Accurate Italian Translation and Interpretation for Businesses
We have built up a network of over 9,000 mother tongue linguists over the years, all of whom can use industry-specific insight to provide Italian translation services to companies across a whole host of sectors. Global Voices can translate an array of documents, from websites and manuals, to contracts and marketing materials. We also provide Italian interpretation services for one-on-one and group meetings.
Here at Global Voices, we only hire the best quality translators. Our team of native Italian linguists have at least three years’ experience working as translators, where they have gained expert insight into the language’s linguistic and cultural nuances. Combined with their unique sector insight, which gives them the knowledge of industry-specific terms and phrases, they provide the most accurate service possible.
All Italian translation projects, whatever the size or industry, are managed by dedicated project managers, who are on-hand to support you at every stage. Contact us today to find out more about our services.
Why Your Business Needs Italian Translation Services
The Italian language is spoken by around 85 million people worldwide, and is the third most spoken first language in the EU. Roughly 16% of the EU’s total population speak Italian either as a first or second language, and it is the national language of Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, the Vatican City and regions of Croatia and Slovenia.
With Italy being a powerful player in areas like the luxury goods market and the arts, Italian is an important tongue in the business world. The need for Italian translation is extremely high, especially considering its well-known variety of dialects, such as Sicilian and Venetian.
If you are conducting business in Italy, cultural awareness is critical, so working with a specialised Italian translator who has an understanding of dialects, Italian history and values is crucial. Our team can localise your content to ensure your message is never lost in translation.
Italian Cultural Considerations
What are other cultural facts about Italy? How to interact with an Italian-speaking person? This is what you should know about Italian culture.
Similar to other European countries, Italy’s predominant religion is Roman Catholicism. According to the CIA, 83.3% of Italians are Catholic. In fact, the Roman Catholic Church still plays a role in the country’s politics, with the Holy See located in the Vatican City. There are other religious minorities in the country, such as Protestantism, Muslim, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Traditions, musts and must nots
Italy is known for its contributions to art, architecture, football, design, cars, fashion, opera, film, and food. Aside from pasta and pizza, Italy is famous for being the birthplace of some of the most celebrated artists in the world, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, as well as having the Fashion capital of the world, Milan. Additionally, Italian-speaking countries such as San Marino and Vatican City are very well known for their rich history, and, in the case of Vatican City, for being the smallest country in the world and the epitome of religious belief in Roman Catholics.
When interacting with Italian-speaking people, other things to take into consideration are as follows:
- Greetings – It is common to shake hands when meeting someone for the first time, especially in a business setting. It is also common to give air kisses on both cheeks, starting on the left side, when greeting someone you know well or are close with.
- Addressing Italians – Italian names are made up of one first name and surname, with many of the first names ending in a vowel. When greeting someone, it is recommended to address them by their title and last name, unless invited to move to a first-name basis. Italian also makes a distinction between the more formal “Lei” and the more informal “tu”, both meaning ‘you’. “Lei” is commonly used when talking to the elderly as a sign of respect, as well as in formal scenarios. The more informal “Tu” is used when talking to those you know well or are close with. Older Italians also prefer to be addressed using titles such as “Signore” (Mr.) and “Signora” (Mrs.).
- Time management – Do not take punctuality too seriously in social situations, as Italians can have a very relaxed sense of time. However, in formal occasions and business meetings, being punctual is recommended. Additionally, it is common for Italians to relax or nap between 2pm and 4pm, with many businesses closing in the early or late afternoon.
- Communication style – Italians can come across as being very warm, direct, open, sociable, and passionate. They may speak loudly on occasion or talk over one another, but this does not mean they are angry or arguing. In business meetings, this can be seen with interruptions and multiple conversations within a group.
- Home settings – When visiting an Italian house, do not take your shoes off unless you are asked to. Opposite to other parts of the world, taking your shoes off does not show respect and can be seen as rude. However, do take your time to show some kindness. Guests often bring a gift and compliment the home of an Italian host.
- Mealtimes – Eating can be done late in Italy. Generally, guests wait for their host to sit and for them to say “Buon appetito” before eating. Some hosts may also pray before a meal. It is considered rude to leave the table before everyone else has finished eating, putting one’s hands on one’s lap and resting the elbows on the table.
- Avoiding certain topics and stereotypes – Jokes about Italian corruption and their religion will not go down well. Additionally, Italians are very proud of their cuisine and culture, so foreign criticism will be offensive.
Just how important are gestures in Italian?
It is said a gesture is worth 1,000 words in Italy. Gestures are a dominant part of Italian communication and if you are to understand an Italian fully, understanding these gestures is just as important as understanding their words. Italians are expressive people, and physical movements to underscore meaning are part of everyday communication. Our Italian interpreters will help you navigate these cultural conventions with ease.
Where did the Italian language originate?
Italian is one of the Romance languages, meaning it derived from Vulgar Latin between the third and eighth centuries. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the tongue spoken by educated Tuscans spread to become the national language, however.
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