|Italian is a romance language. Italian has a large number of spoken dialects, some of which are mutually unintelligible. However, the main literary form is based on the Tuscany dialect and is the standard written form. When translating to Italian from English expect a similar word count or a minor expansion (5-10%), depending on the content type to be translated.
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- All Italian translators have a minimum Master’s level qualification in Translation and/or specialty.
- We never do Italian translations only; all of our translations include a full, independent proofread.
- All of our Italian 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 Italian 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.
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When translating a business card to Italian: We would recommend leaving the person’s name and company name in English script. Addresses can often be left in English as well; however, city and country names should be translated if the Italian equivalent differs from English. For instance: Italy becomes Italia. The initials USA are understood as such and do not need translation.
Italian speaking Population: There are 70 million Italian-speaking people in the world. In Europe, 49% of these people have Internet access.
Italian Search engines: http://www.abacho.it/, http://www.simpatico.it/
Italian Language Code: it
Italian Charset: ISO-8859-1
Geographical Location: In Europe, Italian speakers live in Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium. Immigrant groups in 27 other countries also use Italian. These countries include Argentina, Australia, United States, Germany, Venezuela and Brazil.
Italian Literacy Rate: In Europe 98%.
Italian Dialects: There are many dialects of Italian, nearly one per city. Some of the dialects are so different from the standard form, that many linguists would consider them to be separate languages.
Currency: In Europe, most Italian speaking countries use the Euro. Switzerland, with its commitment to neutrality, has never joined the European Union and maintains its national currency, the Swiss Franc.
Italian Language Tips: Italian is a Latin based language and so closely tied to Spanish, and French in its use of grammar. Word order is a fixed subject-verb-object order similar to English; however, in Italian, the subject of the sentence is often removed and made clear only from the conjugation of the verb. Nouns in Italian are divided into masculine and feminine and the adjectives are suffixed to match the gender of the noun. Italian people often speak very quickly, and very loudly. Italian-speakers use the Arabic numbering system. In Europe the use of decimals and commas is opposite to the American version. For instance ten thousand, nine hundred twenty three point four would be written 10.923,4.