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Turkish Language Translation

World class Turkish language translation from qualified professional linguists

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  • There are approximately 70 million native Turkish speakers.
  • Around 60 million of those are in Turkey itself, with the remainder largely elsewhere in South East Asia and with significant minorities in Cyprus, Germany, Bulgaria and Greece.
  • Turkey joined the EU Customs Union in 1995 and is classified as ‘an emerging market’ according to the IMF.
  • Cyprus has requested that the European Union add Turkish as an official EU language, even though Turkey is not a member state.

When we say ‘Turkish’, we need to be a little more specific: we are really referring to ‘Istanbul Turkish’, which is the most widely spoken of the Turkic languages. This is the language spoken in Turkey and regulated by the Turkish Language Association.

The geographical spread of Turkish speakers is the inheritance of the Ottoman Empire, which took ‘Ottoman Turkish’ (the variety of the Turkish language that was used as the administrative and literary language of the empire) wherever it went.

As with so many things in the modern Turkish state, the imposition of ‘Istanbul Turkish’ can be traced back to Kemel Atatürk, the father of modern Turkey. Cultural reforms were a key part of his reinvention of Turkey as a post-Ottoman nation. Language reform was crucial to this.

Duly, in 1928, Atatürk decreed that the old Ottoman alphabet should be replaced with the Roman alphabet and that Turkish should be purged of loan words (mainly from Persian and Arabic). Indeed, Atatürk toured the country in person explaining why the language reforms were necessary. Incredibly, he decreed that the transition period for adopting the new alphabet should be ... 3 months. Hence, Turkish quickly shed its Arabic script and now has 29 letters in its alphabet and reads left to right.

We work to the following ‘golden rules’:

  • All translators work into their mother tongue
  • All translators are qualified and experienced professional linguists
  • Alexika ensure that the translator has sufficient understanding of the subject matter
  • We use the latest translation technology sensibly to provide an accurate and prompt service

We offer translations into and out of Turkish. Please contact us for more information on Turkish translation.