Translate to Hausa…Bet on the Winning Horse
Horses are still a status symbol of the traditional nobility in Hausa society. Rely on BayanTech’s expert Hausa translation/ localization services and win the global market horse race.
Hausa is spoken by around 34 million native speakers, in addition to another 20 million second-language speakers. The Hausa language has more first-language speakers than any other language in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Hausa is predominately spoken as a first language in northern Nigeria and southern Niger and has developed into a lingua franca across much of western Africa (Benin, Ghana, Cameroon, etc.), Central Africa (Chad, Central African Republic, Gabon) and northwestern Sudan.
Hausa is used as the language of instruction at the elementary level in schools in northern Nigeria and is available as course of study in northern Nigerian universities.
For purposes of trade, Hausa has expanded to become one of the world’s major languages and amongst the 10 most demanded languages in Africa.
Several high degrees (masters and PhD) are now offered in Hausa in various universities in the UK, US, and Germany. Hausa is also being used in various social media networks around the world. The BBC, Deutsche Welle, Radio France Internationale and Voice of America offer Hausa services on their international news web sites.
With over 80% of its territory covered by the vast Sahara desert, Niger seems like a faraway, hard-to-reach country. Nevertheless, no dessert is wide enough to prevent BayanTech from assisting its clients in reaching new markets.
With our experienced vendor management and top-tier project managers who masterfully manage a wide network of experienced, native-speaking, in-country linguists, we overcome the geographical and resources obstacles, opening the doors of a major market in Africa to our clients.
Since it is a widespread language, it is only natural that Hausa has many dialects and varieties that differ in tonality, lexis, and grammar.
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This linguistic diversity requires careful attention to details and full understanding of the target audience. For each Hausa translation/localization project, a roadmap is planned where each minor detail is effectively communicated amongst the translation/localization team, pitfalls are pinpointed, and optimum solutions are proposed.
Moreover, there are two writing systems for the Hausa language. Although the modern official orthography is a Latin-based alphabet called “boko,” Hausa has also been written in ajami, an Arabic alphabet, since the early 17th century. There is no standard system of using ajami, and different writers may use letters with different values, where short vowels are written regularly with the help of vowel marks.
At BayanTech, we support both writing systems. With our highly qualified Hausa localization engineers armed with state-of-the-art technology tools and eagle-eyed QA specialists, we offer a wide array of language services in Hausa, such as website localization, software and games localization, medical translations, legal translations, etc.
Translation does involve cultural transfer. It is not only a linguistic process; it is transformation of a world into a world, not just a word into a word
Owing to the geographical differences between the grassland and desert zones, Hausa people differ amongst themselves culturally, letting alone the cultural discrepancies between Hausa and any other locale.
Our native-speaking, in-country linguists methodically determine your target locale’s cultural norms and beliefs and make sure your translated message is in perfect harmony with your Hausa audience.