Stephie
  • Member for 7 years, 3 months
  • Last seen this week
4 answers
21 votes
8k views
What's the word Germans give to walls that aren't well soundproofed?
Accepted answer
69 votes

The appropriate adjective here is hellhörig Which the Duden describes as besonders von Räumen, Gebäuden o. Ä.) den Schall leicht durchlassend Beispiel eine hellhörige Wohnung -> ...

View answer
6 answers
54 votes
28k views
Why are "tomorrow" and "morning" the same in German?
Accepted answer
60 votes

First of all, please mind your spelling: The noun describing the time of the day or the future is capitalized: Der Morgen / das Morgen. The adverb describing that something is happening the next ...

View answer
11 answers
17 votes
4k views
How to express "fizzle out" in German
Accepted answer
40 votes

German has a similar “going flat” metaphor, only instead of soda or a chemical reaction, we refer to deflating balloons: ... die Luft raus... It probably works better in your second example: ...

View answer
6 answers
10 votes
4k views
Does German use contractions in this way?
Accepted answer
33 votes

“Wo’st” isn’t a typical German contraction. You could perhaps get away with something like wo’s (“wo” + the colloquial “is’” instead of “ist” or wo’sn (“wo” + “is(t) denn”) That said, contractions ...

View answer
7 answers
15 votes
6k views
Is the genitive used at all in everyday German?
Accepted answer
32 votes

In my opinion: Yes, you should learn about the genitive. While it's use apparently is on the decline and there are many "substitutions", you should not expect it to disappear totally in the next ...

View answer
5 answers
22 votes
3k views
Why Ölberg and not Olivenberg?
30 votes

Considering that another name for Olivenbaum is Ölbaum and the biological family is Ölbaumgewächse (Oleaceae), Ölberg with the meaning of “mountain of olive trees” makes sense to me. Ölberg has ...

View answer
2 answers
27 votes
1k views
Seit wann sind Dirnen nicht mehr anständig?
Accepted answer
29 votes

Eigentlich muss man hier zwei Fragen beantworten: Wann begann der Ruf der Dirne Schaden zu nehmen? und Wann hat die Dirne ihre Unschuld ganz verloren? Laut Wikipedia war die Dirne zunächst eine ...

View answer
2 answers
13 votes
2k views
What is the difference between "Künstler" and "Artist"?
28 votes

You may have tripped over the different meanings of “artist” (e.g. English) and “Artist”. In German, the word for anyone expressing themselves through or creating art is “Künstler“ (as art = Kunst). ...

View answer
2 answers
12 votes
4k views
Correct way to write out a date range in German
Accepted answer
28 votes

Because the point of the point (pun intended) is to give the ordinal number instead of the cardinal number. Interestingly enough, English does use ordinal numbers for days when writing "on the fifth ...

View answer
2 answers
10 votes
6k views
What does the following character mean in German: »Ø«?
Accepted answer
27 votes

It's the symbol for Durchmesserzeichen - it denotes either The arithmetic mean (average) or The geometric diameter. Context is key, in your diagram it's the average value as it's about statistics. ...

View answer
6 answers
13 votes
34k views
“High school” in German?
Accepted answer
27 votes

Oh boy. If you are hoping for a one-word answer, you are out of luck. So let me elaborate a bit: The German educational system (English version here) has three levels: Primary school Four years, for ...

View answer
2 answers
17 votes
2k views
What does "Augenmaß" mean in a political context?
Accepted answer
24 votes

Augenmaß has two meanings, here the second fits: Fähigkeit, in angemessener Weise zu handeln; Besonnenheit, Umsicht Beispiele das rechte Augenmaß verloren haben Politik mit Augenmaß (Besonnenheit, ...

View answer
1 answers
8 votes
1k views
How to translate “Who’s in?”
Accepted answer
24 votes

First thoughts would be: Wer ist dabei? Wer macht mit? Wer geht / kommt mit? (depending on context)

View answer
8 answers
16 votes
3k views
Is there an alcoholic beverage that’s feminine in German?
Accepted answer
24 votes

Die Bowle (punch) The name stems from the english "bowl" referring the vessel it is served in. Bowle is usually cold, for hot varieties we use the term der Punsch (which is punch) One exception, ...

View answer
2 answers
14 votes
2k views
"Verwesern" title, what does it mean?
Accepted answer
23 votes

A Verweser is a substitute, someone who either temporarily fills in until a permanent person for a position is found or regularly takes over a monarch’s duty during his or her absence. The latter is ...

View answer
7 answers
10 votes
6k views
Difference between "vorbei" and "fertig"?
Accepted answer
23 votes

When in doubt, think of this: vorbei (over) considers the passed time: Die Ferien sind vorbei. fertig (done / finished) focuses on the state: Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit.

View answer
3 answers
7 votes
19k views
German words for different cleaning agents (shampoo, body wash, detergent, etc.)
Accepted answer
22 votes

Welcome in the multilingual world of cosmetics! As it stands, there are German words for all these things, but sometimes the English (or "Denglish") word is used more often. So let me give you an ...

View answer
1 answers
13 votes
2k views
Dialect of a story from the "Koch-Buch für die Deutschen in Amerika" (1897)
Accepted answer
21 votes

This sounds clearly Swabian - a few indicators are Metzelsupp (used in Southern German dialects), S' Kürbsamärtes Hansjörg (common way of naming, i.e. genitive of family name followed by first name ...

View answer
4 answers
7 votes
70k views
Is the term "meine Liebe" strong to a German?
21 votes

This is hard to answer without context, sorry. It could be a relatively neutral term of endearment which then would be translated as my dear. This could be used by (random example) an elderly ...

View answer
1 answers
12 votes
805 views
kp and Mp in German engineering text from 1963
Accepted answer
20 votes

That's a now deprecated unit: Kilopond, (abbreviated "kp", the English term: kilogramm-force), that measured the force via gravitational acceleration of an object with a mass of one kg in standard ...

View answer
5 answers
13 votes
19k views
Vermögen eines Multimillionärs
20 votes

"Multi" wird im Sinne von "mehrfach" oder "vielfach" benutzt, nicht im Sinne von "mehr als". Da ein "Millionär" per Definition (mindestens) eine Million Euro / Dollar / Geldeinheit oder äquivalent ...

View answer
2 answers
6 votes
4k views
Den Männern vs Die Männer
Accepted answer
19 votes

You are mixing up two different things. (Without an actual quote I can’t determine whether the book is imprecise or you misunderstood.) The definitive article has different forms for the cases, i.e. ...

View answer
1 answers
19 votes
27k views
Volume Units – how much is EL?
Accepted answer
19 votes

El stands for Esslöffel, meaning tablespoon. Unlike US volumetric measurements, it's not strictly standardized, but 15 ml per tablespoon is the usual amount. For the sake of completeness: Tl / TL = ...

View answer
1 answers
11 votes
2k views
Does the concept of the Master Bedroom exist in German Language/Culture?
Accepted answer
19 votes

Yes and no. No, because we don't count bedrooms but "all-purpose-rooms" excluding kitchen and bathroom. You will find terms like Dreizimmerwohnung meaning three rooms that could either be used as ...

View answer
2 answers
3 votes
4k views
How would someone most likely abbreviate "Michael" as a German speaker?
19 votes

I'm from the decade where Michael was one of the most frequent names for boys, so I met my fair share of them. Personally, I found that this is one of the names that often remain unaltered, but with ...

View answer
2 answers
11 votes
497 views
"Jubiläum" ein Begriff mit positiver Konnotation?
Accepted answer
19 votes

Schnelle Antwort: Da im "Jubiläum" der "Jubel" mit eindeutig positiver Konnotation steckt, würde ich besser nicht vom Jubiläum eines traurigen/negativen Ereignisses reden, sondern vom Jahrestag, der ...

View answer
4 answers
11 votes
404 views
Deutsche Redewendung für „Sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya“
Accepted answer
18 votes

Spontan würde ich einen auf Friede-Freude-Eierkuchen machen dazu sagen. Die Sequenz einen auf ... machen bedeutet umgangssprachlich so tun, als ob, etwas vorspielen, Friede, Freude, ...

View answer
3 answers
9 votes
204 views
Gibt es eine Bezeichnung für einen Asylbewerber dessen Antrag positiv ist?
Accepted answer
18 votes

Formal wäre das ein Asylant. Allerdings wird der Begriff mittlerweile als abwertend wahrgenommen und zumindest von offizieller Seite nicht benutzt. Solange das Antragsverfahren läuft, handelt es ...

View answer
3 answers
8 votes
709 views
Is or was the word "gebenedeit" used in everday language?
17 votes

From a native speaker's perspective: No, gebenedeit (as well as the infinitive benedeien) is not a word used outside a religious context. Interestingly though, the opposite vermaledeit is a ...

View answer
1 answers
5 votes
321 views
Ein Restaurant verlassen, ohne die Rechnung zu begleichen
Accepted answer
17 votes

Wenn man ohne zu bezahlen aus dem Restaurant geht, so spricht man von die Zeche prellen Die Redewendung "mit Franzosen" dagegen wäre sich (auf) französisch verabschieden / empfehlen Dies ...

View answer
1
2 3 4 5
8