Words That Can Defy Easy Translation

Every language has them: words that defy translation. Sometimes, they are compound words like many used in German. You may be able to have a guess what these compound words mean by translating the two, three or more individual words that make it up, but as every German translation professional will tell you, the sum […]




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Technology May Not Replace Human Translators But it Still Helps With Translations

If you are talking via your cell phone or home phone any of the more well-known European languages can be translated using a Google app into another language, either in the form of text or in an electronic voice. Skype has also reported it is soon to offer a similar service in both Spanish and […]




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The Audience and the Writer are Two Sides of the Same Translation Coin

Have you ever played a game of Chinese Whispers? It’s a chain of verbal communication between a number of people. The first person passes a message on to the next and the message then gets passed along the line. The chance that the message is the same at the end of the chain as the […]




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Idiomatic German is Fun to Learn

If you are a professional German translator, the chances are that your knowledge of idiomatic German is as good as your knowledge of idiomatic English. Of course, every language has its own idioms and slang. As the years go by, these change and develop and any translator worth his or her salt must keep up […]




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Why Google Translate Doesn’t Match Up to a Professional German Translator

It’s one of the most common questions these days asked of a professional German English translation agency: “Why should I use your services rather than Google Translate?” Another question from those potential clients who are discovering they can make more money when they translate their marketing messages is “Do you use Google Translate?” The answer, […]




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5 Ways You Can Get a Better German Translation

If your business depends on accurate and effective English German translation what can you do to ensure that you get a high quality service? If you are not able to speak or understand German yourself it can be frustrating trying to work out how to find a reliable translator. Here are 5 ways that you […]




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Can Machine Translation Ever be a Substitute for Professional German Translation?

Machine translation services like Google translate are offering cheap and almost translation services but were they ever designed for anything other than casual translation tasks for the individual? There are a growing number of businesses that are expanding their markets and one of the first challenges they face is to get their marketing message out […]




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English to German Translation Demands More than an Online Translator

About the only time you should use one of a plethora of online translation tools is if you are on a one-off visit to a German speaking country or vice versa and your need for translation is not too serious. You are unlikely to look around for a suitable German English translation service every time […]




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Can Translation Go Backwards and Forwards at the Same Time?

As a professional German translator, have you ever been asked to do a back translation after completing a forwards translation and have been too confused to answer? Not every English German translation needs to be back translated. In fact, the exercise tends to be used whenever the translation task is quite delicate or particularly important […]




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