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German Translation Service

CIT provides German translation services to multi-nationals and organizations. If your document needs an certification from the German language, CIT makes it easy. If for example, you need an official document certified CIT will translate it from any format into English with three simple steps! 

German Translation Anywhere In The World

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive German translation  to English no matter where you are located around the globe. CIT provides interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Accredited German Translators

Our interpreters and translators are native speakers. Our staff have been screened and certified with provided credentials. CIT members are field-tested. They are kept up to date with developments in both English and the German language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel.

You can be assured, CIT’s German-language interpreters and translators possess in-depth knowledge of the German language, as well as of the culture and history of the German people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

German Language

The German language is the official language of Germany and Austria along with being an official language of Switzerland. It is spoken by about 90 million people worldwide. It belongs to the West Germanic group of languages within the Indo-European languages (same as English, Frisian and Dutch).

The first recorded event of the German language stems from the 1st century BC, having had contact with the Romans. For many years after, there was only one Germanic language and within that language, very few dialects. It was only until the 500s AD that the German language, also known as High German, was officially known as German.

German Grammar & Syntax

In German, there are four cases for nouns, pronouns and adjectives (nominative, accusative, genitive and dative) along with three genders (masculine, feminine and neutral) and two sorts of verbs (strong and weak). Across all dialects of German, the language is written itself. However, it is not spoken similarly between dialects. High German and Low German are the two main dialect groups. High German (Hochdeutsch), which is the official language of the South Highlands in Germany, is the official written language.

German Dialects

There are two main sorts of dialects in German where most other dialects fall into. The first is High German (Hochdeutsch) and the second is Low German (Plattsdeutsch or Niederdeutsch). 

High German

High German was spoken until the 12th century in the Highlands of South Germany. During the Middle High German times, which were after the 12th century, different dialects of German known as Alemannic and Bavarian started to gain popularity.

The High German of today comes primarily from Middle High German dialects that were spoken in the Southern and central Highlands of Germany along within Austria and Switzerland.

High German is used in all official businesses, such as government, administration, higher education, literature and media. Standard High German is very similar to the Middle German language dialect used most commonly by Martin Luther in the 1500s as he translated the Bible.

Middle German

Middle High German was used heavily for literature, mainly in the 1200s with the writing of Nibelungenlied, which is considered a great piece of literature. 

Upper German

Upper German includes other dialects such as Austro-Bavarian, Alemannic (Swiss German) and High Franconian.

Low German

On the other hand, Low German is spoken in the Lowlands of Germany. It stems from Old Saxon and Middle Low Germany, spoken by people in the Hanseatic League. Many Scandinavian languages use loan words from Low German but as these languages declined, so did Low German. Low German dialects are still spoken privately in homes but nothing official is done in Low German.

Alemannic German

Another German dialect is Alemannic. It was developed in the southwest of Germany and has a different sound and grammar system from the standard German. Alemannic is spoken in Switzerland, Austria, Swabia and Liechtenstein along with the Alsace region of France. Another dialect of German is Yiddish, spoken by the Jews whose ancestors come from Germany.

Some German Don't Translation

As with many languages, some native words in German have English meanings. Do you recognize the following German words?

Doppelgänger
Foosball
Kindergarten
Poltergeist
Wanderlust

Some German Words Can't Be Translated

CIT uses German words in context when they can’t be translated. What are some German words that can’t be translated

Backpfeifengesicht
Der Schilderwald
Der Warmduscher
Dreikäsehoch
Erbsenzähler
Erklärungsnot
Fernweh
Fremdscham
Frühjahrsmüdigkeit
Gemütlich
Handschuhschneeballwerfer
Honigkuchenpferd
Innerer Schweinehund
Kopfkino
Kummerspeck
Luftschloss
Ohrwurm
Packesel
Pantoffelheld
Rabenmutter
Schadenfreude
Schwarmerei
Sprachgefühl
Sturmfrei
Torschlusspanik
Treppenwitz
Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung
Verschlimmbessern
Weltschmerz
Zugzwang

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If you’re looking for German translations that will be sure to impress your clients, then look no further than CIT. We offer professional translation services in all formats and with decades of experience — translating millions upon words worth! 

Our translators are experts at adapting work according to client needs. We can also revise your documents if necessary before publishing or submitting as required (for instance through re-translation). You’ll get top quality results when working together with us – guaranteed 100% satisfaction guaranteed!!

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