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Tamil Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Tamil translation service, as well as Tamil interpreters for all dialects. Tamil is one of the most commonly spoken languages both in the United Kingdom and around the world, making it vital for communication.

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Tamil Language History

Tamil is a Dravidian language, native to India and Sri Lanka. Tamil is one of the oldest languages still spoken today, with Old Tamil developing in 300 BC. The earliest records of Tamil are inscriptions on pottery and in caves. There are also Tamil poems recorded between 100 BC and 400 CE.

Between the eighth and the sixteenth century Middle Tamil was spoken, this period saw the introduction of Sanskrit loanwords into the language as well as Sanskrit influenced over the grammar. In the thirteenth century the Nannūl was written to record Tamil grammar and it remains the basis of standard grammar to this day. In modern times European languages have begun affecting the Tamil languages with changes like the inclusion of European style punctuation, which has caused some backlash.

Tamil has been in continuous use since the third century BC. It’s the only classical language that has continued into modern day use without interruption and today it is one of the 20 most spoken languages in the world.

Tamil Around the World

In India, Tamil is one of the 22 scheduled languages and it is the official language of the state Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the national languages of Pudcherry one of the territories of India. Tamil is also one of the two national languages of Sri Lanka which has approximately 4.7 million Tamil speakers, mostly in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. In Singapore Tamil is one of the four official languages and 4% of the population speaking Tamil.

There are sizable populations of Tamil speakers in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, and Vietnam. There are also large minority populations in Malaysia, Mauritius, and South Africa, all of which recognise Tamil as a minority language.

In the United Kingdom there are over 100,000 Tamil speakers, with most of them come from Sri Lanka. Tamil is the eleventh most common immigrant language in the United Kingdom making it a useful language for connecting with minority communities around the country. Here at Translate UK we work with local councils and businesses to help build these connections. Contact us today to find out about our Tamil translation and interpreting services.

High Quality Tamil Translations

At Translate UK we can provide Tamil 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.

Tamil Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Tamil 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.

Tamil Legal Document Translation

We can provide Tamil 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.

Tamil Technical Document Translation

We can provide Tamil 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.

Tamil Interpreting Service

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

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