hello welcome to pet world how may I help you today
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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
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
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