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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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“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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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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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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Why does German have so many modal particles in comparison to other languages?

Fluent spoken German is often interspersed with lots of modal particles (e.g. "eben", "halt", "wohl") while other languages seem to lack these particles entirely, thus confusing learners and ...
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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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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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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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Speed and Velocity in German

As I understand it there are two different words for "how fast an object is moving" in English: velocity, tells you how the x,y,z (in 3 dimensions) coordinates of an object change over time....
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to create a sentence with only one repeated (more than twice) word

I just came across this Tweet saying that Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. is a complete English sentence because buffalo can be an animal, a place and a verb (...
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What does ‘-hupf’ mean in ‘der Googlehupf’?

The article Knusprige Zukunft appears in the section of the taz.de called die Wahrheit. This section of the newspaper tells various fables. I’m quoting below the paragraph from the article where the ...
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In welchen älteren literarischen Werken kommen derbe Ausdrücke vor, die heute auch noch verwendet werden?

Goethe schreibt zum Beispiel in Faust, jemand werde einem anderen mit der Faust in die Fresse fahren, und sein Götz von Berlichingen erwidert anstatt sich zu ergeben, man solle ihn im Arsche lecken. ...
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Welches deutsche Wort hat die meisten Konsonanten in Folge?

Der Titel sagt fast alles. Ich suche nicht nur echte "im Duden stehenden" Wörter, sondern auch leicht konstruierte Wörter, die aber immer noch einen Sinn haben, würden mich interessieren. Mit Google ...
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Liste aller Wörter, die in den jeweiligen Duden-Ausgaben neu aufgenommen wurden

Ich bin auf der Suche nach einer Liste aller Wörter, die in den jeweiligen Ausgaben des Duden-Wörterbuchs neu aufgenommen wurden. Mich interessieren die Wörter der letzten 40 bis 50 Jahre. Sie sollten ...
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Is Chutzpadik a common German word?

According to etymonline, the noun chutzpah came into English from Yiddish, with the term originally coming from Hebrew. I am wondering if the term has also entered German. I found the term chutzpadik ...
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Can one say “Schönheit”/ “Bescheidenheit” instead of “Gesundheit”?

When somebody sneezes, we say "Gesundheit". Can this word be replaced by "Schönheit" or "Bescheidenheit"? One of my colleagues has suggested me these words. What do these words mean in this situation?...
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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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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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Is there a two-step German vocabulary test that estimates how many words you know?

In English Is there an online resource where you mark checkboxes with words that you definitely know (at least one meaning) and it estimates how much words do you know? English - http://...
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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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Difference between “sprechen”, “sagen”, “reden”

I would like to know what the difference between "sprechen", "sagen", "reden"? My guess would be, to say, to tell, to talk. I might be wrong, but please clarify!
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Difference between “Behälter” and “Gefäß”

Both Behälter and Gefäß mean "container", but is there a difference in usage or are they equivalent?
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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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Wort für “kleines Problem”

Ich bin auf der Suche nach einem Wort (Adjektiv/Subjektiv), welches dem Wort Problem die Problemhaftigkeit nimmt. Denn es ist ja so, dass mit dem Wort Problem eine negative Ansicht einhergeht, was ja ...
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German weasel words

I have been using lists of English weasel words for quite some time now to check my language for clarity. Weasel words are words or phrases which make statements sound more meaningful or strong than ...
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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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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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Difference between “ihr” and “dessen”

If I want to say: “He is their son”, which is correct: Er ist ihr Sohn. Er ist deren Sohn. What is the difference (if any) between ihr and deren in the meaning of their?
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Ist “verunmöglichen” Standarddeutsch?

Ist das Wort "verunmöglichen" als Gegensatz von "ermöglichen" Standarddeutsch? Bin darüber schon mehrfach gestolpert, aber das Wort "fühlt" sich irgendwie schräg an.
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How to say “have a good vacation” in German?

I'm 100% sure that it's right and fine to use: "Gute Reise" which means "Have a nice trip". But is it also fine to use "Gute" for vacations? "Gute Urlaub" - is that wrong?
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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 there such a word as “Suppenkummer”?

I am actually a native speaker. My entire life I assumed that the word Suppenkummer did exist. Recently I spoke about it with a friend and she never heard of it. I did a research (Google, Duden) and ...
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Umgangssprachlich eigene Meinung äußern

Wie kann man umgangssprachlich seine eigene Meinung äußern? Ich interessiere mich nur für die Phrasen, bzw. Wörter, die in der Alltagsprache tatsächlich verwendet werden. Mir fallen nur die ...
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Is “Erkennungsausweis” an actual word in German?

I found this word when ordering some lists with legal content (PDFs with translations from Italian to German), and failed to find it in my paper dictionary, so I tried the Duden online, but no results ...
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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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Word-reminder software – how do you remember the words?

I can understand German when I read it. So, I started watching the Mad Man TV series with German subtitles and the show on mute. I write new words in a two-column Word document. I then try to learn ...
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Wie nennt man eine Gruppe Vogel Straußen

Ich habe mich neulich gefragt, wie man eine Gruppe Vogel Strauße nennt. Ich habe mir gedacht, dass Schwarm, Rudel oder Herde möglich sind, bin mir aber nicht sicher und wollte daher gerne die Meinung ...
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What is a “Vorentscheidung”?

After the match Dortmund–Bayern München (1:0) of yesterday, I read that this victory has marked a "Vorentscheidung" for the race to the German football championship. But what exactly is meant by "...
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Difference between “Boden” and “Erde”

What's the difference between Boden and Erde? As far as I know, they both mean soil and/or dirt. I would really appreciate it if someone could be very specific in the differences.
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Difference between “der Berg” and “das Gebirge”, is there any?

Is there any difference in meaning or usage of this two words? In case, what is it? der Berg and das Gebirge They both mean "mountain".
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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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Difference between “häufig”, “gewöhnlich” and “üblich”

Looking them up in dictionaries gave me this: häufig – frequent, common gewöhnlich – ordinary, common, habitual, normal, usual üblich – common, usual, ordinary, normal. I looked online for the ...
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Was bedeutet “nur” in “wie machst du die nur”?

Die Nudeln sind lecker! Wie machst du die nur? Was bedeutet nur in diesem Satz? (In der Regel bedeutet es "only", hier habe ich aber ihre Bedeutung gar nicht verstanden.)
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Volant, Steuer, Lenkrad

Diese drei Wörter sind alle Synonyme, aber welches wird am meisten benutzt? Ich glaube, dass Volant auf Deutsch ziemlich ungewohnt ist, aber ich habe keine Ahnung von den anderen zwei. Gibt es ...
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“wollen” mit der Bedeutung von “werden”?

Ich war mir sicher, dass es – dem Englischen ähnlich – eine (heutzutage vielleicht veraltete) Bedeutung des Verbs "wollen", die sich zuweilen mit der Bedeutung von "werden" deckt, gibt. Weder der ...
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deer in German: Hirsch, Reh

I have translated "deer" into German. I have found two translations there: der Hirsch das Reh I am studying the difference between them. Hypothesis: Hirsch is a male deer, Reh is a female deer.

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