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  1. G

    Gefallen/Schmecken?

    Hello friends! It's from a book. 1. Wie gefallen wir der Stadtteil? 2. Schmecken dir der Salat? Why the correct answers aren't "gefallt" in the first sentence and schmeckt in the second? Thank You!
  2. ammarsa25

    Drankriegen

    Jemand hat das irgendwo geschrieben Eben ist dem Anästhesisten beim Hose richten ein Kettchen rausgefallen. Ich: Wo kam das denn her? Ach nee, sag's mir lieber nicht! Er: Du wieder! 🙄 Ich: Tschuldige. Kriegst du das alleine wieder dran oder soll ich helfen? Er: Bloß nicht! Du hast immer so...
  3. R

    In diesem Wald gibt es viele verschiedene Bäume.

    In diesem Wald gibt es viele verschiedene Bäume. I was given this example when I searched for the translation of the word "Wald". My question is, why is the construction "in diesem Wald" at the beginning of the sentence and not at the end? Is there a rule that allows this wording?
  4. N

    How would you name this dog?

    Hello everyone! I am translating a literary work and it contains a "good-natured mutt". His name is Šarko, which is a fairly common generic name for mottled, usually mixed-breed male dogs in my language. The dogs on the pictures below are all named Šarko (I googled "Šarko + dog" and these were...
  5. R

    book like Lire et s’entraîner in german

    Hello. Someone knows if there is any books like these in German? lire et s'entrainer They are short novels with audiobook in CD or with an APP, exercises and so on. However, they are not the original novels, they are rewritten for different levels (A1, A2, etc). I tried to find something...
  6. H

    Schiffstanen ?

    The following is an excerpt from a letter written in 1946 by my father in Germany to his brother in the USA. When explaining his experiences with the bunkers, he uses the word "Schiffstanen". I have not been able to find an english translation for this word, assuming I am reading it...
  7. F

    English: language phenomenon

    Hello. I have noticed that German people sometimes add "-n" to the end of a noun in the accusative case (only for certain words, not in general). I want to refer to this fact in an amusing way. Can I say that it is a language phenomenon? Thank you.
  8. M

    What's 'in between' a check mark and cross?

    Suppose a teacher is correcting an exam; if the student gets a question right, the teacher writes a check mark :tick:; but if the answer is wrong, the pupil receives a big cross :cross:. In English-speaking countries, what symbol would the teacher use if the answer is partially correct? How...
  9. kimconu

    This is my own car.

    I. 1 and 2, are they the same? 1. We can use "own" to emphasize that something belongs to somebody (not somebody else). - This is my own car / house / pen. - These are her own gauze masks. 2. We can use "of + my/your/her … own" to emphasize that something belongs to somebody (not somebody...
  10. A

    Synoynms

    Hallo. Since I don't have a good vocabulary book, I can't seem to figure out which of the words below are synoyms, which aren't. I did search a little, but can't be totally sure. So please correct me if I am wrong. schließlich = zuletzt = endgültig = abschließend = am Ende = zum Schluss = zum...
  11. F

    of -- genitive vs. von

    Good morning. I am trying to figure out how to say "of" in German, which is 1) "der, des" (genitive) or 2) "von" and in which situations do I use which 1) or 2). I have also seen the entry on Wordreference, but I didn't get much more clever after reading that. of - Wörterbuch Englisch-Deutsch...
  12. Perseas

    zu etwas wissen

    Hallo allerseits! Ich habe den Eindruck, ich habe in einem Film gehört "Nein, Mum kann nicht zu allen Dingen gewusst haben". Ergibt das etwa Sinn? Ich würde erwarten "von allen Dingen". Im Untertitel steht jedenfalls: "Nein, Mum hatte davon keine Ahnung". Vielen Dank im Voraus!
  13. Henrymy

    Advanced German Past Tenses

    Hallo zusammen, I have been working on understanding the finer points of English-German tenses with a friend and with a book (Hammer's German Grammar and Usage 5th Edition by Martin Durrell). The friend is PhD educated German native and the book is probably the most comprehensive German grammar...
  14. Eric Chengdu

    Don't mind the mess

    When you stop by your friend's house, which is a mess, your friend may say something like "don't mind the mess". interestingly, I find people also say "don't look too close" or "don't pay attention to the mess". In our (chinese) culture, we never say these two in that situation. they sound a bit...
  15. C

    First Amendment translation variances

    Hello, I'm looking at two translations of the the First Amendment of the United State Constitution, one by the National Constitution Center (https://constitutioncenter.org/media/files/Arabic-Constitution-2.pdf), and one by the ACLU (The First Amendment Looks Especially Beautiful in Arabic), and...
  16. H

    Lumy / Lump

    I have a copy of a family letter dated March 3, 1925. The following sentences appear in this letter: Wie Du vielleicht schon weißt ist unser guter Oberstfritze gestorben. Er war zwar ein großer Lumy, aber eins hat er uns gutes gebracht, nämlich morgen einen freien Tag. I'm pretty sure the...
  17. jos.dan

    Auf Antworten eingehen/erwidern

    Hallo alle! Ich möchte wissen, wann man die Verben eingehen und erwidern benutzten kann. Können sie „to answer“ heißen? Ich weiß, dass man normalerweise sie wie „to respond“ übersetzt (was hat diesselbe Bedeutung in manchen Gegebenheiten), aber ich bin mir nicht sehr, wenn soll ich sie benutzen...
  18. TroubleEnglish

    I would thou wert

    Does any of you understand this sentence? I would thou wert so happy by thy stay I took it from Romeo and Juliet. I would want ... I would hate ... I would think ... Or what? And what is the difference between Thou wast Thou wert I also read there was a possibility to say: Thou were...
  19. TroubleEnglish

    Thee Thou Thine Thy

    Do all native speakers know the words Thee Thou Thine Thy ? And all other forms of creating the sentences in the archaic manner? I mean all these phrases and grammar aren't used by anyone now but known by every person or aren't known, either. Because it's kind of amusing if nobody uses it...
  20. O

    Does standard English has an official authorization?

    I am sorry for asking such stupid question, and I know it is quite complicated, so I will try to make it as simple as possible. We all know there are a lot of grammar and spelling rules in English, and basically most of us follow the rules to build sentences and to understand the language. If...
  21. M

    Migra or Migray

    Hello, I am writing a book about Hungarian relatives. I need help translating the full text into the birthday entry below, from Josephus Andreas (it seems) Migra or Migray/Migrai. Also, if anybody can confirm what is the exact surname written there, if Migra, Migrai or Migray, this will help me...
  22. purasbabosadas

    Germanic languages/Proto-Germanic: Resources

    I already know a good deal about Latin and the Romance languages but now I want to learn Germanic.Could someone recommend some good books that discuss the features of the Germanic languages and/or Proto-Germanic?
  23. miasam

    Is there any research on PIE grammar?

    Do you know of any academic research paper on PIE grammar (rather than vocabulary)? Is there a previling theory on its evolution?
  24. W

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Names (Auschwitz / Out-With etc)

    Hello. I'm reading a English translation book named "The boy in the striped Pajamas." In that book, there are a lot of expression; "Out-With", which I suppose to be the name of a place. Is there any relation between Out-With and Aushwitz? Thank you.
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