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Do Germans count on fingers starting from the thumb?
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I don't have hard evidence like studies for you, only personal experience (eastern Germany): Yes, we do start counting from the thumb. My kids and their friends in Kindergarten do it that way, my ...

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Is there such a word as "Suppenkummer"?
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I never heard Suppenkummer, but it feels like an actually valid localism. However, I’d like to offer an alternative explanation: When I started working for my current employer, I learned the word ...

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What's the difference between "Wohnsitz" and "Wohnort"
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Well, details. Wohnort has a coarser scope than Wohnsitz in my experience. Wohnort is primarily the city where someone lives, but may mean address (City+Street+etc.). Wohnsitz on the other hand is ...

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What does the abbrevation “o.E.” stand for?
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This stands for ohne Einschränkung, short for ohne Beschränkung der Allgemeinheit and would usually be abbreviated as “o.B.d.A.” The english equivalent is “WLOG”, which is short for without loss of ...

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What is the difference between “abonnieren” and “anmelden”?
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Abonnieren is mainly used pretty narrowly to mean "subscribe to a recurring purchase, service or delivery". Emphasis is on recurring. Examples of valid combinations: "eine Zeitung abonnieren" (...

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German equivalent of the phrase "That reminds me"?
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Das erinnert mich. does not sound plausible at all, but feels rather incomplete. When reading that, I want to ask Woran erinnert es dich? Possible phrases are Da fällt mir ein, ... Wo wir gerade ...

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Rechts vor Links!
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Hubert hat die Herkunft der politischen Färbung von rechts und links bereits schön erklärt, aber im Verkehrsaspekt möchte ich gesondert antworten: Du kannst Deinen Kindern bedenkenlos "Rechts vor ...

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Recording numbers in the German language
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The rules for recording large numbers are not much different from English. The main difference to English is that in German, , and . are swapped. The comma is used as a decimal point, and the dot is ...

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"Ich habe Hunger" or "Ich bin hungrig"?
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Ich habe Hunger is perfectly acceptable on all levels of conversation and used without afterthought as a viable alternative to Ich bin hungrig. The former is neither outdated, nor inappropriate in any ...

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What is understood by Inbetriebnahme with regard to machinery?
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Without context, Inbetriebnahme would mostly be understood as the initial installation and first startup of a rather complex machine (industry machine, robot, computer, car), like jera points out in ...

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Unterschied zwischen Malen und Zeichnen
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Ganz genau so wie Du es in der Frage ausgeführt hast. Als Nicht-Künstler unterscheiden sich für mich die Begriffe wie folgt: Zeichnen: Mit einem Bleistift, Fineliner oder anderem feinen Stift, mit ...

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What does "Meiner schon" mean?
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I haven't seen that episode, but it's apparently a snarky response one could come up with reacting to a possibly unintentional road block done with a presumably lesser car. "Meiner schon." ...

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Degree of demand with different translations for "request" (noun)
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Neat question, really. I'll sort all the leo translations for the bare "request" into the three good categories you thought of and qualify entries where needed -- all according to my personal ...

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Ist „FAMILIENNAME Vorname“ akzeptabel auf einer deutschen Visitenkarte, wenn mein Name nicht der westlichen Namensordnung folgt?
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Persönliche Einschätzung Ich persönlich würde den Sinn der Großschreibung sofort erfassen und mich über die Hilfe sehr freuen. Als unhöflich empfinde ich das nicht, denn es hilft, „peinliche“ ...

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geschlechtsneutrale Einzahlen von »Geschwister« und »Eltern«
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Ich würde da ein bisschen tricksen und schlage Dir Elternelement und Geschwisterelement vor. Das sind zwar Komposita, aber sie klingen weniger gewöhnungsbedürftig als "Elter" und "Geschwister (sgl.)"...

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What does “Lassen Sie sich” mean?
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Closest phrase I can think of and which makes sense in that situation is Lassen Sie sich Zeit. – Take your time. “Lassen Sie sich” is most probably a fragment only. I cannot definitely exclude ...

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How to interpret "Na dann haut rein"?
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This is a rather colloquial, but thoroughly positive phrase that can mean things like Be well! Good luck and good bye! Do your best, I hope you succeed! but also Go ahead, eat all you can! ...

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Wie nennt man eine Gruppe Vogel Straußen
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Diese Quelle sagt, man nennt einen aus Straußen bestehenden Tierverband Herde. Auf den ersten Blick ist das plausibel, aber es wird keine Primärquelle dafür angegeben. Ist also möglicherweise mit ...

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Academic titles in Germany
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Verbal When verbally addressing any academic, usually only the highest title in its basic form is mentioned Frau Professor Müller, wann findet die Prüfung denn nun statt? except for when the ...

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Sind »multimodal« und »intermodal« synonym im Personenverkehr?
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Kein Verkehrswissenschaftler: Als Laie bzw. Informatiker hätte ich multimodal für Deine Intention sofort verstanden – mehrere Transport-Modi eben. Intermodal klingt hingegen seltsam und trägt für ...

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Wort für das pingelige Essverhalten meines Sohnes
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Pingelig im Kontext von Essverhalten wäre meiner Meinung nach mäkelig. Wie wählerisch, aber mit negativer Konnotation: übertrieben, unbegründet.

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In welchem Teil Deutschlands fragt man "Was soll der Name?"
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Dieser Ausdruck ist eine Variation für Was bedeutet (der Name)?. Die Wendung wird allgemein am häufigsten wohl in Form von Was soll das? als Kurzform für Was soll das bewirken/werden/bedeuten? ...

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Welches Wort kann »Bild(zeitungs)niveau« in Österreich ersetzen?
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Krone-Niveau dürfte soweit ich weiß recht nah an Bild-Niveau herankommen (Kronen Zeitung). Aber ob das so von den netten Nachbarn verwendet wird? :)

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What is the sentence structure of these lyrics?
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"Gesicht" is used as a poetic synonym for visible surface or front, so the mentioned voice is simply falling from the visible portion of the sky. In a semantic translation / one focused on meaning, ...

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Translation of "state" into German (software related)
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In addition to RRZ Europe's excellent Kennzeichen, I'd like to propose Facette, facet. A customer can have many of those, and each of them defines the customer in some way that's orthogonal to all ...

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How does “meine liebe” (“liebe” as adjective) sound for a native German speaker?
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When I read the title, I immediately pictured a well-behaved, elderly gentleman, maybe a professor, or a butler, talking to a young girl in a fatherly, very friendly, but non-romantic way: my dear. ...

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How to express consequence?
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Am 13. November fand in Paris ein Anschlag statt, … bei dem 140 Menschen getötet wurden. wobei 140 Menschen getötet wurden. durch den 140 Menschen getötet wurden. wodurch 140 Menschen getötet wurden. ...

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"From date - To date" to specify a period of time
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Von: (From date) Bis: (To date) is usually understood very well when combined with date pickers. Screenshot from the production version of a fat client including account bookings filterable by date ...

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Wie sagt man 'a value of a new item'?
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Im Gebrauchtwarenmarkt eines bekannten Online-Händlers gibt es einen Leitfaden für Zustandsangaben, welcher für gebrauchte Bücher die Abstufungen "Wie neu", "Sehr gut", "Gut", "Akzeptabel" und "...

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What is the meaning of Quatschkopp or Quatschkopf
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It's a mild derogative to say about or to someone who says wrong or unpopular things and stuff you don't like personally. The "roughness" of it depends on the context. You can say that to your ...

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