If you know a bit about the linguistic landscape in Africa, you probably know that Senegal uses French as its official language. As such, French is a compulsory subject for Senegalese school students and serves as the language of administration. But what you may not know is that only around 15–20% of men and 1–2% of women in the country actually understand French. In practice, the true lingua franca of the West African nation is Wolof, spoken natively in much of the northern coastal areas of Senegal. Many other indigenous languages are also spoken widely in the country, including Serer.
Serer, or Sereer, is spoken by around 1.4 million people, the vast majority of whom reside in Senegal, although around 30,000 people in the Gambia are also reported to speak the language, along with a small speaker community in Mauritania. Notable too is that not all ethnically Serer people speak the Serer language—around 200,000 Serer people instead speak a Cangin language. However, Serer is easily the predominant language of the Serer people and constitutes an influential language in the region—but that still hasn’t translated into reliable translation services for the West African language. That’s where we at TranslationServices.com come in with our Serer translation team.
We’re proud to translate to and from Serer. We’re also happy to provide a free quote—all you have to do is ask!
Here’s a little more information on Serer.
Serer belongs to the Niger–Congo language family, which accounts for the majority of languages in Africa. Going deeper, Serer occupies the Senegambian branch of the family, like Wolof and Fulani, a major indigenous language in the Sahel. Serer is comprised of various dialects, most of which have a high level of mutual intelligibility, with Serer Sine standing as the language’s prestige dialect.
Grammatically, Serer is an inflection-heavy language that relies largely on suffixes to express grammatical meanings and relationships. Though not a Bantu language, Serer shares the colossal African language subfamily’s complicated noun class system, with Serer featuring 14 classes (eight for singular nouns and six for plural nouns). Since most of the classes have no discernible semantic basis for classifying words, Serer can be a tricky language for learners, especially when you consider how pervasive the noun class system is in the language—a noun’s class determines the agreement marker used with adjectives and demonstratives. Serer verbs are also complex and, thanks to the numerous suffixes that may be added, can grow quite long.
Our team is eager to get started on your Serer translation project.
Serer may not be the biggest language in Senegal, but it certainly is an important one. We looked all over the country for the leading Serer translation experts, and we found them: passionate, native-speaking Serer translators with years of experience translating all sorts of content. From corporate content, to academic papers, to literary material and digital data, our Serer translators team is diverse and multifaceted, and we’re confident that we can accommodate your Serer translation needs.
Do you want translation from English to Serer or from Serer to English? Whichever direction you’re looking for, we can provide it. Are you concerned that your content contains technical jargon and your translator won’t be able to translate them accurately? Don’t worry—we’ve worked hard to find Serer translators who are also experts in other fields, meaning that whatever discipline you’re working in, we’re bound to have a translator with expertise in your area. We also accommodate the various dialects of Serer—of course, we most often work with Serer Sine, but if you need translation services in another dialect, simply let us know!
Our Serer translation team is ready to help you with your project—all you have to do is message us!