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What is the difference?

German translation: Wo ist der Unterschied...

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12:59 Aug 12, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: What is the difference?
What is the difference?
Sherry
German translation:Wo ist der Unterschied...
Explanation:
That is a false friend. Germans tend to say "Where's the difference", because it is "Wo ist der Unterschied" in german.
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xxxoligu1
Local time: 03:18
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4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +2Wo ist der Unterschied...xxxoligu1
na +1Wo and Where...xxxWGP
na +1Was soll's?xxxWGP
na +1was ist der unterschied?
Elisa Capelão
naWozu das Ganze?
Roland Grefer
naWas ist der Unterschied?
Kim Metzger


  

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3 mins peer agreement (net): +1
was ist der unterschied?


Explanation:
Please see:

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Obst und Gemüse? - [ Translate this page ]
Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Obst und Gemüse? Gehört Rhabarber eigentlich
zum Gemüse oder zum Obst? Meist taucht die Frage im Frühjahr auf, wenn die ...
www.inform24.de/obst_gem.html

Fragen und Antworten - Was ist der Unterschied zwischen ... - [ Translate this page ]
... F. Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Christian Science und Glaubensheilung,
Psychotherapie, positivem Denken und den Methoden von Scientology? A. ...
www.tfccs.com/GV/QANDA/German/QAGR21.html

and a lot more at:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=was ist der un...




    see above + knowledge of both languages
Elisa Capelão
Local time: 03:18
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 38

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ludwig Chekhovtsov
45 mins

disagree  xxxWGP: Don't think that this is the answer Sherry is looking for
4 hrs

agree  Anna Bittner
1131 days
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5 mins
Was ist der Unterschied?


Explanation:
This is a literal translation. What's the difference can mean several things.
You could also say *was macht das aus*


    Bi-lingual background
Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 21:18
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2598
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2 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Was soll's?


Explanation:
This would be the proper and idiomatic translation of this phrase.

Kim was almost right, but it should have read: Was macht das schon aus? ("schon" is an essential filler word here!).

Bilingual native speaker

xxxWGP

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Evelyn Frank
22 hrs
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5 hrs peer agreement (net): +2
Wo ist der Unterschied...


Explanation:
That is a false friend. Germans tend to say "Where's the difference", because it is "Wo ist der Unterschied" in german.


xxxoligu1
Local time: 03:18
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 12
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Selected automatically based on peer agreement.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxWGP: But see below
50 mins
  -> think you're right, but it depends on the context

agree  gad
2583 days
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6 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Wo and Where...


Explanation:
Yes, you are right - but if you wish to use this phrase, keep it mind that, for this context, it should be: Wo ist da schon ein Unterschied? Filler words make or break the translation; but they are necessary to form idiomatic phrases.

xxxWGP

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Johanna Timm, PhD
14 hrs
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3 days 21 hrs
Wozu das Ganze?


Explanation:
An idiomatic translation, similar to "Was soll's?", literally meaning "what's the purpose of this all?"

Roland Grefer
Local time: 22:18
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 192
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