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Subject:RE: German From:Beena V Katekar <Beena -dot- Katekar -at- kshema -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 9 Oct 2002 09:48:18 +0530
Is there any kind of training available to gain the working knowledge of
technical translation in german?
From: Jan Henning [mailto:henning -at- r-l -dot- de]
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 6:37 PM
To: TECHWR-L; Beena V Katekar
Subject: Re: German
> 1. what should be the criteria to decide which terminologies to be
> in english?(e.g. DataOwner should be retained as same or should be
> to German)
> 2. If, We germanize the english terminologies, will all the terms take
> article "Das"?(e.g. Das DataOwner)
> How to decide the article?(As i spoke to 2 native german
> collegues"there is
> no fixed rule as such". what needs to be done in this case? )
There are no fixed rules in either case. This is one of the reasons why
translations are preferably done by native speakers living in the
country where the target language is spoken. They have (hopefully) an
ear for the lanuguage as it is currently spoken.
To the best of my knowledge, there is no good way to do translations in
a foreign country by a non-native speaker. The best solution I can come
up with is a kludge: Ask your German tech-writing colleagues for every
word where you are not sure. (Asking the programmers is likely to get
you too much English-like programmer slang.)
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