Lingala Translation and Interpreting

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Lingala Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Lingala translation service, as well as Lingala interpreters for all dialects. As a commonly spoken languages in Africa, Lingala can be used to communicate with a significant number of people on the continent. 

Million Speakers Worldwide

Million Native Speakers

Million Second Language Speakers

Countries Where it is an Official Language

About Lingala

Lingala, also called Ngala, is a Bantu language spoken in central Africa. Lingala is an official language in the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo and smaller numbers also speak Lingala in the Central African Republic and Angola.

Linguists believe Lingala evolved from Bangi as a creole language in Central Africa. Bangi was a trade language spoken by the Bangala people who lived along the Congo River. The word ‘Lingala’ means ‘language of the Bangala’ and first appeared in 1903 after attempts to expand and standardize the language had occurred.

Lingala Dialects and Loanwords

Lingala borrows words from several European languages including Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English. The popularity of these European loanwords varies across region, occasion, and generation.

There are also several dialects of Lingala these include Brazzaville Lingala, Kinshasa Lingala, Standard Lingala, and Spoken Lingala. Spoken Lingala is the most common form used in everyday speech, while Standard Lingala is used for formal purposes including education, radio, television, and news.

High Quality Lingala Translations

At Translate UK we can provide Lingala translators or interpreters for a range of dialects. We can also provide additional support for certain sectors by providing them with linguists who have specialised in a specific field. Our linguists are required to keep up to date with specific industry terminology and requirements. This allows us to provide a more customised and supportive service. To learn more about our specialist sectors select one from below.

Lingala Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Lingala for any document, no matter how large or small. We have been providing document translations for fifteen years, from letters and reports to patient records and certificates, there isn’t much our experienced team haven’t seen. All of our translators are qualified and vetted by us, and many are DPSI qualified or registered with the ITI or CIOL.

Lingala Legal Document Translation

We can provide Lingala translations for any document which is to be used in a legal setting. We have an in-house legal expert with almost 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and are acutely aware of the importance of accuracy and reliability when it comes to the translation of legal documents.

On top of this, each of our legal translators has a specialist focus in law, having worked in or completed training specific to the legal sector. We ensure that all of our legal translators are up to date with the current terminology both in the UK and in their native language to guarantee a quality translation with no mistakes.

Lingala Technical Document Translation

We can provide Lingala translations for technical or scientific documents. This includes journal literature, operation manuals, safety instructions, patents and technical drawings. We know how important it is to have precise, accurate and consistent translations of technical documents, so all our translations are done by experts in the field.

We ensure all of our linguists to stay up to date on the specialised terminology used in their field and for ongoing projects we’ll try to assign the same translator where possible so that they can become familiar with your company terminology and vocabulary.

Secure and Confidential

At Translate UK confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us and we are careful to act in complete compliance with GDPR regulations. Each of our linguists signs a confidentiality agreement before undertaking any work for us and we only ever send documents via secure email.

Lingala Interpreting Service

In addition to our Lingala translation service we can also provide Lingala speaking interpreters. All our interpreters are qualified experienced professionals with relevant post-graduate qualifications and membership of professional linguistic associations. We are well equipped to provide interpreters at short notice and we have even provided linguists for the same day.

Face to Face Lingala Interpreters

Our face to face Lingala interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak Lingala and those who speak English, in order to provide them with equal access to all of the services they might need. We recommend face to face interpreting where a conversation is necessary, including complex and sensitive situations where information is best delivered in person.

Remote Lingala Interpreters

We understand that it is not always possible to use a face to face interpreter, so we also provide a remote interpreting service. Our Lingala speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This include over-the-phone and a complimentary conference call service. They can also be contacted through video call platforms including Zoom and Skype. 

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