Breaking language barriers has become more important than ever. With up to 7,000 languages to deal with globally it can become quite a challenge. With this has come a proliferation of translators and translation services.

Below are some interesting points about translators and translations.

 Languages and Translation

● Translators celebrate their anniversary on the 30 September every year.

● Translators work hard and on average throughout the year translate 350 words every day of the year. This adds up to 750,000 a year.

● The most commonly requested languages for translations are from English, French, German, Italian, and Russian to French, German, English Spanish and Japanese.

● The word “translation” means “taking from one place to another”.

● Professional translators are not commonplace and make up no more than 0.005% of the global population. Some countries have accredited translators, like Australia where NAATI is the accreditation body for both translators and interpreters.

● The most widely translated text is the bible while there are other texts like Harry Potter and Pinocchio which have also had a lot of translations.

● For those who cannot see, Braille is the commonest way of translating languages for this group. Australian Sign Language, or Auslan, is the Australian Deaf community’s official language for anything including translations.

● English and Arabic share the same punctuation code.

● The easiest language to translate is Spanish.

● It seems for most people the Chinese language is the most difficult to learn and translate, while Arabic and Vietnamese are difficult too.

● It has been estimated that audible languages have been around for thousands of years while translations have been in existence since the 3RDcentury BC which was a translation into Greek of the Old Testament.

● The UNESCO Index ‘Translationum’ has a list of all the translations of books that have taken place globally. Three key authors have the most translations. These are Agatha Christie, who can boast 7,233 translations, Jules Verne, with 4,751 translations and William Shakespeare who has 4,293 translations.