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See below, what kind of changes to the text might be expected for translations from German to Polish or vice versa.

Translation differences

Translation from German to Polish or vice versa entails certain changes in the resulting text. These changes are caused by the inherent differences between the languages. The following things in your order might be affected:

  • The layout of the resulting text
  • Time it takes to translate
  • Translation complexity

Among other factors, these parameters can influence the final price as well. The layout factor is especially important to those, who are interested in our DTP (Desktop Publishing) services.

Translating a document between German and Polish — what to expect
Parameter To German To Polish Difference
Writing systemLatin (German alphabet)Latin (Polish alphabet)Same writing system, different scripts: minimal difference
Text directionleft-to-rightleft-to-rightSame
Characters per word (average)78Minimal
Text length (characters)10% longer9% shorterMinimal
Overall differenceNegligible

Text length and document layout

The main factors influencing the length and layout of the translated document are:

  • Writing system of the target language
  • Writing direction
  • Word length
  • Relative lengths of the texts

Writing system

Both German and Polish use the same writing system — the Latin alphabet. It means that usually the translated text can be displayed, using the same fonts as the source text. This lack of difference makes it easier to make the source and the target text be the same length. Please note, however, that the languages employ different sub-types (a.k.a. scripts) of the alphabet. Some fonts of the source language may not support all the signs in the target language.

Writing direction

Both languages are read left-to-right, meaning that there should be no significant changes to the layout in terms of the order of text elements.

Word length

Both languages have a similar average word length — 7 for German, and 8 for Polish. Thus, the word length should not affect the layout.

Text length

On average, documents translated to German are 10% longer than source texts in Polish. On the other hand, Polish texts are 9% shorter than their German counterparts. It means that some formatting differences are to be expected in the translated texts, although they should not present a serious formatting issue. Please note, that the actual visual length is also influenced by the font used.

Word order

Depending on your needs, the word order might be rather important for the translation. Things like slogans and brand names may convey an entirely different meaning, if their word order is changed.

The standard word orders of the languages are different. Various sentence structures may still be possible, but they might have a different meaning or change their style. However, it must be noted, that German has a free word order. This implies that translations from Polish to German will usually allow preserving your desired sentence structure.

Translation complexity

Translation complexity is partially dependent on how closely the languages are related. The further apart the languages are, the more time and effort it takes to express an idea from one language in another one. As a consequence, it affects the price and time it takes to translate a document between German and Polish.

Both German and Polish belong to the Indo-European language family. The German language, however, represents the Germanic branch of the family, while Polish is a member of the Slavic branch. It is not as drastic of a difference as between members of distinct families, but the discrepancy still provides some challenge to the translator.

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