Today, translation is a powerful way of propelling your company onto the international scene. It allows you to open up to fast-growing foreign markets, such as the Chinese market, and to access great opportunities for development. At Optilingua, we provide you with professional translators who specialise in your sector of activity, and who will understand your challenges and the specificities of your core business perfectly. They translate exclusively into their mother tongue, which results in a final document of the highest quality.
According to the Cervantes Institute, almost 500 million people currently have Spanish as their mother tongue, making it the most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese. Learn more in this article about the evolution of the Spanish language.
People who have contributed to the evolution of the Spanish language
Let's take a look at three people who have made a special contribution to the evolution of the Spanish language throughout history:
International Translation Day on 30 September celebrates the work of the professionals who dedicate themselves to this important task, promoting dialogue and understanding between cultures.
This year marks 32 years since this day was first celebrated at the initiative of the International Federation of Translators (FIT). For this reason, we would like to take this opportunity to share some interesting facts about Translation Day.
The Vikings are probably the most famous Swedes of all and their expeditions and raids were feared for about 200 years from the year 800. Today, there are exhibitions, museums, and interactive experiences about the Viking people all over the country. The extent of the country from north to south is remarkable. There are 1,500 kilometres from north to south, which also explains the climatic differences between the country's regions.
The Finns call their own country Suomi, which can be translated as swampland. The Finnish lake district was formed by large amounts of melt and rainwater that formed a large lake about 400 km long about 6,000 years ago. The country's cold temperate climate provides ideal conditions for many animals, and in addition to bears, lynxes and wolves, rare bird species are also at home here at the many lakes.
Norway borders the North Sea in the south and the Barents Sea in the north. Accordingly, the country's climate is divided into two parts. In the north and north-east there is a continental climate with warm summers and very cold winters in which minus 40 degrees is common. In the south of the country the climate is much milder and even in winter it snows only occasionally, while in the far north winter sports are possible almost all year round. The Norwegians invented skiing and are the most successful nation at the Winter Olympics.
Denmark borders Germany to the south and is separated from Sweden and Norway by the Skagerrak to the north and the Kattegat to the northeast. Although the Skagerrak in Denmark is clearly considered to be part of the North Sea, the Kattegat traditionally in Scandinavia is not really attributed to the Baltic or North Sea.
Belgium is the political beating heart of Europe and the country has several official and spoken languages. More than half of Belgians are bilingual. Why is that? Find out why multilingualism is a major asset in Belgium. In this article we answer these questions and look at the relationships between the different languages spoken in Belgium.
If you would like to have a document or certificate that was issued abroad legalised or apostilled and are wondering how to proceed, read on. We tell you everything you need to know about legalising a foreign document and discuss the most important steps you should take.
A small country in Western Europe, Luxembourg, also known as the Grand Duchy, is a highly cosmopolitan, multilingual state. What languages are spoken in Luxembourg? And when should you use each of these languages?
Luxembourg, a multilingual country
There are three official languages in Luxembourg: French, German and Luxembourgish. Luxembourgish, the national language of Luxembourg, was only recognised as such in 1984.
To confirm the legal validity of an official document in a foreign country, the local authorities may require it to be certified by an apostille. What does this act of authentication consist of? Which documents are affected by the apostille? And what special requirements apply to China?
What is an Apostille procedure?
An apostille procedure confirms the authenticity of a signature, the identity of a signatory and the seal of a legal document. This authentication process is achieved by affixing a stamp (called an apostille).