The Urdu Translation Service You Have Been Looking For

Urdu is spoken by more than 100 million people, predominantly in Pakistan and India. It is the official state language of Pakistan and an officially recognized language in the constitution of India having official status in the five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand, as well as Delhi.

With the recent economic liberalization, including privatization of government corporations, which aims at attracting foreign investment in Pakistan, and the exponential growth of the outsourcing market in India, the demand for translating to Urdu is on the rise.

dbGroup is your reliable language service partner for all your Urdu translation & localization needs. Throughout more than 23 years of experience, we have worked on a wide range of Urdu translation/localization projects, delivering impeccable quality and fast turnarounds at highly competitive rates.

We offer our quality translation & localization services to almost all industries: whether you want to take advantage of the lucrative Military market in Pakistan, where arms imports increased by 119 per cent between 2004–2008 and 2009–13, or you are willing to expand to the booming Pakistani telecom market, reaching 140 million mobile users in 2017, dbGroup provides the Urdu translation services you have been looking for: that is, translation services that are hassle-free and tailored to the unique intricacies of your industry. We choose from a wide network of veteran native-speaking linguists, making certain the translator(s) working on your project has extensive experience in the relevant subject matter, guaranteeing absolute accuracy.

Characterized by its vast vocabulary and many levels of politeness, Urdu is a poetic language that was originally spoken by elites and is considered a formal, aristocratic language in South Asia. This brings challenges to translators since one word can have 4 different translations that differ in the level of politeness. Only an experienced native-speaking linguist can convey the right register and formality while translating to Urdu.

Additionally, Urdu has a distinct sentence order (Subject Object Verb) unlike English, for example, where it is (Subject Verb Object), so relying on machine translation gives meaningless, confusing translations. Moreover, Urdu uses gendered nouns, where each noun has masculine or feminine gender, as opposed to English where nouns are not gendered.

Urdu’s unique Nasta’liq script poses additional technical challenges: not only is it written from Right to Left (RTL), unlike most other Left to Right (LTR) languages like English and German, but also its alphabet is cursive (letters take slightly different shapes according to their position in the word) and diacritics are used to modify the pronunciation of certain characters; many letters are very similar and only diacritics differentiate them. Another technical difficulty is text expansion: Urdu is a lengthy language where abbreviations are not used. Text expansion of 30-40% is expected when translating to Urdu.

Using the latest Desktop Publishing (DTP) and CAT tools, at dbGroup we make sure text, images, tables, etc. are displayed correctly while translating from a LTR language to a RTL language (Urdu). We implement rigorous QA process to ensure all characters are properly rendered using the right font and diacritics.

Urdu has a few dialects that can differ greatly especially in vocabulary since Urdu spoken in Pakistan borrowed heavily from Arabic and Persian while that spoken in India is distinct by its mixture of vocabulary from Marathi and Konkani.

Knowing that the ultimate aim of translation is communicating and engaging with end-users, we are keen on hiring linguists who speak not only the language but also the dialect of your target locale, delivering natural translations that have a local look and feel.

If you are looking for culturally tailored, accurate Urdu translation/localization service to reach out to your Urdu-speaking audience, search no further. dbGroup offers turnkey language services such as website localization, interpretation, multimedia, technical, and marketing translation, all at affordable rates.