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How to make a successful translation into German

You are a translator for German and want to work out the perfect translation of a text? Then simply follow the steps below and your business, technical, medical or legal translation will be a success to be proud of.

But first of all, it is important to keep in mind: Producing a high-quality German translation requires care, accuracy and knowledge of both the source language and the target language. A professional German translator usually has many years of professional experience and is well acquainted with the stumbling blocks of translation work.

However, there are some basic steps you can follow to produce a professional translation:

  • Understand the context: to deliver an accurate translation, you need to understand the content and message of the text. Clarify who the target audience is, what the purpose and specific requirements of the text are. Every translation, after all, has a meaning. Try to adjust the tone, style, and choice of technical terms accordingly.
  • Analyze the target audience: consider the cultural differences between the source and target languages. Make sure that the translation is written for the German-speaking target audience. Focus on their needs, expectations and cultural characteristics.
  • Research the right terminology: When you come across certain terminology, technical terms, or specific knowledge in your text, you should research carefully to find the correct German equivalents. Use dictionaries, specialized glossaries, websites, or consult experts, engineers, scientists, or lawyers to make sure you are using the correct terms in the context.
  • Pay attention to style and tone: Try to maintain the style and tone of the source text in the translation, if appropriate. Consider the nuances of the target language and adjust the style accordingly. Also pay attention to the readability and flow of the translation. The higher the attention and the number of readers, the better the translation was designed.
  • Do not translate literally: Avoid a literal translation, as this can lead to inaccurate or incomprehensible results. Instead, translate the meaning, intentions, and message of the source text. Look for appropriate expressions and idiomatic expressions in the target language to make the text more natural and coherent.
  • Proofreading and checking: check and correct your translation carefully to avoid errors, inaccuracies or inconsistent phrasing. Make sure the translation is grammatically correct, the spelling is correct, and the text flows smoothly and is understandable. It may be helpful to ask a second person with a good knowledge of the target language for feedback.
  • Subject matter expertise: If you are working with specialized texts, such as medical, legal, or technical documents, it may be necessary to have expertise in that area or to consult a subject matter expert to ensure the accuracy and quality of the translation. Engineers in the automotive industry or medical specialists are just a few examples of experts who are confronted with translations in their profession.