Ger>Eng dictionary thread (please read regardless of your language pair)
Thread poster: Marcelo Silveyra

Marcelo Silveyra
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Feb 4, 2008

Following on the steps of a very recent and reasonable suggestion that proposed a sort of dictionary database for Proz, I wanted to start a dictionary thread that could perhaps work as a temporary substitute while (and if) that excellent idea is implemented.

The idea is simple - you write a short entry for a dictionary (or dictionaries) that you particularly like for the Ger>Eng language pair and that you would like to share as a useful resource for all fellow translators. The only rules/suggestions would be:

A) (Rule) It has to be a physical dictionary, i.e. not an online dictionary, glossary, etc. Not because those aren't useful, but rather as a way of keeping this thread limited and of helping people make intelligent choices when it comes to spending money in expanding their personal horde or horde-to-be of dictionaries.

B) (Suggestion) If possible, avoid non-specialized Ger>Eng dictionaries (unless you know a REALLY good one).

C) (Suggestion) Start with broader subjects (i.e. technical/engineering, financial, etc. dictionaries) and then get into the really specific ones. But by all means, if you have a favorite dictionary providing translations for all the cat subspecies that simply should not be missed by those interested, go ahead and include it right away.

D) (Rule) Don't repeat entries, but feel free to include a short-ish comment on previous dictionaries (together with your new entry) if you feel that it could be helpful.

E) I think it would be a good idea for this to happen in all language pairs. Monolingual threads (e.g.. dictionaries explaining marketing terminology) could also be a good idea here.

With that said, and if anyone else is interested in participating, here's my initial contribution:

Title: Ernst Wörterbuch der industriellen Technik, Band I
Area: Technical/Engineering
Author/Editos: Dr.-Ing. Richard Ernst / Udo Amm
Publishing House: Brandstetter Verlag
Edition: 6th edition (2004)

Although some people mention that the price tag is a bit hefty, the Ernst (as most people call it) is worth every single penny. True, it will not answer every single question that technical/engineering translators throw at it, and the translations themselves are clunky on a few occasions, but it is still my dictionary of choice when it comes to having a central work of reference for technical translations in the Ger>Eng language pair. It is easy to understand, well-organized, has a bazillion (actually, 220,000) entries, and covers not only technology and engineering, but also basic sciences and general industrial terminology. A must for anyone who is starting their collection of reference dictionaries.



[Edited at 2008-02-04 15:00]


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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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That's a good start! Feb 4, 2008

Thanks for that.
Would you like to have other entries added to this thread, or should we start new threads?


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Marcelo Silveyra
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Clarification Feb 4, 2008

Hi Margreet,

I was thinking that it would be best to start a new thread for each language pair. Except the Ger>Eng pair - this would be the right forum thread for that one. Although this will increase the number of threads significantly, I feel it will also make it easier for anyone who wants to browse through them in the future. (And, ahem, of course I should have clarified that from the very beginning)


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Marcus Geibel
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Ernst Wörterbuch der Industriellen Technik... Feb 4, 2008

..there's Volume 2 for English-German, also a very helpful one.

AND there is a CD version.
Note: I found in a previous edition that print and CD versions are not identical, they each contain entries that do not appear in the other


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Marcus Geibel
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Dictionary of Legal, Commercial and Political Terms... Feb 4, 2008

Verlag C. H. Beck

Volume 1 E-D by Dietl/Lorenz
Volume 2 D-E by Dietl

a standard one - "the Dietl", a must


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Marcus Geibel
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Wörterbuch der Patent- und Markenpraxis... Feb 4, 2008

..the Uexküll


Small but very good patent dictionary German-English-German (1 vol.)

Carl Heymanns Verlag


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Siemens WB industrielle Eletrotechnik ... Feb 4, 2008

Title: Wörterbuch industrielle Elektrotechnik, Energie- und Automatisierungstechnik ? Dictionary of Electrical Engineering, Power Engineering and Automation 5. Auflage, 2004, Deutsch-Englisch

Author: Siemens A&D Translation Services
Publisher: Publicis Corporate Publishing
ISBN 3-89578-192-4

There is also a corresponding English-German edition as well as for other language pairs German
This dictionary is updated every few years and is a valuable reference for a wide variety of electronics/automation related areas.


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Vito Smolej
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What about GlossPost?! Feb 4, 2008

The idea is simple - you write a short entry for a dictionary (or dictionaries) that you particularly like for the Ger>Eng language pair and that you would like to share as a useful resource for all fellow translators.


That would be the place for this kind of information, even if the prime target is on-line repositories.


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xxxhazmatgerman
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some technical G-E dics Feb 6, 2008

The dictionaries mentioned may be available only from secondhand dealers, as some are products of a bygone millenium.

1. Wörterbuch der exakten Naturwissenschaften und der Technik
Vol. II German-English
Author: Antonín Kucera
Publisher: Brandstetter, Wiesbaden, Germany
Edition: 2nd, 2002
1,460 + XII pp, 18 * 26 cm
~ 220,000 entries
Well laid out, 7° font size, extensive use of subject markers.
Also available vol. I with reverse language pair. Indispensable for me.

2. Der große Eichborn Wirtschaftswörterbuch
Vol. 2 Deutsch-Englisch
Author: Isabelle von Eichborn, Holger von Eichborn, Annette Bock
Publisher: Siebenpunkt Verlag, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Edition: 3rd, 2003
XII + 1,600 pp, 21*30 cm
~ 240,000 entries
Well laid out for good readability, 9° font size, considerable weight, many collocations.
Also available vol. 1 with reverse language pair.

3. Fachwörterbuch Technik und angewandte Wissenschaften
Deutsch-Englisch
Author: R. Walther †
Publisher: Alexandre Hatier, Paris, France
Edition: 5th, 1993
1,178 pp, 15 * 21 cm
~ 100,000 entries
Glossary-like layout, subject markers, 6° font size.

4. Fachwörterbuch Chemie und chemische Technik
Deutsch-Englisch
Author: W. Borsdorf et.al.
Publisher: Alexandre Hatier, Paris, France
Edition: 4th, 1992
760 pp, 15 * 21 cm
~ 62,000 entries
Glossary-like layout, subject markers, 6° font size.

5. German-English Technical and Engineering Dictionary
Author: Louis De Vries
Publisher: McGraw Hill, New York, USA and Brandstetter, Wiesbaden, Germany
Edition: revised ed. 1965
1,178 pp, 16 * 24 cm
No figure for number of entries given
6° font size.
Corresponding E-G also exists.

6. Fachwörterbuch Wehrwesen Englisch-Deutsch und Deutsch-Englisch
Author: Friedrich Krollman
Publisher: Langenscheidt, Berlin, Germany
Edition: 1st, 1957
~ 780 pp, 10 * 16 cm
No figure for number of entries given
6° font size
Contains several appendices on ranks, alphabet and units of measurement.

7. Wörterbuch Gefahrgut D-E/E-D
Author: M. Titz
Publisher: ecomed, Landsberg, Germany
Edition: 1st, 2001
VIII + 200 + 194 pp, 17 * 24 cm
~ 15,000 entries for each language
7° font size
Covers sea and air transportation.

8. Wörterbuch der Waffentechnik
Author: Joachim Görtz
Publisher: Journal-Verlag Schwend GmbH, Schwäbisch-Hall, Germany
Edition: 8th, 1998
316 pp, 11 * 15 cm
No figure for number of entries given, estimated at some 6,500 for each language, ~ 1,200 abbreviations for each language
7° font size

9. Dictionary of Corrosion and Corrosion Control E-G/G-E
Author: W. Borsdorf et.al.
Publisher: Verlag Technik, Berlin, DDR
Edition: 2nd, 1991
412 pp, 15 * 21 cm
~ 13,500 entries for each language
7° font size
Glossary-like layout, subject markers.

10. Dictionary of Logistics D-E/E-D
Author: J. Kiesel
Publisher: Siemens, Berlin and München, Germany
Edition: 12th, 2001
560 pp, 11 * 15 cm
~ 8,500 entries for each language
6° font size
Some diagrams.


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