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Is this the correct way to spell the slang term for 'toilet' in German — 'Scheißehaus'?
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It’s Scheißhaus. It’s a composition of the verb scheißen (not the noun Scheiße) and the noun Haus. See this or this for more details.

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How are mathematical expressions of this kind read in German (with fraction and root)?
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One possibility would be: Eins durch (die) fünfte Wurzel aus a plus c (zum) Quadrat. And Eins durch (die) dritte Wurzel aus p. So in general, you would use: Zähler durch Nenner for ...

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When to use "spendieren" rather than "spenden"?
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spenden is mostly used in the sense of to donate So, you would say something like: Last year I donated 200€ to charity. Which is Letztes Jahr habe ich 200€ für wohltätige Zwecke gespendet. ...

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Does "schwarzl" also mean black?
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Entstanden ist der 56 Hektar große See als eine Schottergrube der Baufirma Schwarzl Beton durch Grundwasser geflutet wurde. 1984 konnte das Freizeitzentrum als Nachnutzung des Schottertagebaus ...

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What's the right German word to use for the English "troll"?
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According to the Wikipedia article, troll originates from the French verb trôler, but also from the Norse word troll. Let's concentrate on the second one here. A troll is a mythological monster. The ...

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How to say that someone means a lot to you?
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Sie bedeuten mir viel. is perfectly fine. You could also say: Sie sind mir wichtig. Adding a sehr would also be a possibility.

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# (number sign) and * (asterisk) in German
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It seems that Doppelkreuz is the official German name for #. Most people will probably use Raute or Rautenzeichen instead though. The name of * is as before mentioned Stern, Sternchen or Asterisk. ...

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What is the set of all German articles?
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Here is a good overview of all the German articles. Der bestimmte Artikel Kasus | männlich | weiblich | sächlich | Plural ---------------------------------------------------- Nominativ | der ...

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Wer ist der "wahre Jacob"?
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Hier ist eine detaillierte Beschreibung. Anbei das Wichtigste: Jakobus, der Bruder des Johannes, war einer der zwölf Apostel Jesu. Die beiden Brüder und Petrus galten als engste Vertraute Jesu (...

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Meaning of the poem "lichtung"
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I guess Lichtung should be Richtung, since r and l are switched in that text. Here is the Wikipedia article for that poem with some possible interpretations. "[...] Während berichtet wird, dass ...

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What does "kloane Hex" mean?
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Kloane Hex is Kleine Hexe in bavarian German. It is used in parts of Austria as well (according to comment in southern parts of Lower-Austria).

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Is there any difference between "Vermögensteuer" and "Vermögenssteuer"?
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Duden lists both as possible spellings: Vermögensteuer Vermögenssteuer with the same meaning: Steuer, die nach jemandes Vermögen (2) bemessen wird und bei der das Vermögen Gegenstand der ...

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Difference between "bis auf", "bisher", and "bis zu"?
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Bis zu is equivalent to up to or as far as. Der Baum wird bis zu 3m hoch. Next, Bisher is used in a temporal context and can be translated with until now or so far: Ich habe bisher noch ...

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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "liegen" und "lügen"
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Liegen und lügen can be translated as to lie (resting horizontally) and to lie (not telling the truth) respectively. liegen (Resting horizontally or being located) Examples for liegen: Ich liege im ...

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"How were the Holidays?"
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I would say: Wie waren deine Ferien? Or Wie war dein Urlaub?

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"rucki zucki" - what is the meaning?
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rucki zucki or ruck zuck is another way of saying sehr schnell. Here is a reference. In English you could say in a jiffy or in no time (at all) Source: dict.cc There even used to be a ...

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How should an Umlaut be written?
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Wikipedia: The umlaut diacritic, consisting of two dots above the vowel [...] Here are the new and old notation of umlauted vowels: Also worth reading: Diaeresis (diacritic): [...] umlaut is a ...

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how to translate `extend`
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I am stating it outright! can be translated as Ich sage es klar heraus! or Ich sage es unverblümt! I have extended a casual friendly greeting towards her. could be translated as Ich ...

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What does it mean when it says "Volle Suppe"?
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Volle Suppe! and similarly Volle Kanne! means something like: Balls to the wall! or Full tilt!

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Hans im Glück - Help
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You can find a translation of the complete tale on Grimmstories.com. The part you are asking for is: "You have known how to look after yourself each time," said the grinder. "If you can only get on ...

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Was bedeutet "w.o. geben"?
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Erster Link bei Google wenn man "w.o. geben" eingibt: Wikipedia zu Walkover: Walkover, abgekürzt w. o. (engl. auch walk-over oder w/o; dt. "Spaziergang, leichtes Spiel"), ist eine ...

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What is the meaning of "Ich gehe davon aus"?
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You could translate it as: I'm assuming that... Here is the dict.cc translation page and here the leo.org page of: davon ausgehen So it's basically an assumption one thinks is true or it's not ...

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What's the difference between "instabil" and "unstabil"?
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They are synonyms, meaning they can be used interchangeably. However, instabil is used more often. Here is a visualization using Google's Ngram Viewer.

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Difference between "komisch" and "lustig"
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According to Duden (komisch, lustig) they are synonyms. In most cases you will be able to use them interchangeably. However, komisch also has the meaning: sonderbar, seltsam; mit jemandes ...

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Confused between usage of den vs einen?
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You will mainly use Ich kaufe den Spiegel. if it's a particular instance/exemplar of a mirror. When you use Ich kaufe einen Spiegel. you are either not sure which instance/exemplar you want ...

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Bedeutung von "wir beide schleppen schon alleine viele Jahre"
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Laut Duden, kann schleppen etwas wie: [an]dauern, anhalten, sich ausdehnen, sich erstrecken, gehen, sich hinziehen, sich in die Länge ziehen, kein Ende nehmen, sich ziehen; (gehoben) fortwähren, ...

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"Cute" in German
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If you want to describe a baby I would suggest: süß or putzig If you mean something like A cute girl. I would use Ein hübsches / reizendes Mädchen. The remaining words are IMHO either ...

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Splitting the German word "Taucherausrüstung"
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Duden has the answer: Ausrüstung für einen Taucher Taucherausrüstung is a simple composition of Taucher (diver) and Ausrüstung (gear/equipment).

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German for nickname?
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Dict.cc lists these as possible translations: Spitzname Kosename Neckname Scherzname Spottname The German Wikipedia has Spitzname as the equivalent of nickname. In my opinion, Spitzname is the best ...

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What does "Was hat Kim Jong Un mit Texas vor?" mean?
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I personally would use: What does Kim intend to do with Texas? Here are some references that suggest intend to do as well as intend doing can be used, while the former seems to be more common: ...

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