Language Scientific’s Welsh Translation Services

Language Scientific provides premier Welsh translation services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of Welsh. We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, bio-medical and pharmaceutical companies.

Language Scientific has two divisions—Technical and Engineering Localization and Translation Services Division and Medical and Pharmaceutical Localization and Translation Services Division. Both groups provide a full range of Welsh language services including:

 

We offer a unique depth of subject-matter expertise via our Advanced Scientific Knowledge network (ASKnetwork™) and globalization know-how for companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Chemical, Clinical Research, Energy, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Technology and related industries. Our ASKnetwork™ of over 6,000 specialists comprises multilingual engineers, doctors and scientists working in over 75 countries on 5 continents.

Language Scientific’s unique Accreditation Program for Technical and Medical Translators, along with a rigorous Quality Management System, ensures the quality standards that our clients have come to depend on. Language Scientific is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17100:2015 certified company.

At Language Scientific, we are driven by the mission to set the new Standard of Quality for technical translation and localization. It is this mission that drives our success and sets us apart as a company. When you need precise global communication, Language Scientific is the clear choice.

Welsh Language Statistics/Facts

Welsh (y Gymraeg) is a Celtic language and is considered the native language of Wales. Welsh is the oldest language in Britain, dating back a 4000 years. Welsh has historically been known as ‘the British Tongue.’ Welsh received official status in Wales, with the Welsh Language Measures Act in 2011. With this act, Welsh became the only language that has achieved the de jure status in UK.

Although Welsh is the native language of Welsh, its usage had gradually declined in recent history, making it a minority language by 1911. According to the 2004 Welsh Language Use Survey, there had a decline to 19% (half a million) from what was 21.7% of Welsh speakers living in Wales. The Welsh language is primarily spoken in the West and North West of Wales, especially in Carmarthenshire, Gwynedd and Ceredigion counties. However, according to a study conducted by the Welsh Assembly in 2013, only 50% of Welsh speaking people between the ages of 16-24 consider themselves fluent in Welsh. According to a study by Welsh TV channel SC4, in 1993 there had been around 130,000 Welsh speakers in England.

Despite its fading popularity and it being a minority language, support for the Welsh language started growing by the mid-20th century. Several constitutional acts from 1993 to 2012 established that Welsh and English are to be considered equals within the country of Wales. Accordingly, the Welsh Government and local councils use Welsh as one of the official languages in state matters. Road signs in Wales are published in both English and Welsh, along with the Welsh version of names. Studying the Welsh language is a mandatory module in the academic curriculum for all students up to the age of 16 years. S4C is a television channel in Wales that’s completely run in the Welsh language.

Dialects of Welsh

Dialect Region
Northern Welsh In northern parts of Wales
Southern Welsh In southern parts of Wales
Patagonian Welsh In lower Chubut valley and in the Andes

Countries Where Welsh Is Spoken

  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • Australia
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Welsh-Speaking Country Data

Country: Wales, United Kingdom

Capital: Cardiff
Population: 3.168 million
Devolved Government Within Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy: First Minister Carwyn Jones AM
Currency: Sterling Pound
GDP (ppp): $54.3 b
Unemployment: 4.8%
Government Type: Devolved Government Within Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: Agriculture, livestock, coal mining and export, finance, research and development

Country: England, United Kingdom

Capital: London
Population: 53,000,000
Devolved Government Within Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy: Prime Minister David Cameron
Currency: Pound Sterling
GDP (ppp): $2.849 t
Unemployment: 5.1%
Government Type: Devolved Government Within Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: Chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, arms industry, aircraft manufacturing, software development, tourism, alcoholic beverage production

Country: New Zealand

Capital: Wellington
Population: 4,565,638
Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy: Prime Minister John Key
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
GDP (ppp): $37,300
Unemployment: 5.1%
Government Type: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: Agriculture, manufacturing, farming, dairy products, constructing, raw material extraction

Country: Argentina

Capital: Buenos Aires
Population: 43,853,732
Presidential Republic: President Mauricio Macri
Currency: Argentine Peso
GDP (ppp): $20,000
Unemployment: 8%
Government Type: Presidential Republic
Industries: Agriculture, manufacturing industry for steel, machinery, chemicals, glass, cement, plastic and aluminum, food processing

Welsh Language History

It is believed that Welsh is an evolution of the Celtic languages that were spoken by the Britons. The Welsh spoken today is regarded a direct descedent from Welsh spoken in the 6th century. By 1850, nearly 90% of the Wales population spoke Welsh. However, the popularity and the usage of Welsh gradually declined over centuries. Primary reasons for the decline of Welsh include the mass immigration in the time of the industrial revolution, as well as the forcible discouragement of its use.

The earliest examples of the Welsh literature are found in the form of poems of Taliesin featuring Urien of Rheged (a king of Southern Scotland) and Aneirin’s Y Gododdin. The poem describes a battle between Northumbrians and Celts.

Four distinctive periods have been identified related to the formation and evolution:

  • Primitive Welsh- the time immediately after the initiation of the language from Brittonic.
  • Old Welsh – from 9th century to 12th century
  • Middle Welsh – lasted till the beginning of the 14th century. Most manuscripts of the Mabinogi belong to this period.
  • Modern Welsh – starting from the 14th century, and have been evolved to-date. This has been again divided s Early and late modern Welsh. Early modern Welsh existed from 14th century towards the end of 16th century. Early modern Welsh examples are the cywyddau of Dafydd ap Gwilym.

During the early modern Welsh period, the British monarchy tried to gain sovereignty over Wales. During this time the British monarch did not allow the use of Welsh under penalty of force. In 1536, King Henry VIII established the Act of Union, which declared that the use of Welsh for administrative, legal and business purposes was to be banned. The English language had been vehemently encouraged in schools and the government, causing a gradual decline in the use of the Welsh language over generations.

In 1588, the Bible was published in Welsh. This bench marked Welsh as a standard language in Wales and drove to the development of the late modern Welsh.

Contact Us

Please call us at 1-617-621-0940 or email us at info@languagescientific.com to find out how Language Scientific can help you meet your translation requirements.