Rare language is either an endangered language, a language with few speakers, or an under-sourced language. Thus, the translation of rare languages is a growing challenge for translation in the world. There are thousands of translation and freelancer companies that can offer translation and interpretation in Northern American languages and almost all European languages but finding a source to provide translation to rare languages is very difficult because the population speaking the rare languages is small. Mostly, the rare languages are spoken by poorer parts of the world where there is no access to education, especially post-secondary education. For this reason, there are very few competent linguists who can provide an accurate translation. Nevertheless, we are able to provide translation services to these rare languages. Below are some rare languages;


Navajo is primarily spoken by the Navajo people of southwestern the United States. It is a Sothern Athabaskan language of the Na-Dene family. Navajo is one of the few Northern American Indian languages spoken by 170000 speakers. Navajo language interpretation and translation are made difficult by the presence of several uncommon consonants that are not found in the English language. To form a proposition in Navajo one uses the formula: subject + object + verb which is different from English.


The Maori language is spoken by the Maori people, the indigenous population in New Zealand. The Maori language gained recognition as one of the official languages in New Zealand in 1987 with 149,000 speakers. Since the language has few speakers there are fewer interpreters and translators of the Maori language who are competent and accurate to the latter.


Kunama language is spoken by Kunama people of the Gash-Barka region in western Eretria just across Ethiopia. It is a Nilo-Saharan language though it is found to be distantly related to other languages. Kunama has 110,000 speakers in both Ethiopia and Eritrea. The small number of Kunama people speaks in Tigrinya which is the dominant language of Eritrea which makes it
difficult to find competent linguists in the Kunama language.


Quechua is also known as Runasimi. Quechua is spoken by South America Indians living in Andean Highlands that is from Ecuador to Bolivia. It is an indigenous language family spoken by Quechua people of the Peruvian Andes. Quechua is among the commonly widely spoken pre-Columbian language of the Americas and the main language family of the Inca Empire. The
language has 8-10 million speakers with the second most spoken language family in Peru. Quechua is one language that has gained greater force in recent years because Quechua people succeeded in national politics which has led to the transforming of the constitution to recognize the cultural diversity in Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, and Bolivia. This has made Quechua an
official language which has promoted schooling in the language making its translation and interpretation easier.

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Mixteco is spoken in Mexico and it is closely related to Trique and Cuicatec. The varieties of Mixtec language is spoken by over half a million people with 530,000 speakers in Mexico from the census of 2020. It is one of the native languages in Mexico. Due to discrimination, urbanization, and attempts to promote culture the native languages of Mexico are disappearing
and can only be found in dictionaries. Different communities speak different languages that shape their lives and culture. Some
languages have translators all over the world while others are rare to find translators because they are endangered. A language is endangered because it has fallen out of the use or it does not have written forms and has been replaced by commonly spoken languages in a particular country.

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