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Languages

Languages are systems of units and rules that serve the members of language communities as means of communication. Less than half of the approximately 6,000-7,000 known languages are actually spoken or passed on to a significant extent. At present, the most common 50 languages are spoken as mother tongues by about 80% of humanity (if one also considers their spread as second languages, their share rises to 90%). The relevance of a language for translation is determined not only by its distribution but also by the economic dynamics of its community of speakers. Consequently, the import/export dynamics and the degree of innovation in the field of industry and technology are decisive for technical translation. Political factors also play a role, such as the role of a language in a governmental context or in an international organisation, or the existence of a second language for historical or cultural reasons. The obligation to provide technical documentation and specialist translations may be mandatory. The availability of qualified technical translators for a particular language ultimately depends on all these factors as well as the quality of the relevant training system.

Important languages for technical translation are (according to subgroups, sorted alphabetically)

  • Bulgarian
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Albanian
  • Armenian
  • Bosnian
  • Georgian
  • Moldovan
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Persian
  • Turkish
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese

If you need a technical translation from or into one of these (or from or into another) language, please ask us for a free quote.

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