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Do English and German languages share 60 % of their vocabulary?

The German language is different from the English language. Each language has its own words, sentences and grammar. However, I discovered from a website that the German and English languages share 60% ...
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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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latinate or other words of foreign origin as opposed to Germanic words

In the following video (https://youtu.be/tNZXy6hfvhM?t=1062), the speaker feels the need to add after the adjective of Latin origin she first uses its equivalent based on purely German elements : Es ...
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Do native speakers use ZVE or CPU?

"Central Processing Unit" or CPU is sometimes listed as "Zentrale Verarbeitungs-einheit" or ZVE in dictionaries, but I know in the computing world many English words and abbreviations are used. To a ...
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Meaning of vorbei in this sentence

On the book Emil und die Detektive, by Erich Kästner, I found the following Da hielt die Straßenbahn zum ersten Mal. Es stieg niemand aus. Es drängten nur viele neue Fahrgäste in die Bahn. Auch an ...
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Difference between “statt” and “anstelle”

What the difference of usage between the words statt and anstelle? Are they just synonyms?
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Verbwahl: Modalität - “besitzen” oder “versprachlichen”?

Könntet Ihr mir bitte bei der Wortwahl helfen? Kann der Modus (z.B. der Indikativ) Modalität besitzen? Oder wird Modalität durch einen Modus eher versprachlicht?
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Schön Trocken - Bedeutung

Wenn "schön" "nice(ly)" oder umgangsprachlich "really" bedeuten kann, wie kann ich wissen, welche Bedeutung im folgenden Beispiel gemeint ist? Möchtest du auch ein Glas Rotwein? Ja, gerne. Is deiner ...
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Was bedeutet binden? [closed]

Ich habe gerade den 3. Aufzug von Friedrich Schillers Drama "Wilhelm Tell" gelesen. In Vers 2068 wird Tell gebunden. Was bedeutet dies (und warum)? Quelle: https://de.wikisource.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Tell/...
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Unterschied zwischen rufen und anrufen?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen rufen und anrufen? Both rufen and anrufen mean to call, so what is the difference between the two apart from anrufen being a trennbar verb?
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Gibt es im Deutschen ein Nomen, das im Plural unverändert bleibt?

Also wie bei den englischen "fish", "sheep", "hair", usw. Bitte antwortet auf Deutsch.
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How does the German superpower of word chaining really work?

Germans are known for their craftsmanship for words other languages require whole sentences for. We can express literally anything with one word by just connecting multiple words with our superpower. ...
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Is there some relative to Dutch word “kijken” in German?

Inspired by this question, I wonder if there is also some German relative (dialect or general) of Dutch word "kijken" for to watch or look at something. I think for example I saw or heard somewhere ...
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Bezeichnung für Übertreibung ins Gegenteil

Ich beobachte in Diskussionen in letzter Zeit oft eine Herabsetzung des Gegenübers durch Übertreiben seines Standpunkts ins Extreme. Beispiel 1: A: Ich finde, man sollte über ein Tempolimit ...
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Vokabel, Vokabular, Wortschatz [closed]

What is the difference between these three concepts? I think understand that der Wortschatz can refer to one's personal vocabulary (the set of words that one knows). What of das Vokabel / das ...
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Acquiring vocabulary [closed]

I've been learning german on my own for around five months. In the beginning, I thought the most difficult thing to learn was the verbal conjugations. Okay, I still think it's difficult. But forming a ...
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“Hohe” as horizontal distance?

I'm reading a letter by Kleist in which he describes a visit to a panorama. At one point he says: Nächst diesem Vordergrunde, folgt eine ohngefähr 3 Fuß hohe im Kreise senkrecht umhergestellte ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen vermelden und melden?

z.B. Von der Autoindostrie ist Positives zu vermelden: BMW legte um 3 Prozent zu und auch VW meldet ein leichtes Plus. Dagegen ein schlechter Tag für die Banken: Deutsche Bank minus 5 Prozent ...
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Difference between anhören, lauschen, hinhören and hinhorchen

Are there any subtle differences in meaning between anhören, lauschen, hinhören and hinhorchen, all of which has got something to do with listening?
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What are the services to get a simple sentence with an specific word?

I am new in German, and I need to learn lots of words. The easiest way is to learn a word in a sentence. I am looking for an online service, which provides a simple sentence for a given word. For ...
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Do the words “Schlacht” und “schlecht” share the same root?

I am new to German. I came across these two words. I am curious to know if these two share same roots.
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Zwinkern vs Blinzeln

In English, we have blink and wink where wink is a voluntary action. In German, which one is the voluntary one and which one is not? When should I use one over another? Or are both of them is a ...
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Nod and Shake Head

I live in a place where there are a lot of cultural differences. So, I assume German may also have cultures or habit that may differ from mine and some that are the same. So, here are some questions ...
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“Bedeutung geben an” geht nicht auf Deutsch, aber wie kann ich das beschreiben/nennen?

Ich bin gerade an einer Studie und muss sie auf Deutsch schreiben. Ich habe da folgendes Problem: Die Schüler nennen am Ende einer Unterrichtsstunde Sätze (die sie selber bilden) zu einer bestimmten ...
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Alibiaktion vs. Tokenismus (Difference/Unterschied)

Ich weiß und verstehe was "Tokenismus" bedeutet. Dies Wort stammt vom englischen Wort "Token(ism)". Es ist gut beschrieben in Englisch-Wörterbüchern: Tokenism: The practice of making only a ...
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Ist Ganerburg eine historische, mögliche Form von Ganerbenburg?

Eine Ganerbenburg ist eine meist größere Burganlage, die gleichzeitig von mehreren Familien oder Familienzweigen bewohnt und verwaltet wurde. Der Duden kennt nur diese Schreibweise. Sucht man ...
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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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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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Wie nennt man Gegenstände, die typisch für die Mitglieder einer bestimmten Gruppe sind?

Es gibt da einen bildungssprachlichen Ausdruck der mir einfach nicht einfallen will. Stattdessen muss ich immer an "Insignien" denken. Bei dem Wort das ich suche geht es nicht unbedingt um ...
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Looking for graded vocabulary lists

When I was learning English, I was greatly helped by a series of vocabulary lists, graded from 1st to 12th grade, and consisting of words that students in those grades were supposed to master1. After ...
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Einstellung oder Einrichtung?

Ich möchte wissen, was der Unterschied zwischen Einrichtung und Einstellung ist. Der Zusammenhang, um den es mir geht, ist „Setting“.
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any “wordfamily dictionary” OR “root words dictionary” for German language?

actually I like to understand meaning of words by their root and etymology, I am looking to find something like this for German, up to nw I found following books and cons and pros for them , would you ...
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Das seltenste Wort der deutschen Sprache

Im Rahmen einer Diskussion zu einem anderen Thema hier in diesem Marktplatz sprachlichen Nutz- und Trivialwissens stößt man auf folgenden Teil einer Antwort: People coin terms for things they ...
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How can I determine a word's gender in German when speaking or reading? [duplicate]

I have gotten answers like memorize it, word endings, and placing in sentence, but all of those are kind of vague and untrustworthy solutions. So how do native speakers figure it out?
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Unterschied zwischen sorgen, kümmern, (sich) beschäftigen, betreuen

Welchen Unterschied gibt es zwischen: sorgen für, sich kümmern um, betreuen, sich beschäftigen mit?
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Learning German mathematics-vocabulary?

What are some resources for speeding up learning of advanced German mathematics-vocabulary?
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What's the meaning of the German word »ran«?

The three below paragraphs come from the article in Der Spiegel called “Deutschland 2017. Drei Wirtschaftsrätsel für Aschenbrödel”. My question refers to the first sentence of the THIRD paragraph. ...
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Why do Germans invent English words for themselves?

I've known about Handy (= mobile phone) for quite some time; I was quite surprised when I first met it but with time I’ve simply gotten used to it. A few days ago however I’ve met another one: ...
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Begriffsherleitung: “ermuntern” und “entmutigen”

Ich habe mich letzter Zeit gefragt, wie kommt es, dass das Wort »ermuntern« vor dem t ein n besitzt (ermuntern) während das Wort »entmutigen«, wie auch das Substantiv Mut kein n enthält. Die sind ...
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'Die Benutztere'. What is this? Does it really exist?

I was trying to translate my English documentation into my own, wonderfully terrible, German when I noticed that this sentence: Der Benutzter muss nur einige Informationen über ... geben was being ...
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Gab es früher gravierende Veränderungen des Vokabulars der deutschen Sprache? [closed]

Wie Sie bereits festgestellt haben, hat sich der deutsche Wortschatz wegen der Digitalisierung um mehrere hundert Wörter bereichert, z. B. liken, surfen, posten, usw. Gab es jedoch auch in der ...
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Wer kennt die Möhle, möhlen und möhlig?

Ich habe soeben völlig erstaunt festgestellt, dass eine bestimmte Wortgruppe, die meine Familie und ich seit jeher benutzen, in keinem Wörterbuch zu finden ist. Da wir aus dem norddeutschen Raum ...
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Is »Alterssuffkis« a correct German word or a misspelled one?

The article “Generationsfrage Alkoholkonsum. Auf dem Weg zum Olymp.” from taz.de talks about alcohol consumption among older people. In the below paragraph the author describes his visit to the family ...
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Is there such an adjective as “neugiererzeugend”?

is there an adjective that describes something that arouses curiosity, like for example, when you see an ad that gets you curious about the product? I instinctively thought it could be "...
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Was/welche understanding the difference? [duplicate]

I am starting with German and my English isn't fluent; anyway, here goes the question: Is it "the same" to say: Was für Sprachen sprichst du? Or do you say: Welche ... when trying to say: What ...
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How to say: 'to you, too' or 'you as well'

Example: Person A: 'Have a nice weekend!' Person B: 'You too!'
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LaTex hierarchy levels

there is this tool LaTex for writing paper. It has a couple of hierarchy levels namely: part chapter section subsection subsubsection paragraph subparagraph ...
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About the word “hernach”

Immanuel Kant uses hernach quite a lot in his writings. However, here the word is said to be used only regionally; but I doubt that Kant would have used such words in his works. Is it perhaps an ...
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Word like »Schadenfreude« that also conveys a hint of empathy

I'm trying to find a German word that is the same as »Schadenfreude« but also has a tinge of empathy in it. Is there such a word?
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Good children author for learning German

I would like to read some good German children's stories with simple German where I can improve my German. Can you please tell me whom I should read.