Fast, affordable & scalable professional German translation
Gengo offers on-demand and high-quality German translation services at affordable rates. Thousands of companies—both large and small—trust Gengo to fuel their global growth.
Working with Gengo gives you access to thousands of certified translators who have years of translation and localization experience, as well as our intuitive platform and embedded quality tools. Our expert team can help you manage projects of any size to find a flexible, efficient and economical solution for your translation needs.
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English to German Translation
Despite their interlinked histories and borrowing from each other significantly, translating between English and German is no simple task. German nouns, for example, are gendered, while in English they are not. Sentence structure, too, differs between the two languages, with German containing far more rigorous rules than English concerning word order and grammar. Only translators well-versed in the nuances and complexities of both languages are able to ensure translated content retains its authority and effectiveness.
While traditional English to German translation services calculate their fees by page or per hour, Gengo has a simple and easy to calculate per word pricing system. This way, our customers can be sure of the price they will pay before any work has even begun. Pricing made simple.
German translation tips
Translation text expansion
The German language is known for its long compound words, usually created to replace sequences of smaller words (for example, “Freundschaftsbezeugungen” which refers to demonstrations of friendship). Something people tend not to realize is that a given translation from English to German can be up to 35% lengthier than the original text. This linguistic feature of the German language can have a big impact on design, elongating navigation menus, taglines, displays and more. Whereas in English, text can easily be broken into lines where there is restricted room, German translations may not separate as easily and pose challenges to your website’s design and layout.
Formal vs. informal speech
In German, there is a distinction between formal and informal speech depending on the person you are addressing and the level of politeness. The German language is known to be fairly formal and so it’s best to be polite and use the language in the right way when addressing a German speaking audience.
German language facts
German is a West Germanic language, closely related to other languages of the same family such as English, Dutch and Afrikaans. Despite geographic proximity, the German language differs significantly from European Romance languages like French, Italian and Spanish.
- With over 100 million native speakers, German is the most-spoken language in Europe, beating out Italian, French, Spanish and even English.
- The German language comes from proto-German, which dates as far back as 500 B.C.
- Though most German speakers are located in Germany, German is also an official language of five other countries: Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.
- German is the third most widely taught language, just behind Spanish and French with over 15 million language learners worldwide.
- Due to their close relationship, German and English share over half of their vocabulary.
German outside of Germany
Although the vast majority of German speakers can be found in Germany itself, it is important to remember that the language can also be heard elsewhere, including in Austria (8 million German speakers) and parts of Switzerland (5 million speakers).
Standard German, Austrian German and Swiss German are generally mutually intelligible, despite a considerable number of vocabulary differences. A particularly noticeable difference between Standard German and Swiss German is the latter’s adoption of the English terms for technological innovations. For example, Swiss German speakers have adopted the English word “harddisk” (capitalized to “Harddisk”), while in standard German, the word “Festplatte” is used.
Speakers of English will be familiar with a number of German words, perhaps without even realising. German loanwords include commonly used terms such as hamburger, frankfurter, rucksack, doppelganger and zeitgeist, as well as less common terms such as ersatz (a substitute, usually of inferior quality), schadenfreude (taking pleasure from the misfortune of others) and verboten (something forbidden). The shared roots of German and English, as well as the adoption of food, cultural artefacts and concepts originating in Germany, have led to this borrowing.
German translation services
Gengo is a leading provider in professional English to German translation. With thousands of professional English to German translators located worldwide, no other translation company can provide fast and high quality German translation at a more competitive rate. We currently deliver hundreds of German translation projects each month, easily and at scale.
Our translator community has deep experience translating from English to German and vice versa. All of our professional German translators are thoroughly tested for quality and skill and are continually evaluated and rated after each project. In addition, we’re able to create custom translator teams from our pool of native speakers for your unique content, ensuring quality and consistency across projects.
Looking for a cost-effective translation solution? Gengo keeps pricing simple with low per-word rates and two different levels of quality to match your needs. No more contracts, upfront fees, or negotiation. Learn more about our pricing.
Need German translation, fast? Reach the world’s 100 million German speakers in just hours with Gengo. We provide fast, affordable and reliable German translation, no matter the volume.
Gengo has an impressive track record of delivering professional German translation services in a wide range of document and content types, including:
- German website localization
- German mobile app localization
- German game localization
- German product description translation
- Customer support translation
- Translate marketing copy, ads and social media
- Translate news articles and entertainment
- Translate travel listings and guides
- German document translation
- Translate emails, letters and more
Gengo’s German translators are experts in their field with years of professional translation experience under their belts. This is why Gengo is trusted by global companies like YouTube, Airbnb and Sony to translate content at high quality and lightning speed. Our innovative translation platform and global network of translators means that no matter the size or complexity of your German translation project, we are able to deliver on time, every time, with quality assured.
If you are looking to translate your English content not only to German, see this list:
- Japanese translator, see Japanese translation
- Spanish translator, see Spanish translation
- Chinese translator, see Chinese translation
- Portuguese translator, see Portuguese translation
- Dutch translator, see Dutch translation
- Italian translator, see Italian translation
- French translator, see French translation
- Arabic translator, see Arabic translation