Italian Translation Services
Whether you are looking for an Italian translation for something technical, legal or medical, or simply a letter, we can help you.
Lingua Translations is known for its quality-driven Italian translation services.
We will equip you with knowledge and methods, enabling you to communicate in the correct written form of Italian, reaching out to your perfect target audience.
We offer a professional Italian to English and English to Italian language translation service. Here is some information which you will find useful as the Italian language is full of interesting facts and essential tips when you are looking to communicate effectively in Italian speaking countries.
Location: South-central Europe
Population: in 60 million people
Language family: Romance
Related languages: French, Latin, Portuguese, Romanian
Number of global speakers: 65 million native speakers in the EU, over 85 million in non EU European countries (Switzerland and Albania) and other continents.
- The Italian Language:
As a Romance language, Italian whose roots lie in the Latin language is very different to English whose roots are Germanic. Italian has a large number of linguistic complexities and nuances which mean it’s essential to use professional Italian translation services to ensure that all material is translated accurately and successfully reaches its target market.
Italian has many similarities to French and Spanish whom are also part of the Romance family of languages. In fact many native speakers of French or Spanish are able to understand a fair bit in an Italian conversation and vice versa!
In terms of dialect, Swiss Italian or svizzero italiano is a dialect of Italian spoken in southern parts of Switzerland and has around 350,000 speakers. Swiss Italian takes a lot of words and expressions from the other languages spoken in Switzerland which are French and German thus forming loan words. For example:
Swiss Italian French Italian English
Riservare Réserver Prenotare To reserve
Licenza di condurre Permis de conduire Patente di guida Driving Licence
Swiss Italian German Italian English
Azione Aktion Promozione offer
- Facts from our Italian Translators
The Italian language is spoken by more than 60 million people both in Italy and across the world representing a large chunk of the world economy. It is the world’s ninth largest economy and is the second largest manufacturer in Europe after Germany. According to UK government figures, trade between the UK and Italy accounted for £23.5 billion in 2013 which is why it is ranked 9th in terms of largest market for UK exports of goods.
Tourism is a major source of revenue for Italy. The contribution to GDP was 159.6bn in 2013 with further rises expected in the next few years. Italy is ranked 8th in the world according to the Travel and Tourism rankings. Milan and Rome are ranked in the top 20 cities to visit in the world, receiving 6.82 million and 6.79 million visitors respectively.
Italy boasts 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites counting amongst them:
The city of Verona
One of the major draws to Italy apart from its fascinating history, cities, world heritage sites, landscape and shopping is FOOD! Italian cuisine is known all over the world and for a great reason. It is delicious! The regions of Italy offer delicious, mouth-watering dishes full of flavour and individual character that extend way beyond the Italian stereotypes of spaghetti Bolognese and pizza. Geography, history and culture have largely influenced Italian cooking. The southern population cooks using olive oil unlike the north where butter is used as well. The regions which are landlocked have different food to those by the sea and similarly the climate and variations between the country have impacted cuisine. Historically, cooking has been influenced by the Arabs, Greek, French and Austrians. However, there is no doubt that the food in Italy is GOOD!
Some famous regional foods to tantalize your taste buds!
Milan, Lombardy: risotto, osso bucco
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna: parmigiana, tortellini, Bolognese sauce balsamic vinegar.
Florence, Tuscany: Pecorino chesse, steak alla fiorentina, Chianti wine
Rome, Lazio: bruschetta, spaghetti alla carbonara, artichokes alla Roman
Naples, Campania: pizza, mozzarella, calzone, limoncello liqueur
Sicily, Palermo: meatballs (polpetti), veal Marsala, caponata
But the main thing which unites all of Italy in terms of food is the respect for the table and the social occasion that food represents – an occasion to share, discuss and enjoy the ‘fruits’ of life!
- Differences between Italian & English
Latin has provided English and Italian with many words and for an English speaker the issue of verbi frasali (false friends) can cause all sorts of problems for the inexperienced speaker:
Avvertimiento– confused with advertisement. Means warning. The word advertisement is: annuncio/inserzione.
Bendare – confused with bend. Means bandage or blindfold. The word bend is: curvare, inchinare, piegare
Educazione confused with education. Means good manners. The word for education is: cultura/istruzione
Fattoria confused with factory. Means farm. The word for factory is: fabbrica.
Lunatico confused with lunatic. Means moody. The word for lunatic is: pazzo, folle.
Retribuzione confused with retribution. Means salary. The word for retribution is: punizione/ricompensa.
Italian is a more phonetic language that is to say how you say it is how you write it though there are of course some exceptions. English on the other hand has more complicated rules of spelling.
Like other languages in its family, Italian has masculine and feminine genders.
The man – il uomo the woman – la donna
To make a word plural, unlike English where you add an ‘s’, in Italian you change the ‘a’ in feminine words to ‘e’ and masculine nouns that end in an ‘o’ will have an ‘i’ instead.
Italian also follows other Romance languages in terms of verb construction. The conjugation of Italian verbs is more complex and endings change according to the person speaking and the tense. The benefit of this is that the speaker/listener always know who is doing the action because of the different endings. This is similar to other Romance languages.
As you can see, although Italian appears a straightforward language to comprehend to the innocent speaker, it is more complex than it appears with the ‘false friends’ and complex grammar. It is for this reason that at Lingua Translations our Italian translators are native speakers of the language as we know that they are the best linguists to provide the highest quality translation for you! All our linguists have gone through a rigorous vetting procedure and are expected to have 5 years’ experience in translation and be qualified to at least degree level.