Ilocano Interpreters and Translators

Professional Ilocano interpreting and translating services can be difficult to secure in parts of California, due to the extremely limited number of court-certified Ilocano interpreters in the state. Cal Interpreting & Translations (CIT) has years-long positive relationships with these interpreters and can provide the highest qualified Ilocano interpreters in the state.

CIT offers Ilocano interpreters and Ilocano translators in all forty dialects. We offer California court-certified and court experienced Ilocano interpreters and translators with legal, medical, and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration, and more.

Cal Interpreting & Translations offers comprehensive Ilocano language services including interpretation, translation, and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native Ilocano speakers who have been screened, certified, provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and Ilocano languages through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Ilocano interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Ilocano language, as well as of culture and history, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.


Who speaks Ilocano?

Ilocano (also Ilokano) is the third most-spoken native language of the Philippines.

As a lingua franca of the northern region of the Philippines, Ilocano is spoken as a secondary language by over two million people.

In 2012, the province of La Union in the Philippines passed an ordinance designating Ilocano as an official provincial language, along with Filipino and English, making it the first province in the Philippines to pass such an ordinance. This ordinance protects and revitalizes Ilocano, a native language.

Ilocano is spoken in the Philippines in northwest Luzon, the Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, parts of Central Luzon, and some areas in Mindanao. Ilocano is also spoken in the U.S., with the largest number of speakers in Hawaii and California. Ilocano is the third most commonly spoken non-English language in Hawaii after Tagalog and Japanese, with 15% of households speaking the language, 85% of the Filipino-American population in Hawaii.


Tagalog, Ilocano, Filipino…What’s the Difference?

The Ilocano people are the third largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group. They mostly reside within the Ilocos Region in the northwestern seaboard of Luzon, Philippines.

The national language of the Philippines is Filipino, which is Tagalog based. While Tagalog is only spoken in the capital city of Manila and its neighboring areas, Tagalog has existed as the lingua franca of the Philippines since the 1930s.

In the 1980s, a new constitution labeled the national language as Filipino. The goal of this new national language was to accommodate Filipino people’s preference for multiple existing words that were derived from English and Spanish words.

As you can see, the language history of the over 7,000 islands that make up the archipelago of the Philippines is extensive and complex, and Cal Interpreting & Translations takes great pains to ensure that we always provide you and your clients with the most accurate and up to date translation, transcription, and interpretation services.