Dialect is Important in Translation

Dialects do originate from a region in a country but they often define additional factors, like ethnicity or social class. A business seeking a translation of documents and product descriptions designed to be read by those who speak a regional dialect really needs an expert translator who understands the dialect well and can do an […]

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Can a Certified German Translator be Sued for Inaccuracy?

As a certified German translator in legal translations, you will most likely at some time or another had to do some rather delicate work to a clear deadline. Sometimes when a professional German translator completes a job it’s not always 100 percent correct for some reason or another. If this damages the client in any way that […]

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Bilinguals Have a Different Outlook on The World

According to new research, speakers of two languages usually put a different emphasis on actions and consequences. This influences what they think about the world. In addition to this, bilinguals whose thinking processes are supposed to be more flexible seem to benefit from the best of two worldviews. Thinking and Native Language An increasing number […]

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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 African Countries

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 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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