Cal Interpreting & Translations (CIT) offers Assamese interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.
Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Assamese language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Assamese language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Assamese language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Assamese language, as well as of the culture and history of the Assamese people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.
History of Assamese
Assamese, a language quite similar to Bengali, is widely spoken along the Brahmaputra valley. The language itself is known as Asamiyah, or Assamese in English. To many non-native Assamese speakers, the languages sound awfully familiar to Bengali. However, there are significant differences including grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. Assamese script is based primarily on Siddham script, where Bengali, Tibetan and Japanese Kana script come from. Besides three letters, Assamese and Bengali are identical scripts.
The Assamese language has original roots in Sanskrit, and began branching off in the 7th century. It is considered one of the major languages in the Republic of India.
The history of the Assam people dates back to ancient times. The Assam people were historically found in Tantric, Buddhist Assamese and Vedic literature. The Aryans, who were comprised mainly of priests and warriors, settled in Assam. The first known ruler of the Assam people was Mahiranga Danaya, forming the Danaya dynasty. He was followed by Hatakasur, Sambarsur and Ratnasur. The next ruler was Ghatakasur, who made Progiyotishpur (today’s Guwahati) the capital of Assam. Narakasur was killed by Lord Krishna, who is seen repeatedly in Assam mythology. Krishna is known to have fought against the king Bhismaka of Kundil (which is modern day Sadia) in order to marry Bhismaka’s daughter, Rukmini.
Starting in the 1860s, a large number of novelists, writers and poets began flourishing and comprising text in Assamese. Some popular writers include Rajanikanta Bardaloi, Chandra Kumar Agawala, Padmanath Gohain Barawu and Hiteshwar Bezbarua. The most revolutionary, however, was Shankara Deva, who wrote beautiful poems of love and devotional songs.
Approximately 45 different languages are spoken in Assam today. The three main types of languages spoken in Assam are Austroasiatic, Sino-Tibetan and Indo-European. Vast amounts of people in Assam are bilingual.
- Guwahati is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and is the most popular city in Assam
- The origin of the name “Assam” is unknown
- Assam is known as The Gateway to the Northeast
- In 1867, Assam became the second place in the world where petroleum was discovered