|For all of our Croatian translation services, we offer the following:
- All Croatian translators have a minimum Master’s level qualification in Translation and/or specialty.
- We never do Croatian translations only; all of our translations include a full, independent proofread.
- All of our Croatian translators and proofreaders are resident in their mother country; language changes rapidly and translators who live away from their mother tongue can lose currency in that language.
- Our Croatian translation teams are organized by specialty. The translation of an engineering manual is very different from the translation of a hotel brochure. We assign projects to translators based on the content of the translation.
Things to consider when translating to/from Croatian
Compression/Expansion: Expect around a 15% expansion when translating from English to Croatian and a similar contraction when working in the opposite direction, but this will vary depending on the content type. Product labeling and graphically intense marketing materials, where space can be at a premium, should be planned well to account for this.
On a typical business card: Although translating business cards into Croatian may not be strictly necessary, it will help to impress any recipients. You should ensure that you include any professional titles or academic qualifications you have on your card.
Croatian Population: Of the approximately 4.5 million people living in Croatia in 2003, 1.014 million had access to the Internet.
Croatian Search engines: http://www.google.com/intl/hr, http://www.google.com/intl/sh, http://webimenik.net.hr,http://www.skretnica.com, http://www.unreal-net.com/imenik, http://www.hr/katalog
Croatian Language Code: hr
Croatian Charset: iso-8859-2
Geographical Location: Croatian is the official language of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Burgenland (Austria), as well as being recognised as a minority language in Italy. There were about 6,214,643 speakers of the language in 1995.
Croatian Literacy Rate: 98.1%
Croatian Dialects: Croatian has three dialects, generally distinguished by the pronoun “what” - Chakavian, Kajkavian and Shtokovian. Chakavian is spoken mainly in Istria, the Adriatic sea coast, Dalmatian littoral and the islands. Kajkavian is spoken in the northwestern parts of Croatia, including Zagreb, as well as in a few Croatian language islands in Austria, Hungary and Romania. Shtokavian is the main dialect and the form of Croatian spoken in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and the greater part of Croatia.
Croatian Currency: The Croatian currency is the Kuna, which is divided into 100 lipas.
Croatian Language Tips: Croatian has a rich system of inflection. Pronouns, nouns, adjectives and some numerals change the word ending to reflect grammatical category and function, while verbs conjugate for person and tense. Nouns have three genders (masculine, feminine and neuter), usually corresponding to the word ending. The gender of a noun affects the other parts of speech (adjectives, pronouns and verbs) attached to it. Verbs have what is known as “aspect,” which can signify a completed or incomplete action. Although there are technically seven tenses, only four are used in standard Croatian (present, perfect, future I and II).