How do you say, "how do you say..." in German
Hi everyone, I didn't find this in previous post, so please forgive me if this has been covered.
I'm looking for the phrases that are needed to help stay in German and not revert to English. I don't know enough grammar to put these phrases together on my own, but I gave it a try.
"How do you say X in German" "Wie sagen Sie X in Deutsch?"
"What is this called?" "Was heißt das?"
"Speak slowly please" "Sprechen Sie langsam, bitte"
Can anyone else think of any other handy phrases?
For "How do you say X in German?", I would ask: "Wie sagt man X auf Deutsch?"
Your sentence is grammatically correct but sounds as if you are asking your listener how he/she personally says it in German, rather than how it is said in German in general.
And "What is this called?", I would say "Wie heißt das?"
For other useful phrases, I second solopipe's suggestion of "Was ist der Unterschied zwischen A und B?".
Another useful one is "Könnten Sie mir das bitte aufschreiben?" (Could you write that down for me, please?)
Or "Wie schreibt man das?" (How is that written?) which is one way to ask someone to spell something -- or to clarify part of the spelling. (The answer may only provide the non-obvious part, e.g. "mit Ypsilon" = with a wye/letter Y.)
man in German is most like "one" in English -- or for those who don't use "one" much, you could compare it with "hypothetical you", or "people", or "anyone".
It does not refer to anybody in particular. (Specifically, it does not refer to the listener, the way that [non-hypothetical] "you" can in English.)
Nor does it specify that the referent must be male, though some people take offense at the similarity of the pronoun man with the noun Mann and use lower-case frau as a pronoun referring to an arbitrary female.
Would "Wie Heist dies" work?
(I know I need the swirly B, but I don't know how to get it on the computer)
You can replace ß by ss: Wie heisst dies?
But it would be more common to use Wie heißt das?
dies is used less than "this" in English, and das is often a bit vague between "this" and "that".
Here's a few I use. I'm not sure if the German is totally correct - any corrections welcome.
Wie spricht man das aus? - (how is that pronounced?) Was ist der Unterschied zwischen A und B? - (what is the difference between A and B?) Wie sagt man 'pen' auf Deutsch? (how do you say 'pen' in German?) Sind A und B gleich? (are A and B the same?) Ist A genau dasselbe wie B? (are A and B exactly the same?)
"Wie sagen Sie X in Deutsch" is correct! "Wie sagst du X auf/in Deutsch" less formal, when talking to friends. "Was heißt das?" is more like "what does that mean", "Wie nennt man das" and then you point at an object ... "Sprechen Sie langsamer" needs the -er as you want to express slower... "Können Sie/ Kannst du das wiederholen?" Can you repeat that please.
Es ist sonnig ~ it is sunny Es ist kalt ~ it is cold Es regent. ~ it's raining Wie heißt dein Vater? What's your father's name? Wie heißt deine Mutter? - Mother Ich bin tolerant - I am tolerant ! Was machst du? - What are you doing? Wie geht's? - How are you? Danke, gut. - Fine, thank you.
Hope this helps
That's not question sentence word order -- you'd need the verb in the second position (Wie sagen Sie X?) but that literally means "How do you (personally) say X?" rather than "How do people (in general) say X?".
Your word order would only work as a subordinate clause, e.g. "Ich mag, wie Sie X sagen" (I like the way you say X).
Auf Deutsch means "in german" as in how one says something in german.
"In Deutsch" is generally more suited for describing whether you are good or bad at German. Example: Ich bin schlecht in Deutsch/Mathe. "I'm bad at German/Math." Ich bin gut in Computers. "I am good at computers"
To answer your last question, yes.