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June 19, 2015 Nine Amazing Facts About Translation Posted In: Articles

Nine Amazing Facts About Translation

Translation is the art that brings people closer. Below you will you find 9 interesting facts about translation; facts that few professionals know about:

  1. There are over 300 thousand certified translators globally – enough to populate a mid-size town.
  2. The main challenge of becoming a professional Arabic translator is that it has plenty of regional dialects. Even though the language is officially spoken in 22 countries, the dialects may differ drastically.
  3. The Bible is the most translated book in the world, and its first translated version appeared in 4th century.
  4. Pinocchio is the second most translated book in the world.
  5. Agatha Christie is the leading fictional writer whose books are translated more than anyone else.
  6. In the first decade of 21st century, 78% of all translated books were translated into German or French.
  7. Although Arabic and English have no common roots, the punctuation marks are almost the same.
  8. The word ‘translate’ originates from Latin and means ‘move’ or ‘shift’.
  9. Apart from English language, French and German are the most ‘popular’ languages to be translated.