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Business German
Wirtschaftsdeutsch

English-German Glossary

Im Büro 1 | At the Office 1

Part of an annotated English-German
glossary for business German

Biz Contents | Im Büro 1 | Im Büro 2
Phrasebook | Sample Letters/Resumés


The following is an annotated English-to-German glossary of items found in a typical office. Also see our German flashcards for business vocabulary.

Abbreviations Used: acc. accusative; Br. British English; dat. dative, econ. economics; exch. stock exchange; fin. finance, financial; n. noun; pl. plural; v. verb


A

address label der Adressenaufkleber (-)

administrator der Verwalter (-), die Verwalterin (-innen), der Administrator

appointment calendar/book der Terminkalender (-s)

“Authorized Personnel Only” „Zutritt nur für Befugte“

B

Picture

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bookshelf, bookcase das Bücherregal (-e)

boss der Chef (-s), die Chefin (-innen)

briefcase die Aktentasche (-n), die Aktenmappe (-n)

bulletin/notice board das Anschlagbrett, schwarzes Brett

business card die Visitenkarte (-n)

businessman der Geschäftsmann (-leute)
businesswoman die Geschäftsfrau (-en)

C

calendar der Kalender (-)
   day calendar der Kalenderblock (-s)

cash das Bargeld
   petty cash die Portokasse

cell phone das Handy (-s), das Mobiltelefon (-e)

chair der Stuhl (Stühle)

clip die Klammer (-n)

clipboard das Klemmbrett (-er)

clock die Uhr (-en)
   time clock die Stechuhr (-en)

computer der Computer, der Rechner

For more computer and IT vocabulary, see our annotated English-German Computer and Internet Glossary.

conference die Konferenz, die Besprechung
conference (convention) der Kongress, die Tagung
conference room das Konferenzzimmer (-), der Besprechungsraum
conference table der Konferenztisch (-e)

copier, copy machine das Kopiergerät (-e), der Kopierer (-)

cord, cable die Schnur, das Kabel (-)
   cordless schnurlos

correction fluid, Wite-Out® die Korrekturflüssigkeit, das Tipp-Ex®

corridor, hall(way) der Gang (Gänge), der Korridor (-e)

currency die Währung (-en)
   See: Der Euro kommt by your Guide.

D

day calendar der Kalenderblock (-s)

department die Abteilung (-en), univ. der Fachbereich
department head univ. der Fachbereichsleiter, die Fachbereichsleiterin
department manager der Abteilungsleiter, die Abteilungsleiterin

DIN DIN, Deutsches Institut für Normung
   (DIN, German Institute for Standardization)

DIN, a German non-profit association founded in 1917, establishes and maintains technical standards for all sorts of products - from paper to electronics. DIN, also called Deutsche Industrie-Norm (German Industrial Standard) sets standards that are usually the same as ISO (International Standards Organization). For example, DIN paper sizes (A, B and C formats; see "paper") are the same as ISO, and are based on a proportion of 1:1.4142 (square root of 2), which means half sheets always maintain the same proportion as a full sheet.

diskette die Diskette (-n)

division (section) die Abteilung (-en)

documents, files, papers die Unterlagen pl.

door die Tür (-en)
   push/pull drücken/ziehen

In German offices, doors are usually kept closed. Knock before entering!

drawer (desk) die Schublade (-n)

E

elevator, lift der Aufzug/Fahrstuhl/Lift

employee der Angestellte (-n), die Angestellte (-n), der/die Arbeitnehmer/-in

employer der Arbeitgeber (-)

entrance, entry der Eingang (-gänge)

envelope das Kuvert (-s), der Briefumschlag (-schläge)

eraser der Radiergummi (-s)

exit der Ausgang (-gänge)
   emergency/fire exit der Notausgang

F

fax n. das Fax (-e), das Telefax
fax machine das Faxgerät (-e)

felt-tip pen/marker der Filzstift (-e)

file, folder die Akte (-n)
files, documents die Unterlagen pl.
filing cabinet der Aktenschrank (-schränke)

floor, story die Etage (-n), der Stock (Stöcke)
   on the first/ground floor im Erdgeschoss
   on the fourth floor (US) in der dritten Etage, im dritten Stock
   on the second floor im ersten Stock
   NOTE: The second floor in the US is the first floor in Europe. The first floor above the ground is considered the "first" floor, not the second. Keep this in mind when using the elevator in a German office building! The ground floor button is marked "E" (for Erdgeschoss) or "P" (for Parterre). The second floor is "1"!

folder, file folder der Ordner (-), der Leitz-Ordner®

G

glue der Klebstoff

H

hall(way), corridor der Gang (Gänge), der Korridor (-e)

hole punch, puncher der Locher (-)

I

ink die Tinte (-n)

invoice die Rechnung (-en)

K

key der Schlüssel (-)

keyboard die Tastatur (-en)

L

letter (postal) der Brief (-e)

letter opener der Brieföffner (-)

lift, elevator der Aufzug/Fahrstuhl/Lift

Liquid Paper® (correction fluid), Wite-Out® das Tipp-Ex®, die Korrekturflüssigkeit

M

manager der Manager (-), die Managerin (-innen)

marker (felt-tip) der Filzstift (-e)

N

“No Smoking” „Rauchen verboten“, „Nicht Rauchen“

notary public der Notar, die Notarin

notebook das Notizbuch, das Notizheft
   notebook computer der Notebookcomputer

notepad der Notizblock (-s or -blöcke)

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O

office das Büro (-s)
office building das Bürogebäude (-), das Bürohaus (-häuser)

office supplies der Bürobedarf, das Büromaterial

> Part 2: P-Z


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