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- studying German, or thinking about a career in translation,
- a German translator looking for tips & resources to make your business take
- or needing help buying translation services,
then you're in the right place!
I’m Joanna, and I'm here to offer the advice and support you need.
Why listen to me?
Well I love German, I’m a qualified German translator and I earn
my living translating from German to English.
I’ve spent many years and a
lot of energy sifting through and evaluating all the information
available out there.....what’s good, what works, what’s a waste of
time...... to give you the sort of website I needed when I was
If you want to get straight to it, check out the some of the popular articles below:
Now for some good news if you're thinking about translation as a career....
German translation has a great future!
....more websites are written in German than any other language......after English, that is!
But even so, I bet you’re surprised!
And it’s great news for anyone wanting to work with German or offer their own German translation service.
- Spoken by around 200 million people worldwide
- The official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein
- A recognised language in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Northern Italy and Eastern France
- An official working language of the European Union
- Spoken in the US, Canada, South America, South Africa and Australia
- The official company language for many German multinationals
- Used for the websites of most medium to large German businesses
- The language of scientific and academic publications and research
- The default language for communicating with non-German speakers
Result? Plenty of work for German translators!
Work from home as a freelance translator
Have you always wanted to work from home? Running your own freelance German translation business is a great way of doing so.
Communicate with clients around the globe from the comfort of your home
(or holiday destination!). Set you own hours, choose your own
co-workers, plan your day as you want to. Organize work to fit in with
your life, and not vice versa. Work at the hours you find most productive, and never worry about being fired by the boss!
I’ve pulled together some resources to help you starting out:
Tips & resources for freelancers
I would really have appreciated having someone to lead me by the hand when I was starting out as a German translator over a
decade ago! Back then it was definitely a case of learning by doing.
My biggest questions as a “newbie” to the business, and especially as a freelancer, were probably very much the
same as yours:
- What should I charge?
- Where can I find clients?
- How do I advertise my services effectively?
- What translation tools do I need?
- Will translation qualifications help me?
You’ll find the answers to all these questions and more here.
I’ve also pulled together some handy resources, such as:
- German dictionaries used by
professional translators - create better and faster translations
& increase your translation output.
- German glossaries for specialist subject areas, each
compiled by translators qualified in these fields. Be confident that
your translations are accurate.
- Free German translations for practising your translation skills. Benchmark your own language skills & judge if you’re ready for a career in German translation.
- Free translators have a role, even in professional translation, but usually time, money and
reputations are saved by investing in human translations.
And useful tips on.....
- Providing a professional service - the tasks involved, pricing methods, business conditions, everything vital to a success service.
- Essential software for translating and for
organising your translation business. See what the translation
community buys and uses, and save on business costs by considering free
- Getting translation jobs by joining translator communities. Learn from your peers and bid for
properly-paid jobs from reputable outsourcers.
- Marketing yourself effectively - website or blog? When it comes to raising your profile amongst potential clients, one is a clear winner.
German language & culture - it's more than just words!
Producing a good translation involves thoroughly understanding context. So I take a look at the cultural aspects of German in translation and the German language
as it’s really used.
Avoid embarrassing mistakes and produce better
translations! Be aware of regional differences, false friends, local
peculiarities.... the list goes on.
OK, enough talking!
And the very best of luck with all things German translation!
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