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 Oxfam, Save the Children, Christian Aid, Castrol, Discovery Channel, Red Cross, Shell, Unilever, BBC and Channel 5.
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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.
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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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.
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.
We value your confidentiality and are committed to your privacy. Whether you need a 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 NDA’s whenever necessary, to further guarantee the security of your information.
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.
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 refers to the thousands of languages spoken across the African continent and not just to one single tongue.
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.
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.
The most spoken language in Africa is Swahili which is estimated to have around 100 to 150 million speakers.
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.
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.
The official languages of the Central African Republic are French and Sangho.
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.
The Khoisan family of languages is believed to be the oldest of the four language families in Africa.
Swahili is said to be the easiest African tongue for an English speaker 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.
Arabic didn’t originate in Africa, but is one of the most commonly spoken languages in Africa today.
Yes and our experienced team are native speakers of Swahili, Afrikaans, French, and many more African languages.
The Khoisan languages and the Niger-Congo languages, such as Zulu and Xhosa, have clicks.
Yes. Zulu is written using Latin script.
Zulu is spoken mainly in South Africa were there are over nine million speakers.
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.
Many of the African languages spoken today are similar to one another, so its important when choosing interpreters or a translation service to choose a native translator who can ensure the accurate translation of your message.
There are thousands of African languages alive today which is why you will benefit from the translation skills of expert translators and interpreters.
There are 6 major African language families: Nilo-Saharan, Khoisan, Niger-Congo, Afro-Asiatic, Austronesian and Indo-European.
The three largest ethnic groups in Africa are Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.
There’s 54 countries in Africa.
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 interpreters service is requested for Amharic due to the growth of Ethiopian communities across the globe.
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.