Angaben in Rezepten (USA)

English translation: Translate all weights and measures

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German term or phrase:Angaben in Rezepten (USA)
English translation:Translate all weights and measures
Entered by: Ramey Rieger

10:31 Aug 2, 2016
German to English translations [PRO]
Cooking / Culinary
German term or phrase: Angaben in Rezepten (USA)
Ich habe eine generelle Frage, wie mit Angaben in Rezepten zu verfahren ist, wenn das Kochbuch für die USA bestimmt ist.

Wir haben als Anhang für ein technisches Gerät ein kleines Rezepthaft vorliegen. Die Rezepte dort sollen natürlich übersetzt werden. Nun sind sämtliche Angaben im Original metrisch (europäisches System) in Gramm, Milliliter etc.

Nun wies mich der Übersetzer darauf hin, dass in den USA nicht nur andere Einheiten wie Fahrenheit und Unzen üblich, sondern auch oft in Volumenangaben (z.B. "cups of sugar" vs "Gramm Zucker") anstatt in Mengenangaben gerechnet wird.

Nun meine Frage(n):

1. Wie ist hier nun zu verfahren? Streng genommen müssten alle Einheiten umgerechnet werden. Ein Riesenaufwand!Bei Gramm in cups (siehe Bsp. oben) dürfte das schwierig werden...

2. Wessen Aufgabe ist das dann? Die des Übersetzers im Sinne einer vollständigen Lokalisierung? Bei anderen Umwandlungen (Notensysteme etc.) gibt es eigene Kommissionen und die Übersetzer werden explizit ausgeklammert.

Ich hoffe, meine Fragen sind nicht zu naiv gestellt. In der Regel haben wir nur wenig mit Übersetzungen ins US-amerikanische Englisch zu tun und dann nicht mit Rezepten. Das ist hier auch nur ein Anhang zu einem Handbuch...

Ich hoffe, auf kompetente Antworten von Kollegen, die bereits Rezeptbücher für den US-Markt übersetzt haben!
Jan Lohfert
Germany
Local time: 14:08
Translate!
Explanation:
In all my experience, converting measures, weights, volumes, etc. has been MY job. It's part of translating. My favorite site for converting is:
http://www.onlineconversion.com/

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Note added at 17 mins (2016-08-02 10:48:39 GMT)
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I have translated countless documents into US English that require converting you name it, from voltage to teaspoons. Especially in recipes, (I've translated thousands) the conversion of volumes, weights and measures is a part of the translator' job.
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Ramey Rieger
Germany
Local time: 14:08
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14 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +11
Translate!


Explanation:
In all my experience, converting measures, weights, volumes, etc. has been MY job. It's part of translating. My favorite site for converting is:
http://www.onlineconversion.com/

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Note added at 17 mins (2016-08-02 10:48:39 GMT)
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I have translated countless documents into US English that require converting you name it, from voltage to teaspoons. Especially in recipes, (I've translated thousands) the conversion of volumes, weights and measures is a part of the translator' job.

Ramey Rieger
Germany
Local time: 14:08
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 20
Notes to answerer
Asker: Vielen Dank. Allerdings stand in meiner Frage nirgendwo, dass wir die Maßeinheiten "einfach so" stehen lassen wollten. Das war nie meine Absicht. Warum auch immer dies von einigen hier so interpretiert wurde... Mir ging es lediglich um den üblichen Workflow.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Erzsébet Czopyk: fully agree with Ramey
22 mins
  -> Bon apétit!

agree  Armorel Young: Needs discussion with the client about what they want and what they are prepared to pay for.
1 hr
  -> True, Armorel.

agree  BrigitteHilgner: Yes, my clients, too, expect me to do the conversions. No way out. // First time I came across cups (years ago), it was "3 cups of bananas". How do you sqeeze bananas into cups, was my first shocked thought. I'll never forget that.
1 hr
  -> 1 fluid cup (USA) = 250ml, 1 dry cup is trickier, but more or less 200g. Joy of Cooking has very precise conversion tables in the glossary (thank goodness!)// Haha! I press them through a sieve.

agree  Eleanore Strauss: Totally agree. Some clients don't want you to convert (I often put the conversion in comments, just in case). On a personal note, as someone who bakes a lot, the US usage of cups is imprecise and to put it mildly, idiotic!
2 hrs
  -> Idiotic? No, cups make you pay attention!

agree  TonyTK: Useful website
2 hrs
  -> Absolutely!

agree  Katrin Rippel Galati
3 hrs
  -> Much obliged, Katrin!

agree  Lonnie Legg: w. Armorel.
3 hrs
  -> Yes, me, too.

agree  Dorothy Schaps
3 hrs
  -> Shared experiences!

agree  Björn Vrooman: Thanks for making me grin (about your response). Ofc, you're correct here and maybe the (NIST) reference posted in the d-box will make it a bit easier to convert cups. Frankly, I find "cups" etc. quite handy cause my measuring cup regularly goes missing.
23 hrs
  -> Gives new meaing to 'in your cups' eh?

agree  Susanna Miles: give both units of measure - the recipe still won't be guaranteed, as the flour and baking powder is also different (from my personal experience)
1 day 2 hrs
  -> True, true. and yes, both units are preferable, but as Armorel said, the client must be clear on this.

agree  Vere Barzilai
1 day 4 hrs
  -> It's a landslide!
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