The Literal Translation of German Proverbs Into English

Some German proverbs are often translated literally, such as “One can’t jump over one’s own shadow” which written in German is “Man kann nicht über seinen eigenen Schatten springen.” This is better translated into English as. “One cannot deny one’s own nature”. An explanation often needs to accompany literal translations of proverbs. “Ich glaub ich […]

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Why Should Translators Use Bases, Style Guides and Glossaries?

A good German translator will have built up resources on vocabulary and style as a way of improving their ability to undertake efficient translations that are appealing to clients. Some translators may be so busy undertaking translation jobs that finding the time to build up resources may seem too time-consuming to bother with. Bases and […]

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Watch Out! A CV Scammer may be using You!

As a freelance German English translator, you will be continually on the lookout for new work and one of the routes to accessing new clients is through joining such social media sites as LinkedIn. These sites are of no use unless you provide some background about yourself and your work record. It appears that CV […]

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Creoles are Untapped Languages for Translation but Need Accurate Proficient Translators

With the growth in globalization and the desire of companies to manufacture and market products to communities across the world there has been a parallel growth spurt emerging and that is in the language translation industry. The particular emphasis in recent years has been the interest in seeking German translators who are not only able […]

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Important Things to Remember when Translating

Technical translators provide German translation services for technical documents in relation to a variety of different industries. There are so many products from all over the world that have technical instructions in English that often need to be translated into German so that businesses marketing them in Germany are able to tell their buyers in […]

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Should you Rely on Machine Translation for a Foreign Tender?

Many businesses earn an income from winning tenders. These could be tenders at home or overseas. As commerce has become more and more global, it’s not uncommon for companies to apply for tenders offered by companies outside of their own. When a foreign tender bid is made the use of the language of the organisation […]

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How Translation Can Go Horribly Wrong

Translation errors are common all over the world. Sometimes they are harmless and funny; sometimes they are just plain embarrassing; and occasionally they can be downright misleading and potentially dangerous. The mistranslations are usually due to amateur translators being used to save money or because a professional translator was never used to do the proofreading. […]

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Machine Translation Going to be a Substitute for Human Translation

There is no doubt about it. Machine translation is getting better and better. There was a time, not so long ago, when you could easily tell the difference between a machine translated piece of text and one that had been professionally translated by a human translator. That difference is getting narrower as the technology improves. […]

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How Does a Visual Image Affect Your Translation Business?

Let’s start with the proviso that you are an individual who is just starting up in the translation business and wish to get more visibility, or you have an already established translation business and think that you can improve your exposure. How do you do it? Are there any more innovative ways of improving your […]

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Localisation can Help Your Business Expand

From a sales or marketing standpoint, the term ‘localisation’ simply means that your message has been adapted to suit the language and culture of a specific group of people which is different from another. A German translation of a website that advertises travel opportunities in the Caribbean, for instance, could easily be a straight translation […]

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