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Where can I find a parsable list of German words?

I'm looking for a list of German words in a digital format that is simple and easy to parse by a computer. It should encompass almost all words, but it doesn't matter whether inflections are included. ...
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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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Einsamkeit und Zweisamkeit

I have just encountered the word "Zweisamkeit". Till this moment I knew only "Einsamkeit" und "Gemeinsamkeit". Do you know any other words like this?
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What are “Marmelade”, “Konfitüre”, or “Fruchtaufstrich”?

Living in Germany I almost exclusively hear "Marmelade" for any spread made of fruits including "Erdbeermarmelade", "Himbeermarmelade", "Aprikosenmarmelade" and so on. Only rarely I also hear "...
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What is the best free word frequency list in German?

I'm looking for a very high quality word frequency list in German. This is a list of how often words are used in the German language. The best one I have found so far is here: 10,000 words. ...
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Finding out how many German words I do know

I know a website offering a test for knowing how many words you know in English. http://testyourvocab.com/ I would like to find something similar for the German language. I've made some searches ...
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“anders” vs “unterschiedlich” vs “verschieden”

What exactly is the difference between these three? They all seem to mean 'different' although in different ways, and I can't quite work out what the difference is. My understanding at the moment is ...
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Was für ein Wort ist “halt”?

Das Wort "halt" im Sinne von Das ist halt so. ist in keine mir bekannte Sprache direkt übersetzbar. Gibt es für diese Art Wort einen linguistischen Fachbegriff? Wie wird die Funktion bezeichnet,...
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Welche deutschen Wörter unterscheiden sich nur in der Betonung?

Generell gibt es im Deutschen, wie auch in anderen verwandten Sprachen, kaum Beispiele für Wörter, deren Bedeutung sich ändert, wenn man nur die Betonung variiert. In anderen Sprachen kommt dies ...
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Ist Praxist ein deutsches Wort?

Ich war vorgestern bei meiner Hausärztin. Sie hat jetzt neue Sprechstundenhilfen. Diese haben an der Wartezimmertür ein Schild angebracht: Bitte diese Tür schließen. Ihre Praxisten Ich habe das ...
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Deutscher Wortschatz - Definition?

Kurzform: Wie ist der deutsche Wortschatz definiert? Langform: Bis zu der Rechtschreibreform 1996 war ja der Duden das Standardwerk zur deutschen Orthographie. Wo und Wie ist seitdem die deutsche ...
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List of 1000+ (most common) German nouns with plural form

Has anyone managed to find a list of this kind in a tabular form, possibly with articles? Something like this would be ideal: ---------------------------- das Kind | die Kinder | der Hund | ...
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“Die Worte” vs. “die Wörter”

This question also has an answer here (in German): Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "Worte" und "Wörter"? Worte and Wörter are both plurals of Wort. Is there a difference ...
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“Das Deutsch” or “das Deutsche”?

I know that the latter is a substantivated adjective, but I can't really seem to get the difference in meaning. To me, both indicate the German language. Yes, "das Deutsche" is used "im Allgemeinen", ...
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Which German word contains the most ä, ö, ü, and ß in any variation?

I'm German and residing in France. When I was asked the following question the only word which came into my mind was Gesäß. Which German word contains the most ä, ö, ü, and ß in any variation? Are ...
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German words database

I'm searching any good database about German words (substantives currently, but a more comprehensible database will go down well also), with, almost, the following information: Word name: in nomative ...
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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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Zusammen oder getrennt? Gibt es eine Regel?

Es gibt viele Wörter im Deutschen, deren exakte Schreibweise sich meiner Kenntnis schon immer entzogen haben. Das größte Problem ist dabei die Frage: zusammen oder getrennt? Ich nenne mal ein paar ...
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How many German words do I need to know to perform like a native German office worker?

I live in Germany, and I have learnt German up to a B2 level course. My German is good enough to survive but not enough to get in a university to study subjects using German language, for getting a ...
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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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Goethe - Prometheus - wie soll man eine Zeile verstehen?

In Goethes "Prometheus" ist es geschrieben. Und übe, Knaben gleich, Der Disteln köpft, An Eichen dich und Bergeshöh'n! Die Distel ist eine Pflanze (thistles) und köpfen bedeutet doch jemanden ...
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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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Gibt es ein deutsches Pendant zur englischen Wendung «writ large»?

In der englischen Sprache gibt es die Wendung «writ large», die normalerweise so benutzt wird: Switzerland is a democracy writ large. oder The State is the organization of robbery writ large. ...
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Alternative für den Ausdruck “über mich”

Ich suche eine Alternative für den Ausdruck "über mich". Es ist für einen Menüeintrag auf einer Website. Ich finde es fantasielos, überall im Web diesen Menüeintrag zu finden. Leider hat es sich ...
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“Frei” vs “gratis” vs “umsonst” vs “kostenlos” [closed]

I think kostenlos and frei have the same meaning, but I really wonder if there is a very thin difference among these adjectives.
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German flash cards with pictures and no English?

I am looking to increase my German vocabulary and am looking for a good series of flash cards that does not contain any English, but instead just has pictures and the German word. Does such a thing ...
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How to specify “Aunt”, “Uncle”, “Cousin” relative to father or mother, in German? [duplicate]

If we would specify "Onkel", "Tante" or "Cousin(e)" related through the mother's side of the family, can we use: mein mütterlicher Onkel meine mütterliche Tante meine mütterliche Cousine ...
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Wörter mit selber Bedeutung, aber unterschiedlichen Artikeln

Mir ist heute beim Spazierengehen aufgefallen, dass die Wörter die Geldbörse, das Portemonnaie und der Geldbeutel die gleiche Bedeutung, aber unterschiedliche Artikel haben – was ich irgendwie ...
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How can I memorize German vocabulary easier? [closed]

I am having a hard time with German vocabulary. I am looking for methods to memorize better. It took me about 1 hour to memorize 10 words.
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What does “Eigentum statt Miete” mean? [closed]

I'm looking for renting a house in Germany and I encountered this phrase. What does it exactly mean? The price was a lot higher than a normal price for renting an apartment. Does this mean a whole ...