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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Germany? Oktoberfest? Advanced Technologies? Cars?

With a population of slightly more than 80 million to date and the fifth largest country in Europe, Germany’s economy is the fifth largest in the world in term of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) and Europe’s largest. Being home to numerous international corporations, the importance of the German economy and the German language cannot be further emphasized.

Spoken by more than 100 million people across the globe, German or Deutsch is the most widely spoken native language in the EU. It is also the top five most widely used languages on the internet. German is also the 11th most spoken language globally. Do you know that German is the most common mother tongue in Europe, beating French, Spanish, Italian and even English?  Yes. In fact, German is the office language in seven countries namely Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Italy and Belgium.

Still not convinced that German is one of the most influential languages in the world? How about this fun fact: German is one of the three most learned languages in the world as well as one of the ten most widely spoken languages in the world?

With these key information in mind, communicating in German and getting English to German translation services is definitely important, if you are looking to go global with your products and services. This is especially so if you want to penetrate the European market using E-commerce. With the additional fact that Germany is the third world’s largest exporter, further solidifies the influence of this language. This is also evident in its use in the engineering industry. Ranking 6th in the world in terms of the number of internet users, Germany has an internet penetration rate of  almost 90% of its total population.

Now a little bit more about the language itself.

The German language is a Germanic language of the Indo-European family. An interesting fact to note for the language is that during the Old German period (c.750 to c.1050), local dialects were used in German writing. There was no standard language then. In 1880, grammatical and orthographic rules were made in the Duden handbook, which is a dictionary of the German language. This was then declared as the standard definition of the German language years later.

As with translation of any languages, translation from German or into German is no easy task. For German, both traditional and reformed spelling exist. Not only are there differences in spelling, there are also different types of German – namely Swiss, Austrian, Bavarian Dialect, Upper Saxon Dialect, Berlin Dialect, Low German and Pennsylvania ‘Dutch’!

Some of the most obvious challenges faced in German translation are associated with gendered nouns, sentence structure, and how spoken German as an inflected language further challenges the task of translating German into other languages and vice versa.

All of those mentioned above are merely the tip of the iceberg.

There are much more things to consider than just getting someone who knows German to handle translation into English and from German.

Hence, it is very essential to get the right quality people with enough training and professional experience to produce translations that are fit for its purpose.

With more than 2 decades of experience in providing English to German, German to English and German related language pairs translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you.

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Contact us now at +65 6576 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately. We are ready to share our experience with you.

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https://www.omniglot.com/writing/malay.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_language

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http://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/profile/country/deu

https://www.studying-in-germany.org/reasons-why-you-should-learn-german-language

https://www.listenandlearnusa.com/blog/9-surprising-facts-about-the-german-language

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gm.html

http://www.fluentu.com/blog/german/different-types-of-german

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gm.html

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