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Is English abnormal?

language-philes -- Isnt English weird for not having conjugated verbs? Even its closest relatives - german and the romance languages - have conjugated verbs. Please to explain? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Aug 5, 2009 - 38 answers

European split beds?

Mattress-filter: I recently took a trip to Germany with my wife and was fascinated by some of the hotel beds there. Unlike some other parts of Europe, there were not two single-person beds, but seemed to be two combined. [more inside]
posted by anjiro on Jul 24, 2009 - 4 answers

German to English

Can anyone please translate this short phrase into German? It's from the Rankin-Bass movie, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jul 10, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me get that puppy

How and where can I buy a male German Shepherd puppy? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Jun 12, 2009 - 13 answers

German for day-in-which-the-danger-of-frost-is-gone.

My wife heard a German word for the last frost date, but she can't remember it. Are there any German-speaking gardeners who can tell us? It was a pretty long word with multiple syllables.
posted by RussHy on May 23, 2009 - 5 answers

FSI German recordings

FSI language courses: is this a particular accent, or just the tape? So I'm going through the Foreign Service Institue German program, available online here, and I'm wondering if the speakers on the audio portion have a particular accent or if their pronunciations pretty much the most common. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on May 20, 2009 - 4 answers

I forgot...

Back in high school, my German language teacher recited this little poem that I never forgot... [more inside]
posted by monospace on May 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Do you have a favorite German radio station?

I'm going to Germany on 21 May. I've been told (by Germans) that my German is good, but I'd still like to do a bit of immersion before I go to get used to hearing it, etc. I'd particularly like to listen to some German radio. Any favorite stations? [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on May 5, 2009 - 10 answers

German filter: Offering condolences in German

German filter: Help me write a bereavement/sympathy/condolence card for someone in Germany. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on May 2, 2009 - 6 answers

learning german and I have a couple of questions

Learning German, couple of questions... [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Apr 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Crash course German refresher

I have about a month to brush up on my German before I go on a business trip - what are some good resources? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 18, 2009 - 6 answers

How do you say “We speak German” and “We learn German” in your language?

I am making a door-sized poster for my classroom that will have two phrases in fifteen languages: “We speak German” and “We learn/are learning German.” I have German, French, Russian and Romanian covered. I need eleven more. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Mar 7, 2009 - 41 answers

Stay in the US longer?

German national in the US. My six-month J1 (short term research scholar) visa has expired and I am currently allowed to stay no more than thirty more days. I am an EU citizen, not under the 2 year rule, and looking for an option to stay for a few more months (hopefully with the option of working part-time or interning). Any chance of that? (Posted on behalf of a friend.)
posted by limon on Feb 25, 2009 - 11 answers

Learn German the hard way!

I'm hoping to start learning German again (I spent a solid 8 years in middle/high school doing my best to avoid learning a single word), and would like to get the ball rolling again by trying to read a book in German. Does anyone have any suggestions for a fairly basic, but entirely adult ( as opposed to young adult) book that would keep me interested/not destroy my will to learn? [more inside]
posted by domakesaypat on Feb 16, 2009 - 16 answers

I listened to Kraftwerk all day

What are the best MeFi-, Robotwisdom-, Agonist-like weblogs from Germany and in the German language ? A previous thread gave me some links, but i do not care for them and they were not in the same league as the blogs mentioned above.
posted by Substrata on Feb 14, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me get back to Berlin

I'm a college senior who wants to move to Berlin next year. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by null14 on Jan 28, 2009 - 5 answers

What was this German not-sausage?

Trying to find a specific kind of German sausage... [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Jan 14, 2009 - 12 answers

What was my great-great grandmother's occupation?

Please help with translating this ship manifest. [more inside]
posted by snugglebunny on Jan 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Importing German video games to the US

Where in the US can I buy German versions of PC, PS1, and PS2 games? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Obscure artwork filter

I'm trying to find a specific painting. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity on Nov 30, 2008 - 8 answers

that certain glow

German translation, as direct as possible, of the phrase "singing the glow"? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Nov 2, 2008 - 7 answers

Help with German-to-English medical translation

What does "wegdrückbar" (in a medical context) mean in English? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Oct 20, 2008 - 4 answers

German Business Filter: What are some appropriate ways that Germans "sell" their business?

German Business Filter: What some ways that Germans try to "sell" their business? [more inside]
posted by mjger on Oct 15, 2008 - 1 answer

I need a German savings account

What's the best account for saving money in Germany? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Sprechen Zie Deutsch?

How do I best learn German without attending a school? [more inside]
posted by vansly on Sep 22, 2008 - 15 answers

Names of childhood toys shouldn't be this hard to remember...

Help me remember a random arts-and-crafts kit from my childhood... with a German twist? [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi on Sep 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Deutsche Bahn ban: binding?

Based on your own experience in Germany over the last year: is Deutsche Bahn's systemwide smoking ban inside Germany being enforced? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 19, 2008 - 18 answers

Neue Deutsche Welle song identification

Any Neue Deutsche Welle experts around? I recently came across an old cassette (probably from '82 or '83) with a bunch of Neue Deutsche Welle songs on it. It could be a homemade mix-tape, or it could be a copy of an officially released compilation. I've been able to tentatively identify about half of the songs, but haven't had any luck with the others. Anyone want to take a crack at them? The first side of the tape is posted here, and the second side (with mostly unidentified songs) is posted here. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nixxon on Aug 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Rockin' in the Eastern Hemisphere, or would be if I wasn't in the US

Calling all Germanic (and Slavic) rockers, ravers and, uh, *insert classical term that starts with "r"*! Help me expand my music collection with European melodies! [more inside]
posted by curagea on Aug 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me find this funny story about the German language?

Can you help me find a particular funny story about the German language? [more inside]
posted by dalesd on Aug 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Where can I find English translations of European comics?

Is there any database or online fan community focused on translating European comics? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Aug 14, 2008 - 2 answers

"Walter de Gruyter": Dutch or Deutch?

What's the excruciatingly correct pronunciation of Berlin-based academic publisher Walter de Gruyter? [w] or [v]? What about their subsidiary, Mouton de Gruyter? Bonus points for IPA.
posted by ormondsacker on Aug 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Reality check in German

German grammar check: free online tools or Mac freeware/shareware? I have fairly solid German; goal is polishing drafts I'm writing in German, not translating from scratch. Seeking best stopgaps for when I can't afford or barter for a human's time. (And I don't have an MS Office CD with German tools.)
posted by kalapierson on Jul 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Essential texts in German literature?

I want to acquire familiarity with famous works of German literature. What works would a typical person growing up in Germany have been exposed to as classics or as exemplary works? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Jun 12, 2008 - 13 answers

Am I responsible for the Holocaust?

Am I responsible for the Holocaust? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jun 10, 2008 - 75 answers

Need help with a German pronounciation

How do you pronounce the "sz" in a German word or name that begins with it, such as "Szigen" (like the festival) or "Szaggars"?
posted by bondgirl53001 on May 23, 2008 - 14 answers

Help My Blackberry Speak German

I'd like to get a German dictionary/language program for my Blackberry Curve. Any recommendations or caveats? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 16, 2008 - 1 answer

Ich brauche Bücher!

What are some good books in German for a moderately advanced student of the language? [more inside]
posted by pwicks on May 13, 2008 - 17 answers

Suggestions for a good German to English translation service?

I have one scanned JPG image of one typewritten page of modern German (or possibly modern Swiss-German). What's the best company, service, or person to use to get it translated into English quickly? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Apr 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Which Marx translations are 'canonical?'

I am taking a look at two Marx texts, Capital (V: I) and his Eighteenth Brumaire of Napoleon, which are the best translations? I know there are a few problematic translations with the latter.
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 17, 2008 - 1 answer

New Yorker in Berlin in English?

Does anyone know of an English-language newspaper directed toward residents of Berlin? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Mar 27, 2008 - 3 answers

What next after French?

Is there any point learning German? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Mar 25, 2008 - 34 answers

How do I survive in my third language?

Please help me survive a whole year of school in my third language! [more inside]
posted by Planet F on Mar 13, 2008 - 6 answers

What can "Das war ja toll!" mean?

Scientific History Filter / Native German Speaker Filter. What did Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard's 1985 exclamation, "Das war ja toll!" mean? [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch on Feb 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Me Talk Pretty German One Day

I'm starting to learn German, and I love it- I find everything about the language fascinating, and making my flashcards and doing my speech exercises about how Jan liebt Sara and how das Madchen ist glucklach is the funnest part of my day. I'd like to get good at it. Really, really good. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Feb 11, 2008 - 31 answers

What does the German word Erbpräfektor mean?

What does the German word Erbpräfektor mean? I have some genealogical data in German. I don't speak German. The data mentions a man whose occupation was Erbpräfektor. What does that mean? If context helps, he lived in Germany in the 19th Century. My dead tree German-English dictionary fails me, as does dict.cc and Babel Fish.
posted by thinman on Feb 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Do I Have Claim to Dual German and American Citizenship?

My mother was a native-born German citizen. My father was a native-born American citizen. I was born in the United States. Shortly thereafter, my parents divorced and my mom was granted custody of me. I lived in Germany until the age of 5, presumably as a German citizen. Then my father and his family took physical custody of me, and an American court ultimately awarded legal custody to my father. Because I was born in America, I now enjoy US citizenship. Do I still have a claim to dual German and American Citizenship? [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Jan 30, 2008 - 33 answers

Can anyone help me with my Kant-induced headache?

Can anyone help me translate some Kant into English? I don't want to produce an English translation like the kind available on the net, rather a more literal translation, i.e. one that sticks closely to the text. [more inside]
posted by farfaraway on Jan 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Can I learn German in a structured, online course?

Where can I learn German online through an actual school/university? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Jan 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Recommended German-language singers similar to French language singers

Which German language singers would you recommend for those of us like French singers such as Carla Bruni and Madeleine Peyroux. I tried Ute Lemper but she seemed a tad on the heavy and intense side. Definitely looking for that cool, jazzy feel.
posted by vac2003 on Jan 24, 2008 - 6 answers

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