Russian Specialist Translation

Specialist Russian Translation can mean a range of things…

Our Russian translators are specialists in certain definite sectors or subject areas. Because of the wide range of work we do, we have access to and relationships with an enormous number of Russian translators with different specialist areas and Russian language skills.

The trick is not simply to get a specialist but to get the right kind of Russianspecialist. We hand-pick professional Russian translators for each client’s account, and even per project where the subject is in a specific area. If appropriate, we can go through suitable translator CVs with you before starting the job.

Some of our clients already have teams of external Russian translators that they work with, and have put time and effort into briefing. We can bring those translators inside our workflow system quickly and easily so that they can continue working on the account.

Having native people with exactly the right knowledge and experience, and briefing them well, is vital in ensuring you get good Russian translations. We ensure that we ask you all the right questions in our setup process to avoid problems later on.

We have specialist teams of Russian linguists in various fields and competences. They are experts in their industry, with relevant knowledge and experience, and we assign them to work according to their skills sets.

Although many of our Russian linguists are located in Russia we also have a large number of mother tongue Russian translators and interpreters dispersed all around the world. Our global Project Management presence and dispersed teams of Russian translators means that we can offer you real advantages where you have tight turnaround requirements.

The Russian language is a Slavic language that is spoken primarily in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. It is widely spoken language but unofficial in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Moldova, and to a smaller extent, countries that became republics of the Soviet Union as well as former parts of the Eastern Block. Russian is part of the family of Indo-European languages and is one of only three of the East Slavic languages that is still in use. There are written examples of Old East Slavonic that are confirmed from the 10th century onwards.

It is the most widespread geographically of the languages of Eurasia and of Slavic languages it is the most widely spoken. It is the largest native language in Europe, with 144 million speakers in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Russian is the eighth most spoken in the world by amount of native speakers and the fifth by total number of speakers. Russian is one of the six languages used officially by the United Nations.

The Russian language distinguishes between consonant phonemes that have palatal secondary articulation and those which do not, the soft and hard sounds. This difference is found between pairs of nearly all consonants and is one of the most idiosyncratic features of Russian. Another significant aspect is the lessening occurrence of unstressed vowels.

Russian is a lineal successor of the language used in Kievan Rus’. From the standpoint of the spoken language, its nearest relatives are Belarusian and Ukrainian, the other two languages in this East Slavic group. In many places in southern and eastern Ukraine and in Belarus, these languages are interchangeable, and in particular areas traditional bilingualism has oft-resulted in language mixtures, e.g. Trasianka in Belarus and Surzhyk in eastern Ukraine. An East Slavic Old Novgorod dialect that disappeared during the 15th or 16th century is sometimes thought to have played an important role in the creation of modern Russian. Also Russian has prominent lexical resemblances with Bulgarian thanks to a common Church Slavonic impact on both languages, as well as because of later contact in the 19th and 20th centuries, even though Bulgarian grammar differs noticeably from Russian. In the 19th century, the language was called Great Russian at one point to distinguish it from Belarusian, then known as White Russian and Ukrainian, then referred to as Little Russian.

The Russian vocabulary is literary and abstract words, principles of word formations, and, to an extent, nuances and literary style of the language have also been influenced by Church Slavonic, an advanced and partly russified type of the South Slavic Old Church Slavonic language used in Russian Orthodox Churches. However, forms of East Slavic have tended to be used entirely in the various dialects that are undergoing a rapid decline. There are particular cases where both the Church Slavonic and the East Slavic forms are in use, resulting in many different meanings.

Over centuries, the literary style and vocabulary of Russian have also been swayed by Central and Western European languages such as Latin, Dutch, Polish, German, French, Greek and English and to an extent languages to the east and north the: Turkic, Uralic, Persian and  Arabic.

The Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California classify Russian as a level three language in terms of the ease of learning for native English speakers, requiring about 780 hours of immersed instruction to achieve some kind of fluency. It is also regarded by the USA Intelligence Community as a hard target language, thanks to both its difficulty to master and its serious role in American world policy.

The well-known standard form of Russian is usually called the modern Russian literary language. It came to prominence at the start of the 18th century with the modernisation reforms of the Russian state under the kingship of Peter the Great, and established from the Muscovite(Central or Middle Russian) dialect substratum thanks to the influence of some of the preceding century’s Russian chancellery language.

The first to compile a normalizing grammar book was by Mikhail Lomonosov in 1755 and in 1783 the Russian Academy’s first descriptive Russian dictionary appeared. During the end of the 1800s and 1900s centuries and during a period called the Golden Age, the vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of Russian was stabilized and it became the national literary language; and in this time Russia’s famous literature flourished.

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