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The Shan language is the primary language of the Shan people of Thailand, China, and Myanmar. The majority of the Shan people live in northwestern Thailand and in the Shan State of eastern Myanmar. As a language with such a wide geographic range, Shan has several variants. The northern dialect bears more Chinese influence, while the southern variety is more influenced by Burmese, and the eastern dialect is closer to Northern Thai and Lao. Despite its wide range, Shan is usually written in the same adaptation of Old Mon script used by the Burmese and Karen languages. In fact, the Shan alphabet is quite phonetic and clearly marks each consonant as well as all six of the language's distinct tones.

Considerations when Translating Shan

As part of the Kra-Dai language, Shan belongs to the same subfamily as Thai, Lao and Isan. As part of the Tai language group within the Kra-Dai family, Shan uses a complex system of pronouns to express politeness and social distance between the speaker and audience. Shan speakers use a large inventory of smaller words to express the tone, politeness, and feeling of a given sentence. All of these must be taken into account by an experienced translator to ensure that you receive the best Shan translation services, and you can expect expertise from our TranslationServices.com team.

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While many translation services don’t offer support for less common languages like Shan, we take a different approach at TranslationServices.com. Part of our mission is to provide translation services for languages with fewer speakers, which are often ignored. You can rely on our team’s experience and expertise for quality Shan translation services. If you have any questions or would like to get a free quote for your Shan translation, message us now.

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