10 fun facts about translation

25/10/2018 | Rebecca Twose

Did you know that there are over 7,000 languages in existence around the world? So it’s no surprise that the translation services industry continues to grow at a rapid rate.

But why stop at 1 fact? We thought we’d give you a better insight into the translation & language services industry by sharing some fun facts about translation…

International Translation Day

The Feast of St. Jerome is International Translation Day. St. Jerome is a celebrated translator from Christian history. He translated the Old Testament into Latin directly from the original Hebrew. His feast day, which marks his death on September 30th, has also become International Translation Day.

The top dogs

The most targeted languages for translation are English, French, German, Italian and Russian making them the top dogs of languages in the translation industry.

‘What about me?’

During the first decade of the 21st century, over 75% of books between the years 2000 and 2010 were translated into French or German, and just 5% into Chinese which is surprising because Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world!

Speedy Gonzalez

A professional translator can translate around 250 words within an hour. A translator working full time can translate around 520,000 words per year, wow!

Too many to learn!

The most widely spoken languages are Chinese, Spanish, English, and Hindi, in that order.

As old as the hills

The translation profession is more than 2,000 years old! That’s right: the Old Testament is thought to have been translated into Greek in the 3rd century BC, which would make it the oldest recorded translation.

Most translated authors

The top 3 most translated authors are Agatha Christie, Jules Verne and William Shakespeare.

Translator town

According to the recent survey, there are more than 300,000 certified translators. That is enough to fill a whole town of people.

Billion dollar baby

Last year’s estimates put the translation industry’s annual revenue at $40 billion worldwide, and it’s continuing to grow fast which matches the prediction of a 42% growth rate between 2010 and 2018.

The easiest language to translate

There is a language that is far easier than English to translate. According to most translators with years of experience, Spanish is the easiest language to translate to or into. It is because, in the Spanish language, words written are identical to the way they sound, which makes it the most accessible language to learn and translate.

If you have any more interesting facts to share about translation then feel free to share them with us! To know more about the translation industry, and how our services can help you, then take a look at our blog.

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