Is German Languages 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, behind […]

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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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What is the Difference Between a Marriage Certificate and a Marriage License?

Differences Between Marriage Licenses And Marriage Certificates The difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate is mainly that a marriage license gives you the permission you require to allow you to get married. This permission is provided in a paper form which then permits you to make arrangements for the marriage ceremony. Once […]

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Valentine’s Day Phrases in German to Help You Feel the Liebe!

It’s the 14th of 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, the 1st […]

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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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