Why is only one of the German days of the week Bowdlerized? Every day (Donnerstag, Samstag, Freitag, etc) is a reference to the old pagan religions, but for some reason Wodenstag got the axe, and is now the bland "Mittwochs." I suspect it's Christian influences, but if so, why did Freya and Thor escape censorship?
Looking for a recent WWII movie from the German Luftwaffe perspective. Ideas? [more inside]
Am I a German citizen--or do I qualify to become one--and how might I find out? [more inside]
In this excerpt from Beloved Son Felix, there is a description of a body that they have disinterred for an autopsy. They find a lead ring which causes disgust. What would the lead ring be? [more inside]
I'm on my way to Austria for a few weeks. Looking for a handy German language app for my Blackberry Tour to help me as I struggle to remember the language. Is there one? While we're here, any other good world travel apps you recommend? [more inside]
Who designed the gorgeous dress Anne-Sophie Mutter wears on the cover of her box of Mozart sonatas and related DVD?
I want to hone my translation skills (English to German), but I'd like my translations to be useful/needed. [more inside]
Looking to buy a WW2 ring. Help me not get scammed on eBay. [more inside]
Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
What did the Nazis call the French Resistance? I know they called the individual resisters "terrorists," but what word did they use to describe the resistance as a whole? (Insurgency, resistance, uprising, rebellion, etc.) This is research for a screenplay - I'm not looking for a discussion about modern parallels, or of what the morally correct word is in various situations. Also, if someone could give me the word in German that would be great! Please no guessing.
Having recently learned that Fritz Lang filmed an entirely different, French language, version of The Testament of Doctor Mabuse alongside the 'original' German version, I set out to find it. The only way to get hold of it seems to be via the Criterion DVD, but this is a Region 1 (NTSC) release only. Where else can I get a copy of the alternate Mabuse? Preferably as either a download or as a Region 2 (PAL) release [more inside]
Relationship filter: He's an Austrian in Austria, I'm an American in America, and I have ADHD/Inattentive type. He's not familiar with this concept. What books can I suggest to him? [more inside]
LanguageLearning Filter: I'm about to start taking Turkish classes (my fourth language) in German (my third language). Any tips on how to make this a beneficial experience for all my languages? [more inside]
Help me track down the meaning of a surname. The name is "Naftzger." It seems to be a Germanic (if not German) word for an occupation (e.g. "Metzger" means "butcher"). But what occupation? What does the "Naf" mean? Bonus points for information on region of origin.
Need help translating/interpreting Wittgenstein's "Bei der magischen Heilung einer Krankheit bedeutet man ihr, sie möge den Patienten verlassen", esp. the use of bedeuten with a dative object. [more inside]
I've failed to find a long-ago post (or - dread thought - it COULD have been a comment!) featuring an astounding young German guitar player performing an extraordinary solo of a classical nature - with dazzling finger technique. [more inside]
Cheap, efficient way to learn German online. [more inside]
I've just moved into a lovely apartment in Frankfurt, Germany, only to discover that my neighbor likes to play loud techno music on his stereo at 1 a.m. I don't speak German. Help? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can anyone please translate this short phrase into German? It's from the Rankin-Bass movie, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. [more inside]
How and where can I buy a male German Shepherd puppy? [more inside]
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.
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]
Back in high school, my German language teacher recited this little poem that I never forgot... [more inside]
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]
German filter: Help me write a bereavement/sympathy/condolence card for someone in Germany. [more inside]
Learning German, couple of questions... [more inside]
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]
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]
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.)
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]
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.
I'm a college senior who wants to move to Berlin next year. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Trying to find a specific kind of German sausage... [more inside]
Please help with translating this ship manifest. [more inside]
Where in the US can I buy German versions of PC, PS1, and PS2 games? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a specific painting. [more inside]
German translation, as direct as possible, of the phrase "singing the glow"? [more inside]
What does "wegdrückbar" (in a medical context) mean in English? [more inside]
German Business Filter: What some ways that Germans try to "sell" their business? [more inside]
What's the best account for saving money in Germany? [more inside]
How do I best learn German without attending a school? [more inside]
Help me remember a random arts-and-crafts kit from my childhood... with a German twist? [more inside]
Based on your own experience in Germany over the last year: is Deutsche Bahn's systemwide smoking ban inside Germany being enforced? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can you help me find a particular funny story about the German language? [more inside]
Is there any database or online fan community focused on translating European comics? [more inside]