German to English
Posted on December 10, 2012 by Chris
Whether it’s a need that traverses the English Channel or the Atlantic Ocean, the demand for German to English language translation is significant. In Germany, 95% of residents speak German, and a substantial portion of that German-speaking population have expressed a need for language translation to English for employment, business-to-business, and personal reasons.
Network Languages thought it would be nice to not only let readers know that we employ the professional language translators necessary for top-notch German to English language translation, but to demonstrate how, throughout history, the German and English languages have co-existed in both The United Kingdom and in The United States.
German immigration to America has been on-going since the early 17th Century. The Jamestown settlement included a number of Germans. Peter Minuit served as New Netherlands’ and Delaware’s Swedish colony’s German governor. German Mennonite families settled near Philadelphia to escape religious persecution. This only accounts for the years up to and including 1683, and from then until 1990, the German-descendent population in The United States grew to approximately 58 million. Today, the German language is still spoken within some Old Order Mennonite and Amish communities; many of them speak a German dialect affectionately referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch, which is a derivative of the West Central German language.
Likewise, a large number of those living in The United Kingdom also have German roots. German immigration to England began long before the new world (America) had been colonised. Additionally, immigration to England made sense because of its close proximity to Germany (a relatively short trip across the North Sea) and the fact that no immigration rules came into effect until the 19th Century. Even the British royal family is of German descent.
To further demonstrate the German/English connection, English is categorised as a West Germanic language, meaning that German invaders and settlers from northwest Germany brought their language to Britain around the 2nd Century. The dialect underwent significant changes during the Middle Ages (thanks to Scandinavian and Norman invaders), when it began to develop into a vernacular similar to the English of today.
Today, the German and English languages share words, which are not always recognisable by spelling, but are often phonetically and connotatively similar. Verb conjugation in both languages is not identical, but is similar. The parallels stop there, and this is where a certified German to English language translator becomes a necessity. Noun capitalisation, compound word and article complexity, and adjective inflection are just some areas in which German can be different, and more intricate, than the English language. Only in predictability of pronunciation is German more simplistic.
Whether you’re in need of German to European English language translation or German to American English language translation, Network Languages are ready to deliver a product specifically engineered to the source language and industry of your choice. You need only tell us of your specific requirements, and we will eagerly assign a language translator skilled in German to English language translation. Email us or call 01344 870700.