Japanese Language Services
Understanding The Japanese Language & Providing Professional Japanese Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists
American Language Services ® (ALS) understands the importance of working in the Japanese language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Japanese language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Japanese interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Japanese language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.
Japanese Translation Services
The need for Japanese translations has rocketed since the vast improvements of technology since the 1980's and now there are over 130 million Japanese speakers worldwide.
Our translators are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Japanese language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics. This can be very important when it comes to Japanese translations as some dialects such as Tsushima can be unintelligible to other Japanese speakers.
English to Japanese Translation
English to Japanese translation is a difficult process and poses many difficulties to inexperienced translators for both grammatical and cultural reasons. American language services' English to Japanese translators are based in Japan and are highly experienced, they are well aware of these differences.
The Worldwide Usage of the Japanese Language
Although Japanese is spoken almost exclusively in Japan, it has been and sometimes still is spoken elsewhere. When Japan occupied Korea, Taiwan, and parts of the Chinese mainland, the Philippines, and various Pacific islands before and during World War II, locals in those countries were forced to learn Japanese in empire-building programs. As a result, there are many people in these countries who can speak Japanese in addition to the local languages. Japanese emigrant communities (the largest of which are to be found in Brazil). Approximately 5% of Hawaii residents speak Japanese, with Japanese ancestry the largest single ancestry in the state (over 24% of the population). Japanese emigrants can also be found in Peru, Argentina, Australia and the United States
The Japanese Script
The Japanese language is written with a combination of three different types of scripts: modified Chinese characters called kanji and two syllabic scripts made up of modified Chinese characters, hiragana and katakana The Latin alphabet, is also often used in modern Japanese, especially for company names and logos, advertising, and when entering Japanese text into a computer. Western style Indian numerals are generally used for numbers, but traditional Sino-Japanese numerals are also commonplace.
The Vast Japanese Empire
Japanese is spoken in Japan; Japan comprises over 3,000 islands making it an archipelago. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku, together accounting for 97% of Japan's land area. Most of the islands are mountainous, many volcanic; for example, Japan's highest peak, Mount Fuji, is a volcano. Japan has the world's tenth largest population, with about 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.
Who are You Going to Trust with Your Vital Japanese Language Needs?
The Japanese language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Japanese. Since 1985, ALS has provided outstanding Japanese interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.
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