Are you looking to connect with a constellation of vibrant cities across a territory that spans nearly an entire continent? With over 483 million native speakers, Spanish is the second largest language in the world. In fact, it’s the third most widely used language on the Internet. This means Spanish translations are an important consideration for e-commerce companies or other organizations relying on the web to raise their profile.
While Spain itself is an important player within the EU, translating your materials into Spanish also allows you to unlock most of Latin America, where it is the official (or co-official) language of 18 countries. From northernmost Mexico to the southern tip Argentina, these countries are characterized by young populations and growing economies. Each country presents its own opportunities and specialized sectors, with a wealth of natural resources, export-oriented agriculture, and a growing presence in the fields of science and technology. They are united by their shared language, making Spanish translations key for any organization looking to reach a broad new audience.
Spain is the fourth most populous country in the EU. Madrid, its capital, along with Barcelona, are important cultural and economic centers both within Spain and for Europe as a whole, with large, dynamic populations of potential customers. Since the start of the 21st century, Spain has become a major player in the renewable energy, technology, and manufacturing sectors – in addition to remaining a powerhouse in its traditional exports of citrus fruits, olive oil, and wine – with leading global companies headquartered here and relying on Spanish for their day-to-day business.
Did you know that there are actually several, distinct languages spoken in Spain? These include Catalan, Basque, and Galician, as well as the the language we generally refer to as “Spanish” – which is actually called Castilian. Castilian is the language of central Spain, including Madrid, and the country’s official languages. However, Catalan is also widely spoken in the areas surrounding Barcelona, in the region known as Catalonia. For projects aimed specifically at Catalonian audiences, consider hiring Catalan translators as well as Castilian.
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Ever since the end of Spanish colonial rule, different nuances and variations have come to be associated with different countries within Latin America. Although these distinctions are more generally evident in spoken than written Spanish, consider requesting a Spanish translator who is native to a particular target country if your project requires it – advertisements and marketing translations, for example, generally benefit from a more local touch.