identical sentence in English and Low German? [closed]

I read today that the longest sentence in Low German that is identical in spelling to its English translation is He is as good as Water to us. Is this the case? If not, can you extend it substantively?...
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German equivalent of “under review” and “minor/major revisions”

Say I'm about to publish a scientific paper and it's currently still "under review", i.e. it has not been published yet. How would I translate that phrase into "academic" German? ...
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What are “Lamellenspiesse”? [closed]

This meat product on a stick is called "Lamellspiess". What type of meat is it, and what is the English translation?
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What would be a appropriate translation for “canary trap”?

I just prepare a talk on - among other things - canary traps. What would be an appropriate translation of "canary trap", as I think "Kanarienvogelfalle" seems not to express what I ...
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What is the difference between “Sprechverbots” and “Stimmruhe”

I was told from the doctor that I have "Sprechverbot" for 3 days, that means that I am not allowed to speak for 3 days. But also on the document there is "Stimmruhe" for 10 days. ...
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How would I say, “a story about the time that…” in German?

I assumed that it would be something like “(ich erzähle) eine Geschichte über das mal, in dem ich...“ but that doesn’t seem right. And the more I look up how to translate this idea, the more it seems ...
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“Ruf mich bei deinem Namen”?

Es gibt einen Film, der heißt "call me by your name" (2017), ins Deutsche wurde er als "Ruf mich bei deinem Namen" übersetzt. Ich tue mich schwer, die Präposition "bei" ...
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Unterschiedliche Rollen in einem Versicherungsvertrag

In an insurance contract, the roles must normally be precisely defined between: The underwriter: the person who signs the insurance contract (and normally pays the insurance premium) The insured: the ...
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Welcher Begriff bedeutet “to get someone in trouble”

Im Englischen kann der Ausdruck „to get someone in(to) trouble“ unterschiedliche Nebenbedeutungen haben. Er kann auch absichtlich oder unabsichtlich gemeint werden, je nach dem Kontext. Gibt es einen ...
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Split a sentence into elements

I try to decompose this sentence in elements and I am not sure how to do it: Was ist denn das für eine Geschichte? This may translate as "What kind of story is this?" (not sure). Could you ...
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“Schmiedeeffekt” auf Deutsch

Ich übersetze für einen Blog einen Text aus dem Ukrainischen ins Deutsche und habe aber eine Herausforderung mit der Übersetzung des Ausdrucks "Schmiedeeffekt". Der vollständige, übersetzte ...
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How to tell the difference between groß = tall or big

I recently started learning German through Duolingo and Busuu. I came across the word groß a few times now but I'm not sure how to tell the difference between: The man is tall vs The man is big (heavy ...
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»zehn — die größte nicht zusammengesetzte Zahl« [closed]

The extended excerpt below is from p. 73 of Richard David Precht's book Erkenne die Welt (my emphasis): ...selbst wenn der Pythagoras zugeschriebene Satz »Alles ist Zahl« erst aus späterer Zeit ...
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German equivalent of “Dear Hiring Team”

What is the german equivalent of "Dear Hiring Team"? Is it "Liebes Einstellungsteam" ? I was wondering if we could use "Liebes" in a formal letter.
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Meaning of “Wir sind ein Schwarm”

I'm currently a beginner in my German language learning journey trying to challenge myself with translating and understanding lyrics of German songs. I came across the song "Schwarm" by Die ...
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Wenn es um Kartenspielen geht, was bedeutet „Gustierzeichen“?

In „Meister Preference“, ein Heft von der Wiener Spielkartenfabrik Ferdinand Piatnik & Söhne, copyright 1971, steht: Für Preference werden eigene Karten verwendet, nämlich französische Karten ...
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Swiss appartment application: “Mitbewerber” vs “Solidarhafter”?

What is the difference between Mitbewerber and Solidarhafter? Google translate says "competitor" and "more solidarity", which neither make any sense. And why is there no option ...
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Meaning of 'Händchen lecken' or 'Hand lecken'

I am reading Chef Deutsch - Deutsch Chef, based on the TV series Stromberg. Excerpts from page 45: Chef: Na Frau Burstedt, Sie duften aber mal gut. Noch einiges vor heute Abend, was? Mitarbeiterin: ...
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German for “ditto” in 1809 record?

In an 1809 marriage record, I see a word that logically equates to "ditto" in the date column. I have searched online translators, even considered Latin, exchanging the first letter. The ...
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Confused about “Schon deshalb nicht, weil…” construction

I was reading Kafka's "Josefine, die Sängerin oder das Volk der Mäuse" and came across this sentence: Aber sie hat keine Feinde, und selbst wenn mancher hie und da Einwände gegen sie hat, ...
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How to confirm an appointment

Someone asked, if I could meet on monday, how can I say that that day is ok? "Montag passt mir gut" Is this informal? If so, what would be the formal way of saying that?
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Is 'Zuhörzimmer' a consultation room?

I see the word 'Zuhörzimmer' written on the door when I'm watching interviews featuring doctors. To an English-speaker, this would read as "to listen room," but I'm guessing it refers to the ...
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Meaning of “abgefrühstückt”?

In a mathematics video I'm watching on Youtube about probability, the tutor uses the sentence "wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung abgefrühstückt." I typed "abgefrühstückt" into a few ...
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“Dramatisch pointiert”

The meanings I found of "pointiert" do not seem to apply to the following sentence: "Eine Ballade ist ein Lied, das eine Geschichte erzählt, die dramatisch pointiert ist" Does it ...
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What does it mean: “Aktueller Stand nur in Pergamon”?

I have found this expression in a BASF document named Checklist for externals. Here is the full phrase - 'Aktueller Stand nur im Pergamon – Ausdruck/Kopie unterliegt NICHT dem Änderungsdienst!', which ...
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What different ways are to say fractions in German?

When dealing with fractions in German we normally say "drei-viertel" or "3/4". Another example would be "sieben-zwanzigstel = 7/20". But is there another way of saying it?...
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German expression for “learning by ear”?

I saw this expression "learning from ear" on DW, similar to the better know expression "playing by ear". I want to know what the equivalent for this is in German. Both expressions ...
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“Sollte.., dann müsste…” — necessarily counter-factual?

Or could it, also, mean (in some contexts, at least) "Should A be this, B would be that" (which is called "future less vivid conditional" in Ancient Greek). I'm asking this because ...
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Wird “à la carte” benutzt?

At a restaurant, ordering "à la carte" is a French saying that means to order dishes separately one from the other, as opposed to ordering a "menu" that contains a smaller set of ...
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Sentence starts with a verb but not an 'if' construction

Example snippet from here: Es war der Stoff, aus dem in den Sechzigern Träume gemacht waren: Hatten nur ein Jahrzehnt vor Feierbach die Amerikaner noch Flugzeugteile daraus hergestellt, stürzten sich ...
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What does this mean? It's a quote by Nietzsche [closed]

What does this mean: "haben und mehrwollhaben" ? I could not find it anywhere, dictionary nor google. Can someone help me, please?
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Subject-verb (dis)agreement

The following excerpt is from David Precht's Erkenne die Welt (p. 53); he is quoting the pre-Socratic philosopher Anaximenes: "Wie unsere Seele, die Luft ist, uns regiert", meint Anaximenes,...
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Räte-Ideen: looking for a translation

Wie würden Sie "Räte-Ideen" verstehen/übersetzen? das konnte nur in den Räte-Ideen erscheinen I understand, something such as, "it could only appear in simplistic classwork essays&...
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What does “Brennersperrzeit” mean in the context of a hot water/heating system?

My heating is currently not working because the "Brennersperrzeit" is currently activated. What would the English term be for this?
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How can I say 'basic information'?

I'm preparing a presentation and want to start to it with something like: Firstly i want give some basic information about this topic. I have found the word Basiswissen but it didn't seem right to ...
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Is there a rule for the correct order of two adverbs in a row?

For the sentence: "but we almost never argue" Which translation is better: "aber wir streiten uns fast nie" or "aber wir streiten uns nie fast" Is there a rule behind ...
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Expression of woman sinking in the mud and waving

Back in 2016 one of my German friends (who since then passed away) used to say an expression in German that seemed common in North Rhine-Westphalia (at least in that familiar circle they all knew it). ...
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How to translate “bias”

I am going to hold a presentation in German on maximum entropy (ME) methods and a crucial concept for understanding the principle behind ME is bias. For example, for an experiment with outcomes A and ...
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WW1 German Postcard transcription

I have just found this postcard from some soldiers in Russia during WW1 and wonder if anyone can transcribe it for me.
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What's the difference between “Richtungssinn” and “Richtung”?

I was studying Physics(Statik) and I saw the word Richtungssinn. It translates as "sense of direction". And I know Richtung is "direction". But what does sense of direction even ...
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Meaning of eben auch

I hear "eben auch" a lot on Deutschlandfunk. What is the most approximate translation to English? Is it something like: as well or but also I am struggling to understand whether it ...
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Does “Ich mag dich” only apply to friendship?

I was using a language app and the example sentence was like: "Liebst du mich auch, oder magst du mich nur?" So when your friend says "Ich mag dich," is it NOT equivalent to &...
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Meaning of Idiomatic Expression: “einen an der Waffel haben”

I have just seen in the youtube comments section of a video I was looking at: "Du hast einen an der Waffel, das ist alles!" What does this mean exactly?
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Is “Gesellschaft” the right translation for “company” in the sense of visitors?

Both Gesellschaft and "company" have a lot of different meanings and there is some overlap, particularly in the sense of a business enterprise. In English, "company" can also mean ...
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What would be the German expressions to represent the expand and collapse actions on a collapse/expand UI menu?

If a website has a expand/collapse menu. How can I say the expand / collapse actions in German. When it's collapsed, I would like to say: "expand", "see more" or something similar. ...
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For a muscle to 'fest werden' - what does it mean?

I know fest means solid, firm, etc, but none of those makes particular sense in this snippet about stretching: Überschreitet man diese Grenze, etwa weil jemand sagt: »Du musst da mehr rein«, dann ...
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“[Regeln, die Menschen] sich für das eigene Handeln geben”

What does "sich für das eigene Handeln geben" mean? For example, here: Hinter dem unbedingten Individualismus des Urteils, so wird suggeriert, dürfen auch die Regeln nicht zurückbleiben, ...
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Mendel's paper: Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden (1865) - word for “factor”?

Please forgive me writing in English, but my pidgeon German isn't up to a complex question! I hope this is OK? In Mendel's (absolutely brilliant) paper "Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden (1865)&...
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'Danach wir könnten in einem Restaurant essen' is it correct to use the Dativ in this sentence?

I'm questioning myself whether it should be in ein Restaurant.. but I think as I am using 'essen' I should use the dative and say 'in einem Restaurant' ? Thank you in advance, I find this forum really ...

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