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English translation: machine accountant

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06:45 Apr 6, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: Maschinenbuchhalter
The term describes a specific kind of job, I believe in accounting.
Bochert Translations
English translation:machine accountant
Explanation:
The first two answers to your question make me think of a little robot with a green eyeshade sitting at a slanting desk with a big ledger in front of him.

The translation here could depend on the age of the original German text.

If you are quite sure your context is referring to a real person rather than a program, they might mean "machine accountant", a real bookkeeper who does/did the cost accounting for particular, usually large and important, machines.
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Dan McCrosky
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Summary of answers provided
naaccounting/bookkeeping machine operator
Andrea Nemeth-Newhauser
namachine accountantDan McCrosky
naAutomated accountantWilliam Scheckel
naComputerised accountant
Iain Purvis


  

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19 mins
Computerised accountant


Explanation:
Buchhalter is an accountant, and in these modern times(!) maschine refers to an automated or computerised system.

Iain Purvis
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31 mins
Automated accountant


Explanation:
This refers to a program (usually integrated into a comprehensive business OS) that basically does the work of an accountant. It generates invoices, keeps a ledger (which can be printed out for auditing purposes) and even prints out checks.
Handy things to have if you're a big company.
HTH,
Will

William Scheckel
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3 hrs
machine accountant


Explanation:
The first two answers to your question make me think of a little robot with a green eyeshade sitting at a slanting desk with a big ledger in front of him.

The translation here could depend on the age of the original German text.

If you are quite sure your context is referring to a real person rather than a program, they might mean "machine accountant", a real bookkeeper who does/did the cost accounting for particular, usually large and important, machines.


Dan McCrosky
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1 day 2 hrs
accounting/bookkeeping machine operator


Explanation:
This is the term I found in EurodicAutom. A web search yielded few results; Maschinenbuchhaltung seems to mean automated bookkeeping, and the people who perform the job seem to be called Maschinenbucher/innen rather than Maschinenbuchhalter/innen. In any case, the job is probably not that of an accountant, because it is rather low on the German pay scale (level 4 of BAT). A job posting calls for a bookkeeping machine operator (http://www.washington.edu/admin/ocpsp/compensation/csaspecs/...


    Reference: http://eurodic.ip.lu/cgi-bin/edicbin/expert.pl
    Reference: http://stats.bls.gov/ocsm/comD344.htm
Andrea Nemeth-Newhauser
Local time: 02:29
Native speaker of: Native in HungarianHungarian
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