Old German Letters and Documents
It is exciting to have old letters or documents from your grandparents or great-grandparents. A real piece of your family history waiting to once again reveal its content. But it is in German and in the old Sütterlin, Kurrent/Current or Kanzlei/Chancery script. Lucky for you, I have specialized in deciphering and translating letters in old German handwriting, mainly German to English.
Should you have relatives from the border areas close to the Alsace, they might have written in French, and I can help with this translation too.
No letter or document is too short. Diaries from family members, written family stories or old postcards, all can be translated and the content made accessible to you and your genealogical research.
Translating old German letters demands a special skill and an in-depth knowledge of old German words and idioms, a good sense for the different German dialects, and knowledge about the living style 150 or more years ago. A surprising number of words are now obsolete. Over the years, I have acquired this knowledge by researching, reading old books, attending meetings of the Genealogical society, and visiting living history museums on my trips back to Germany. I possess dictionaries from 1877, and 1935, for example.
Translation of Current Private Letters
Do you have a German relative or friend but you do not know German and they do not know English? You like to stay in contact via letter writing or e-mail exchange? Let me help you with it.
All translations are confidential and with a fast turnaround.
Some like the directness of a phone call. It is also possible to have your conversation translated while you speak to your relative or friend on the phone.
Translation for Business:
Letters – Presentations – Interpretation
Letters: Many Germans have a good basic knowledge of the English language, but might struggle with more commercial or technical terms. To ensure your message comes through clearly, have your letter translated by a German native speaker with eight years experience in an international company and wide knowledge of commercial and technical terms.
Presentations: Maybe your German is in good shape and you need to prepare a quality presentation in German? You would like someone to look over it and make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. Contact me, I can help you make your presentation shine from a language perspective.
Interpretation: Do you have a German business partner, colleague or a family coming for a visit or to relocate? Facilitate your meeting and put your German visitor at ease by using an interpreter for the initial day(s). My areas of expertise includes general commercial meetings, technical meetings, family visits, sightseeing as well as botany.