Indonesian Translation and Interpreting

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Indonesian Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Indonesian translation service, as well as Indonesian interpreters. Indonesian is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, making it vital for communicating with millions of people.

Million Speakers Worldwide

Million Native Speakers

Million Second Language Speakers

Countries Speak Indonesian Officially

Indonesian Language History

Indonesian is a standardised variety of Malay, and the official language of Indonesia. The language takes its origins from Riau Malay which had been used by traders for hundreds of years. Indonesia is home to more than 700 native languages, making a common language for trade necessary, but Malay did not spread into wider use across the rest of the population.

Indonesia became a Dutch colony in the 1800s, but unlike other colonised countries it never adopted the language. Dutch was never widely spoken and so was not considered as a national language when Indonesia gained independence in 1945. To help create a unified national identity and avoid favouring one ethnic group over another Malay was chosen as the national language of Indonesia. This variety of Malay was standardised as Indonesian, giving us the language, we know today.

Indonesian is a Global Language

Indonesian is primarily used for formal communication including government, mass media, administration, law, and education. When Indonesian became Indonesia’s national language in 1945 only 5% of the population were native speakers, since then the figure has raised to 16%. Most of Indonesia’s population speak Indonesian as a second or third language, while speaking a different language like Javanese or Sundanese within their local community.

Most native Indonesian speakers live in urban areas, with second language speakers being more prominent in rural areas. While Indonesian has a national standard dialect, there are also local variants used for daily communication outside of formal context.

High Quality Indonesian Translations

At Translate UK we can provide Indonesian 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.

Indonesian Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Indonesian 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.

Indonesian Legal Document Translation

We can provide Indonesian 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.

Indonesian Technical Document Translation

We can provide Indonesian 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.

Indonesian Interpreting Service

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

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