Infographic: “Interesting Facts About Translation”

 

Interesting Facts About Translation

  • Picture #1: Translation is far from being a dull topic. Once you delve into some of the fun facts about translation you will be truly amazed! 
  • Picture #2: The global translation industry is worth $40 billion. Translation is now an essential part of global trade and communication.
  • Picture #3: There are 7,000 different languages spoken around the world and in some countries there are more than 500 alone.
  • Picture #4: The top 5 languages spoken by numbers are: Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, English and Arabic.
  • Picture #5: Businesses that want to expand internationally must realize that 75% of people browse the internet in their own language.
  • Picture #6: In Australia, the national language is English, but over a quarter of Australians speak another language as well.
  • Picture #7: The global translation industry is worth $40 billion with at least 300,000 professional translators around the world working in it.
  • Picture #8: The three most translated songs ever are “Happy Birthday to You”, “It’s a Small World” and “Amazong Grace.”
  • Picture #9: One of the most amazing facts about translation is that there is actually an International Translation Day. It is on the same day as the Feast of St. Jerome.
  • Picture #10: The website that has been translated the most around the world is, wait for it….that of the Jehovah’s Witnesses!
  • Picture #11: The Bible was the first book to be translated – from Hebrew into Greek – and also the most commonly translated into other languages.
  • Picture #12: Braille is used to translate language for the blind and sign language for the deaf.
  • Picture #13: A database of books that have been translated all over the world is held by Unesco.

Here are some other Interesting Facts

  • 80,000 Japanese lost their lives in the world’s first ever nuclear bomb explosion. And yet, the Hiroshima deaths could have been averted if allied intelligence had translated the Japanese word “mokusatsu” correctly. It was thought that the word meant “contempt” for the request for the Japanese to surrender. It didn’t. The Japanese government was only trying to buy some time before it gave up.
  • $10 million was lost by the HSBC bank, a British based multinational. The blunder was due to a mistranslation of the bank’s new marketing slogan “Assume Nothing.” As most translators know today, it’s important to understand local terms. In many countries where the slogan was translated, it was understood to mean “Do Nothing.
  • The global translation industry is worth $40 billion. That’s not counting what is not known about the many freelancers in the business. There are at least 300,000 professional translators around the world, working for over 25,000 different translation agencies and these numbers are only continuing to grow.
  • The website that has been translated the most around the world is, wait for it….that of the Jehovah’s Witnesses! Yes, their website has been translated into an astonishing 913 different languages. That’s 7 times the number of languages that Apple is capable of translating on its website and just over three times as many as Wikipedia.
  • One more amazing facts about translation is that there is actually an International Translation Day. It is on the same day as the Feast of St. Jerome. St. Jerome is credited as probably the first official translator, having translated the Old Testament of the Bible from Hebrew into Latin.

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