Learning German by Thinking in It

You may not intend to become a professional German translator, but simply want to learn the language well enough to understand German literature or to travel or work in a German speaking country. There are many ways to learn another language, none of them easy, but one novel suggestion is that you start to think […]

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Why German Should be on Every Linguist’s Bucket List

At first sight, German seems to be one of the least important of the world’s languages to bother learning. It’s only used in Germany, right? Not quite! Actually, German is spoken in Austria, Switzerland and as a minority language in several other European countries too. In addition, there are significant German immigrant communities scattered across […]

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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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