Importance of Spanish translation for US companies

July 22nd, 2010

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin and English. More than 400 million people speak Spanish in about 24 countries. It is easily the most popular of the Romance languages which comprise languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan and Romanian. Romance languages were developed around 8th century A.D. mostly in Rome and trace their origin to a form of Latin called as Vulgar Latin. With such a long history and geographic spread, Spanish translation from and into other languages also has been practiced for a long time. In addition to Spain, Spanish is the official language in all the countries in South America except Brazil, and French Guyana; six republics of Central America except Belize and Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic. Spanish is also spoken in Balearic and Canary Islands, Equatorial Guinea, parts of Morocco and west coast of Africa. Spanish owes its spread in America to the colonization of the latter in 15th century. Christopher Columbus brought with him Castilian Spanish language, a form of Spanish popular in Spain at that time when he sailed to the Americas in 1492. Since then it has spread to different parts of U.S.A. and is widely spoken in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, southern Florida and most major cities. It is also sparsely spoken in parts of Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Spread over such a wide geographic region, Spanish has many dialects. There are several regional flavors as the language evolved over the centuries though at the core they all remain the same. So we have Amazonian Spanish, Bolivian Spanish, Caribbean Spanish, Central American Spanish, Andean Spanish, Chilean Spanish, Colombian Spanish, Ecuadorian Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Northern Mexican Spanish, Paraguayan Spanish, Peruvian Spanish, Puerto Rican Spanish, Argentine Spanish, U.S. Spanish and so on. The importance of Spanish in the U.S. can be gauged from the fact that the Spanish speaking population in U.S. is expected to grow from about 34 millions at present to over 100 millions by 2050 by which time the worldwide Spanish speaking population would have reached 530 millions. Hispanics, the Spanish speaking population in the U.S. are the fastest growing minority group in the country. Over 70% of the Hispanics speak primarily in Spanish at home. As the Spanish becomes popular so is the need for English to Spanish translation. The Hispanics are of different nationalities having migrated from the Latin American countries. There are now second and third generation Hispanics in U.S. From a cultural standpoint too they form an integral part of U.S. and Spanish, an important form of communication even for U.S. natives. We will discuss more about this issue in the next blog.