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Language And Other Barriers to Dealings With The Arab World

Your business has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years. Now it’s time to take it globally. You have a service or product that you’re sure the world wants to partake in. The world really is at your feet. With the advent of the internet, it is so easy to connect and do business. Let’s start with what country you will target. Eenie, meenie, minie, moe might be how you choose a country but one of the first considerations you must address is language.

If you select one of the 27 countries in the Middle East and Africa where Arabic is the official language or MEU the many more countries around the world where it is also spoken you will need an Arabic Translation Service. It is an amazing language that dates back to the sixth century, and a Central Semitic language which is closely related to Hebrew, Aramaic, Ugaritic and Phoenician. It has words that cannot be directly translated into English and English has words that are not found in this commonly spoken language.

The right translation company can solve a lot of your problems and facilitate your business dealings. The wrong company will have the people you want to impress and do business with misunderstanding exactly what you are doing or saying at best or being insulted at worst.

Anyone who speaks the language can say that they can provide you with a professional language translation service but it is essential for you to make sure that in addition to being able to translate written Arabic for the business or legal world, they are also knowledgeable about the different local and regional dialects of spoken Arabic as well. Modern Standard Arabic is the form mostly spoken by people in the Arab countries and is the language of most business operations. That’s the good news.

The bad news which really isn’t bad but is very useful to know is that different countries and areas speak a different dialect of Arabic that can be of great assistance to you when you are conversing with people.

Travel to Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, Oman or the United Arab Emirates and you will hear Gulf Arabic. It is spoken by 3.6 million people. This dialect differs in vocabulary, grammar and accent.

Travel to the Eastern Mediterranean coastal strip that includes Syria, Greece, Albania and Turkey and you will hear Levantine Arabic, considered one of the five major varieties of Arabic. It is spoken only and is a part of Eastern Arabic that includes Mesopotamian Arabic and peninsula Arabic.

Egyptian Arabic is spoken by 54 million people. It is a colloquial language confined to the borders of one of Africa’s largest countries. If you are now totally confused about the amazing Arabic language and are getting ready to take your business to South America, hold your horses. The right Arabic translation company will make all of this a smooth process. Choose the right company and your business will soar.

Article by Julie Anne Allison, director of Language Matters Worldwide Ltd, one of the top translation agencies in UK . “Law and language are Allison’s passions. Having studied and learned foreign languages since her teenage years and taken up law in her twenties, Allison initially qualified as a translator and interpreter in the legal field with Spanish, Portuguese and French, and worked as a full time professional translator, editor, proofreader, evaluator and interpreter since 2002. Keen to develop her knowledge of the legal world, Allison embarked on a law degree with the Open University in 2009 and continues to love what she has learned and continues to learn. Search translations2u online for free information about how a reliable partner can support you in your international endeavours.

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