Spanish is spoken by more than 500 million people across the world making it the most widely spoken romance language, as well as one of the most important languages for communication and business. The United States is the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, following Mexico. Around 50 million Hispanics live in the United States, making up 17% of the population. Regardless of whether you're interested in English to Spanish translation for business, political, medical or socio-economic purposes, our professional translators will be sure to exceed your expectations.
Like any language that spans across the globe, Spanish has many different dialects spoken by different people in different regions. These dialects mean that people from different Spanish-speaking countries may use different words, syntax, and pronunciations when communicating. One easy analogy for non-Spanish speakers is the difference between British English and American English. Communication between someone from Britain and someone from America would not pose too many problems; however there may be the occasional hiccup due to “strange” pronunciations, or use of an alternate word (think water closet vs. bathroom).
With this in mind, our clients often ask for our advice when they plan on using a Spanish translating across multiple countries or regions.
Our standard advice is that in most technical fields, such as engineering, chemistry, medicine, computer science, machining, etc. the dialectal difference will be minimal enough to cause little if any concern. As is common in most languages, our professional speech, and even more our professional writing does not exactly mimic the way we talk to our friends and family. This standardization of language means that you can be certain that one Spanish translation done with an international market in mind will be accepted and understood by nearly all Spanish speakers worldwide. That being the case, it is always wise to inform us of your target market and audience when requesting a translation. This will help our Project Managers select the right translator for the job, and ensure any dialectal exceptions should be taken into account.
Spanish speakers aren't going anywhere, and in fact, it seems that they will continue to grow in number. Spanish is currently the third most widely spoken language in the world, behind only Chinese and English. With such a large market, few companies can afford to not offer their literature in Spanish. Let us know about your next Spanish project, and we will be happy to lend a professional hand.