Ideas for respectfully avoiding cigarette smoke when visiting a strong smoking culture (especially in Wien/Vienna, but advice for other cities is very welcome too). [more inside]
German filter: help me decipher these slang terms my uncle used [more inside]
I'm going insane trying to remember the name of a German comedian I saw on television a few months ago. [more inside]
Why do many German speakers pronounce the v sound in English as a w? [more inside]
Looking for examples of German anti-war, anti-nazi poetry. [more inside]
Korrekt? Ich bin ein Vegan. Ich bin Veganisch.
What's a "German Favor"? [more inside]
Could some please translate a couple of phrases from German for me? [more inside]
Artfilter: What's the name of the installation I saw a video of at the Hirshhorn in Wash DC? [more inside]
Looking for lyrics of the Siouxsie and the Banshees' song 'Metal Postcard'... the German version. [more inside]
It's the name of a song on Tom Waits' album Alice, in which he repeats the word over and over. I assume it's German, but I can't find any translations. If it's not an actual word, does it at least sound like something in German?
I am working on translating some of Paul Celan's poems into English. Are there any major differences between my traditional American understanding of poetic analysis and that of German-speaking countries? [more inside]
I want to learn German. By which I mean I want to do anything that will lead, in the long term, to fluency (by which I mean well enough to live a full life in a German speaking country some day). I have absolutely no experience. I am not a "busy professional" who wants to "learn the basics of communication". I'll be taking Introductory German in college next year (I don't know what textbook they'll be using, or I'd buy that). I have a summer free of distraction (except for a 40 hour workweek) and approximately $50 at the moment (though lets say $100 for the purposes of conversation). What should I do?
Help me with a German accent. [more inside]
GermanFoodFilter: Do you have the recipe for a creamy dill dressing that my host mother used to serve with cucumbers or bibb lettuce? What about the sauce she served with white asparagus? Others? [more inside]
My brother and I would like to learn German. Any book recommendations or other tips? [more inside]
How can I find young German people willing to answer a paid questionaire? [more inside]
What word for "use" would you use for "use" in the term use case in German, and why? [more inside]
DictionaryFilter: Looking for a good Italian-Italian style/usage dictionary, ideally just like the Duden #3 Stilwoerterbuch for German (Italian examples, simple words, covers questions of usage more than definitions) [more inside]
I'm looking for a jokey piece on the Internet which is a treatise on how to reform English which gradually changes into German as you read. [more inside]
Teaching English in Germany, or other jobs for English speakers for a non-German speaker: possible? how? [more inside]
How do I make a multi-lingual best man's speech at a German wedding? [more inside]
Where can I get hold of German vocabulary lessons/lists on cd or mp3? [more inside]
What the hell is "Schlappi Das Kleine Drogodil" about? I hear it everywhere. Something about a crocodile with a prescription drug habit?
I am to be the best man at a wedding of a German and Italian (the bride). I have been asked by the couple to speak in English on the day. Most people attending should be able to understand some English but unfortunately there will still be a number who will not understand. Any clever ideas on how to bridge the language barrier? German humour and Italian humour - what are they? Are they compatible? How could I work them together? As I am British, I don't know the different customs and practices at Italian weddings and German weddings. What are the things I should really make a point of doing and not doing? Are there some finer touches that would really go down well? [more inside]
A long time ago, I was given to understand that there was a German word to denote "the sheer cussedness of things"... [more inside]
GermanLanguageFilter/TheologyFilter. What is the correct pronunciation of the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr's name? Definitive opinions sought. [more inside]
I really enjoy Arts and Letters Daily and Political Theory Daily Review. Are there any german equivalents?
I'm trying to find a link that was (I think) posted on MeFi 2 or 3 years back, but my searches have been fruitless. It was a flash 'game' that taught handy German taunts for lan parties. [more inside]
I'm currently in a long distance relationship with a beautiful German woman (hooray). However, with Valentines day coming up is there anything I need to know? [more inside]
GermanActressFilter: Looking for the name of a german actress. I only have some vague info :-/ [more inside]
Was ist zimtstern? [more inside]
Please help me locate a place to buy a copy of the german animated short from 1930 called Das Lämmchen (the original title seems to be Chad Gadjo. [more inside]
Name that book: It's a German language novel in which several heavyweights of science address nuclear proliferation. [more inside]
How difficult would it be for a married couple (1 german, 1 english) currently living in london - to move to live and work in US - for example to san francisco [more inside]
I need some help finding online images of newspapers written in German from the 1800 or early 1900s. [more inside]
I've decided that I would like to learn German from my best friend, who is Austrian. We have no idea how to go about doing this. We're thinking that I need to learn basic grammar and syntax first, but I'm not terribly concerned with reading or writing German. I'd like to get some textbook and curriculum recommendations and hear from anyone who has taught their native language to a friend.
Help me identify a bizarre German game show. [more inside]
How do you force a German company to pay a bill? I.e., what is the German equivalent of a civil suit and how hard is it to bring one? (Details inside, if you want the full scoop.) [more inside]
A friend was telling me that the test to get a driver's license in Germany was incredibly difficult, much more so than in the U.S. Has anyone taken it, or heard similar tales?
What sort of daily time commitment is required to make strong progress in picking up a language? Granted, this varies greatly from person to person, but I want to hear about your experiences. I can only muster 45 minutes of German grammar a day. Will this get me somewhere, or am I chasing after wind?
German scholars, historians, copyeditors, and anyone else: Can someone explain to me why an author whose book I'm editing has cited Hitler's Mein Kampf as "Mien Kemp"? Google doesn't elicit much in English, and I'm unilingual, alas. As far as I know, American English is my author's native language. Is he just a lousy speller? (Looks like it could be Dutch, but that's just a guess.)
Help translating two lines from Goethe's Faust, Part 2? [more inside]
There's a wonderful liqueur that I'd like to buy as a gift, but it's only available from a distillery in Germany. I contacted the distillery, and with my somewhat limited German, was able to ask about shipment to the US. They can ship it, but don't accept payment via credit card, but rather "mit Rechnung." This I believe to be "by check," but I'm not sure. Has anyone had experience with this kind of transaction? Some German sites I saw which also require that kind of payment have forms that ask for a password. Is this an EU thing only?
How do you pronounce the German name Mies, as in Mies van der Rohe? Does it rhyme with keys?
old macdonald had a farm - i need it in german. [more inside]
Help requested for translation of bit of German audio [mi]. [more inside]
I'm moving to Germany from the U.S. in six weeks, and I'm looking for advice from anyone who has done something similar. This thread has been somewhat helpful, but a little too focused on immigration issues (I don't expect a problem with this). [more inside] [more inside]
I have spent the last day looking for information in a particular set of records I own. They are in perfect condition, 1968 Bach's Messe in H-Moll. It is first run, original. More inside. [more inside]