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The language experts of the Nuremberg-based interpreting and translation agency AP Fachübersetzungen love languages, which is why we can offer our customers high-quality translation and interpreting services for the Spanish language. Our friendly, committed and competent team of Spanish interpreters, translators, editors, proofreaders and project managers is happy to provide you with professional advice and support. The language experts at our translation agency are passionate translators with an eye for detail. Our qualified and experienced Spanish translators and interpreters specialize in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, law and technology. Our publicly appointed and sworn translators are also happy to support you with certified Spanish translations as your competent and reliable partner at any time - even at short notice.

Interesting facts

  • Spanish is the fastest spoken language in the world.
  • After English, Spanish is the second most learned foreign language.
  • Spain is the biggest olive oil producer worldwide.
  • The first document written in Spanish is also the first translation into Spanish (from Latin) and dates back to 964 AD.
  • The book “Grammar of the Castillian language” (Gramática de la lengua castellana) was published in 1492 and was the first grammar of a Romance and non-classical language ever.

Overview

Spanish is a Romance language and is part of the Indo-European language family. With Aragonese, Asturleonesian, Galician and Portuguese, Spanish forms the group of Ibero-Romance languages. More broadly, it belongs to the Western Romance languages along with French, Portuguese, Catalan and Occitan.

Spanish is the official language in 21 countries and one of six official languages of the United Nations. Worldwide, there are about 400 million native Spanish speakers and around 100 million people who speak it as a foreign language. Spanish is the most common native language on the American continent.

In some aspects, the Spanish spoken in Latin and Central America varies widely from the European Spanish regarding pronunciation and vocabulary, and in the written language, there are also differences that the Spanish translator has to consider. Obviously, the specialist translator or interpreter needs to know these major and minor linguistic differences to guarantee optimal translation and interpreting. If you entrust AP Fachübersetzungen with your Spanish translation or interpreting job, you can be sure that we will use the most suitable language mediator for you.

In the case of certified translations, we only use publicly appointed and sworn Spanish translators for legal documents who have many years of experience to ensure the impeccable quality and correctness of your Spanish translation. To guarantee the success of your interpreting project, we use our best court, consecutive, liaison, conference and simultaneous interpreters for Spanish. At AP Fachübersetzungen, your Spanish interpreting and translation projects are in the best of hands.

Countries where Spanish is spoken

  1. Spain
  2. Equatorial Guinea
  3. Andorra
  4. Argentina
  5. Belize
  6. Bolivia
  7. Chile
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Dominican Republic
  10. Ecuador
  11. El Salvador
  12. Gibraltar
  13. Guatemala
  14. Honduras
  1. Colombia
  2. Cuba
  3. Mexico
  4. Morocco
  5. Nicaragua
  6. Panama
  7. Paraguay
  8. Peru
  9. Philippines
  10. Puerto Rico
  11. Trinidad and Tobago
  12. Uruguay
  13. USA
  14. Venezuela

History of the Spanish language

Like all Romance languages, the Spanish language also developed out of Vulgar Latin. The development of Spanish can roughly be divided into the periods of Old Spanish (1200-1450), Early Modern Spanish (1450-1650) and Modern Spanish (starting from 1650).

Apart from the obvious Latin influences, the Arabic language used by the Moorish conquerors shaped the Spanish language since the 8th century as well, and thus over 1,000 arabisms can still be found in the Spanish vocabulary today. This makes Spanish the Romance language with the most Arabic loan words.

The Spanish language was widely propagated, especially due to the expansion by Spanish kings in the course of colonization and imperialism, since 1492 mainly on the South American continent.

Grammar of the Spanish language

The Spanish alphabet contains the 26 letters of the Latin alphabet as well as some other special characters (e.g. ñ). There are also particularities in Spanish punctuation. Questions and exclamations in Spanish do not only have a question mark or exclamation mark at the end of a sentence but also at the beginning, and upside down: How are you? - ¿Cómo estás?

The orthography in Spanish resembles the pronunciation as much as possible, and the spelling of foreign words is usually adapted to the Spanish pronunciation.

Unlike German, which has three genders, Spanish only has two different genders, masculine and feminine. Instead, there are over 50 conjugated forms per verb in Spanish. Many of them are irregular, and non-native speakers can only master them by strict rote learning. In contrast, the number of inflections of verbs, nouns and determinatives is much smaller. But the Spanish language mediator has to think differently when it comes to the position of adjectives in a sentence. While adjectives in German come before the reference word, they are generally placed after the noun that they refer to in Spanish.

Unlike German or English, Spanish is known to be a pro-drop language. This means that personal pronouns in the Spanish language can simply be omitted in many cases if they are not absolutely necessary for understanding, or they are only added to put particular emphasis on something. In German, this would lead to a loss of meaning and be seen as a grammatical error. However, in the Spanish language and in some other Romance languages, this is an accepted part of standard grammar.

Due to all these particularities of the Spanish language, it is advisable to entrust the translation of your specialist texts or interpretation to a native speaker or very experienced language expert. Therefore, at AP Fachübersetzungen we work exclusively with certified and experienced Spanish translators and interpreters and can thus guarantee the high quality and accuracy of your specialist translation. With us, your Spanish translation and interpreting projects are always in the best of hands.

Our contact details

Do you need a (certified) Spanish translation? Do you want the translation to be done with great care and accuracy and as quickly as possible? Do you have an important appointment at a notary or court, a seminar, an audit, a business meeting, an appointment at the authorities, a conference, GMP inspection, meeting, wedding or another significant event and need a Spanish interpreter you can absolutely rely on? Then AP Fachübersetzungen, the high-quality interpreting and translation agency renowned far beyond Nuremberg, is the right place for you. You can reach us at +49 (0)911 – 650 08 650 or by email to info@ap-fachuebersetzungen.de. However, you are also welcome to come to our Nuremberg-based interpreting and translation agency with your interpreting or translation request. The friendly team at AP Fachübersetzungen will be happy to provide you with individual specialist advice and will take care of your inquiries with commitment.

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