Spanish Translation and Localization
Whilst it also probably comes as no surprise to know that over 1.5 billion people in the world speak English today – which makes up 20% of the Earth’s population. Of this percentage, only 360 million people speak English as their first language.
The English language is spoken as an official and native language in numerous countries across the globe such as the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and many more.
After English, Mandarin, Chinese, and Hindi, Spanish is the world’s fourth-most spoken language. It is the primary language of over twenty countries, with the largest number of native speakers located in Mexico. In the European Union, Spanish is the mother tongue of 8% of the world’s population, with an additional 7% speaking it as a second language.
In order to accurately translate texts from Spanish to English, translators need to be aware of the numerous cultural and dialect differences as Spanish can drastically change dependent on where in the world you are. Furthermore, Spanish spoken in Latin America varies greatly from the Spanish typically spoken in Spain and other parts of Europe.
For example, according to SpeakEasy, one of the greatest differences you might hear between the different continents is the pronunciation of the letters Z and C (before I or E). In Latin America, these two letters are pronounced as S, whilst in Spain or Spanish speaking European countries, they are pronounced as a TH sound.
HI-COM has an experienced team of specialist project managers who will select the perfect resources to work on your content. Unlike any other agency, HI-COM will make every effort to put you in direct contact (or even face-to-face) with the translator to ensure that all aspects of your translation are discussed in thorough detail so that there is no room for miscommunication. By doing so, this will not only result in a text that contains all the relevant terminology and language nuances, but will also ensure that it is effectively localized to your target audience and adapted to the needs of your business.