Masterful Lingala Translations and Interpreting
Lingala is the national language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the Republic of the Congo. It’s also spoken in Angola, Central African Republic, Uganda, Rwanda and even the USA, Belgium and Canada. Internationally, there are about 10 million Lingala speakers. While it lacks the numbers of Swahili, Hausa, Arabic and English, Lingala is a force to be reckoned with on Africa and that is why it has a place among ST Communications’ translation services.
ST Communications offers a range of translation services that can be tailored to meet any business or personal need. For example, you may want to translate a business contract from English into Lingala or an academic paper from Lingala into any other language on our books. Our in-country mother-tongue translators and interpreters have experience in several different, highly complex and technical industries, including petroleum, mining, engineering, finance, pharmaceuticals, IT and marketing, so you can trust them to fully understand and accurately translate even the most intricate documents.
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Lingala in a Nutshell
Lingala is part of the Bantu family of languages. It developed from Bangi, which was the widely-used trade language spoken by the Bangala people who occupied the territory between Kinshasa and Irebu. It became even more widely used under colonial administration because the powers-that-be needed a single, simple language to govern the region. As it underwent a lot of growth and development during that time, it borrowed heavily from colonial languages, such as French, Portuguese, English and Dutch.
It comprises several dialects, including Standard Lingala, Spoken Lingala, Kinshasa Lingala and Brazzaville Lingala. Standard Lingala is the language of instruction in most schools and is taught at all levels of education. It is also used by the media. Spoken Lingala is the dialect used in daily life. It is slightly less formal than the Standard version and has a strong French influence. Interestingly, Standard Lingala is associated with Catholicism, while Spoken Lingala is associated with Protestantism.
Its written form has yet to be entirely finalised or even formalised and it varies by region. However, according to Wikipedia, that hasn’t stopped the literary industry from steaming ahead, especially online.
Immensely popular soukous music is doing a lot to disseminate Lingala (Spoken Lingala) around Africa. Famous soukous musicians include Aurlus Mabele, Kanda Bongo Man, Deyess Mukangi and Yondo Sister.