Bridging Europe and Asia, Turkey has traditionally been an important trading nation. As home to the once-powerful Ottoman Empire, it maintained a great amount of influence in Eurasia and parts of Africa for several centuries.
Although the Turkish economy has seen times of difficulty, in part due to unrest in neighbouring countries such as Iraq and Syria, it does trade extensively with the EU, and thanks to its beautiful beaches, pleasant climate and rich history, Turkey is a prime destination for tourists.
At ALM Translations, our expert Turkish linguists are mother-tongue speakers based in-market who will translate your text accurately while retaining the intention of the original content. We work with a wide network of linguists, enabling us to provide translators with experience in your particular field – especially important when dealing with highly technical or niche texts.
Localisation is an important process for commercial translation as it ensures your translated copy reads with an authentic local voice. There are many regional variances to the Turkish language and, in order to achieve the best engagement levels with your target audiences, cultural and linguistic sensitivity is required to ensure nothing is lost in translation. Our team of translators can localise all content, from social media adverts to tourist brochures, and thanks to our skilled technical teams, we can supply content across any marketing channel.
Modern Turkish (also known as Istanbul Turkish) has its roots in the Turkic family of languages which spread across central Asia throughout the Middle Ages. Differing significantly to the “Ottoman” style of Turkish, which was largely a blend of Persian, Turkic and Arabic used by those in high society and government, it is the “rough” Turkish spoken by the lower and rural classes which flourished after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1922.
As part of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s reforms to modernise and Westernise Turkey in the 1920s, the Latin alphabet was introduced to replace the previous Perso-Arabic script. The Turkish alphabet contains 29 letters, including the extra vowels ı, ö and ü.
Turkish is classified as the official language of Turkey, Cyprus and Northern Cyprus. It is also a recognised minority language in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Iraq, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Romania. Large Turkish communities can be found in many parts of Europe, notably in Germany and Scandinavia.
It is estimated that there are about 71 million native Turkish speakers and 17 million speakers who use Turkish as their secondary language.
There are three major Anatolian Turkish dialect groups spoken in Turkey: the West Anatolian dialect (roughly to the west of the Euphrates), the East Anatolian dialect (to the east of the Euphrates), and the North East Anatolian group, which comprises the dialects of the Eastern Black Sea coast, such as Trabzon, Rize and the littoral districts of Artvin.
From the 1990s onwards the Turkish economy looked to the EU for key export partnerships, resulting in heavy investment in the manufacturing sector, especially for white goods such as washing machines and fridge freezers. Turkey is also a key export partner for countries in the Middle East.
We have the capacity to translate all Turkish documents including:
Are you in need of Turkish translation services? If so, speak to one of our specialist project managers today and find out how ALM can support your project.