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English translation: final touch

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German term or phrase:I-Tüpfelchen
English translation:final touch
Entered by: Mats Wiman
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13:41 Dec 4, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: I-Tüpfelchen
I know that this means the dot on the i but how would I translate this sentence 'und das I-Tüpfelchen in Sachen Qualität auf Dauer ist:' after the colon the text goes on to say that the company offers a 3-year guarantee.
This is taken from a company profile.
Julie Neill
Spain
Local time: 18:06
final touch
Explanation:
and the final touch when it comes to long term quality is:
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Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 18:06
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Summary of answers provided
na" scrupulous attention to detail"xxxMerle
nafinal touch
Mats Wiman
nato underscore our uncompromising commitment to quality, we offer a 3-year guaranteeUlrike Lieder
nathe ultimate, 'the icing of the cake'Sabine Wedemeyer
nadot on the itanjakauf
na-
Sylvia Scheibe


  

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16 mins
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Explanation:
"i-Tüpfelchen" in this case is the last bit which makes the thing just perfect.

Sylvia Scheibe
Germany
Local time: 18:06
Native speaker of: German
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18 mins
dot on the i


Explanation:
But I would say that here it is meant figuratively as THE extra benefit that makes this a product of highest quality, is the 3-year guarantee. It is like the finishing brush stroke of a masterpiece.

tanjakauf
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59 mins
the ultimate, 'the icing of the cake'


Explanation:
The meaning of the i-Tüpfelchen here is similar to the "icing of the cake" ...
If you can swap a sentence around to fit that in, you would come very close to the original meaning.
It is rather informal...but so is the "i-Tüpfelchen"
HTH
Sabine


    native German living in English Speaking Countries
Sabine Wedemeyer
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Dierk Seeburg

Rolf Bueskens
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1 hr
to underscore our uncompromising commitment to quality, we offer a 3-year guarantee


Explanation:
In US parlance, the I-Tüpfelchen would be the "icing on the cake". But I'm not so sure that I'd use it in your context.

You'll have to play with various possibilities, either stressing how the company is different from others by offering this long warranty period, or stressing the added advantage that the consumer derives from the longer warranty. The underlying intent of the text is preserved either way.

Here are some more possibilities:
...is topped off by a three-year guarantee...

What makes us truly different in terms of long-term quality...

As an added bonus, our products carry a three-year guarantee...

HTH



Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 09:06
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525

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Dierk Seeburg
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1 hr
" scrupulous attention to detail"


Explanation:
In this context is comparable to English "dotting the i's and crossing the t's").

xxxMerle
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6 hrs
final touch


Explanation:
and the final touch when it comes to long term quality is:

Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 18:06
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
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