Ask Your Question

German translation -- Do a split into "Du" and "Sie"?

asked 2014-03-16 06:09:14 -0600

contradictioned gravatar image

I noticed, that the German translation of Askbot contains a mix of "Du" and "Sie" (for interested non-German speakers: In german you have the formal or polite form of addressing people saying "Sie können ..." or a more colloquial form "Du kannst... ").

In the first translation by pekka ( <- not enough karma to post links) he proposed

Use of formal "Sie" instead of informal "Du"

But in Transifex that seems to have diverged. So: Should we split up the Translation in "German (Du)" and "German (Sie)" as it is for example in Wordpress; or make the one translation there consistent?

I myself would go with the split-up variant, since it leaves the choice to the site admins, and for not-so-professional communities I think, "Du" is more appropriate, while for customer-relation-purposes "Sie" is the way to go. (And yes, I'd volonteer to do some work to get them split up :) )

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete

1 Answer

Sort by » oldest newest most voted

answered 2014-03-17 10:56:09 -0600

Toms gravatar image

updated 2014-03-17 11:33:42 -0600

A split would be the best solution. I'm using the "Du" form, but as you say there are many cases where "Sie" form is the better choice.

So.. if you want it to do :)

Probably @Evgeny should agree with

edit flag offensive delete link more


Mh.. he didn't answer until now (I assume he should be highlighted by your answer and I have sent him a message in transifex). Any suggestions?

contradictioned gravatar imagecontradictioned ( 2014-03-26 17:17:36 -0600 )edit

Sorry, please go ahead and create an informal translation based on German on transifex.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2014-03-26 18:25:38 -0600 )edit

Your Answer

Please start posting anonymously - your entry will be published after you log in or create a new account.

Add Answer

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2014-03-16 06:09:14 -0600

Seen: 134 times

Last updated: Mar 17 '14