Languages May Vary From Region to Region

Most of us assume that foreign languages are universally spoken the same way.  In other words, a person speaking Spanish in Mexico, for example, would speak the same way as a person saying the same word in Spain.  Well, this isn’t the case. Foreign languages are as complicated and as varying as English.  They are... View Article

Most of us assume that foreign languages are universally spoken the same way.  In other words, a person speaking Spanish in Mexico, for example, would speak the same way as a person saying the same word in Spain.  Well, this isn’t the case.

Foreign languages are as complicated and as varying as English.  They are influenced by many factors, including where the languages first started.   For example, Spanish was not a native language of the people in Latin and South America.   So, when the Spanish first colonized those countries, a mixture of local languages and Spanish was started.  Because the cultures and languages were as varied in South America and Latin America as many parts of the world, there resulted in different ways of employing the grammar rules that govern the language.

Now, why is this important to a business owner who wants to conduct business throughout the region?

Well, a misplaced word or lack of understanding of a local variation in a word could have tremendous impact on how a contract is interpreted.  Computer translation programs don’t always have the insight and contextual analysis that a skilled translator can employ.

If you are thinking about conducting business outside of the U.S. with a non-English speaking business, please consider us to help.  We have expertise in dozens of languages.


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