Languages

TranslateMedia provides clients comprehensive language solutions in over 90 languages.

With our network of 7,000 language professionals, we are able to provide definitive language solutions in a wide range of languages and specialist areas. The languages that we cover include:

Arabic Translation

Arabic is a native language of the majority of the countries of the Middle East. According to the 2010 census, 295 million people around the world Arabic native speakers. The countries with the highest number of Arabic speakers include Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq and Sudan. Arabic belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language family and is an official language of 27 countries. Other Middle Eastern countries such as Israel, Iran and Turkey also have Arabic-speaking minorities. The Arabic language is the 5th most spoken language in the world.

Bengali Translation

Bengali belongs to the Indo-Aryan language family and is the only official language of Bangladesh and one of the many recognised regional languages of India, where it is mainly spoken in North-East India. According to the 2010 census, 220 million people speak Bengali as their native language. There are also significant Bengali-speaking communities across the world. Bengali people account for 98% of Bangladesh ethnic groups. Bengali is the 7th most spoken language in the world.

Cantonese Translation

Cantonese is an official dialect of China and belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family. In mainland China, Cantonese is widely spoken in Guangdong Province (Canton). Outside mainland China, it is used in everyday life by the majority of people in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as in Southeast Asia by Chinese migrant communities. It is estimated that there are 70 million Cantonese speakers worldwide. Written Cantonese is one of the most developed forms of all Chinese varieties and is based on Mandarin Chinese.

Chinese Translation

The number of native Chinese speakers is estimated at 1.2 billion. The Chinese language includes many language varieties or dialects, some of which are not mutually intelligible. It is an official language of China, Taiwan, the unrecognised Wa State of Burma and Singapore. Chinese is also one of the six languages of the United Nations. Standard Chinese, also known as Mandarin, is the most commonly spoken language in China. Cantonese is another influential dialect used in specific regions such as Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. Some other widespread primary Chinese dialects include Wu, Yue and Min.

Czech Translation

Czech is the only official language of the Czech Republic and belongs to the Indo-European West Slavic language group. Croatian has been one of the 23 official languages of the European Union since 2004 and the number of native speakers is estimated at 12 million globally. Czech is closely related to Slovak Translation and speakers of both Czech and Slovak can communicate intelligibly in both languages. Czech is also the most common foreign language in Slovakia. The Czech alphabet uses the standard Latin script to transliterate Slavic Cyrillic.

Danish Translation

Danish belongs to the East North Germanic branch of Indo-European languages along with Swedish and Norwegian Bokmål. According to the 2007 census, it is estimated that 5.6 million people speak Danish as their native language. Danish is the official language of Denmark and one of the two official languages of the Faroe Islands, an island group and archipelago under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark. Danish is also a recognised minority language in Germany and Greenland. The Danish language has also been one of the 23 official languages of European Union since Denmark joined the Union in 1973.

Dari Translation

Dari is a Persian dialect, mainly spoken in Afghanistan and Eastern Iran. It belongs to the Western Indo-Aryan language group of Indo-European languages. The number of Dari native speakers is estimated at between 15 and 18 million. The Dari language is one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. Approximately 50% of the country’s population speak Dari as their first language. Dari-speaking communities can also be found in Pakistan. The writing system used is the Persian alphabet, which is based on the Arabic script. Farsi is the mother language of Dari.

English Translation

The history of the English language is commonly divided into three periods known as Old English, Middle English, and Modern English. The earliest period begins with the migration of certain Germanic tribes from the continent to Britain in the fifth century, before Middle English took over. The period of Middle English extends roughly from the twelfth century through the fifteenth. The influence of French upon the lexicon continued throughout this period, before the period of Modern English that extends from the sixteenth century to the present day which has its influences in Latin through the invention of the printing press, and as the empire expanded, took influence from a range of different countries.

Finnish Translation

Finnish, along with Swedish, is one of the two official languages of Finland. Finnish is also recognised as minority language in Sweden. According to a 2011 census, the number of Finnish speakers is approximately 5 million globally. Native Finnish speakers can also be found in a number of surrounding areas including Estonia, Norway, Karelia and Ingria. Finnish became one of the 23 official languages of the European Union when Finland joined in 1995. The writing system of Finnish is based on Latin script. The Finnish language belongs to the Uralic family of languages, along with Hungarian and Estonian.

French Translation

French belongs to the Romance language branch of the Italic languages derived from Vulgar Latin. It has official status in 29 countries and is the 18th most widely spoken language in the world, with approximately 110 million native speakers globally. It is also the fourth most widely spoken language in the European Union. Outside France, French is widely spoken in Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco and some provinces of Canada. French-speaking people can also be found widely in Francophone African countries such as Cameroon, Senegal and the Republic of the Congo. As one of Europe’s founding languages, French is an official language of many EU institutions.

German Translation

German belongs to the West Germanic branch of Indo-European languages – considered the largest of the three traditional branches of the Germanic family of languages and includes languages such as German, English, Dutch, Afrikaans and Yiddish. German is an official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Belgium and is the 11th most spoken language in the world. German is also the most widely spoken language in the European Union. It is estimated that approximately 120 million people are native German speakers.

Greek Translation

Greek is an official language in Greece and Cyprus and became one of the 23 official languages of the European Union when Greece joined in 1981. The Greek language belongs to an independent branch of the Indo-European language family with little in common with other Indo-European languages. Greek has the longest documented history of any Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. The number of native Greek speakers is estimated at approximately 13 million worldwide. Greek-speaking minorities can be found in Albania, Armenia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

Hungarian Translation

Hungarian is the official language of Hungary but is also officially recognised as a minority language in neighbouring countries such as Romania, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Austria. The Hungarian language belongs to the Ugric branch of the Uralic language family. It is the most widely spoken non-Indo-European language in Europe. The number of Hungarian native speakers is estimated to be between 13 and 15 million. Hungarian became one of the 23 official languages of the European Union in 2004.

Icelandic Translation

Icelandic is the official language of Iceland and belongs to the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family, which includes Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Faroese. Icelandic is considered to be the most conservative of the Scandinavian languages in terms of grammar, vocabulary and orthography and retains a four-case synthetic grammar comparable to German. According to a 2011 census, there are 320,000 native Icelandic speakers in the world, the majority of which live in Iceland.

Indonesian Translation

Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is the official language of Indonesia. It belongs to the Malay branch of the Austronesian languages. 23 million people speak Indonesian natively and it is estimated that 140 million more people speak Indonesian as their second language. There are several loanwords from Arabic and Dutch in modern Indonesian, due to the establishment of Islam and the former Dutch colonial period. The modern Indonesian alphabet is a Latin-based alphabet used and consists of the same 26 letters as English.

Italian Translation

Italian belongs to the Romance language branch of the Indo-European language family and is an official language of Italy, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City. Italian became an official language of the European Union as early as 1958. According to a 2007 census, it is estimated that approximately 61 million people around the world are Italian native speakers. In Europe, Italian-speaking minorities can be found in Malta, Monaco, France, Slovenia and Croatia.

Japanese Translation

According to a 2010 census, approximately 125 million people speak Japanese as their native language, making it the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. Japanese belongs to the Altaic language family, which also includes the Turkish, Mongolian and Korean languages. Although Japanese has no official status, it is the de facto national language of Japan. Japanese is spoken almost exclusively in Japan, but Japanese-speaking people can still be found in Korea, Taiwan, China and the Philippines. The Japanese dialects comprise many regional variants, although the lingua franca of Japan is hyōjungo (“standard language”).

Khmer Translation

Khmer or Cambodian is the official language of Cambodia. It belongs to the Austroasiatic language family. According to the 2007 census, approximately 16 million people speak Cambodian as their native language, including nearly 13 million in Cambodia alone. It is the second most spoken Austroasiatic language behind Vietnamese. Native speakers of Khmer dialects can also be found in neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand. Southeast Asian languages such as Thai, Lao or Vietnamese have influenced, and also been influenced by the Khmer language.

Korean Translation

Korean belongs to the Altaic language family. It is the official language of South Korea, North Korea, and one of the two official languages of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. It is the 17th most widely spoken language in the world. It is estimated that approximately 76 million people are native Korean speakers. Despite a high number of Korean local dialects, all of them are mutually intelligible. Korean-speaking minorities can be found in China, Japan and the USA.

Kurdish Translation

The Kurdish language belongs to the Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is one of the two official languages of Iraq, and a recognised minority language in Armenia and Iran. It has three standardised versions called Northern, Southern and Central Kurdish. The Kurdish language uses the Perso-Arabic script in Iraq and Iran, whereas the Latin script is the most common in Turkey, Syria and Armenia. According to the 2007 census, 21 million people speak Kurdish as their native language.

Mandarin Translation

Mandarin, otherwise known as Standard Chinese or Modern Standard Chinese, belongs to the Chinese branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is an official language of China, Singapore and the Wa State of Burma. Although the Mandarin language is a group of varieties of Chinese mostly spoken in the north of China, not all of these dialects are mutually intelligible. According to the 2010 census, the number of Mandarin native speakers is approximately 955 million, making Mandarin the most widely spoken language in the world. The Mandarin Chinese language uses the Simplified Chinese script.

Mongolian Translation

Mongolian is said to belong to the Central Mongolic branch of the Altaic language family. It is estimated that about 5.7 million people speak Mongolian as their native language. The Mongolian language is the only official language of Mongolia, and one of the official languages of China’s Inner Mongolia region. However, the use of Mongolian is in decline among Mongolian people in China. Both the Mongolian script and the Cyrillic alphabet can be used officially to write Mongolian.

Norwegian Translation

Norwegian belongs to the West Scandinavian branch of the Indo-European language family. Norwegian is the only official language in Norway; however, the number of Norwegian native speakers is estimated at about 5 million. The Norwegian language has two official written forms: Bokmål (used as a primary language by almost 90% of the population) and Nynorsk. The Norwegian alphabet is written using Latin script. The Norwegian vocabulary has been, and is still, widely influenced by Danish and Swedish.

Polish Translation

Polish is the native language of approximately 40 million people worldwide. It is the only official language of Poland and became one of the 23 official languages of the European Union in 2004. Polish is part of the West Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. Significant Polish-speaking minorities can also be found in Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine. The Polish language is the 2nd most widely spoken Slavic language.

Portuguese Translation

Portuguese is an official language in nine countries: Portugal, Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea-Bissau and Timor-Leste (sometimes known as East Timor). Portuguese belongs to the West Iberian branch of the Indo-European language family. Sao Paulo is the city with the highest number of Portuguese speakers in the world. Sizeable Portuguese-speaking minorities can be found in Andorra, Australia and Bermuda. With about 216 million native speakers, the Portuguese language is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.

Punjabi Translation

With more than 100 million native speakers worldwide, Punjabi is the tenth most widely spoken language in the world. It belongs to the Central Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. Punjabi is one of the recognised languages of both India and Pakistan. The Punjabi language is spoken natively by nearly half of the population in Pakistan and is the 11th most common language in India. Punjabi is also commonly spoken by migrant communities in the UK and Canada, with the two countries accounting for more than 3 million native Punjabi speakers. The influence of Punjabi is today increasing, due to its use in the majority of Bollywood films.

Romanian Translation

Romanian is the official language of Romania and Moldova and Ukraine recognises it as a minority language. It is part of the Eastern Romance branch of the Indo-European language family. The number of Romanian native speakers is about 24 million worldwide. Although the constitution of Moldova calls the national language “Moldovan”, linguists consider it as an identical language to Romanian. Significant Romanian-speaking communities can be found in Israel, Italy, Spain and Cyprus.

Russian Translation

Russian belongs to the East Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. According to the 2010 census, the number of Russian native speakers is about 154 million. The Russian language is the eighth most widely spoken language in the world, and the most popular native language in Europe. Russian is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. A sizeable Russian-speaking population can also be found in Ukraine, Latvia, Moldova, Estonia and other Caucasian territories. Russian is also the ninth most commonly used language on the Internet.

Slovak Translation

Slovak is the official language of Slovakia and one of the 23 official languages of the European Union. It is recognised as a minority language in Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary. Slovak belongs to the West Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family, alongside Czech and Polish. It is estimated that over 7 million people speak Slovak as their native language. Slovak-speaking minorities can also be found in other European countries such as Serbia, Romania and Poland.

Slovenian Translation

Slovenian is part of the South Slavic group of the Indo-European language family. The Slovene language is spoken by approximately 2.5 million people worldwide. It is the official language of Slovenia, one of the 23 official languages of the European Union and a recognised language in Austria, Hungary and Italy. Other Slovene-speaking people can be found in Croatia and Serbia. Slovene and some SerboCroatian dialects are mutually intelligible.

Spanish Translation

Spanish is part of the Romance branch of the Indo-European language family. According to a 2010 census, over 407 million people around the globe speak Spanish natively, making it is the second most widely spoken language in the world. Spanish is an official language in 21 countries, the most populous of which are Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Argentina. Spanish also has official status in several international organisations such as the European Union, the United Nations and Mercosur. Apart from countries where the official language is Spanish, sizeable populations of Spanish native speakers can also be found in the USA, Brazil, France and Italy.

Tagalog Translation

Tagalog is part of the Central Philippine branch of the Austronesian language family. It is one of the two official languages of the Philippines, alongside English. It is estimated that over 27 million people speak Tagalog as their native language and 64 million people can speak Tagalog worldwide. According to a 2010 census, the Tagalog language was also the fourth most widely spoken language at home in the USA. Tagalog uses the Latin script writing system.

Urdu Translation

Urdu is an official language of Pakistan alongside English, and one the many regional languages of India. Urdu belongs to the Western Hindi branch of the Indo-European language family. Although Urdu is largely mutually intelligible with Standard Hindi, it is written in a form of Arabic script, unlike the Hindi language which is written in the Devanagari writing system. The number of Urdu native speakers is estimated to be around 66 million. Outside Pakistan and India, Urdu-speaking communities can be found in the UK, Saudi Arabia, the USA and Bangladesh.

This is not a complete list of the languages that we offer, so if you cannot see the language that you require above, contact us as we still may be able to help.



 
 

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