5 German Idioms Whose Translations Are Worth Remembering!

Every language has its own unique idioms and woe betide any professional German English translator who is not conversant in the idioms of both English and German. Marketing and literary translations are replete with idiomatic usage and here is where a solid cultural grounding in the two languages is absolutely essential if translated text is […]

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The Use of the German Language in Africa

It may seem odd to think that there is any connection between the German language and the African continent, but there is one, even though it is now a bit tenuous. Germany at one time had four African colonies, Togo, Cameroon, South West Africa (now Namibia) and Tanganyika (now Tanzania). It lost all its colonies […]

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Is German an Ugly Language?

Beauty, they say, lies in the eye of the beholder, so perhaps a discussion of whether spoken German sounds harsh depends on who is listening to it. If you Google the question in the title of this blog, there does seem to be a preponderance of people who think that German is a harsh sounding […]

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Is German Spoken in Australia?

German is not a language widely spoken in Australia, but remains like it is in many other parts of the world where there are significant immigrant communities that have their origin in Germany, Austria or other German speaking parts of the world. Australian citizens of German descent are the sixth most numerous in the country, […]

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German Translators and the Internet in Germany

The Internet has become an absolutely essential tool for modern communication, whether it is personal, between individuals, or has a commercial nature. While the Internet itself is truly global in nature, it must still use a language to communicate in. There is no one single international language that can be used exclusively on the Internet. […]

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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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