Swahili Translation and Interpreting

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Swahili Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Swahili translation service, as well as Swahili interpreters. As one of the most widely spoken languages across Africa, Swahili is vital for communicating with a large number of people.

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Countries Recognise Swahili as Official Language

Countries Recognise Swahili as a Minority Language

Million Second Language Speakers

Swahili Language History

The Swahili language part of the Niger-Congo language family and originated with the Bantu people on the East African coast. Swahili’s vocabulary has long shared similarities with the Taita, Pokomo and Mijikenda languages. As the language evolved, Swahili added loan words from Persian, Hindustani Malay, and Arabic, with Arabic contributing the majority. Later Portuguese was introduced to the area and contributed additional loan words. Today 30% of Swahili’s language is derived from loan words.

Historically Swahili has been written in the Arabic alphabet, with its earliest document dating to 1711. Today Swahili is written using the Latin alphabet.

Swahili Across Africa

Swahili is known natively as Kiswahili and is one of the most widely spoken languages on the African continent. Swahili is spoken in the African Great Lakes region including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all of which recognise Swahili as an official language in their country. In addition to this Swahili is spoken in parts of Southern Africa and East Africa, including Mozambique and Burundi where Swahili is recognised as a minority language.

Swahili is commonly used as a lingua franca across these regions and is one of the working languages of the African Union. Swahili is also used as an official language by the East African Community and the Southern Africa Development Community.

It is difficult to know how many people speak Swahili, but some estimates are as high as 150 million. Swahili is an ideal language for reaching larger audiences across many regions of Africa. Swahili is well known both as a first and second language and is used in business, trade, and marketing.

Sector Specific Services

At Translate UK we can provide Swahili 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.

Swahili Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Swahili 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.

Swahili Legal Document Translation

We can provide Swahili 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.

Swahili Technical Document Translation

We can provide Swahili 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.

Swahili Interpreting Service

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

Our face to face Swahili interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak Swahili 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 Swahili 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 Swahili speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This includes 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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