The 21st century has seen the spoken Welsh language rise in popularity from its position as a minority language in the 20th century. According to the Welsh Language Board in 2004, 611,000 people in Wales speak Welsh.
Probably less well known is the fact that there are also 25,000 Welsh speakers in Chubut Province in the south of Argentina. This is due to Welsh settlers who arrived by ship – the Mimosa – back in 1885 and started a new life in the Chubut Valley.
There has been a concerted effort over the years to officially reinstate the Welsh language. In 2010 the Welsh Assembly approved measures to develop the language within Wales, finally resulting in it becoming officially recognised as a language after Royal Approval in February 2011.
The digital coming of age for the Welsh language
The use of the Welsh language on the Internet continues to grow as do digital facilities supporting the language. Microsoft offers a Welsh version of their operating systems including Windows 7, Vista and XP along with their Office software.
If you would like to have a Welsh language version of your existing website, Enigma Translation can provide Website Translation for you. We can also help with Marketing Translation to ensure your Welsh target audience is aware of your Internet presence. You’ll be in good company as even Facebook and Wikipedia have Welsh language versions of their sites.
Did you know that the Welsh Language Board introduced a free software pack to enable the use of SMS predictive text in Welsh for mobile phones back in 2006? And in 2009 the Board got together with Samsung and Orange to provide the first mobile phone with an interface and T9 dictionary in the Welsh language.
Perhaps you are developing mobile technology or an app for smart phones and iPhones and would like to expand into the Welsh language market. Again we can translate from any language into Welsh and you’ll be up there with the rest of the forward-thinkers.
Our team of full time translators have a minimum of 5 years experience and can help with all of your translations needs to and from Welsh. And it doesn’t just have to be with your website, our services extend to Financial Translation, Technical Translation, Legal Translation, Medical Translation and a whole host of other specialised subjects too.
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For face-to-face meetings and networking opportunities, our team of interpreters can provide language support so that you’re in on the conversation and not left out in the cold.
We help businesses and individuals on a daily basis so if you’d like to be part of the Welsh language trend, call the Enigma Translation office on +44 (0) 1604 750799 or on our mobile +44 07930326698. If the written word is more your thing, contact us via email or Facebook.