15 interesting facts about Enigma Translation and languages that you might not know…

  1. Translation servicesEnigma Translation was founded in 2004 by Graham Bowles who is passionate about creating easy access to the translation of business services with his team providing a fast, easy and professional service to businesses around the world
  2. Graham believes “The world of language translation can be a mystery to many people and barriers are built up, hence the name Enigma – meaning a puzzling thing or person. With Enigma Translation, it is not a barrier, it`s a gateway!”
  3. Enigma Translation offer a vital service in the world of translation as approximately 75% of the world’s population don’t speak a word of English
  4. Our professional translators can assist you with the world’s most widely spoken languages by number of native speakers and as a second language (according to figures from UNESCO – The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) (source: bbc.co.uk), which are Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindu, Arabic, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, German and French
  5. Of the oldest languages known, we can help you with Basque which is spoken in the Basque Country in Spain located on the French-Spanish border in the western Pyrenees and with the modern version of Hebrew predominantly spoken in Israel
  6. Enigma Translation assist businesses such as Barclaycard International, The Carphone Warehouse and Alstrom Power as well as individuals with their translation needs
  7. Our worldwide network of over 2,000 translators can translate over 114 languages
  8. We are fluent in all the Slavic languages including Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Bulgarian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak, Croatian and Slovenian
  9. Our full time translators can usually complete around 2500 words each day and our full time proof readers can usually complete around 1000 words per hour
  10. Enigma Translation’s professional interpreters are available at short notice to support you with language interpretation from consecutive interpretation and simultaneous interpretation to whispered interpretation
  11. Most of the world’s languages are spoken in Asia and Africa which is why we provide translation assistance with many of the languages used in these continents
  12. Enigma Translation provide a fast turnaround offering a same day service or translation completion within 24 hours
  13. Dutch is said to be the easiest language for native English speakers to pick up, while research shows that for those native English speakers who already know another language, the five most difficult languages to get your head around are Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean (source: bbc.co.uk), luckily Enigma Translation can accurately translate all of these languages for you
  14. You can find us and ‘like us’ on Facebook
  15. You can contact us by telephone on +44 (01604) 750 799, by email or via our website for all your translation and interpreting needs

Russian translation

The beauty of different cultures is the very fact that they are different.  Different to our own and others.  What’s intriguing is how cultures differ in beliefs, traditions, attitudes and etiquette.

Some differences we are happy to embrace, others we might not agree with or feel comfortable with and some are completely incomprehensible to us.

Stereotyping
It’s fair to say that we may have preconceived ideas of a country’s inhabitants and their culture without ever having visited their country or without ever having met anyone from that country for that matter.  That’s probably because we are greatly influenced by stereotyping especially when we don’t have personal experience to draw from.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as there is often an element of truth to the stereotype.

Russian translationIn the business world
If you are hoping to do business with another country, for example Russia, then it’s beneficial to have some understanding of their language and culture and be respectful of it.  It will most certainly aid your business relationship.

Insider knowledge
Did you know that to commence a business meeting with Russians you’ll need a firm handshake and be comfortable with maintaining eye contact?  If you don’t, you may be perceived as untrustworthy.  You’ll also be expected to be punctual even if your Russian colleagues are not.

Enigma Translation’s professional interpreters can help you overcome these cultural minefields in face-to-face meetings, networking scenarios and at corporate events.

The Russian language
According to Wikipedia there are 160 million native speakers of Russian in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine making it the 8th most spoken language in the world by native speakers.  It also ranks as the 4th most spoken language in the World as defined by the total number of speakers.  And it’s one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

The need for a translator
Russian is the most widely used Slavic language so if you’re about to embark on business in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan Estonia, the Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Moldova you will find our Russian translation service invaluable.

When it comes to business communication it’s imperative to use a translator to ensure a smooth working relationship and understanding of documentation from emails, reports, contracts to marketing campaigns.

Using a professional translator from Enigma Translation will ensure your Russian translation needs are met fully.  Your specially selected translator will be fluent in Russian as it is their mother tongue; will have expert knowledge of the Russian culture and expertise in the subject matter to be translated.  Thus providing an accurate translation whilst retaining the original document’s meaning and context.

To find out just how we can help you with your Russian translations, call us on +44 (01604) 750 799, email us or visit our website or Facebook page and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.

5 reasons to love Enigma Translation

February is a romantic month with Valentine’s Day slap bang in the middle and its synonymy with leap year marriage proposals by women.  Ladies did you know this year is a leap year?  You might want to ‘save the date’ and surprise your partner by proposing to them on February 29th 2012.

Whilst you’re in the mood for love why not consider the following 5 reasons to start your love affair with Enigma Translation?

Translation services1. I love you in 114 languages
Our global network of over 2,000 professional translators can say I love you in over 114 languages if that’s what you need.  We cover an extensive range of languages from the familiar to the less familiar and also same language country variations. 

We know words are important and no more so than when popping the question.  So if you want to impress your soul mate by asking him or her to marry you in their native tongue or like the romantic idea of asking in another language, get in touch for a quick turnaround.  We can’t guarantee they’ll say yes, but we can guarantee they’ll understand your proposal.

2. Love specialists 
Now Enigma Translation can’t claim to have specialist knowledge of your intended, but we can claim that our translators have expertise in many specialised subjects.  In fact we’ve dedicated a whole page on our website to our extensive list for you to take a look at.

So if you ask us to help you with translation regarding marriage legalities, we will say ‘I do’.  Or if you need our translation services for understanding the financial legalities of buying your first love nest, we will be happy to carry you over the threshold so to speak.

3. Love is blind
Whatever your translation requirements, you can be blissfully happy in the knowledge that proof-reading of your translated documents comes as standard.  Our professional proof-readers are loved-up with words and can complete 8,000 a day.

We know your reputation is at stake and it just wouldn’t do to ask your beloved to spend the rest of his or her ‘parrot’ with you, when we all know you mean ‘life’.  Yes it would be a memorable proposal, but for all the wrong reasons.

4. I wanna hold your hand
At Enigma Translation we don’t just translate, we interpret too.  If your meeting is an urgent matter of the heart, be it love or medical one of our professional interpreters can be there for you. 

Whatever the diagnosis, broken heart or not at least you’ll understand what’s being said.  And your interpreter will keep whatever’s been said confidential, even if it’s just your ego that’s bruised.

5. As fast as Cupid’s arrow
If you need your translated declaration of love or your marriage licence in order before hot-footing it to Vegas or Gretna Green, we can have it in your preferred language tout suite (that’s immediately).  We offer a same day service for when love just can’t wait.

And for those of you who aren’t as impulsive or relish a little more time to pluck up the courage, we can usually complete the work within 24 hours.

What do you think?  Should we give it a go?  Call me!  Here’s my number: +44 (01604) 750 799 or send me a note by email or Facebook!

The different languages Enigma can translate

If you’re an avid reader of our blog you’ll know that Enigma Translation’s professional translators are able to translate over 114 different languages.  But do you know exactly which languages those are?

The familiar ones
Our global network of over 2,000 professional translators cover a multitude of widely used languages across the world.  From European languages including the Romance group of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian and Catalan, to the languages of Asia: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Malay to name but a few.

Translation servicesBut not just…
Of those familiar languages we also translate variations.  For instance when we say we translate Chinese that also includes Cantonese, Mandarin and Putonghua.  Of the Norwegian language we are also equipped to translate Bokmol, Nynorsk and Riksmal.

The same language can also be spoken in different countries resulting in more variations.  The French language differs in Africa, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and Luxembourg.  The German spoken in Austria and Switzerland is different to the German spoken in Germany.  With Portuguese translation we can translate the African and Brazilian variations too.  And with Spanish, the Latin American variants as well.

The not so familiar ones
Our professional linguists can also translate less familiar languages listed here:

Basque – or Euskara spoken in the Basque Country in Spain located on the French-Spanish border in the western Pyrenees

Belarusian – belongs to the Slavic group of languages and is spoken in Belarus but also in Russia, Ukraine and Poland

Dari – belongs to the Indo-Iranian group of languages and is spoken in Afghanistan along with Pashto

Faroese – belongs to the Insular Nordic language group and is spoken in the Faroe Islands and also by Faroese people in Denmark

Farsi and Persian – both spoken in Iran

Galician – belongs to the Romance language group and is spoken by the Galicia people of north west Spain

Gujarati – belongs to the Indo-Aryan language group and is spoken in Gujarat State on the west coast of India

Hebrew – modern Hebrew is predominantly spoken in Israel

Lingala – is a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo

Tamil – belongs to the Dravidian language group and is spoken in southern India, Sri Lanka and Singapore

You can find a complete list of the languages we can translate on the Enigma Translation website or contact us if it’s not listed as we may still be able to help you.  Whether your translation needs are for business or for a personal matter, we speak your language.

Get in touch by calling us on +44 (01604) 750 799 or by email and of course you can find us on Facebook.

Glossary of terms

If you follow us on Facebook you will have seen this post on our Enigma Translation page in the last few days:

“Many larger companies have their own in house culture, jargon and abbreviations and to outsiders it can be very confusing.  In these situations a glossary of terms is very helpful.  If one is not available then we can create one for future reference to ensure consistency and accuracy.”

We’d like to expand on this and what we can offer your business in the way of a glossary of terms.

Translation servicesWhat is a glossary of terms?
A glossary of terms is an invaluable tool for translators and is subject, client and project specific – think of it as ‘A Translator’s Guide to Your Company’.  Basically it is a translated list of approved words and terms relevant to your company which have been generated by you and the translator.

They are company, product, service and subject specific and include relevant terminology used in specialised areas.  For instance technical, medical, legal, marketing and financial terms as well as in-house catchphrases, jargon, abbreviations and strap lines etc.  Essentially whatever terminology is particular to your business area, products or service.

How can a glossary of terms benefit your company?
If you regularly require translation of documentation for and from clients and business associates a glossary of terms will aid the translator employed to do this.  It will ensure that your translator understands your business, brand, services and products resulting in consistent and correct terminology being used throughout your translations.

It will also be beneficial and cost-effective for further future translations as research and correction time is already reduced.  By using the glossary as an aid, the translator or translators can quickly and efficiently continue translating in the same tone and context by using correct approved terminology.

And if you are considering translating into multiple languages it truly comes into its own as multilingual equivalents can be easily added to already identified and translated keywords and terms.

What can Enigma Translation offer?
Enigma Translation is happy to help with your translation needs, whether it’s for a one-off project or to offer long term translation support.

Our global network of professional translators are fluent in over 114 languages and are also experts in their own specific field including Medical Translation, Financial Translation, Legal Translation, Technical Translation and Marketing Translation.  They are able to work with your own existing glossary of terms or to work with you to create one for future use.  This will ensure that reliable and accurate terminology relevant to your company is consistently used across your translated documentation.

If a glossary of terms sounds like a useful tool to you, then get in touch to make it happen.  You can call Enigma Translation on +44 (01604) 750 799, email us and find us on Facebook.

Medical Translation

Enigma Translation‘s Medical Translation service covers a vast area and is highly specialised.  Accuracy and efficiency is crucial as is expert knowledge of the medical sector, medical texts and hospital procedures in different countries.  Without stating the obvious, a poor or timely translation could mean the difference between life and death.

Let’s face it when we find ourselves in a medical situation as hard as we try to process the information we’re given at the time, we often come away questioning whether we’ve fully understood what was said.  What made sense in the doctor’s surgery, A&E or in the consultant’s room at the hospital is suddenly not so clear.

medical translationDon’t lose your head
So transport yourself to another country with a different language and understandably the situation can become a whole lot more scary and stressful.  However if you find yourself in this predicament, be it requiring medical or dental assistance whilst on holiday or as a new resident in a new country, Enigma Translation can help.

Not only do we take the mystery out of the language but also out of the situation.  Engaging the services of our professional translators to help with translating medical documentation can reduce the additional anxiety and stress of not fully understanding the situation or diagnosis.

On home ground
Perhaps on your return from another country you need to pass your medical documentation to your own doctor or insurance company.  Enigma Translation can help with the Medical Translation of patient information papers, consent forms, prescriptions, test results and discharge papers to name but a few.

Of course you may have opted for a medical procedure or alternative therapies to be carried out overseas or the family pet may have travelled with you on holiday and needed veterinary attention.  Many of these will generate medical paperwork that you may wish to have translated.

Make your business our business
On a business level perhaps you are providing a medical service abroad or dealing with medical documentation such as reports, journals, questionnaires, brochures or instructions for medical equipment that require translating.  Again our professional team of linguists can help.  We will assign a translator who is expert in the source language, target language and particular medical sector you are dealing with.

Also if you are running a restaurant or bar overseas and need to understand Health and Safety procedures in a foreign country and translate the documentation that goes with it, we can help with that too.

Medically speaking
In fact Enigma Translation has translation experience in all of the following medical areas: Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Radiology, Psychiatry, Preventative medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Alternative therapies, Health and safety, Public health and Pharmaceuticals.

Whatever your Medical Translation needs, Enigma Translation is here to help.  Get in touch to find out more by calling +44 (01604) 750 799 or by email if you prefer.  You’ll also find details on our website and our free instant quote facility too.

And if for any reason there are legal implications with your medical situation abroad, we can also provide legal translation.

Top Tips for choosing a translation company

There are many companies offering translation services so how do you spot a good one?  The one that’s right for you?  Here at Enigma Translation we’ve prepared our top tips to help with the challenge.

1. Experienced company
Look for an established company with experience.  Give them a call and chat about your requirements and what you’d like to achieve.  Ask them about their credentials and services they provide for other clients.  This will give you a feel for the company and gut instinct will tell you whether you’re a match.

Enigma Translation has been providing translation services since 2004.  Our founder Graham Bowles believes “The world of language translation can be a mystery to many people and barriers are built up, hence the name Enigma – meaning a puzzling thing or person.  With Enigma Translation, it’s not a barrier, it’s a gateway!”

2. Comprehensive services
Make sure the company specialises in the area of translation you require and in areas that you might see yourself using in the future.

We specialise in many areas of translation because business comes in all shapes and sizes

  • Legal translation covering Civil law, Commercial law, Criminal law, International law, Property law, Employment law, Probate and Family law
  • Marketing translation for press releases, newsletters, emails, flyers, brochures and entire marketing campaigns
  • Financial translation covering Banking, Insurance, Taxation, Stock Markets and Property Markets
  • Medical translation in these areas: Alternative therapies, Dentistry, Health and safety, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Pharmaceuticals, Preventative medicine, Psychiatry, Public health, Radiology and Veterinary
  • Website translation to enable your message, services and products to reach a broader target audience

Take a look on our website to see the other areas we can help with translation in too.

3. The personal touch
Look for a company that uses human translators not computer software.  Translation Memory software has its place but its literal translations from databases storing translated words and phrases often miss the mark.

By using Enigma Translation you’ll benefit from the personal touch of a professional linguist who is specially assigned to you and the specialist area you require translation in.  Thus ensuring an understanding of the language’s nuances, the cultural differences and the context in which your document is written.  This is crucial to ensure an accurate translation.

4. Source and target language
Make sure the company offers translators who are fluent in both the source and target language.  Expertise in only one is offering an incomplete service and allowing room for error.

At Enigma Translation our 2,000 strong team of translators are fluent in over 70 languages.  Your dedicated linguist will be fully qualified in the source language, a native speaker of the target language and in addition have expertise in the area you require support.

By now you’ll have realised the challenge is over and that Enigma Translation is the company for you!  Give us a call on +44 (01604) 750 799, email us or get a free instant quote via our website.

Spanish translation

Here at Enigma Translation we offer language translation in over 70 different languages. Our Spanish translation provides translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. So, if you have Spanish communication needs then look no further than Enigma Translation.

In the world of business, Spanish translation is not just about translating documents word for word. That is why we have linguists with areas of expertise. If you are working on a European contract and need your contract translated, our trained linguists are on hand to help. 

Whether you have a legal document, a website or even medical documentation, our Spanish translators will be able to translate the messages to you as quickly as you need them. All of our Spanish translators work in their native tongue so it really is second nature to them! 

Choosing the right Spanish translator for your work is all part of our job here at Enigma Translation. We will assign the right Spanish translator to your job, so once you have briefed us you can get on with more pressing matters. 

Oh and we also offer Latin American translation, as dialects and regional differences really do matter when it comes to coherent language translation. No stone, or document, is left unturned here at Enigma Translation. 

Why not request a free quote today? You can find out more on our website and you can also follow us on Facebook. Don’t let language become a barrier in your business, speak to us at Enigma Translation and let us do the hard work for you.