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Setswana Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Setswana translation service, as well as Setswana interpreters for all dialects. As one of the most commonly spoken languages in Africa, Setswana is a useful language for communicating with a large number of people across the continent. 

Million Setswana Speakers Worldwide

Million Native Speakers in South Africa

Million Second Language Speakers in South Africa

Million Native Speakers in Botswana

Setswana Language History

Setswana is also known as Tswana and is part of the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Similar to other Bantu languages Setswana is a two-tone language with three click consonants. Setswana is spoken natively by the Batswana people and was primarily a spoken language until recent centuries.  

The first written records of Setswana appeared in 1806, but the Europeans who described the language mistook it for a dialect of Xhosa. In 1833 the first grammar of Setswana was published, with others to follow in the late 1800s. Today, Setswana is written using the Tswana alphabet, which is based off Latin.

Setswana in Africa

Setswana is recognised as an official language in Zimbabwe where it is one of 16 official languages. It is also an official language in South Africa and Botswana, it both countries it is used as a bridge language used to communicate between speakers of different native languages. Subsequently 77% of the population in Botswana speak Setswana, making it the most widely spoken language in the country. This is not reflected in the written language as English is used for most official written communication across the country.

Whereas in South Africa only 8.9% of the population speak Setswana, with most of these speakers living in the North West region. However, Setswana is still the fifth most spoken language in South Africa, with over 4 million speakers in a country with no majority language.

Setswana is not widely spoken outside of the African continent, but here at Translate UK we are well prepared to handle any Setswana language needs.

High Quality Setswana Translations

At Translate UK we can provide Setswana 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.

Setswana Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Setswana 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.

Setswana Legal Document Translation

We can provide Setswana 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.

Setswana Technical Document Translation

We can provide Setswana 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.

Setswana Interpreting Service

In addition to our Setswana translation service we can also provide Setswana 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 Setswana Interpreters

Our face to face Setswana interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak Setswana 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 Setswana 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 Setswana 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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