West Germanic languages | English, German, Dutch Translation Services in Northern Europe

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The West Germanic languages are a branch of the Indo-European language family spoken natively by a population of about 500 million people mainly in North America, Oceania, Southern Africa and Europe.

The West Germanic languages include the three most widely spoken Germanic languages: English with around 360–400 million native speakers, German with over 100 million native speakers  and Dutch with 23 million native speakers.

Other major West Germanic languages are Afrikaans, an offshoot of Dutch; Low German; Yiddish and Limburgish.

All Germanic languages are thought to be descended from a hypothetical Proto-Germanic language. These probably took place during the Pre-Roman Iron Age of Northern Europe from c. 500 BC. Proto-Germanic itself was likely spoken after c. 500 BC.

The Germanic languages is closely connected with the development of Western civilization.

Indo-European Language Tree

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In total, 46% of the world's population (3.2 billion) speaks an Indo-European language as a first language, by far the highest of any language family.

Germanic languages, branch of the Indo-European language family. Scholars often divide the Germanic languages into three groups: West Germanic, including EnglishGerman, and Netherlandic (Dutch); North Germanic, including DanishSwedishIcelandicNorwegian, and Faroese; and East Germanic, now extinct, comprising only Gothic and the languages of the Vandals, Burgundians, and a few other tribes.

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Translation services available for West Germanic languages

There are many translation services available for West Germanic languages, including English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, and Frisian. These services can be used for a variety of purposes, such as translating business documents, legal documents, websites, and creative content.

Some popular translation services for West Germanic languages include:

  • Google Translate: Google Translate is a free online translation service that can translate between over 100 languages, including English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, and Frisian. Google Translate is a good option for translating short texts or for getting a general idea of what a text is saying. However, it is important to note that Google Translate is not always accurate, especially for complex texts.
  • DeepL Translator: DeepL Translator is a free online translation service that specializes in translating between English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian. DeepL Translator is known for its high-quality translations, which are often more accurate than those produced by Google Translate.
  • Translation agencies: There are many translation agencies that specialize in translating West Germanic languages. Translation agencies typically have a team of experienced translators who can translate a wide range of document types. Translation agencies can be a good option for businesses and individuals who need to translate high-volume or complex texts.

When choosing a translation service for West Germanic languages, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Accuracy: It is important to choose a translation service that can provide accurate translations. This is especially important for business documents, legal documents, and other important texts.
  • Experience: It is also important to choose a translation service that has experience translating West Germanic languages. This will help to ensure that the translations are accurate and culturally appropriate.
  • Price: Translation services can vary in price. It is important to compare the prices of different services before making a decision.

If you are unsure which translation service to choose, you can contact a translation agency for a consultation. Translation agencies can help you to choose the right service for your needs and budget.

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Human translation (HT) is the oldest form of translation, relying on pure human intelligence to convert one way of saying things to another. It remains the most widely-used translation method to this day. Human translation is your best investment when accuracy is even remotely important.

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When you need a high-quality human translation for a larger project, we can offer a crowd-based platform, when many human translators work simultaneously. The crowd-based approach may offer more value for your money.

Our human translators use CAT-tools (computer-assisted translation tools) allowing to create a translation memory for future use, Text Editor software, style guides and glossaries that help us to maintain consistent terminology.

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