Top 20 Most Requested Translations: English to German

November 14, 2017

German is one of the most widely spoken languages with speakers all over the world. It is the official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein and one of the official languages of Switzerland and Luxembourg. German is a Germanic language, a member of the Indo-European language family, which traditionally was written in a Gothic style known as Fraktur until 1945. It was then written with the Roman characters used throughout the rest of Europe.

 

In emerging economies, interest in learning German is rising rapidly due to Germany's political and economic weight and its leadership in technology. To give yourself a small head start you may want to begin with the 20 most frequently requested German phrases.

Top 20 Requested Translations:

 

English:

German:

Hello

Hallo

Good bye

Auf Wiedersehen

Merry Christmas

Frohe Weihnachten

Happy Holidays

Frohe Festtage

Happy Birthday

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag

Happy New Year

Ein gutes Neues Jahr!

Congratulations

Herzlichen Glückwunsch

What time is it?

Wie spät ist es?

Where is the bathroom?

Wo ist die Toilette?

My name is…

Ich heiße…

What is your name?

Wie heißen Sie?

Peace

Friede, Frieden

Welcome

Herzlich willkommen

Thank you.

Vielen Dank

You are welcome.

Gern geschehen!

Where can I find a hospital?

Wo gibt es hier ein Krankenhaus?

Where can I find a bank?

Wo gibt es hier eine Bank?

Where can I find a good restaurant?

Wo gibt es hier ein gutes Restaurant?

Where can I find a taxi?

Wo kann ich ein Taxi finden?

Where can I find an airport?

Wo gibt es hier einen Flughafen?

 

There are other words that are commonly translated, like numbers and months, for content that includes things like dates and time.

Translations of 1 to 20:

 

Numbers:

Zahlen:

One

eins

Two

zwei

Three

drei

Four

vier

Five

fünf

Six

sechs

Seven

sieben

Eight

acht

Nine

neun

Ten

zehn

Eleven

elf

Twelve

zwölf

Thirteen

dreizehn

Fourteen

vierzehn

Fifteen

fünfzehn

Sixteen

sechzehn

Seventeen

siebzehn

Eighteen

achtzehn

Nineteen

neunzehn

Twenty

zwanzig

Months of the Year:

 

Months:

Monate:

January

Januar

February

Februar

March

März

April

April

May

Mai

June

Juni

July

Juli

August

August

September

September

October

Oktober

November

November

December

Dezember

Summary

 

Although globalization is positioning English as the world language, German will remain an important international language due to Germany's political power, innovations and technologies. As our world continues to become more and more globalized, it's important to determine which countries or regions present an opportunity for your business or brand to grow and thrive. Part of determining which areas to expand into is understanding the languages of your target audiences. By being aware of the most commonly requested phrases for translation, you begin to understand how to communicate with your potential customers.

Further Cultural Resources from GPI

 

You may gain further insight into country specific cultural facts and related topics by reviewing some previous blogs written by GPI:

 

 

Please feel free to contact GPI at info@globalizationpartners.com with any questions about our translation services.  Also let us know if you have any interesting blog topics you would like us to cover in future blogs.

 

Sources:

https://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/en/categories/culture-media/attractive-language

https://www.deutschland.de/en/topic/knowledge/education-learning/german-on-mother-language-day

https://www.britannica.com/topic/German-language

https://www.languagehelpers.com/languagefacts/german.html

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

Category:
Language Translation Facts
Tags:
Doing business in Germany, German translation

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Marina is a native Spanish speaker from Rosario, Argentina with over 15 years’ experience as a certified English-Spanish translator and interpreter. She graduated with a dual degree in Technical-Scientific and Literary Translation and Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting from the Instituto de Educación Superior Olga Cossettini in Rosario. She has extensive experience with most well known CAT tools including the range of SDL tools such as SDL Trados Studio, MultiTerm, Wordfast, SDL Idiom WorldServer, Translation Workspace, XBench, etc. She has also served as a CAT Tool Instructor conducting an average of 50 courses and workshops for many associations, private institutes and conferences. Over the years she has provided Spanish language translation and interpreting for a multitude of translation agencies, Global Fortune 500 companies, Governments and NGO’s. When not working she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and movies with her family.