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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the difference between a translator and an interpreter?
A translator translates written texts into another language, while an interpreter orally transfers spoken words into another language (e.g. during questionings, negotiations, conferences etc.).

What does the abbreviation BDÜ stand for?
BDÜ stands for "Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer" this is the largest nationwide professional association of translators and interpreters in Germany.

Is the DÜF an agency?
No, the DÜF is not an agency, but an independent network of translators and interpreters. Every interpreter and translator listed on this homepage works on his/her own account and at his/her own risk.

If an interpreter or translator is entrusted with an order, does this constitute a contract between the DÜF and the customer?
No, the contract always is between the customer and the assigned interpreter or translator.

How are the costs for a translation calculated?
Generally, the costs for a translation are calculated based on rates per line (1 line = 55 characters incl. spaces). These rates per line differ depending on language combination, subject area and degree of difficulty of the text to be translated. If you are interested, we will be glad to provide you with a non-binding quotation.

How are the costs for an interpreting job calculated?
Generally, an interpreting assignment is charged based on hourly, daily or weekly rates, while additional fees may be charged for expenses such as travelling, hotel or subsistence costs. Here, too, charges may vary depending on the duration of the assignment, the number of interpreters needed for a language combination, the proportion of speech for an interpreter during an event and the degree of difficulty of the speech to be interpreted. If you are interested, we will be glad to provide you with a non-binding quotation.

How can I get into contact with an interpreter or translator of the DÜF?
You will find the contact details of each interpreter or translator at the bottom of the personal profile pages.