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German and English come from the same language family, and are generally about the same length when recorded. This makes German voice over easy to translate to and from English.
German is an official language in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It was formerly the national language of Namibia, and is still a widely recognized minority language. There are several dialects of German, broken down largely on a scale with "Low German" or "Low Saxon" on one end, and "High German" on the other. Standard German is closer to the High German end of the scale.
When working with German, it is very important to find a distinct target dialect as not all of the dialects are mutually intelligible. While there is a standard dialect, speakers of this dialect will have a very hard time understanding, for example, the central German dialects when spoken in their purest form.
Swiss German again has its own variations on a similar scale of low, high, and highest. It is usually understandable to Alemanic German speakers (that is, speakers from Germany or Austria) but it is different enough that, usually, spoken Swiss German usually comes with subtitles in German movies.
Just like with any language, when you are working with German voice over, you need to consider a lot of things very carefully. What is your goal by translating to or from this language? Who is your specific audience within the group of people who speak this language? Do you know how to adapt your script to speak to this group?
Edge Studio is a full service audio production facility, and that’s not restricted to English. If you need German voice over, we have you covered from the initial translation and adaptation to casting talent and language monitors to help lay down those final recording sessions.
If you need German voice over, translation, dubbing, adaptation, recording, or language monitor for cartoons, powerpoint, education videos, ESL, audiobooks, or commercials, call edge studio (212-868-3343).
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