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SanTranslate is currently providing interpreting services for these two languages that are not well known in the UK.

The Esan language belongs to the Esan people, one of the major ethnic groups in Edo state, southern Nigeria.  The language is a tonal one, like many of its neighbouring languages and, in this respect, is similar to Chinese.  A tonal language is one where the different tonal inflections of a spoken word determine its different meanings.

Lingala is another African language, spoken by over 10 million people in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a large part of the Republic of the Congo and some areas of Angola and the Central African Republic.  The language has influences from French, Portuguese, English and Dutch.

It’s been interesting to work with interpreters in these languages and pleasing to be able to meet the unusual needs of our client.