We're Experts in African Translations

Our team of experienced professionals is your bridge to African translations, unlocking the power of diverse languages and cultures - quickly, accurately, and at a great price.

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Where languages cross borders, they may also come up against sensitive cultural differences. By using our team of mother-tongue speakers to support your African translations, you’ll ensure you’re speaking to your audience not simply in words they recognise, but also in concepts they understand. We’re proud to have worked on numerous African translation, localization, audio transcription, and subtitling projects for OxfamSave the ChildrenChristian AidCastrolDiscovery ChannelRed CrossShellUnileverBBC and Channel 5.

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We've helped global brands and smaller businesses expand in 38 countries and 200 languages.

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ISO 17100 The first UK translation company to achieve this specialist translation accreditation. ISO 9001 international processes accreditation.

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Celebrating 20+ years, Absolute Translations has become synonymous with providing quality translations at transparent low prices.

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All African Languages

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Luganda

Somali
Swahili

Tigrinya
Twi

Yoruba 
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Native African Translators

Our team of translators and interpreters are based not only across the diverse African countries but all around the world too. This global network of African translators deliver high quality, professional translations and localization services in your target language. It is this “glocal” approach that allows us to respond rapidly to your African translation needs across all industries, even in the remotest of African countries and in the rarest of dialects. Plus, all our translators have a minimum of five years experience, so we can guarantee they'll accurately convey your message. 

Professional African Translation Services

Our specialist African language translation services are provided by teams of native speakers and subject matter experts from all industries including finance, medical, life sciences and legal. The result is African translations that convey the language of your speciality as well as the language of your customers and intended audience. Our subject matter experts include business consultants, marketing professionals and designers, as well as qualified engineers, life scientists, legal and technical experts.

 

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3 days ago

Fast and accurate

Accurate , fast service. Reasonably priced. Recommended

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3 days ago

Prompt delivery and service from start…

Prompt delivery and service from start to finish

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I am highly impressed with the translation service provided for my document, which required translation from Russian to Italian and subsequent legalisation. The entire experience was seamless, and all tasks were completed within a week, exceeding my expectations. I highly recommend this service to anyone in need of accurate and timely translations.

Maria Vinogradova

1 week ago

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1 week ago

Excellent work you did

Excellent work you did

Minoo Goodarzi

1 week ago

Fantastic service

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Leonie K

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Good service

Good communication, fast service and reasonably priced too. Thank you.

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2 weeks ago

Very professional

Very professional, extremely brilliant.

Mosaddec Razib

2 weeks ago

They are very fast in responding

They are very fast in responding, and with delivery Thankyou

Fathema Begum

2 weeks ago

Great Experience.

Great Experience.

Rashid Minhas

2 weeks ago

Excellent service from start to finish

Excellent service from start to finish. Within a couple of days, translation done, emailed a copy to us and sent a hard copy in the post. Will definitely use again.

Maria Demetriou

2 weeks ago

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100 percent happy for the work they did for me, just perfect. Thank you Melisa

Mostafa Hassan

2 weeks ago

Would recommend

This was my second time using Absolute Translations. They are helpful and service was fast. I would recommend them!

Yanushka

2 weeks ago

Very professional

Very professional

Andrea Domaracka

2 weeks ago

Fantastic service

We have been trying to sort this out for a long time now. I found the experience great and very easy to do. From start to finish we had a fantastic service. We had a few questions before going ahead the response was very fast and great advice. I would highly recommend and thank the people who are part of Absolute Translations.

Tony

2 weeks ago

Very quick turnaround and great service!

Great service and responses from Sena, Evi and team . Got a very quick turnaround at a reasonable price for technical documentation translations to Italian and German.

Kudzai

2 weeks ago

Fast service with accurate translations

Fast service with accurate translations

Michael

3 weeks ago

Quick and Easy

Quick and easy to deal with my request

Sheeba Murukesan

3 weeks ago

Second time using their service

Second time using their service, reasonable price and they do it fast.

Ka Du

3 weeks ago

Wedding Certificate Translation

I got marriage over 20 odd years ago in the dominican republic and have a spanish wedding certificate after being thrown from one person to another I final got told about this company who was so helpful to me, Mattia Piersanti was so kind and helpful even chatted on phone and went though all I needed. even at times when I got confused he just calmly went over it again. Richa Gupta took over when my certificate was done and kindly told me all that had been done, I am so grateful for all there help and the price was so much cheaper than I thought it would be. Thank you so much again Heidi

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COMMITMENT TO QUALITY

We’ve earned our ISO 17100:2015 certification, and are members of The Association of Translation Companies (A.T.C.) which not only guarantees the quality of our translation service projects but also the consistent management of all our processes.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE

For more than 20 years, we’ve been providing personal and business translation services into many other languages, through a specialist team of linguists, to clients all over the world.

INFORMATION SECURITY

We value your confidentiality and are committed to your privacy. Whether you need medical documents translated for personal purposes or you need to translate government documents for official use, your translations will remain confidential. Our translators will sign additional NDAs whenever necessary, to further guarantee the security of your information.

DEDICATED ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

We put our customers’ needs first ensuring clear communication through your account manager, with project managers on hand to support them through the whole process and ensure their translation project is successful and cost-effective.

AFTER-SALES SUPPORT

Absolute Translations are your one-stop shop providing translation services including Interpreting and Translation, Transcription and Subtitling, Proofreading and Editing, Website Localization, Copywriting, Voice-over and a closed captioning service in over 200 languages. Our African translation services do not end when we make a sale though. Repeat business customers can benefit from our translation memory service which reduces the cost of future translations.

AFRICAN LINGUSTIC FACTS

IS AFRICAN A LANGUAGE?

African refers to the thousands of languages spoken across the African continent and not just to one single tongue.

WHAT LANGUAGE DO AFRICANS SPEAK?

The African continent has more than 2,000 living languages. Nigeria alone accounts for around one-quarter of those languages. Our experienced team of native speakers are able to provide accurate translation of all kinds of documents in all African languages, including the most rare languages.

WHAT LANGUAGE IS THERE IN SOUTH AFRICAN?

South Africa has 11 official African languages. IsiZulu and isiXhosa are the most commonly spoken languages. Though a large portion of the South African population speaks multiple languages.

WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON AFRICAN DIALECT?

The most spoken language in Africa is Swahili which is estimated to have around 100 to 150 million speakers.

IS ENGLISH SPOKEN IN AFRICA?
Although 27 out of 54 countries on the African continent use English as their official or secondary language just 130 million people in Africa converse in English.
DO SOUTH AFRICANS SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
South Africa is often considered to be one of the most multilingual countries in the world as many people there are speakers of multiple African languages.
WHAT DO PEOPLE IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC SPEAK?
The official languages of the Central African Republic are French and Sangho.
HAS LATIN INFLUENCED MODERN AFRICAN LANGUAGES?
African languages owe a large part of their vocabulary and structure to Latin. According to a recent study, approximately 20% of the words in modern Swahili are derived from Latin.
WHAT IS THE OLDEST AFRICAN LANGUAGE?
The Khoisan family of languages is believed to be the oldest of the four language families in Africa.
WHAT IS THE EASIEST AFRICAN LANGUAGE TO LEARN?
Swahili is said to be the easiest African tongue for an English speaker to learn.
WHAT IS AFRICA’S MOST HARDEST LANGUAGE TO LEARN?
Many African dialects are complicated to learn but Taa, formerly ʻSouthern Khoisan’, is thought to be one of the world’s most difficult dialects.
IS ARABIC AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE?
Arabic didn’t originate in Africa, but is one of the most commonly spoken languages in Africa today.
IS SWAHILI AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE?
Yes and our experienced team are native speakers of Swahili, Afrikaans, French, and many more African languages.
WHAT IS THE AFRICAN CLICKING LANGUAGE CALLED?
The Khoisan languages and the Niger-Congo languages, such as Zulu and Xhosa, have clicked.
IS ZULU A WRITTEN LANGUAGE?
Yes. Zulu is written using Latin script.
WHAT COUNTRIES IN AFRICA SPEAK ZULU?
Zulu is spoken mainly in South Africa were there are over nine million speakers.
ARE AFRICAN LANGUAGES WRITTEN?
The Latin alphabet is used to write in Western, Central, and Southern Africa. The Arabic alphabet is used in North Africa, and the Ge’ez/Ethiopic script is widely used in the Horn of Africa.
ARE MANY AFRICAN LANGUAGES SIMILAR?
Many of the African languages spoken today are similar to one another, so it's important when choosing interpreters or a translation service to choose a native translator who can ensure the accurate translation of your message.
HOW MANY AFRICAN LANGUAGES EXIST TODAY?
There are thousands of African languages alive today which is why you will benefit from the translation skills of expert translators and interpreters.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN LANGUAGE FAMILIES IN AFRICA?
There are 6 major African language families: Nilo-Saharan, Khoisan, Niger-Congo, Afro-Asiatic, Austronesian and Indo-European.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN ETHNIC GROUPS IN AFRICA?
The three largest ethnic groups in Africa are Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.
HOW MANY COUNTRIES DOES AFRICA HAVE?
There are 54 countries in Africa.
WHAT ARE THE TOP TRANSLATED AFRICAN LANGUAGES AT ABSOLUTE TRANSLATIONS?
As an industry-leading translation service, we regularly translate the languages spoken most commonly across the African continent. For example, translating Swahili, Afrikaans, Amharic, and Yoruba into English and vice versa. Increasingly, our interpreter service is requested for Amharic due to the growth of Ethiopian communities across the globe.
WHAT OTHER AFRICAN LANGUAGE SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
Absolute Translations provide a full range of services including translating, interpreting, and transcribing. We translate a wide range of documents for the vast African market. From official certificates, legal contracts, training manuals and management reports, to design briefs, documentaries and charity interviews our professional African translation services have you covered.

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