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Translation of "YOU" in German - a challenge!
 
Perhaps the biggest linguistic obstacle is the translation of pronoun "you" from German into English. In modern German literature, "you" is most commonly identified with "du" and "Sie", and with "ihr", the plural of "du". In older texts, "Ihr" is seen as a singular pronoun, which also means "you" (you, the second person sg.) but also "HE / SHE / IT", as the third person - singular.

How the pronoun "you" is today used in German reflects a person's status in relation to another, so the social distance. For example, a child will most likely address his parents with 'du' and teachers at school or neighbours with "Sie".

One possible solution is to translate 'you' with 'thou' and 'you' with 'Sie', but it is uncertain whether this strategy should reflect a real and valid linguistic situation in English. Maybe in medieval texts such correlation might seem acceptable, but how to translate it in 2014?

Experts have not yet found an infallible solution, perfectly applicable to any translation, but they do what they have always done - considering the context to determine the type of relationship between the speakers. More or less, considering the degree of formality they try to reproduce this without forcing the naturalness of language in the target language.

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