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german timer translation is wrong [released]

asked 2014-02-19 21:29:51 +0300

Cmdr_Zod gravatar image

updated 2014-04-06 19:22:54 +0300

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The German translation of "New Timer" is "Neuer Zeitmesser", which is rater misleading. "Zeitmesser" is something that can be associated with a chronometer.

I would suggest to use the English word countdown, which is well known in the German language and clearly describes the function behind it.

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+1 same in my opinion, "Countdown" or "Timer" is a better choice

nightmare ( 2014-02-19 21:59:11 +0300 )edit

The mechanical equivalent, the "Eieruhr" (egg timer) is correctly called "Kurzzeitmesser". I.e. "Zeitmesser" is not really wrong, it is just shortened to the extend, that it sounds slightly unnatural.

"Countdown" is not really better: The complete menu entry would then have to read: "Neuer Countdown-Zähler", which probably is too long. The shortened version, "Neuer Countdown" has the same appeal as "Neuer Zeitmesser".

So maybe, the menu entry could be extended to Neuer Kurzzeitmesser (there would space enough).

Any other suggestions?

jgr ( 2014-02-19 21:59:14 +0300 )edit

i prefer "neuer Countdown" and "neuer Kurzzeitmesser"

peter-berlin ( 2014-02-19 22:42:27 +0300 )edit

I agree - the timer is not actually "measuring time" as the literal translation suggests, that's rather what a stop watch does. Maybe "Zeitgeber" would be correct, but this is not a term to understand instantly, I like "Timer" best, but "Countdown" still would be better than "Zeitmesser".

tokaru ( 2014-02-19 22:59:20 +0300 )edit

I prefer "neuer Countdown", unless someone has an even better idea.

Cmdr_Zod ( 2014-02-19 23:40:24 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-03-19 13:59:43 +0300

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I will recheck this with translator.

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