Differences Between Marriage Licenses And Marriage Certificates

A marriage license is the piece of paper given to you that gives you permission to get married while a marriage certificate is the document given to you that provides the proof that you are already married. Typically, couples will first obtain a marriage license. They will then arrange the wedding ceremony. The person who […]

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9 Valentine’s Day Phrases in German to Help You Feel the Liebe!

It’s the 14th February, which is often referred to as Valentine’s Day. This is the day when new relationships are often formed and they come with the showering of chocolates, romantic dinners out at outstanding restaurants, freshly cut flowers presented to a woman favoured by a male and, for the lucky ones, a 1st kiss […]

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Why Machines on Their Own Can’t Solve a Translation Problem?

It has been 60 years since IBM sang the praises of the first machine capable of performing translations. It was called the701 computer. Its first major translation achievement was translating Russian sentences into English. This success led researchers to believe that soon machines would be doing all the German English translations and every other conceivable language […]

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National Language or Official Language: Which is it Best to Use for a Translation?

It’s a simple fact that few countries around the world only use a single language for communication, despite the fact that many only have one official language. Even when someone migrates to another country which does not speak his or her native language listening and talking in that language will still seem more natural. If […]

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Measuring Whether Translation Suits Its Purpose

As translators we are often wondering just how good our translations really are. How do you measure the quality of a translation? Given that most translators do not deliberately aim to translate material absolutely literally, it can be hard to find a w measure of just how good it is. We all know what a […]

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5 Languages That You Should Target if Expanding Your Business

English retains its number one status as the world’s leading international language, even if there are competitors and even languages that are spoken by more people, especially as a first language than English. That includes Spanish and Chinese. If you are running a business that is based in an English language speaking country you may […]

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The Importance of Having a Quality German Translation of your Website

Germany is Europe’s largest economy and when you add other predominantly German speaking communities to it, such as Austria and Switzerland, you will understand just how important it is to have high quality German translation for your website. It’s not just the potential for confusion and misinterpretation if you use amateur translators, it’s the fact that […]

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Tips For Smart Travel Translation

German speaking populations in the three main German speaking nations of Germany itself, Austria and Switzerland conform to the general observation that people prefer to use a website, whatever its nature, if it is written in their own native language than any other. That’s the case even if they are bilingual or multilingual, as in […]

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How to Make it Easier For Translators to Do Their Job?

Many translators, whether they are German English translators or translators of any other language, advise their clients to make it easier for them to do their job. In the end, making sure your document is easily translated saves you time and money. One of the best things you can do before submitting your document for translation […]

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Christmas Around the World From A Translator’s View Point

Christmas means different things in different places. Part of the reason for this is that it had a complex origin, partly pagan, partly Christian, then co-opted by commercialism and exported through colonisation and globalisation. Communicating the message of Christmas is a minefield for translators, but because Christmas is celebrated right around the world in so […]

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