English<>Hebrew Legal Translations
Our Translation Company is located in Spain and offers services for Spanish<>English<>Hebrew. Our Hebrew-native translators are legal professionals and are aware of the legal context in Israel.
What exactly is meant by English-Hebrew Legal Translation?
Legal translation is focused on a wide variety of documents such as wills, court and financial documents, declarations, patents or court decrees.
Legal translators of Hebrew must have a good knowledge of the legal system of the country from which the document originates. In order to avoid misleading translations, they must also have an extensive knowledge of both English law and the law that applies to Israel.
In a globalized world where companies from all over the world can do business, legal translation takes on a very important role. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that not all legal translations need to be official (certified). Translations from or into Hebrew should only be officially certified when requested by an official institution, agency or department. So be sure to check if an official, certified or sworn translation is required in Israel, or if maybe a simple translation Hebrew<>English will do.
Hebrew Legal Translation differ from other types of translation
Legal documents in Hebrew, unlike other documents such as a general web site, have a specific terminology. Our Hebrew Legal Translators are able to correctly translate these concepts into English or Spanish. They do not simply replace one word for another.
The choice of certain words in a legal text has a very specific and precise meaning. On the other hand, any ambiguity or inaccuracy can invalidate a legally binding document. A small mistake could have significant financial and/or legal consequences.
Legal jargon of each country (UK, Israel…) is complex and its terminology can be very specific. Add to this the cultural and regional differences in territories where Hebrew is spoken, and you can understand how difficult legal translation can be.
Legal translators translate a legal concept from English into Hebrew or vice versa. To be legally binding, the English and the legal Hebrew terminology must be unambiguous.
Textual references for Hebrew Legal Translators
All legal translators of Hebrew turn to reference works to do their job. For example, specialized dictionaries and glossaries, codes, laws and legal doctrine, both in English and from countries like Israel.
Legal translators frequently check out civil and criminal procedure codes and regulatory rules. In these reference books they usually find precise descriptions in Hebrew and in English of each legal concept.
Referral sources help translators confirm that they are using the appropriate terms used in a given legal proceeding. The work of a legal Hebrew-English translator is very precise and painstaking. In addition to these specialised legal researches, Hebrew translators use computer aided translation tools like TM (Translation Memories) and Multilingual Term Bases. Translation Memories let them find pieces of text already translated by them or by other translators. Specific Hebrew Machine Translation engines are also used in combination with TM and have proven to be very useful.
Where is Hebrew spoken?
Hebrew (עִבְרִית in Hebrew) is spoken by about 5 million people in Israel. This figure includes both native speakers and second language speakers with different levels of fluency.
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A quick overview of the Hebrew language
Hebrew belongs to the group of Canaanite Semitic languages. It was the language of the first Jews, but from 586 BC it began to be replaced by Aramaic. Around 200 A.D. the use of Hebrew as an everyday language ceased to exist, but it was still used for literary and religious functions, as well as as a lingua franca among Jews in different countries.
In the mid-19th century, the first efforts were made to revive Hebrew as an everyday language. The person who was most involved was Eliezer Ben Yehuda (1858-1922). He was the first to use exclusively Hebrew at home, and promoted its use in schools as well.
Today, Hebrew is spoken by about 5 million people, mainly in Israel, where it is an official language along with Arabic. In total, 2 million people speak Hebrew in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, the West Bank and Gaza, Panama, the United Kingdom and the United States.