German is the most widely spoken language in the European Union and the most taught language in the world. It is the official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol (Italy), Luxembourg, and Belgium.
German is a language that is spoken by 95 million native speakers, mainly in Central Europe. It is also spoken by an additional 10-15 million second language speakers especially in Eastern Europe. The German language is a member of the West Germanic language family, which also includes Dutch, Afrikaans, Frisian, English, and Yiddish. Languages in Motion is pleased to provide professional translation and interpretation services from German to English and from English to German. Our team at LiM is also able to Certify Translations in German for government use in Canada, US, and Germany.
Our Translators and Interpreters are highly skilled in their chosen areas of expertise. German Translators are able to effectively and accurately translate culturally sensitive marketing materials, websites, technical documents, legal documents and related corporate documents.
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Brief History of the German Language:
All Germanic languages developed from Proto-Germanic which was spoken 500 BCE. Proto- Germanic possibly originated in Scandinavia and different varieties of Germanic began to emerge with migration. There are 3 Germanic dialects which varies in writing or pronunciation: Low German and High German which is subdivided in Upper German and Central German.
Nowadays, Low German dialects in the northern area are mostly fading and basically only older people speak them. Younger people might understand them but they tend to use Standard German instead. The Standard German originated as a written literary language intended to be understood by the largest number of people possible from different dialect areas. Perhaps, the most important factor in the development of Standard German by Martin Luther King in the year 1522. Standard German became the language of education and it became more widespread as the formal spoken language which influence the local dialects.
German is considered a “pluricentric” language, this means that there are multiple standard varieties of the language. All these standard are pretty much the same, except for some different vocabulary. Switzerland, Austria and South Tirol have their own dialects as well.