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Pashto Translation Service

Pashto, also known as Kabuli, or Afghani, is an Indo-European language spoken primarily in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan. Pashto belongs to the Eastern Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian language family. There are nearly 40 million Pashtuns. As defined in the Constitution of Afghanistan, Pashto is a national and official language.

Pashto is primarily spoken in the the east, south and southwest of Afghanistan, but also in some northern and northwestern parts as a result of recent relocation. No exact numbers are available, but the CIA World Factbook 2009 estimates that 35% of the population speak Pashto as their first language. According to an older, but scholarly, estimate by the Encyclopaedia Iranica, Pashto is the native language of 50 to 55 percent of the population, and spoken by less than 10 percent as a second language. According to "A survey of the Afghan people - Afghanistan in 2006", Pashto is the first language of 40% of the population, while additional 27% know the language (combined 67%). According to the recent survey "Afghanistan: Where Things Stand" by BBC/ABC/ARD (average numbers from 2005-2009) Pashto is spoken by 31%.

In Pakistan, Pashto is spoken by about 27 million people (15% of the total population) in the North-West Frontier Province, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and Balochistan. Modern "transplant" communities are also found in Sindh (Karachi and Hyderabad).

In Afghanistan, Pashto is promoted as the first state language, and article 20 of the Constitution of Afghanistan states that the Afghan National Anthem "shall be in Pashto..." Pashto is one of the two official languages of Afghanistan that are used for the administration of the government throughout the country. Pashto is also used in education, literature, office and court business, media, and in religious institutions, etc. It is a repository of the cultural and social heritage of the country. In Pakistan, Pashto is not official language, but it is one of the provincial languages in NWFP, FATA and Balochistan.

Accurate Pashto 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 Pashto translation project that is backed up with a guarantee.

Your Pashto 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 Pashto translated document in exactly the same format as your original unless specified different. This means you'll have an accurate Pashto translation you can use straight away.

Things to consider when translating between Pashto and other Languages

Layout designs - Text typically expands or contracts when translating one language to another. English to Pashto translations and Pashto to English translations, will contract or expand depending on the subject matter.

Which Pashto do you need for your translation?

Getting the Pashto translation of your documents right can be very tricky. Clearly there's only one Pashto 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 Pashto 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 Pashto translators

With a large network of in-country, bilingual Pashto translator, WorldAccess Translations can respond quickly and effectively to your Pashto language translation needs. Our translation teams are professional linguists performing translation from English to Pashto and Pashto to English for a range of documents in various industries.

Pashto Translation Quality Procedures

We work within documented quality procedures and will adopt additional quality controls in order to align with client-side process. Each Pashto translator is selected based on their experience and special areas of expertise.

Translation Confidentiality

All translators are bound by a commercial confidentiality and corporate nondisclosure agreement.
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