The English language belongs to the West Germanic language family. Nowadays, it is the third most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, and it is estimated that there are around 380 million native English speakers and 300 million who use English as a second language.
The English language originated from Anglo-Saxon dialects brought to the east cost of Britain around the 5th century AD by Germanic settlers from various parts of today’s northwest Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. Up to that time, the people of Roman Britain, the Britons, spoke the Celtic language Brythonic (British), as well as a form of Latin as a result of the 400-year Roman occupation.
The Old English language was originally a mixture of various dialects, but eventually Late West Saxon became the dominant one.
Over the centuries and caused by various invasions and the resulting mixing and addition of dialects, English was further transformed and changed to Middle English and subsequently, from around the 16th century AD, to Modern English.
From the 18th century onwards, the expansive British Empire had an immense influence on the world in the fields of science, politics, military, economy and culture. The United States followed along the same lines from the middle of the 20th century. Because of this, the English language was widely spread all around the world and is today the dominant language in the United Kingdom, the United States, many nations of the Commonwealth, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other previous British colonies.
English is often referred to as “world language” and most commonly taught as foreign language. It is used in the fields of science, aviation, computing, diplomacy, and tourism and is an official language of the European Union and in many other organizations around the world. According to the Internet World Stats from 2010, English is also the top language in the internet with over 536 million users.
It is therefore imperative for any company to localize their website at least into English, no matter where in the world they are. Because English is so widely understood and spoken around the world, products and services will be instantly understood and much more accessible to potential clients. If your budget only allows translating your brochures and websites into one language, and you want to reach a global audience, your language of choice is obviously English.
CCJK has extensive experience with translations into and from English, which is one part of our most common and important language combinations, either as the source- or target language. We employ native English speakers, both in-house and freelance, for translations, revisions, proofreading and editing of English texts, to ensure the English translation sounds fluent and native. Our English linguists are experts in various industries, ranging from healthcare, over technical, to financial or legal sectors. We also created extensive English glossaries and so called translation memories for a variety of subject areas. You can therefore rest assured that your documents will be translated into English to the highest standards and with accurate and professional terminology.
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