Professional Bengali translations by native speakers
The Bengali language
The Bengali language belongs to the Indo-European language family and the Indo-Iranian branch. It is the furthest East of the Indo-European family and a world language. Bengali is spoken by about 220 million people worldwide. This makes it the seventh most common language in the world. Bengali is the native tongue for some 140 million inhabitants of Bangladesh as well as for another 75 million in India, especially in West Bengal and Tripura. The remaining 5 million are dispersed throughout specific areas of Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. Scientists assume that Bengali language played a great role in Bangladesh becoming a sovereign state. During the Partition of British India, the historical region of Bengal was originally assigned to and renamed East Pakistan by the Pakistani government with the goal of making Urdu the official language of the entire country. Because the belief system of East Pakistan was extremely uniform and almost 99% of its population was Bengali with their own language, the country became Bangladesh after winning its independence in what is known as the Bangladesh War. Today, Bengali is the country’s only official language. As to be expected, recent times have seen many English terms and phrases take hold in the language. English has even become the language of administration, business, and education and is spoken by many members of the middle and upper classes in particular. Nevertheless, the sheer number of Bengali speakers in the world is enough to generate high levels of demand for translations into Bengali and back again in every possible combination. For this reason, we work with a network of native speaking translators located all around the world. Let one of our experienced project managers advise you today! You can reac us by phone and by email.
The written language and grammar
Bengali uses what is called the Brahmi script. In many ways it resembles Hindi and Sanskrit and is also a cross between an alphabet and a syllabary, what is known as an Abugida. The Bengali script has 36 consonants, 11 vowels, and 10 vowel diacritics that are used along with corresponding vowels. What’s more is the vast array of special characters. Only when they appear without corresponding consonants can vowels be written with distinct characters, like at the beginning of a word. Otherwise they are found in conjunction with the consonant with which they form a character. There is no upper or lower case, and there is only one punctuation mark: a vertical stroke that ends the sentence. Paragraphs, however, end with two vertical strokes. Bengali script is written from left to right. As for the grammar, Bengali follows the subject object verb sentence structure and uses postpositions. There is no grammatical gender, adjectives and nouns hardly ever change, unlike verbs which change depending on the person, time, and honorific form, but not singularity or plurality. You can be sure that our Bengali translators are familiar with these specific grammatical features because we only hire native speaking translators for our projects. Only a native speaker is able to translate your documents with regards to specific cultural and linguistic characteristics. To ensure that your documents are translated free of errors in expression and thematic terminology, our translators are also specialized in at least one subject area. This way, your Bengali translation in the field of medicine or technology will be just as professionally translated as it would be for law or marketing.
Dialects of the Bengali language and its similarities to other languages
There has only been a standardized Bengali language since the mid eighteenth century. In addition to the standard official language there are still many Bengali dialects in existence. For example, Nadia, Choltibhascha, or Bangal are spoken in different regions of Bangladesh and India. Some Bengali dialects such as Chakma and Sylheti have even evolved into separate languages. Languages related to Bengali are Assamese and Oriya. All three languages share a common root, Magadhi. Dialects are especially important for translations if the translated documents have to do with a certain region, as would be the case in marketing. We watch out for subtleties just like these so that your translation always hits the right note. Leave it to our dedicated project managers to pick the right translator for your project. They are happy to assist you if you have any questions about your Bengali translations and are in charge of preparing your documents for translation. In addition to producing professional translations, we also specialize in many language services. These include Language Engineering, Terminologiemanagement and DTP. If you have any questions about our Bengali translation services or our Bengali translators, we would be happy to help you! We look forward to your call and your email.
How much does a translation into Bengali cost?
The standard rate for translations from English into Bengali is $ 0,22 per word and for translations from Bengali into English the industry rate is $ 0,27. For new customers or large texts (more than 5,000 words) we may significantly reduce our rates. For urgent jobs that need several translators working simultaneously, we'll apply a surcharge. For a full list of rates per language, please visit Rates table for most requested language combinations.
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