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18:03 Mar 12, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: hello welcome to pet world how may I help you today
english formal greeting
erica boyer
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naHallo ! Willkommen in der Haustier-Welt. Wie kann ich Ihnen heute helfen ?Andreas Winter
naHallo, seien Sie herzlich willkommen in "Pet World" (or "Tier Welt"), womit kann ich Ihnen heute ..lindau
nasiehe unten
Elisa Capelão
naHallo! Willkommen bei 'Pet World'! Was kann ich für Sie tun?Uschi (Ursula) Walke


  

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50 mins
Hallo! Willkommen bei 'Pet World'! Was kann ich für Sie tun?


Explanation:
Hello - if it's meant to be formal, please use Guten Morgen or Guten Tag.

Pet World I assume is the name of a pet-shop or a mini-zoo.

Kann ich helfen? is possible if you spot a customer/client who seems lost.

Wie kann ich (Ihnen) helfen. that't a literal translation, but it would suggest to a German that he/she looks somewhat helpless.

Today - drop it altogether.
It suggests that you served the same customer yesterday and will do so tomorrow. Strange habit, which I thought was peculiar to North Australia.
So, I'm wrong and I wonder where they picked it up. Anyway, it doesn't make any sense in German.




    3 years tourist-concentrated retailing, pet-owner too
Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 13:47
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 175
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1 hr
siehe unten


Explanation:
Here are a couple of translations with a formal connotation...


Guten Tag! Willkommen bei 'Pet World'. Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?

oder

Guten Tag! Willkommen bei 'Pet World'. Was darf ich für Sie tun?




Good luck!




    knowledge of both languages /10 Jahre in Deutschland
Elisa Capelão
Local time: 03:47
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 38
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3 hrs
Hallo, seien Sie herzlich willkommen in "Pet World" (or "Tier Welt"), womit kann ich Ihnen heute ..


Explanation:
ran out of room up there, so once more: Hallo, herzlich willkommen zu "Pet World" (or "Tier Welt"),womit kann ich Ihnen denn heute helfen/dienen? First of all to translate "to" with "bei" I consider wrong , "at" is translated with "bei", "to" normally with "zu" or "in". As a German native I don't see a problem with using the phrase "wie kann ich Ihnen helfen" but if you feel for whatever reason that you want to avoid this, may I suggest "womit kann ich Ihnen helfen ( or even dienen)" that will imply a more service oriented kind of help, also I also don't quite understand the qualms about the word of "today", I worked retail in managment positions in Germany and the U.S. thus used this word many a time in a sales pitch or greeting line and never had the impression I gave a customer a feeling of deja vu.


    German native ,lingustic studies, extensive retail background
lindau
PRO pts in pair: 15

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6 days
Hallo ! Willkommen in der Haustier-Welt. Wie kann ich Ihnen heute helfen ?


Explanation:
"Haustier-Welt" falls keine Bezeichnung gemeint ist. So wie "Baby-Markt", "Kinder-Land", "Garten-Welt"
"Wie kann ich ...heute helfen" weil das "today" so betonend ist.

Andreas Winter
Local time: 04:47
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