The Tibetan language at the translation agency Fasttranslator
The Tibetan language belongs to the Tibeto-Burman language group. Six million people speak Tibetan as their native language. Most of them live in Tibet, while a few live in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Tibetan is written using the Tibetan alphabet, which evolved from a variant of the ancient Indian Brahmi script. In addition to the Chinese language, Tibetan is official language of the Tibet Autonomous Region as well as in some other regions of China where there are Tibetan populations. Four-fifths of the population of Tibet speak Tibetan, placing the Tibetans among China’s least assimilated ethnic groups. You’re in Tibet on business and need a translation into or from Tibetan? Our project managers can assist with any questions regarding translation and will draw up a free and non-binding quote for you. Simply send us the text you would like to have translated by email, with the request form located on the right hand side, or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!
Tibetan in everyday life in Tibet
Tibet has a very high illiteracy rate. At the same time, almost all elementary schools in the Tibet Autonomous Region are conducted in the Tibetan language while Chinese is merely taught as a foreign language. Later on in secondary schools, mathematics and natural sciences are taught exclusively in the Chinese language. In Tibetan colleges and universities, Chinese is the only language of instruction. Tibetan has a very strong presence in the media, however. There are more than twenty Tibetan language newspapers and magazines to be found in Tibet alone. Some radio and television stations broadcast in Tibetan and even Tibetan language films are occasionally produced. There are also book publishers who print books in Tibetan. As it is the official language, all governmental, judiciary, and administrative forms as well as all street signs in Tibet are bilingual. Therefore, a translation into Tibetan or the other way around may be required especially in a business context. Whatever the cast may be, our experienced project managers will find the right translator for your project. Let us advise you and you will see for yourself.
Linguistic idiosyncrasies of the Tibetan language
Classical and Modern Standard Tibetan are no different from each other in the written language. However, Tibetan is made up of several dialects which are not entirely mutually intelligible. Today, the original pronunciation of Classical Tibetan can only be reconstructed from its written form and modern dialects. The Tibetan language is linguistically classified as an inflected, ergative language. A distinctive feature is how abstract nouns are formed by combining opposing adjectives. The word for temperature, "tsha-grang", is literally the combination of the two adjectives for hot and cold. Tibetan also has a special word order, in that subject always comes first, followed by the object, and finally the verb. The translation agency Fasttranslator will do your translations into and from Tibetan paired with one of over 150 languages. Please contact us by email or phone today.
How much does a translation into Tibetan cost?
The standard rate for translations from English into Tibetan is $ N,aN per word and for translations from Tibetan into English the industry rate is $ 0,33. 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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