Somali Translation Services

Sterling Somali Vernacular Services

Somali is one of the official languages of Somalia and is also spoken in Djibouti, Ethiopia and, according to the Joshua Project, a string of other countries, including Kenya, the UAE, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Norway, the UK and the USA. Estimates on the total number of Somali speakers vary, largely because the population is so scattered as a result of the ongoing strife in the region, so the number could be anywhere between 16 and 25 million – or more. What’s not in doubt is Somali’s growing importance internationally.

We specialise in translating and interpreting Africa’s primary languages, including Somali, Arabic, Swahili, Shona, Hausa and English. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals who are not only experts in their languages, but who also have expertise in various specialised fields of industry, such as mining, finance, marketing, IT, engineering, pharmaceuticals and petroleum. As a result, you can trust us to communicate all of the intricate complexities of your material, no matter what business you’re in.



Professional, Confidential Services You Can Rely On

Our translators maintain our high standards by adhering to our Language Quality and Excellence programme, which provides continuing professional development and training throughout Africa. As professionals with the utmost integrity, you can rely on their confidentiality no matter how sensitive the information they translate. For added security, however, you may request a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement.

Our language solutions are varied and trustworthy. These services comprise:

  • Translating, editing and proofreading different print documents, including personal letters and emails, commercial and legal contracts, academic literature, handbooks, instruction manuals, sworn statements and municipal by-laws.
  • Localising corporate and promo material, which can include brochures and adverts, to local audiences, enabling you to hit your target market.
  • If you require someone for interpreting at events such as weddings, graduations, assorted celebrations, fundraisers, meetings, conferences and seminars, we provide consecutive and simultaneous solutions.
  • DTP services, which translates material you’d like printed. This means that you can adapt your business contracts or brochures or even private letters from Latin to Arabic alphabets.


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Get Acquainted with Somali

Somali belongs of the Cushitic group of dialects and is part of the Afro-Asiatic language group. It is regulated by the Regional Somali Language Academy, which is tasked with preserving the language. There are three primary varieties or dialect groups: Northern (from which we get Standard Somali), Benaadir (which tends to be mutually intelligible with Northern dialects) and Af-Ashraaf (which is not mutually intelligible with either Northern or Benaadir dialects).

Somali is fairly heavily influenced by Arabic. According to Wikipedia, about 20% of the Somali vocabulary is Arabic. English and Italian are modern influencers, which is something the Supreme Revolutionary Council (SRC) is trying to contain in order to maintain the integrity of the language.

Since 1972, Somali has been written using the Latin alphabet. The Somali Latin alphabet was developed by Shire Jama Ahmed. Prior to 1972, Arabic script, particularly Wadaad was used, as were other indigenous scripts, such as Osmanya, Borama and Kaddare.

In 2013, Somali was launched on Google Translate.

Famous Somali speakers include Olympian athlete Abdi Bile, international athlete Mo Farah, international soccer player Ayub Daud, poet and writer Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame ‘Hadrawi’, writer Nuruddin Farah, feminist and writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali and award-winning scientists Abdusalam Abubakar and Wasame Ali.