Perfect Spanish Translation & Interpretation Services For Your Business
At Global Voices, we have over 9,000 experienced translators who have delivered efficient and accurate campaigns on more than 36,000 projects. We have provided professional translation and interpretation services across all sectors for businesses aiming to communicate with a Spanish audience.
Our services range from face to face Spanish interpretation and multilingual transcription, to website translation and much more. The only constant is an unwavering commitment to maintaining the same high standards in our Spanish translation services for every client. We know that cheap translation can inaccurately translate Spanish words and grammar, which can really cost a business. So get in touch for a cost-effective, reliable translation service.
We believe simply speaking the language is not enough, which is why all of our Spanish translators have over three years of experience, and our software systems are quality assured with ISO 9001:2008 accreditation.
Why your business needs Spanish translation and interpretation services
As the 2nd most spoken language in the world, finding truly localised Spanish translation services is indispensable when opening your business to markets in Europe, the US and Latin America.
In most cases, literal Spanish translation is not enough. Your business needs a localised approach that identifies and understands the cultural complexity of each place the language is spoken. If you’re targeting Latin America, our specialist Latin American Spanish translators are on hand. Within Spain alone there are key regional language differences. Does your target audience speak Castilian Spanish, or is Catalan, Basque or Galician their native tongue? Global Voices can provide both the answer and the solution.
It’s this approach that makes our Spanish translation services the best choice for ambitious businesses looking to work within Spain, the EU’s fifth largest economy, or the US, the world’s largest economy, where there are over 41 million Spanish speakers. Whether you want to do business in Argentina, Mexico, or Equatorial Guinea, we have translators with an industry-specific, localised knowledge. We can help your business connect with over 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide.
Spanish Cultural Considerations
What are other cultural facts about Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries? How to interact with a Spanish person? This is what you should know about Spanish culture.
Catholic Christianity is the most popular religion in Spain, present in the country since 1492. A survey carried out by the Spanish Center for Sociological Research in 2020 found that 60.2% of Spaniards self-identify as Catholics. However, most do not participate in religious worship. Additionally, 35.5% identify as atheists. Other religions in Spain include Islam, Protestant Christianity, and Buddhism.
Catholic Christianity is also the main religion in South America.
Traditions, musts and must nots
Spain is composed of 17 autonomous regions, each with their own cultures and values, which means Spaniards can identify strongly according to their home region. The country is also known for its cuisine, sports, architecture, and relaxed pace. Equally, all South American countries have their own cultures, as well as traditions and values.
Other things to take into consideration are as follows:
- Greeting a Spaniard – When introduced in a social setting, Spaniards give each other two ‘kisses’ when meeting a woman, whether between two women or between a man and a woman. The kisses involve kissing the air whilst touching cheeks. When kissing on the cheek, always start on the left side. Between two men, it is more common to shake hands or hug, depending on the closeness. However, in a business setting, it is recommended to offer a handshake.
- Spanish names – Spanish names are made up of one or two first names and two surnames, the father’s first surname and the mother’s first surname. Mr. and Mrs. translate to Señor (Sr.) and Señora (Sra.). Señorita is reserved for single women. Spanish also makes a distinction between the more formal “usted” and the more informal “tú” (you).
- Time management – Do not take punctuality too seriously. Spaniards can have a very relaxed sense of time, with many not wanting to rush. This flexible culture can also be seen in meetings, work, and meals. It is common to take a long lunch break, after-lunch conversations called sobremesas, and not religiously follow meeting schedules. Additionally, it is common for Spaniards to relax or nap in the early afternoon, with many businesses closing between 2pm and 5pm, especially in summer.
- Late eating – Following this fluid, flexible time management, eating is also done late. Lunchtime is usually between 1pm to 3.30pm, and dinner rarely starts before 9pm.
- Tipping is optional – Tipping is not mandatory in Spain, as in many other European countries. However, it is polite to add a small tip on top of the bill, normally between 5 and 10 percent.
- Respect home regions – People living in Spain can be very proud of their autonomous regions, cultures and co-official languages. You may want to avoid calling a Catalan or Basque person Spanish, as these are regions that currently fight for their independence.
- Beware of Spanish superstitions – There are many superstitions in Spanish cultures. For instance, some actions can be seen as unlucky, such as passing the saltshaker from hand to hand and sweeping a broom over the feet of a single woman, as she will never marry. Additionally, it is Tuesday the 13th that is unlucky in Spain, rather than Friday the 13th.
- Leave stereotypes aside – Jokes about Spain’s laziness, cuisine, religion, flamenco, bullfighting, football, and siestas are outdated and will not go down well.
What’s the difference between Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish?
The Spanish spoken in Latin America is not the same as the Spanish spoken in Spain. The main difference between Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish is the location.
Spanish is a complex, pluricentric language, and it has evolved differently in different regions. Consequently, there are differences in accents, idioms, vocabulary, and grammar depending on each Spanish-speaking region.
Castilian Spanish, also known as European Spanish and Iberian Spanish, is a variety of Peninsular Spanish and can be seen as the standard form of Spanish. “Castellano” (Castilian) is specific to the varieties of Spanish spoken in Spain, which itself has several different varieties of Spanish, from Northern Spanish to Andalusian Spanish and Canarian Spanish.
Latin American Spanish, or American Spanish, is the Spanish spoken in Latin American countries, such as Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia. Pronunciation varies from country to country, although the speech of some Latin American countries can be similar to Andalusian Spanish.
There also are other varieties of Spanish spoken elsewhere, such as in Africa and Asia.
We are committed to providing a consistently high level of quality in all our customer engagements. Our staff members follow well-established business processes so we can communicate clearly, deliver on time and exceed our customers’ expectations.
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