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See below, what kind of changes to the text might be expected for translations from English to Persian or vice versa.

Translation differences

Translation from English to Persian or vice versa entails certain changes in the resulting text. These changes are caused by the inherent differences between the languages. The following things in your order might be affected:

  • The layout of the resulting text
  • Time it takes to translate
  • Translation complexity

Among other factors, these parameters can influence the final price as well. The layout factor is especially important to those, who are interested in our DTP (Desktop Publishing) services.

Translating a document between English and Persian — what to expect
Parameter To English To Persian Difference
Writing systemLatin (English alphabet)Arabic (Persian abjad)Different writing systems: drastic difference
Text directionleft-to-rightright-to-leftDifferent
Characters per word (average)65Minimal
Text length (characters)40% longer29% shorterNoticeable
Overall differenceNoteworthy

Text length and document layout

The main factors influencing the length and layout of the translated document are:

  • Writing system of the target language
  • Writing direction
  • Word length
  • Relative lengths of the texts

Writing system

English uses Latin alphabet, whereas Persian employs Arabic abjad. It may make the translated text shorter or longer than the original, and makes selecting the correct font for the target language essential. Given the same font size, Latin symbols are generally 67% larger than the Arabic ones.

Writing direction

English is read left-to-right, but Persian — right-to-left. It means that, in the translated document, the order of the text and visual elements should be reversed. This is crucial for technical documents and visual instructions, and demands additional work from the DTP specialists.

Word length

Both languages have a similar average word length — 6 for English, and 5 for Persian. Thus, the word length should not affect the layout.

Text length

On average, documents translated to English are 40% longer than source texts in Persian. On the other hand, Persian texts are 29% shorter than their English counterparts. It means that some formatting differences are to be expected in the translated texts. Please note, that the actual visual length is also influenced by the font used.

Word order

Depending on your needs, the word order might be rather important for the translation. Things like slogans and brand names may convey an entirely different meaning, if their word order is changed.

The standard word orders of the languages are different. Various sentence structures may still be possible, but they might have a different meaning or change their style.

Dialects and varieties

English has 3 major varieties: US, UK, and Australian. It is essential for you to choose, which form or dialect to translate to. This is because each variety, from the point of view of the other types, can feel unnatural, misleading, or plainly inappropriate for the text.

If you are not sure, which form to choose for your document, the safe choice is the more widespread one, or the one understood by most speakers. For English, it is the US variety.

Translation complexity

Translation complexity is partially dependent on how closely the languages are related. The further apart the languages are, the more time and effort it takes to express an idea from one language in another one. As a consequence, it affects the price and time it takes to translate a document between English and Persian.

Both English and Persian belong to the Indo-European language family. The English language, however, represents the Germanic branch of the family, while Persian is a member of the Iranian branch. It is not as drastic of a difference as between members of distinct families, but the discrepancy still provides some challenge to the translator.

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