Understanding your business partner is essential to establishing reliable, long-term business relations in Germany. Success in Germany, particularly at the beginning of your business venture, may thus depend to a great degree on the assistance of professional translators and/or interpreters.
They can help with a variety of tasks, from making the first business contacts at a German trade show to developing full-fledged business activities and/or providing German translations of official documents. Only certified translators (''amtlich vereidigt'', ''beeidigt'' or ''ermächtigt'') can produce official translations, and you can find lists of some of these translators on the websites of the Association of Professional Translators & Interpreters (ATICOM) and the Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ). Particularly the BDÜ website offers a free databank containing over 7,500 qualified linguists for more than 80 languages and many fields of specialization.
As your business relationships in Germany mature, however, it is of paramount importance that you and/or your personnel are able to communicate at a high level on business topics. For this purpose, a wide range of business German training is available from several reputable providers.