German voice-over production made simple
As an established German International voice-over agency, Matinée Multilingual has been providing a professional German Voice-Over Service and German Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best German voice-over talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or IVR, we’ll help you select the best German voice-over talent for the job. We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. We can also lay-back the audio onto your video, and re-work the captions where necessary.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the quick Quote form opposite, and we'll respond within one hour. Or you can email email@example.com or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the German language
German, one of the oldest languages in Europe, belongs to the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family, along with English and Dutch.
The history of the language begins somewhere between the 3rd and 5th centuries, when there was a consonant shift which separated Old High German (the root of the language today) from the Old Saxon spoken by Germanic tribes.
The Old High German dialects evolved into Middle High German dialects, from which modern standard German is descended. Middle High German was the language used by Martin Luther in his 16th century translation of the Bible. At this time – and for nearly 300 years afterwards – there was no standard German language, with the country divided into several independent states, each with its own dialect.
Today there are still many German dialects, mostly belonging to the High German and Low German groups (which differ mainly in the sound of consonants). High German, spoken throughout the central and southern highlands of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is the official written language. Low German is spoken in the lowlands of north Germany – there is no written standard of the language. Read more
Which countries have German as a national language?
German is the official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. It is one of the three official languages of Switzerland (along with French and Italian), Belgium (along with French and Dutch) and Luxembourg (along with French and Luxembourgish).
How many people speak German as their first language?
It is estimated that around 180 million people speak German – over 100 million of those as a first language. German is the most widely spoken first language in the European Union.
Did you know…
- German is written using the Latin alphabet, with three additional vowels with umlauts (ä, ö and ü), and one extra consonant (the letter ß – like a double s). Traditionally it was written using a Gothic typeface called Fraktur, dating from the 14th century.
- The Brothers Grimm – famous collectors of fairy tales – compiled a 16-part German dictionary from 1852 to 1860, which today is still the most comprehensive dictionary of the language.
- The US states of North Dakota and South Dakota are the only ones where German is the most common language spoken at home after English. This fertile region was popular with immigrant farmers from Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The German economy
The German economy is the largest in Europe, and the fourth largest in the world based on nominal GDP.
Germany is the third largest exporting country in the world, with exports – including include machinery, vehicles and chemicals – accounting for more than a third of national output.
Around 70% of the country’s GDP comes from the service sector. Germany does not have many natural resources, but is the world’s leading producer of wind turbines and solar power technology.
Germany is a member of the World Trade Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is one of the founding members of the European Union.