most spoken native language worldwide
of the world speaks German natively
countries have German as an official or minor language
German Translation and Interpreting
At Translate UK we provide a professional German translation service, as well as German interpreters. As one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, German is a vital for communicating with a wide array of people.
Million Speakers Worldwide
Million Native Speakers
Million Second Language Speakers
Million Foreign Language Speakers
German Language History
German is a Germanic language and part of the Indo-European language family. German takes its roots from the Proto-Germanic language that is believed to have evolved around 2000 BCE near the Baltic Sea. The first written records of a Germanic language emerged in the first century when the Romans encountered Germanic speakers. At this point there was only a singular Germanic language with multiple dialects, however from around 700 AD the North Germanic, East Germanic and West Germanic languages divided from one another. German is a West Germanic language along with English and Dutch. During the middle ages while English influenced by Viking settlers, a High German consonant shift was occurring on the continent, this shift separated High German from Low German.
Today written German is mostly uniform, while spoken German still maintains many dialects. High German dialects are spoken in Austria and Switzerland as well as in Germany in the central and southern highlands regions. While Low German is spoken in the lowlands of northern Germany. Standard High German is also used across all of Germany in education, media, and government. Other dialects also exist both within and outside of Germany, including Luxembourgish in Luxembourg and Limburgish in the Netherlands. It is thought there may be as many as 250 distinct dialects of German.
German Language Worldwide
German is the official or co-official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. It is also recognised as a minority language in Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and the Ukraine. It is the most widely spoken native language in Europe and the third most spoken foreign language in Europe.
In the United Kingdom 50% of business identify German as the most useful foreign language. It is the most sought-after foreign language alongside French, as it allows businesses to build stronger relationships with their overseas contacts. As one of the most widely spoken language in the world German translations are popular for websites, marketing materials and technical manuals. Contact us today to discuss your German translation or interpreting needs.
High Quality German Translations
At Translate UK we can provide German translators or interpreters for a range of dialects. We can also provide additional support for certain sectors by providing them with linguists who have specialised in a specific field. Our linguists are required to keep up to date with specific industry terminology and requirements. This allows us to provide a more customised and supportive service. To learn more about our specialist sectors select one from below.
German Translation Service
We can provide translations to and from German for any document, no matter how large or small. We have been providing document translations for fifteen years, from letters and reports to patient records and certificates, there isn’t much our experienced team haven’t seen. All of our translators are qualified and vetted by us, and many are DPSI qualified or registered with the ITI or CIOL.
German Legal Document Translation
We can provide German translations for any document which is to be used in a legal setting. We have an in-house legal expert with almost 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and are acutely aware of the importance of accuracy and reliability when it comes to the translation of legal documents.
On top of this, each of our legal translators has a specialist focus in law, having worked in or completed training specific to the legal sector. We ensure that all of our legal translators are up to date with the current terminology both in the UK and in their native language to guarantee a quality translation with no mistakes.
German Technical Document Translation
We can provide German translations for technical or scientific documents. This includes journal literature, operation manuals, safety instructions, patents and technical drawings. We know how important it is to have precise, accurate and consistent translations of technical documents, so all our translations are done by experts in the field.
We ensure all of our linguists to stay up to date on the specialised terminology used in their field and for ongoing projects we’ll try to assign the same translator where possible so that they can become familiar with your company terminology and vocabulary.
Secure and Confidential
At Translate UK confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us and we are careful to act in complete compliance with GDPR regulations. Each of our linguists signs a confidentiality agreement before undertaking any work for us and we only ever send documents via secure email.
German Interpreting Service
In addition to our German translation service we can also provide German speaking interpreters. All our interpreters are qualified experienced professionals with relevant post-graduate qualifications and membership of professional linguistic associations. We are well equipped to provide interpreters at short notice and we have even provided linguists for the same day.
Face to Face German Interpreters
Our face to face German interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak German and those who speak English, in order to provide them with equal access to all of the services they might need. We recommend face to face interpreting where a conversation is necessary, including complex and sensitive situations where information is best delivered in person.
Remote German Interpreters
We understand that it is not always possible to use a face to face interpreter, so we also provide a remote interpreting service. Our German speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This includes over-the-phone and a complimentary conference call service. They can also be contacted through video call platforms including Zoom and Skype.
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