|German is a very logical language and has very strict grammatical rules. When translating to German, especially where design restrictions are in place (e.g. on website navigation or writing German PPC ads), it is important to design for the fact that German can have very long words. This means that some design alterations may be required.
For all of our German translation services, we offer the following:
- All German translators have a minimum Master’s level qualification in Translation and/or specialty.
- We never do German translations only; all of our translations include a full, independent proofread.
- All of our German translators and proofreaders are resident in their mother country; language changes rapidly and translators who live away from their mother tongue can lose currency in that language.
- Our German translation teams are organized by specialty. The translation of an engineering manual is very different from the translation of a hotel brochure. We assign projects to translators based on the content of the translation.
Compression/Expansion: Expect around a 15% expansion when translating from English to German and a similar contraction when working in the opposite direction, but this will vary depending on the content type. Product labeling and graphically intense marketing materials, where space can be at a premium, should be planned well to account for this.
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When translating a business card to German: We would recommend leaving the person’s name and company name in English script. Addresses can often be left in English as well; however, city and country names should be translated if the German equivalent differs from English. For instance Cologne, Germany becomes Köln, Deutschland. When writing addresses in the USA, you should keep the initials USA instead of using the German equivalent V-S.
German speaking Population: Of the approximately 100 million German-speaking people living in Europe in 2005, 57 million had access to the Internet.
German Search engines: http://www.fireball.de, http://www.lycos.de, http://www.abacho.de,http://www.aarno.de
German Language Code: de
German Charset: ISO-8859-1
Geographical Location: The majority of European German speakers live in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and South Tirol (Italy) Other significant populations of German speakers live in Russia and the Ukraine, and in South and North America. German is the native tongue of the majority of people in the European Union.
Literacy Rate: 99% (In Europe).
German Dialects: The dialects within Germany are usually divided into 20 major families of dialects. There are also families of Swiss German and Austrian German dialects as well as other distinct families of dialects worldwide. You will find that most people living in urban areas within German-speaking Europe will speak “High German” which is the standard form.
Currency: In Europe, most German-speaking countries use the Euro although Switzerland, with its commitment to neutrality, has never joined the European Union and maintains its national currency, the Swiss Franc.
German Language Tips: German is a very logical language that uses endings on the words to distinguish the placements of subjects, direct and indirect objects within a sentence. In more complicated sentences, the word order may change, thus leading many new speakers to be confused as to who is doing what!! German uses endings on nouns to denote the gender of a person. For instance: Verkäufer is a male merchant, and Verkäuferin is a female merchant. German has a very predictable pronunciation pattern; once you know the sounds of the letters, they stay the same. German borrows many words from English especially those that are used to describe new technology (Computer, DVD, Video, CD etc) German nouns are traditionally capitalized in written language and punctuation is similar to English. German-speakers use the Arabic numbering system and use decimals and commas opposite to the English version. For instance ten thousand, nine hundred twenty three point four would be written 10.923,4.