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CharlesEnglish
Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 2:54:13 PM
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Hello,

Please, what are the most common ways of saying "how do you say ... in German?" or "what is this called in German?"? As for the first sentence, can it be used both with single (e.g., nouns, verbs) and multiple (e.g., sentences) words? I would be very grateful if you could give me some examples. Thank you in advance.

IMcRout
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 12:52:55 PM

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The most common question would probably be:

"Wie heißt das auf Deutsch?"

In that case you'd hold an object in your hands or would point at a picture or photo of something in the vicinity.

If you think of a different or remote object or verb you might ask:

"Wie heißt / nennt man 'screwdriver' auf Deutsch? Was heißt/bedeutet 'exaggerate' auf Deutsch?"

With longer expressions or sentences you might say (in addition to the very first question above):

"Wie sagt man 'I would be very grateful/ I couldn't care less' auf Deutsch? Wie übersetzt man am besten 'I would be very grateful ..'?"

There are countless other ways e.g. "Wie erklärt man das auf Deusch? / Wie drücke ich das auf Deutsch aus? ..." Enjoy finding them out in books or magazines.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
CharlesEnglish
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 2:47:10 PM
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IMcRout,

You don't know how grateful I am for your help! One more question. Just to check if I got it right: "Wie/was heißt 'I'm here' auf Deutsch?" means the same as "Wie sagt man 'I'm here' auf Deutsch?"?
IMcRout
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 4:26:41 PM

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You're welcome, CE.

Yes, you're right. They mean the same thing.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
CharlesEnglish
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 6:26:48 PM
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Thank you very much once again, IMcRout!
coag
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:21:20 PM

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Interesting, it's "in English" but it's "on German", if you translate literally "auf Deutsch".

I wonder about other languages, are they "in" or "on" or maybe some other preposition. The literal translation from Croatian would be "at Croatian". We don't have "on" and "at", like English, we just have "at".
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