Professional translations into Sami and from Sami by the Fasttranslator Translation Services
A rare language
Sami is spoken in parts of Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Russia. Speakers of this language’s ten known dialects are not able to understand each other. The most widely spoken of these is North Sami which is even used in media outlets. Do you have documents that you would like to have translated into the Sami language? No worries - we, of course, speak the Sami language, too! Contact us to send us your text. You will then receive a free, non binding quote from us in return.
How the Sami language developed
The Sami language is closely related to the Finnic languages. It was probably adopted in the past by those that speak the Finnic languages. At the beginning of the twentieth century, use of the Sami language in schools was banned by all four Nordic countries. In an effort to assimilate Sami speakers into their respective countries, they were forced to adopt each country’s official language. There were still a few schools that taught Sami, but these were only in Sweden. The Sami language experienced rather severe persecution in the Soviet Union. This ban was removed right after the Second World War, however, so many young people today learn the Sami language or speak it officially. This is how our Sami translators are able to professionally translate your documents. See for yourself what we can offer and send us your text by email or by using the request form located on the right hand side. You will receive a quote from us in return as soon as possible.
The written language
It was only after the Second World War began that there were efforts made to develop a written script for the Sami language, which until then had only existed in its original spoken form, and record its grammar including a rule code. Over time, the Sami language adopted many loanwords especially from Swedish and Norwegian. Six of the ten known Sami dialects were able to develop their own written language. Sami is usually transcribed using the Latin script with various special characters. A few local dialects however use the Cyrillic alphabet. Many of these dialects have but a small number of remaining speakers with some variants already in danger of dying out. There are various dialects that have been extinct for hundreds of years. The following dialects exist today: The West Sami variations spoken in Norway and Sweden, South Sami, Ume, Pite, Lule, and Northern Sami. Those of the Eastern Sami dialects in Finland and Russia: Skolt, Inari, Kildin, Ter, Akkari, which is in danger of extinction, and Kemi, which is already extinct along with two other dialects. We are happy to translate both into and from Sami for you. Contact our experienced project managers by phone and let them advise you. We look forward to hearing from you!
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