PROFESSIONAL THAI TRANSLATION FOR THE THAI MARKET
Thai translation is an incredibly tedious process that must consider the local touch, cultural sensitivity, and keeping up with the latest development in the language and its acceptable slang. Fiercely proud of their language, Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized by any foreign power. To totally understand the challenges of handling Thai translation, one must first be familiar with the Thai culture and the Thai language.
The official national language of Thailand is Thai, and it is spoken daily by approximately 80% of the 66.19 million residents in this Southeast Asian country. At 93%, Thailand has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Although English is the most common foreign language in Thailand, and English is taught in schools in Thailand, but outside of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the English language becomes quite useless as most Thai people are more comfortable with the use of the Thai language. Other languages that are known to be used in Thailand are Chinese and Malay.
Standing at the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand has the 2nd largest economy here, with a solid consumer base with a total purchasing power of more than USD246 billion. In its Monetary Policy Report dated June 2021, the Thai economy was projected to expand by 1.8 per cent in 2021 and a whopping 3.9 per cent in 2022. With a workforce of 38.78 million as of Q2/2021, consisting of a majority under 35 years of age, Thailand has one of the most youthful workforces in the region, if not the world.
With the abundance of opportunity in Thailand, English to Thai translation services and vice versa is actually more in demand than you think! In fact, although English is spoken widely in Bangkok, the capital of the Thai kingdom, Thailand is still very much a very monolingual country where the majority of the population prefers using Thai in their daily lives and commercial activities.There are many more things to consider than just getting someone who knows Thai to translate from English to Thai and from Thai into English for you.
ABOUT THE THAI LANGUAGE
Mostly considered as an "uninflected, primarily monosyllabic, tonal language", the Thai language has gone through various historical sound changes. Over half of its words are borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit, and Old Khmer. Some significant changes in terms of consonants and tones occur between Old Thai spoken when the language was first written. However, written Thai has seen little change since its introduction during the third Sukhothai period by King Ramkhamhaeng.
Does this mean that the Thai language is difficult to learn? To most, the answer is a resounding yes! Being a unique language, the tricky parts of this language are the writing system and tones. The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants and 32 vowels, which may sound unmanageably large.
The easy part of picking up this language for some could be the short and long versions of most vowels. The Thai language is less strict on the rules of grammar compared to English. In this case, what is the challenge of translating Thai to English and vice versa?
The challenge involves the placement of the Thai letters. In a Thai document, you will notice that there are no spaces between the letters, nor are punctuations used.
Vowels may be anywhere, either above or below the consonants. There are no capital letters or articles for easy identification. Adjectives and adverbs can also be anywhere, and there is no set sentence structure to go by. There is no change in the Thai words to reflect different tenses or change of singular to plural.
Unlike most European languages that expand at least 30% after translation from English, the Thai language shrink in size. Instead of the usual problem of having limited space, you are faced with the opposite issue; filling up space.Can you believe that all those mentioned above are only the tip of the iceberg??!! You will definitely need an English to Thai translation service to avoid any conversational, business, or legal faux pas.
ARE YOU READY FOR THAILAND: THE LAND OF SMILES?
What comes into your mind when you think of Thailand? The movie Hangover? Delicious Thai street food? The infamous ladyboys? Fabulous shopping paradise?
Well, there is more to it than just these.
Known as the Land of Smiles, the Kingdom of Thailand is the 50th largest country in the world, the 12th largest in Asia, and the 2nd largest country in South East Asia.
So why is it called the Land of Smiles? Thailand is called the Land of Smiles because, generally, Thai people smile a lot. Like there are 50 words for snow in the Eskimo language, there are thirteen types of "smiles" or "yim" in the Thai language.
Thailand continues to be an attractive country for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Thailand's attractiveness and business-friendly environment received tremendous support from the Thai government with its extremely positive stance toward foreign investors.
According to the World Economic Forum, Thailand's Global Competitive Index 4.0 ranking improved to 38th place (out of 140 countries) in 2018, up from 40th place a year earlier, while the World Bank Group's 2020 Ease of Doing Business report ranking Thailand 21st out of 190 countries, up six places from the previous year.
Thailand was rated as the 26th best country overall in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Countries report. Thailand is ranked No. 1 on the US News & World Report’s chart of the Best Countries to Start a Business 2020, among 73 participating countries across the globe. Thailand has continued its top place on this report for the second consecutive year since 2019.As one of the five Asian Tiger Cub Economies, Thailand is an attractive location for foreign investors. According to the Doing Business Report 2017 by the World Bank, Thailand is ranked 46th globally and 5th in East Asia & Pacific for its ease of doing business. Thailand is also the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. It has the 2nd largest international reserves (*2013 figure) in Southeast Asia after Singapore. In terms of external trade volume, Thailand ranks second in Southeast Asia, just after Singapore. With a growing economy, a booming tourism and medical tourism industry, you can imagine the importance and influence that the Thailand and Thai language have on businesses across borders!
YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR PROFESSIONAL THAI TRANSLATION
When it comes to getting authentic Thai translation, it is about getting the right Thai translators with enough training and professional experience to produce Thai translations that are fit for its purpose.
With more than 2 decades of experience in providing translation from English to Thai, Thai to English, and all Thai related translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you.
With our ISO 17100 certification and a huge pool of Thai translators built over the last 20 years, you know your translations are in good hands. You can now leave the tedious task of translation to our professional team of linguists and project managers while leaving you with more time to do what matters most to you.
With our in-depth knowledge of the Thai market and providing Thai translation solutions for the Thai market, Thai translation is definitely our forte. When you work with us for your professional Thai translation requirement, you know you are getting expert advice and solutions from a network of native professional translators from Thailand.
Contact us now at +65 6576 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately to find out about our English to Thai translation services today. We are ready to share our experience with you.
WHY CHOOSE US?
With more than 20 years of proven excellence in translation services, Lingua Technologies International is one of the pioneers in offering Multilingual Translation Service Solution to Singapore and the region. The company takes pride in making translation an invaluable experience. With the ISO 17100 certification, you now have peace of mind that your translation projects are always processed and handled by professionals in accordance with the guidelines and standards outlined in this ISO certification specification developed for Translation Businesses worldwide. Let our professional team of linguists and project managers handle the tedious task of translation for you, leaving you with more time to do what matters most to you: your business.