Somali Language Services

Somali Translations

Language Localist provides high quality and timely translations from English into Somali and from Somali into English. Language Localist manages all fields ranging from general emails to complex manuals translation from and into Somali. Regardless of the project type we assure you that we will provide you with the best quality Somali translations.

Our professional team of Somali translators is capable of translating for varied subjects and industries including Medical (Clinical Trails, Consent Documents), Legal, IT (Hardware & Software), Technical (Manuals, Product Brochures), Academic documents and General correspondence etc. Your document will be handled by a professional Somali translator who will translate your documents with extreme care and detail. We guarantee accuracy and privacy in translating your documents. Feel free to contact us for any kind of Somali translations. We welcome you to contact us for more information about our company or to obtain a free quote on Somali translations.

Somali Typesetting / DTP

Our multilingual DTP department is made up of highly professional operators and linguists with considerable typesetting experience in Somali language. In addition to that, we have the experience to deal with the most complex typesetting requirements. We can handle DTP jobs of any length, from a small business card to a multipage booklet. Our final quality process ensures that your documents are typeset to your complete satisfaction.

We can typeset your documents in your preferred DTP format (QuarkXpress, InDesign, Illustrator, MS-Office applications etc.), on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Other Somali language services offered

  • Proofreading/Editing
  • Transcription
  • Voice-over
  • Subtitling

Somali Language Facts

Somali has been the national language of Somalia since 1972, gaining official status with standardization (Standard Somali) and the adoption of the Latin alphabet, developed under orders of then president Siad Barre. After the collapse of the central Somali government in the Somali civil war in the 1990s, Somali has remained an official language or de facto national language of the various regional governments such as Somaliland and Puntland.

Somali is the national language of Somalia. It is also spoken in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya, as well as by Somali communities in the Middle East. An estimated 7 million native Somali speakers live in Somalia while an estimated 10 to 16 million native Somali speakers exist globally. Arabic is still prominent in Somalia and is a second official language in the country. It is spoken primary in the north of the country and along the coast. Many Somalis also speak English or Italian thanks to Somalia's colonial history.

Spoken in: Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya and the Somali community in the Middle East, Europe and North America.

Somali Language speakers

The exact number of speakers of Somali is unknown. One source estimates that there are 7.78 million speakers of Somali in Somalia itself and 12.65 million speakers globally. A population estimate made by the Dutch Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht puts the Somali population somewhere between 10 and 15 million. Combined with a large international expatriate community, it is difficult to get a specific number of Somali speakers, but somewhere between 10 and 16 million worldwide seems a reasonable estimate.

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