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We’re Pleased to Present Our New Translation Services for the Zou Language



We live in a big world. More than 8 billion humans populate nearly every portion of land on our vast planet, speaking more than 7,000 languages across nearly 200 countries. Some languages dominate—Mandarin, Spanish, and English alone account for the native language of more than 22% of the world’s population—but smaller languages still play an important role in their respective regions. One example is Zou, an indigenous language of South and Southeast Asia.


Although the Zou language is spoken by one specific Chin tribe, the name can be confusing because “Zo,” an alternative spelling, is sometimes used to refer to all Kuki and Chin ethnic groups, in particular the Zomi people, who primarily speak the Tedim language. To avoid confusion, Zou is sometimes called Zokam. The Zou people may use the terms Zo, Zou, or Jo to refer to their tribe. The language was estimated to have about 88,000 native speakers in 2012, but that figure may have increased over the last decade. What’s clear is that Zou is a regionally important language, and we at TranslationServices.com are proud to unveil our new Zou translation services.


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Zou: the story of a small but important minority language

Like many of the languages it’s related to, Zou originated in the northwestern Burmese state of Chin, where usage of the language has been increasing over the decades. A smaller number of Zou speakers live in the states of Manipur, Mizoram, and Assam in northeastern India, where they constitute a vibrant community proud of their native language. Zou is closely related to Mizo, by far the biggest Kuki-Chin language, which is used as a lingua franca in Mizoram. Four key dialects of Zou characterize its usage in Myanmar and India: Haidawi, Khuongnung, Thangkhal, and Khodai.


Zou, a member of the Kuki-Chin language group of the Sino–Tibetan family, is usually written in the Latin alphabet, like most other Chin languages, but it’s unique in that it also has its own, native script, called Zoulai or Zolai, which has been gaining traction in India, especially in Manipur. Grammatically, Zou is a tricky language bearing no resemblance to English, containing various nuances that English simply doesn’t have. This can complicate the job of Zou translators, but don’t worry—our translators are native speakers who intuitively understand the challenges of the language.


Our Zou translators love helping clients break down language barriers.

Whether you’re looking to translate Zou-language materials into English to disseminate them around the world or translate English-language documents into Zou to bring them to a new, localized community, our Zou translators are ready to help you. Hailing from different areas of Myanmar and India, our team members represent the four major dialects of Haidawi, Khuongnung, Thangkhal, and Khodai and are happy to provide translation services both in the Latin alphabet and the native Zoulai script.


What about clients looking for more specialized translation services? Don’t worry—we have you covered. Our academic translators are here for professors, students, and researchers who need translation services across a wide range of fields, and our business translators are eager to help any CEOs, entrepreneurs, or marketers who want to break into the Zou-speaking markets in Myanmar and India. For creative writers, our Zou literary translation team is happy to help you transform your book, poem, short story, or other literary work to or from Zou to bring it to a new audience. And if your text deals with technical subject matter, that’s totally fine—many of our translators are experts in additional fields!


Our Zou translators are here to help you—so why not get started with your Zou translation project today? Just reach out to set the process in motion.

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