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Korrespondenz auf Englisch - Amtsenglisch vermeiden

Schlagwörter: Korrespondenz auf Englisch, Amtsenglisch vermeiden, Amtenglisch vermeiden, Englisch Schreiben, Schreiben auf Englisch, Briefe auf Englisch, Englische Briefe

Every language has its own repertoire of expressions that at one time sounded quite elegant, but that now sound antiquated, wordy, overly formal and sometimes even pretentious. Such expressions are to be avoided, for they can make your correspondence difficult to read and leave a haughty impression.

German speakers writing English correspondence face an interesting challenge: many of the expressions that sound elegant in modern Business German - when translated directly into English - are exactly the expressions considered to be poor style. Using them gives your correspondence the impact of a formal and cryptic letter from your local bank.

Here are some of the most commonly used expressions in German, that, when translated directly into English, should be avoided. For each, we present examples and alternatives that allow you to make your English short, clear and powerful.


Wordy expressions

zur Zeit

You might write: at this time

Example: At this time we are not able to fill your order.

-> Use now or currently:
We are currently not able to fill your order.
We are not able to fill your order now.



während dieser Zeit/während dessen

You might write: during this time or during this

Example: During this time, we were quite active in the financial markets.

-> Use then:
We were quite active in the financial markets then.



anlässlich

You might write: on the occasion of

Example: We presented him with a certificate of our appreciation on the occasion of his retirement party.

-> Use during:
We presented him with a certificate of our appreciation during his retirement party.



aufgrund

You might write: on the grounds that

Example: We have decided to reject your request for a full refund on the grounds that components were missing from the box you returned to us.

-> Use because:
We have decided to reject your request for a full refund because components were missing from the box you returned to us.



resultierend aus

You might write:as a result of or resulting from

Example:I As a result of current legislation, we are now required to file all applications for drug approval electronically with the FDA.

-> Use because of:
Because of current legislation, we are now required to file all applications for drug approval electronically with the FDA.



trotz der Tatsache, dass

You might write: in spite of the fact that or despite the fact that

Example: In spite of the fact that he was 30 minutes late, the training session was an unmitigated success.

-> Use although:
Although he was 30 minutes late, the training session was an unmitigated success.



in Bezug auf

You might write: in/with reference to

Example: We are writing to you in reference to our letter of 23 January.

-> Use about or concerning:
We are writing to you concerning our letter of 23 January.



im Falle, dass

You might write: in ( the ) case that

Example: In the case that you should receive the shipment late, you are entitled to a full refund.

-> Use if:
If you should receive the shipment late, you are entitled to a full refund.



die Frage, ob

You might write: the question of whether

Example: The question of whether we should close or expand our Bristol facility has yet to be decided.

-> Use whether:
Whether we should close or expand our Bristol facility has yet to be decided.



in Kontakt kommen

You might write: come in contact with

Example: We expect to come in contact with His Excellency at our next business summit in Dubai.

-> Use meet:
We expect to meet His Excellency at our next business summit in Dubai.



zu einer Entscheidung kommen

You might write: to come to a decision

Example: We hope to come to a decision before the end of the month.

-> Use decide:
We hope to decide before the end of the month.



Gebrauch machen von

You might write: make use of

Example: Our senior executives make use of our IT department's call-centre resources frequently.

-> Use use:
Our senior executives use our IT department's call-centre resources frequently.



Es ist oft der Fall, dass

You might write: it is often the case that

Example: It is often the case that customers are so happy with our product that they upgrade to the more expensive version within 30 days.

-> Use often:
Customers are often so happy with our product that they upgrade to the more expensive version within 30 days.



eine Untersuchung durchführen

You might write: make an examination of

Example: We'll have to make an examination of the facts in this case.

-> Use examine:
We'll have to examine the facts in this case.



Er ist ein Mann, der

You might write: he is a man who

Example: He is a man who knows when he's being scammed.

-> Use he:
He knows when he's being scammed.



Das/Dies ist ein Thema, das

You might write: That/This is a subject that

Example: This is a subject that we find extremely sensitive.

-> Use that/this subject:
We find that/this subject extremely sensitive.



( Er ) ist der Meinung, dass

You might write: he is of the opinion that

Example: Jim Taylor is of the opinion that we should join forces with our largest competitor to create the world's largest manufacturer of toy tractor tyres.

-> Use believe:
Jim Taylor believes we should join forces with our largest competitor to create the world's largest manufacturer of toy tractor tyres.



Erkundigungen anstellen wegen/über

You might write: make inquiries into/about

Example: Our legal department has decided to make inquiries into our right to prosecute copyright infringers.

-> Use inquire about/into:
Our legal department has decided to inquire into our right to prosecute copyright infringers.
areful!

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