Low cost, high speed Italian translation services for your success
- Competitive prices starting under £50 + VAT
- Fast turnaround, consider it done, rapidamente
- All work warranty backed
Nessun dorma. None shall sleep until your job is done
Our Italian Translators and Interpreters are a passionate bunch.
So much so that they’ve been known to work through the night to get jobs done.
Here’s what happened recently when Chiara helped Giles Fisher, Sales Director of Pure DNA, out of a very tight spot with a client pitch.
Of course, not all assignments require that level of commitment but we hope you agree, it’s nice to know it’s there when you need it.
Passion and competence combined for speed and accuracy
Passion alone is not enough, competence and experience are what counts. That’s why all members of our Italian translation and interpreting team are fully qualified and have at least 5 years experience. They only translate into their mother tongue so you get the very best quality work, on time, every time – or ‘rapidamente’ as they like to say.
Why Choose London Translations for your Italian translation work?
Italian translation is a significant part of our annual turnover which is why we’ve spent years building up a team of experts we can trust to deliver first class translation work for you.
We work with many Italian brands and UK companies expanding into the Italian market. We believe it’s what our customers think which matters so why not see what they say about working with us before giving us a call?
British Standard Quality Italian Translations
In a market where everyone sells on ‘quality’ but few can substantiate their claims, it’s comforting to know that we were the fist UK agency to be awarded the British Standard EN15038 for Translation Service Quality – an award we’ve retained with flying colours every year since. We’re also ISO 9001 accredited.
Backed by our warranty
Here to help you get it right, here to protect you in the unlikely event that things go wrong.
We back all our work with our 100% money back guarantee so you’re fully protected. We also have a very expensive professional indemnify insurance policy which covers you for mistakes costing up to 10 million pounds. We’re proud to say that in over 10 years of trading, we’ve never had to use it. We hope you agree that speaks volumes.
An introduction to the Italian language
Italian is more closely related to Latin than any other Romance language, but that’s not to say the tongue isn’t a complex and colourful one.
Until unification in the mid-19th century, Italy was comprised of independent city states with unique regional dialects, many of which are still spoken today and have contributed countless words and phrases to the standardised form of the language. These include the Neopolitan, Sicilian, Piedmontese and Lombard tongues, as well as Tuscan – the basis for modern Italian.
Standard Italian is spoken by around 85 million people worldwide, of whom almost 65 million are native speakers. Most of this group can be found in Italy itself, though Switzerland also counts around half a million native speakers concentrated in the cantons of Ticino and Grigoni.
In the 19th century, Italy’s attempts to carve out an empire carried the language to Libya and Eritrea, where it is still spoken by part of the population today. Finally, an Italian diaspora stretches across North and South America, so the language is spoken by millions more in the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.
All in all, Italian is an invaluable modern language in the spheres of business, politics and culture. Indeed, a recent British Council report called it the seventh most important language in the world, based on metrics like the language requirements of UK businesses and our current export trade. It came ahead of both Russian and Japanese, hot on the heels of Portuguese and German.
Facts about the Italian language
- Plenty of Italian vocabulary has entered the English language, including the words ciao, fiasco and propaganda. The enduring popularity of Italian cuisine means even Britons sometimes dine al fresco, while musicians should be familiar with terms like a capella, crescendo and pianoforte.
- Italy wasn’t officially unified until 1866, but the standardised form of the language started to take shape centuries beforehand. Some credit the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri – he of the Divine Comedy fame – with having established the Tuscan language as the vernacular of the Italian intelligentsia from the Middle Ages onwards.
- Like other Romance languages, Italian includes both formal and informal modes of address. Lei and loro are personal pronouns that denote deference, while if you’re on first-name terms with someone, you can call them tu or voi.
- Across the EU’s 28 member states, Italian is the fourth most spoken language after English, German and French.
Where is Italian spoken?
As mentioned above, Italian accounts for a substantial number of speakers in Switzerland. It is also spoken by around two thirds of the population in Malta, where it was the official language until the 1930s. There are also pockets of speakers in the Balkan peninsula and Corsica, while two notable European microstates use the tongue – San Marino and, of course, Vatican City.
Across the Atlantic, more than 600,000 Canadians and one million US residents are fluent in Italian. In South America, Argentina alone accounts for 1.5 million speakers.
Why is Italian important?
Though the Italian language is spoken around the world, the majority of those who consider it their mother tongue are located in Italy itself. There are few places on the planet with so rich a history – for centuries, the Mediterranean peninsula was the centre of the Roman Empire and it continues to serve as the seat to the Catholic Church. Through the Renaissance, Italian artists and scholars such as Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Machiavelli played an instrumental role in shaping the western world as we know it today.
Several centuries later, Italy still has a lot to offer. The country is one of Europe’s biggest economies, even after suffering more than most from the impact of the 2008 recession, and it welcomes tens of millions of tourists every year.
Italy is home to some of the world’s best-known car manufacturers, including Ferrari, Lamborghini and Fiat, and it also produces more wine than almost any other country. Fashion is another major industry, with dozens of household names based in Milan alone – think Armani, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, and Prada.
Other sectors with strong Italian representation include aerospace, petrochemicals and energy, resulting in trade opportunities for businesses of almost any stripe.