Arabic is the official language of Sudan, with the language used in most aspects of public life across the country. Sudan has even developed its own Arabic vernacular known as Sudanese Arabic. But if you look beneath the surface, you’ll see Sudan is a remarkably linguistically diverse country with more than 70 indigenous languages. Many are spoken by large communities of tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of people, such as Midob.
Midob (sometimes spelled Meidob) is one of Sudan’s many indigenous languages, and with 85,000 or so native speakers, it’s bigger than many of the country’s other minority languages. However, Midob faces the same problems that most minority languages face: namely, fierce competition with the dominant language of the region, in this case Arabic. Without proper support, Midob’s future is threatened—which is why we here at TranslationServices.com are proud to step in with our own Midob translation services.
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Learning a bit more about the Midob language
Most people outside of Sudan haven’t heard of Midob, but you may have heard of its ancient ancestor: Old Nubian. Midob is one of a handful of languages descended from the ancient language of Nubia, standing alongside cousins like Nobiin, Kenzi, and Hill Nubian. Midob is one of the varieties spoken in Sudan, specifically the state of North Darfur, although a number of Midob speakers have also migrated to the Khartoum region, particularly Omdurmán and Gezira. The language is divided into two main dialects—Uurti and Kaageddi—but as a whole, speakers refer to their language as tìd-n-áal, which literally translates to “mouth of the Midob,” with tìd being the ethnic group’s self-appellation.
The Nubian language family may be an independent family or a branch on the Nilo–Saharan family—linguists are unsure. What is sure is the grammatical complexity of Midob, classified as an agglutinative language, meaning that it appends various affixes to words to apply grammatical meanings. Verbal stems themselves are not modified, but Midob speakers add suffixes to indicate tense, aspect, plurality, negation, affirmation, and more, stacking the suffixes for more nuanced meanings. The language features different verbal suffixes for indicative and subjunctive constructions, as well as two additional sets of suffixes for questions—one for open-ended questions and one for closed-ended, yes-or-no questions. Since Midob is chock-full of grammatical features that don’t exist in English, it can be a difficult language to translate—but not for our native-speaking Midob translators.
Midob translation services for everyone
We’ve carefully scoured the Midob-speaking areas of Sudan to find the best, most experienced translators we can, even taking our search to the Khartoum region. The result is the team we’re proud to present today, full of passionate, native-speaking Midob translators who represent both the Uurti and Kaageddi dialects. We offer translation services both to Midob and from Midob, so all you have to do is let us know your preferences. We’re here to accommodate your needs.
If there’s anything in particular you’re seeking for your Midob translation, such as experience in a specific area of translation, expertise in a given field or industry, or knowledge in a particular dialect, simply let us know. We’ve endeavored to build a diverse translation team that can cater to the diverse needs of clients, whether they’re looking for academic translation, business translation, literary translation, localization, or any other type of Midob translation services. Of course, since Midob is a minority language, we can’t always guarantee that we’ll be able to fulfill your request, but we’ll always give it our best.
You can reap the benefits of Midob translation today if you reach out and place an order now! Why wait?