German Personality Words Used to Describe Friends or Enemies

Somehow, Germans have built up a world-renowned reputation for their lack of humor and rather dry conversations. This, however, doesn’t seem to be represented in all the words the German language has to describe personality. In fact, the language itself is far from being dry, it is quite colorful. As in many other cultures, Germans […]




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Understanding Cultural Nuances In A Translation

Most of us are quite content with knowing the linguistic nuances of our own language in our own country’s context. We get used to using the word ‘biscuits’ in England whilst in America they are called ‘cookies.’ No problem at all until someone leaves England to visit America and wants to buy a packet of […]




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10 Interesting Facts About Germany

    Despite the fact that Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world, it tends to be known by non-Europeans for its sound economy and reliability as a place to do business rather than an interesting country in its own right. Of course, picking out 10 facts about Germany is always controversial as it […]




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A Short History of Translation

Translation is only needed because people around the world cannot communicate in a single universal language and need to do so in writing or in the printed form, anyway. If everyone around the world could understand English, or Chinese, equally well, then it would probably make life a lot easier, but there would be no […]




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Why Did You Quit Learning The Language You Wanted To Learn?

Being fluent in more than your native language like German is a dream for many and a reality for some. However, that dream is not always transformed into reality for a number of different reasons. There are many good reasons to learn German depending on your personal circumstances. If you travel a lot to Germany […]




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The Easiest and Most Difficult Languages for English Speakers

There are very many different languages around the world – hundreds of them in fact! Some languages are the most useful languages to learn because they are spoken more widely than others. Every language is different and the length of time it takes an English speaker or a non-English speaker to learn a specific language […]




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Social Media Translation Fails

Funny translation fails are common wherever and whenever translation takes place by amateur human translators and, these days at least, computer-generated translation apps and programmes freely available on the internet. Anyone who has gone on an overseas holiday will have encountered funny translation fails and not-so-funny, let’s say embarrassing, translation fails, when they have been […]




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Tips and Tricks for Literary Translation

Definition of Literary Translation A definition of literary translation is a translation when a translator has to be able to find appropriate words that express the message that the original writer is trying to put across. The translator can’t simply do a word for word translation but has to take into consideration style, tone and […]




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Where in the World is German Spoken?

German is not an international language in the same way as English or French is, but it is surprising just how many people actually speak it, either as a first language or a second language, most commonly because of being born into a German-speaking family. German Speaking Countries Around the World How many countries speak […]




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The Distribution of the German Language

German is far more widespread than anyone may think possible. With more than 50 million Americans laying claim to German ancestry, there are still 1.06 million people in the country who can speak German. In North Dakota alone it is the second most spoken language. Of course, German-speaking countries in Europe are home to the most […]




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