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|German to English translations [PRO]|
|German term or phrase: Vereinsamung|
|The term is used within a general context about why mobile phones have been (?were?) such a big hit. They helped alleviate "Vereinsamung" in modern society. This is the specific sentence:|
Mit dem Abschied der Großfamilie in der Industriegesellschaft, mit dem Wechsel von Wohnorten für einen neuen Job war auch das Phänomen "Vereinsamung" in unsere Gesellschaft eingekehrt.
"isolation", "social isolation", and "loneliness" occur to me, or to give the sense of a worsening situation: "progressive/increasing (social) isolation". These translations were supported by ProZ
Hybrid terms search: Machine translation and previously KudoZ questions
This site indicates that "isolation" may also even be somewhat different than "Vereinsamung", at least in German:
"Gelingt es ihnen nicht, sich ein neues soziales Umfeld zu suchen, wenn ihres sie nicht auffangen kann, führt die HIV-Infektion zur Isolation und Vereinsamung."
I almost submitted this question under medical but was afraid that might be too narrow or too technical. A little psychological, psychiatric, medical, or sociological flavor might be good though.
Reuter & Reuter also show "Vereinsamung" as simply "isolation".
Any better ideas?
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Local time: 12:41
|In the end the best translation for "Vereinsamung" still seemed to be "isolation" with the modifiers "progressive" and "social" to indicate what sort of isolation and that it was an ongoing, worsening situation – the "Ver" as Alexander mentioned. "Seclusion" and "solitude" seemed much too positive for this context. Although the NODE definition of "alienation" seemed to fit this situation quite well, I also had the feeling it might be too strong. I was afraid to use "desocialization" and "encapsulation" because I don't understand their meanings well enough to risk a confrontation with some psychologist or socialist out there somewhere. |
As far as "Erreichbarkeit" goes, I finally did chicken out on "contactability" or "reachability". I would still have used "reachability", but I was worried that the customer might think it sounded like Deulish. Although I still think either term would be quite OK for any modern English text in any part of the world, in the end I used "reachable" in an imperative sentence. Alexander first mentioned "reachable" but Beth gave me the best references and examples, including the imperative usage.
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Innerhalb weniger Jahre entwickelte sich das Mobile Phone zum Lifestyle product par excellence und bescherte Europa einen eigenen Megamarkt. Was war geschehen. Mit dem Axiom der Telekommunikation "jederzeit, an jedem Ort Sprache, Daten, Bilder zu transportieren" war ein Grundbedürfnis unserer Gesellschaft getroffen worden. Mit dem Abschied der Großfamilie in der Industriegesellschaft, mit dem Wechsel von Wohnorten für einen neuen Job war auch das Phänomen "Vereinsamung" in unsere Gesellschaft eingekehrt. "Erreichbarkeit jederzeit an jedem Ort, um nichts zu verpassen und "in" zu sein, das war die Kauf-Motivation für Hunderte von Millionen Menschen. Die Befriedigung dieses Grundbedürfnisses nach Kommunikation hat den wahren Durchbruch im Mobile Phone Geschäft gebracht hat und nicht der deutlich geringere Anteil der Business Phone User.
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Within a few years, the mobile phone developed into a lifestyle product par excellence and honored Europe with its very own megamarket. What happened? The telecommunications axiom “transmit speech, data, images, anytime, anyplace” scored a direct hit on a basic need of our society. The leave-taking from large families in the industrialized world and the willingness to relocate for a new job gave birth to the phenomenon of progressive social isolation. Be reachable anytime anywhere, don’t miss anything, be “in”, this was the purchase motivation for hundreds of millions. The satisfaction of this basic human need to communicate caused the real breakthrough in the mobile phone business, not the much smaller business phone user component.
Thank you all for your excellent suggestions and comments.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
14 mins peer agreement (net): +3
Well, not too easy, as you noted. Possibilities:
a feeling of loneliness,
a feeling of solitude,
but isolation isn't a bad choice either.
Local time: 12:41
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 3388