Romansh is one of the four official languages of Switzerland, along with German, Italian and French. It is one of the Rhaeto-Romance languages, believed to have descended from the Vulgar Latin variety spoken by Roman era occupiers of the region, and, as such, is closely related to French, Occitan and North Italian, as well as other Romance languages to a lesser extent. As of the 2000 Swiss Census, it is spoken by 35,095 residents of the canton of Graubunden (Grisons) as the language of "best command", and 61,815 in the "best command" plus "most spoken" categories. Spoken now by around 0.9% of Switzerland's 7.5 million inhabitants, it is Switzerland's least-used national language in terms of number of speakers.
Romansh is an umbrella term covering a group of closely related dialects, spoken in southern Switzerland and all belonging to the Rhaeto-Romance language family. The other members of this language family are from northern Italy: Ladin, with which Romansh is more closely related, is spoken by some 22,550 in the Dolomite mountains of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, and Friulian is spoken by around 550,000?595,000 people in northeastern Italy.
Romansh is spoken in the Swiss canton of Grisons or Graubünden, "the Grey League", which preserves the name of the self-defense organization of Romance speakers set up in the 15th century. It became part of Switzerland in 1803. Germans once called this language Chur-Walsch, "foreign speech of Chur", for Chur was once the center of Romansh. This is cited as one possible explanation of the origin of the modern term "Kauderwelsch" meaning gibberish. However, most of Grisons, including Chur and even its cross-river suburb of Walschdorfli ("little foreign-language-speaking village"), now speak German; Romansh survives only in the upper valleys of the Rhine and the Inn.
Accurate Romansh translation the first time around
Trust in your translation provider is the key to receiving the quality translation
you are looking for. At WorldAccess we pride ourselves on delivering your Romansh
translation project that is backed up with a guarantee.
Your Romansh translation will only be done by in-country translators with
proven experience in the subject of your original document. A Project Manager, who is
also an experienced linguist, will be dedicated to your translation project.
We'll provide your Romansh translated document in exactly the same format
as your original unless specified different. This means you'll have an accurate
Romansh translation you can use straight away.
Things to consider when translating between Romansh and other Languages
Layout designs - Text typically expands or contracts when translating one language to
another. English to Romansh translations and Romansh to English translations, will contract
or expand depending on the subject matter.
Which Romansh do you need for your translation?
Getting the Romansh translation of your documents right can be very tricky. Clearly there's
only one Romansh language but as in most countries different sections of the population will
have different ways of saying things. Your Account Manager will discuss the target market
of your document with you. Clearly if your Romansh translation is aimed at teenagers it will
need to use their phrases and maybe even slang. Missing these small issues can be the
difference between a successful translation and a bad one.
Specialist industry Romansh translators
With a large network of in-country, bilingual Romansh translator, WorldAccess
Translations can respond quickly and effectively to your Romansh language
translation needs. Our translation teams are professional linguists
performing translation from English to Romansh and Romansh to English for a
range of documents in various industries.
Romansh Translation Quality Procedures
We work within documented quality procedures and will adopt additional quality
controls in order to align with client-side process. Each Romansh translator is
selected based on their experience and special areas of expertise.
All translators are bound by a commercial confidentiality and corporate
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