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Somali subtitling service

Somali voice-over and subtitling agency
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Somali subtitling services

Matinée Multilingual offers an affordable Somali subtitling service for your business video content. We've more than 25 years’ experience in delivering TRANSLATIONS, VOICE-OVERS, SUBTITLES & CAPTIONS in over 80 languages.

Our Somali subtitling service level will delight you. All the work is done in-house, at our base in Reading, apart from translations which we subcontract to in-country linguistic experts. With Matinée you are buying our service quality and our expertise.

We guarantee to deliver the best, no nonsense Somali subtitles service anywhere in the UK. Whatever the challenge, we guarantee to deliver and delight. Check out our FAQs for more information and costs.

Call us now on +44(0)118 958 4934 or email You can also use the Quick Quote form opposite for an instant response.

Somali subtitling and voice-over service for “Solving Somalia” documentary

“Solving Somalia” is an award winning documentary produced by Breakthrough Media.  Breakthrough Media are renowned for going beyond the borders to produce documentaries showing the vibrancy and optimism of modern-day Somalia.

It was very important to them that the Somali video translation was of the highest standard. Originally they had intended to employ a separate subtitling company and voice-over agency.  As a full service audio-visual translation company, Matinée were trusted with both the Somali subtitling and Somali voice-over services.  We were responsible for transcribing the English audio, supplying the Somali translations (for both voice-over and subtitle use), and finally, for syncing the voice-over and subtitles to video.

We also produced a video translation in French for both European and African markets.

A short history of the Somali language

English to Somali subtitling service

Somali is spoken by Somalian people living in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen and Kenya. It is the official language of the Federal Republic of Somalia and it is spoken by around 15 million people as a first and second language. It is also spoken by migrant communities in the Middle East, North America and Europe, which were formed when Somali’s began to leave their country during the civil war.

The Somali language is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family and the Latin alphabet is used.  It has been an official language since 1973 and since then it has been taught in educational establishments throughout the country.

Somali is used on TV and radio and in newspapers. In 2013 the Regional Somali Language Academy was established by the government to preserve the Somali language.

Somali has three main dialects; The northern dialect, which is used by politicians and also used to write poetry. Benadir dialect which is spoken by the people of the central coastal regions including Mogadishu. Finally, there is Maay, which is spoken in the southern region of Somalia. There are words from Arabic in the Somali language, together with some Italian and English words.


This video montage features a variety of subtitling projects we have completed in a number of languages.
It also shows four different ways in which the subtitles can be displayed on screen.