Swahili / Kiswahili Translation Services

Speedy, Sure and Precise Swahili

Swahili (also known as Kiswahili) belongs to the Bantu family of languages. It’s widely spoken in South East Africa.  It is the national language of four countries in the region: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s also spoken in Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Somalia, Libya, South Africa, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the USA, as well as Canada. There are an estimated 120 – 150 million Swahili speakers in the world. As it spreads, its influence grows, and this is why ST Communications has made it a priority to include Swahili on our books.

We use in-country, mother-tongue, speakers, which means that all of our translators and interpreters are intimately familiar with local vernacular and dialects. This ensures the accuracy of all our translations. Each translator and interpreter on our team participates in our Language Quality and Excellence programme, which includes regular ongoing training to maintain the quality of our services. The programme also includes the provision of translating and interpreting tools.

Finally, in addition to their expertise in English, Kiswahili and other African languages, our translators are also chosen for their skills in different specialised fields, such as mining, finance, information technology, advertising, medical, petroleum and even educational. As a result, you can trust us to translate your most complicated technical manual or instruction guide.

Our range of services are language solutions that you can trust. These comprise:

  • Localisation of software and website content, which allows you to reach target audiences as soon as you launch into new locations.
  • DTP services ensure that regardless of how difficult or complicated a script or alphabet is, you’ll be able to print your material.
  • Translating, proofreading and editing a variety of print documents, including municipal by-laws, employment contract, business terms and conditions, instruction booklets, product manuals, how-to guides, news articles and academic literature.
  • Face-to-face interpreting for a range of events or functions, including consecutive and simultaneous interpreting at business meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences and private weddings, parties and other services.

Contact us now to get more details on our comprehensive range of Swahili translation services. Alternatively, you can enquire regarding a quote with our form, with this manner of contact you will receive a response within one working day.

Swahili in a Few Words

It is estimated that there are approximately 150 million Kiswahili speakers in the world, it’s also approximated that only around 5 million speak Swahili as their mother tongue. The rest are second language speakers who use it primarily for business and study. Most of the speakers reside in Tanzania, where, according to Ethnologue.com, you’ll find 15 million native and second language speakers; although, Wikipedia puts that figure at over 35 million. This goes to show just how difficult it is to accurately measure the spread of language.

In addition to being the official language of four countries, Swahili is also one of the official languages of the African Union. Swahili has been influenced by many languages throughout the continent’s chequered colonial history, including Arabic, Persian, German, Portuguese, English, Hindi and French. Arabic has had a particularly strong influence. The name Swahili has Arabic roots. Arabic was also the original written script for Swahili, although it is now written using the Latin alphabet.