Gengo offers on-demand and high-quality Spanish translation services at affordable rates. Thousands of companies large and small trust Gengo to fuel their global growth.
Working with Gengo gives you access to thousands of certified Spanish translators with years of translation and localization experience, as well as our intuitive platform and embedded quality tools. Our expert team can help you manage projects of any size to find a flexible, efficient and economical solution to your translation needs.
Choose between two different levels of quality and pricing to match your needs. All Spanish translators have been pre-tested for each level to ensure high quality translations.
English to Spanish Translation
Localizing English content into Spanish (and vice versa) can pose significant challenges for translators. For one, like most languages, Spanish contains its own cultural nuances that require creativity and a strong knowledge of both languages to overcome. Formal titles and a formal version of the pronoun “you” are often used in particular contexts, for example, and nicknames are common.
What’s more, although the basic word order of sentences in Spanish and English are similar, Spanish is more flexible, with words that are to be stressed often placed at the end of the sentence. Again, challenges such as these require any translator to possess a deep knowledge of the language and its complexities to avoid non-natural syntax.
Spanish translation tips
Latin American vs. European Spanish
The first question to ask at the beginning of your Spanish translation project is this: which Spanish do I choose? Like the discrepencies between American and British English, there are also many differences between the Spanish spoken in Spain and the Spanish spoken in Latin America. When translating into Spanish, it’s essential to know your target market, as terms and phrases used in one region may not make sense to other Spanish speakers.
Translation text expansion
Spanish is a highly poetic and expressive language. As such, sentences tend to elongate during the translation process. When you translate from English to Spanish, your original text can expand by up to 25%, which is something that needs to be carefully considered due to the potential impact this can have on layout and design.
Popular Spanish translation phrases
Take a look at some of the most popular and searched for English phrases and their Spanish translations.
|What to translate from English||Spanish translation|
|How are you?||¿Cómo estás?|
|I love you||Te quiero|
|Happy New Year!||Feliz año nuevo!|
|I miss you||Te echo de menos|
|Happy birthday!||¡Feliz cumpleaños!|
Spanish language facts
Estimated to be the world’s second-most spoken language, Spanish is part of the Ibero-Romance language family which also includes Portuguese, Catalan and Galician. Spanish also shares many similarities with other Romance languages such as Italian and French, while differing significantly from other European languages like English, German and Dutch.
- There are over 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide, making it the second most widely-spoken language in the world.
- Spanish is the official language of 21 countries across Europe, Africa and Central, South and North America.
- Spanish is classified as a Romance language, along with Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, French and Romanian.
- The use of Spanish online has risen by 800% within the last three years.
- An estimated 18 million students are currently studying Spanish as a foreign language.
Spanish, a global language
As the mother tongue of 480 million people, Spanish is one of the world’s most widely-spoken native languages. Another 90 million people have Spanish as their 2nd language. The majority of these people are found in Latin America.
Although Spanish speakers globally will have little difficulty communicating with each other, there are slight regional differences. Spanish in the Americas has more of an English influence, while the Spanish of the Iberian peninsula is more influenced by French. A notable example is the Latin American Spanish word for computer, computadora, which in Spain is ordenador, close to the French ordinateur.
Gengo’s Spanish translators are well-versed in these differences, making them experts at ensuring your content is perfectly optimized for your target audience, wherever they may be.
Spanish translation services
Gengo is a leading provider of professional English to Spanish translation. With thousands of professional English-Spanish translators located worldwide, no other translation company can so quickly provide such high quality translation at such competitive rates.
Our areas of expertise
If you want to succeed in Spanish speaking markets, your content needs to be perfectly translated. Gengo supports Spanish translation of a wide range of document and content types, including:
- Spanish website localization
- Spanish mobile app localization
- Spanish game localization
- Spanish product description translation
- Customer support translation
- Translate marketing copy, ads and social media
- Translate news articles and entertainment
- Translate travel listings and guides
- Spanish document translation
- Translate emails, letters and more
Gengo’s Spanish translators are experts in their field with years of professional translation experience under their belts. This is why Gengo is trusted by global companies like YouTube, Airbnb and Sony to translate content at high quality and lightning speed. Our innovative translation platform and global network means that no matter the size or complexity of your Spanish translation project, we are able to deliver on time, every time, with quality assured.
If you are looking to translate your English content not only to Spanish, here are some more available languages:
Free English to Spanish dictionaries and online translation tools
Gengo offers a world-class human translation (HT) service tailored to each of our clients’ specific needs. This is what we do best. In some cases, however, machine translation (MT) – translation services powered by AI and machine learning – are a great alternative for looking up a word or translating a phrase on the go.
Though machine translation can’t beat human translators yet in terms of quality, accuracy and simplicity, we understand that sometimes – when all you need is a simple sentence translated or when a rough approximation will do – machine translation can be very useful.
Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular free to use English to Spanish dictionaries and translation tools.
What is it? Reverso is a simple online translation tool. Type whatever it is you want translating into the input field, hit the go button and your translated word or phrase will appear in mere seconds.
Pros: Reverso is easy to navigate and simple to use. The tool also produces multiple, contextual variations of what you’re trying to translate.
Cons: Accuracy cannot be guaranteed when translating lengthy content and is unlikely to impress a native speaker.
What is it? Google Translate allows users to translate simple text using their keyboard, as well as using their voice, camera and handwriting.
Pros: The Google Translate mobile app is available offline and its range of input options allows for users to decide exactly how they would like to translate.
Cons: When translating longer pieces of text, Google Translate cannot be trusted for accuracy.
What is it? Systran is a market leading machine translation provider, specialising in translation services for business use.
Pros: Systran provides a number of different platforms, including an instant online translator, browser extension and a mobile app for translating on the move.
Cons: Unlike other translation tools, Systran does not offer suggestions for alternative wording or phrasing.
What is it? Promt’s machine learning translation engine promises accurate translations for a wide range of document types.
Pros: With desktop and mobile versions, Promt’s key selling point is its convenience.
Cons: Promt is an expensive translation option, especially if you would like to take advantage of all of its features.
What is it? Available online and as a mobile app, Spanishdict offers an extensive Spanish dictionary, as well as features such as pronunciation help and word games.
Pros: Spanishdict’s mobile app also works offline, meaning it is always at your fingertips. It is simple to use and offers helpful alternative suggestions to queries.
Cons: Although handy, Spanishdict is not accurate enough to be trusted for professional level translation projects.
Localizing Websites using hreflang Meta Tags
When translating a website it’s important to ensure that search engines are able to understand exactly what language (or languages) your content is available in. In addition to the language attribute on the
<html> tag, each page should also include a
<head> section in which links to its localized equivalent are listed.
If the primary language of your website is English, for example, and you want to translate it into Spanish, then every translated page should include the following block of code in the
<link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/about/" hreflang="en" /> <link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/es/about/" hreflang="es" />
Keep in mind that this block should be added to both the original and the localized versions of your page (in this case: example.com/about/ & example.com/es/about/). By doing this, each page points to every available localized version of itself, making it easy for search engines to understand the structure of your site and display the appropriate translation for every user.
Targeting a Language and a Country
In addition to specifying the language that your content is written in, you can also specify particular countries that you would like to target. This is ideal for a language that is spoken in multiple countries, such as Spanish (spoken in Spain, Mexico and the US, among others). To do this, the country to be targeted is simply included in the hreflang attribute, like so:
<link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/es/" hreflang="es" /> <link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/es-MX/" hreflang="es-mx" /> <link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/es-US/" hreflang="es-us" />