PROFESSIONAL KOREAN TRANSLATION FOR THE KOREAN MARKET
When it comes to Korean translation, knowing the Korean language is not enough to make one a good Korean translator. The Korean translator you use has to be a native or a translator who is immersed in the Korean culture and the Korean way of life.
With more than 80 million speakers worldwide, there are 6 speech levels of formality in the Korean language. How and when you use them is dependent on who you are speaking to. It can be considered as a major insult if a wrong variation of the word is used!
Most languages spoken in the world are related in one way or another. Although Korean uses borrowed words from Chinese and has a grammatical structure that is vaguely similar to Japanese, Korean is not related to any other languages.
Korean script, the Hangeul, is one that is also uniquely theirs. It even has its own category called the featural writing system.
Other than the target audience, it is also important to consider gender differences during Korean translation. Also, you will need to pay attention when translating numbers for the Korean language. With two sets of numbers, they can be used interchangeably at times, but this is not applicable for some. This is especially so in the case of translating official documents such as financial reports and legal contracts.
Sourcing for professional English to Korean translation services can be an arduous task due to the language’s complex syntax and nuances that cannot be translated directly. According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Korean is listed as one of the 5 most difficult languages for one to reach proficiency in speaking and reading.
Unfortunately, translation work in Korea, like in most countries, has yet to reach a respectable status, as it takes years of training and professional experience for one to be able to produce a good quality translation. As such, translation is not a highly sought-after profession. Thus, attracting and retaining quality people in this industry has always been an uphill task.
However, here at Lingua Technologies International, we have the right network of linguists who will deliver quality work and align with your expectations of English to Korean translation. Translation never has to be difficult again.
THE IMPORTANCE OF KOREA AND THE KOREAN LANGUAGE
Are you a huge fan of K-Pop, K-drama, K-culture, or Kimchi? The draw of the Korean language and culture globally is one that’s been around for decades. The soft-power of Korea goes beyond its borders and this constantly keeps its language in demand.
With a population of more than 51 million, South Korea is the fourth-largest economy in Asia and the 11th largest in the world. Along with Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, South Korea is known to be one of the four Asian Dragons.
Korean is also widely used online and joins the ranks of the top twenty languages being used on the internet.
Hence, if you want a share of the global market, communicating in Korean is definitely important. This is especially evident in world economic significance and international relations. With big brands coming out of this technology-driven and innovative nation, you can imagine the importance the Korean language holds in businesses across borders!
ABOUT THE KOREAN LANGUAGE
The Korean language was created in the 15th century through Korea’s Great King Sejong, to establish a cultural identity for the county through its unique script. There are, however, some influences from Japanese, Chinese, and English. Several dialects are spoken throughout the different regions of Korea, although most are mutually intelligible.
In the past, Korean was considered to be part of the Ural-Altaic language family as a language, but recently, it is the dominating theory that Korean is an isolated language with nearly no relationship with other language families.
Many studies are being conducted to identify its exact origin, but a common understanding that Korean originates from the ancient Northeast Asian region and has a common origin with Mongolian or Manchurian (which is considered nearly exterminated completely) is established to some degree.
Is the daunting difficulty of Korean a fact or myth?
- 19 consonants
- 21 vowel letters
- Possibly 11,172 Hangul syllables
- Some of the verbs with 600 different endings
If you consider the above, Korean can certainly be considered as much more difficult to learn compared to Chinese and Japanese.
Do you also know that the language itself is actually not known as ‘Korean’? The names for the language vary depending on which part of Korea you are in. Say, if you are in North Korean, the language is either called ‘Joseoneo’ or ‘Joseonimal’. For South Korea, the language is called ‘Hangugeo’ or ‘Hangungmal’. Koreans call their own language ‘Urimal’, which literally means ‘our language’.
YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR PROFESSIONAL KOREAN TRANSLATION
When it comes to getting authentic Korean translation, it is about getting the right Korean translators with enough training and professional experience to produce Korean translations that are fit for its purpose.
With more than 2 decades of experience in providing translation from English to Korean, Korean to English, and all Korean related translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you.
As part of our GCBG network, we work closely with our Korean partner, Prolangs, in South Korea to provide specialized translation for Korean-English and other language pairs.
Our Korean language partner in South Korea is one of the biggest and the longest-serving Korean language translation company in South Korea. Established in 1988, with more than 30 years of providing translation service effectively to B2B and B2C, our Korean language partner has earned the highest accolade and reputation as the best in the industry for the provision of Korean translation both at home and aboard.
Since its inception, our team in South Korea has translated countless millions of words into and from Korean. Covering a wide array of industries, some of which include the translation of product manuals, repair/maintenance manuals, technical documents, websites, promotion/marketing materials, education materials, medical documents to legal documents.
Some of the clients in our portfolio include:
Audi Volkswagen Group Korea
Toyota Motors Korea
Honda Motors Korea
Volvo Group Korea
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Peugeot Citroen Automobiles
Jaguar Land Rover Korea etc.
Medicine & Pharmaceuticals
Glaxo Smith Kline
Janssen Korea Ltd
LG Life Sciences
Green Cross etc.
IT, Electronics & SW
Yamaha Corporation etc.
Semi-conductor and Machinery
Honeywell Korea Ltd etc.
With our ISO 17100 certification and our local team of Korean translators providing professional Korean translation solutions for the Korean speaking market, you know your translations are in good hands.
When you work with us for your Korean translation requirement, you know are getting expert advice and solution from the source. Providing professional Korean translation is definitely our forte. 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.
Contact us now at +65 6576 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately. 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.