Hub of Languages

giornata_europea_lingue_web

 

A Few Numbers

Official statistics vary depending on the source, and never fail to surprise us. In trying to quantify the number of languages used in the world today, some sources (Focus) give a really large number of 6,700 languages. Others are a little more contained (Wikipedia) because they only count official languages: those that are not just spoken, and are recognised on a national or regional level, or used by an ethnic minority population.

90% : Languages Spoken Today

Considering events from the last few decades, we can reasonably predict that at the end of the twenty-first century, 90% of the languages being spoken today could become extinct. 

2: Languages Spoken on Every Continent

ENGLISH and FRENCH are the two languages spoken and taught in schools on ALL FIVE CONTINENTS, a clear remnant of the colonisation of different parts of the planet by western countries. In fact, these languages have been adopted as the official languages of the largest global organisations (ONU, UNESCO, NATO, etc.).

2: Languages Spoken By the Most People

MANDARIN CHINESE and ENGLISH: these are the two (different) languages that are THE MOST SPOKEN in the world, followed by Hindi/Urdu, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Indonesian and Japanese.

19: How Italian Stacks up

The Italian language is in 19th place, the same position as Cantonese, Telugu (spoken in India and Malaysia) and Turkish.

36% Inside 7%

The greatest concentrations of spoken languages on the planet are in areas where biodiversity is most pronounced (a greater variety of animals, plants, and environments). Tropical rain forests cover only 7% of the dry land on our planet, but they are home to 36% of the world’s ethno-linguistic groups. This information causes us to think about the difficulties in communicating caused by physical landscape obstacles, which divide the territory and also produce language barriers.

The Languages of our HUB

Today Yellow Hub translates content into and from these and other languages.

AFRIKAANS, ALBANIAN, ARABIC, ARGENTINEAN SPANISH, ARMENIAN, AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH, AUSTRIAN GERMAN, AZERBAIJANI, BASQUE, BELARUSIAN, BELGIAN DUTCH, BELGIAN FRENCH, BELIZEAN ENGLISH, BOKMAL NORWEGIAN, BOLIVIAN SPANISH, BOSNIAN, BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE, BULGARIAN, CANADIAN ENGLISH, CANTONESE, CARIBBEAN ENGLISH, CATALAN, CHILEAN SPANISH, COLOMBIAN SPANISH, COSTA RICAN SPANISH, CROATIAN, CZECH, DANISH, DOMINCIAN REPUBLIC SPANISH, ECUADORIAN SPANISH, EL SALVADORIAN SPANISH, ESTONIAN, FAROESE, FINNISH, FLEMISH, FRENCH, GEORGIAN, GREEK, GUATEMALAN SPANISH, HEBREW, HINDI, HONDURAN SPANISH, HUNGARIAN, ICELANDIC, INDONESIAN, IRANIAN, IRISH ENGLISH, ITALIAN, JAMAICAN ENGLISH, JAPANESE, KAZAKH, KOREAN, KURDISH, LATVIAN, LICHTENSTEIN GERMAN, LITHUANIAN, LUXEMBOURGHISH, MACEDONIAN, MALAYSIAN, MANDARIN CHINESE, MEXICAN SPANISH, MODERN SPANISH, MOLDAVIAN, MONTENEGRIN, NEW ZEALAND ENGLISH, NICARAGUAN SPANISH, NYNORSK NORWEGIAN, PANAMANIAN SPANISH, PARAGUAYAN SPANISH, PASHTUN, PERSIAN, PERUVIAN SPANISH, POLISH, PUERTO RICAN SPANISH, PUNJABI, ROMANIAN, RUSSIAN, SINHALA, SLOVAKIAN, SLOVENIAN, SOUTH AFRICAN ENGLISH, STANDARD CHINESE, STANDARD DUTCH, STANDARD ENGLISH, STANDARD GERMAN, STANDARD NORWEGIAN, STANDARD PORTUGUESE, STANDARD SERBIAN IN BOTH CYRILLIC  AND LATIN ALPHABETS, STANDARD SPANISH, SWAHILI, SWEDISH, SWISS GERMAN, TAGALOG, TAIWANESE, TAMIL, THAI, TRADITIONAL SPANISH, TRINIDADIAN ENGLISH, TURKISH, UKRAINIAN, URDU, URUGUAYAN SPANISH, US ENGLISH, VENEZUELAN SPANISH, VIETNAMESE

Languages and Project Management

Translation Service Providers like Yellow Hub manage 60% of the main languages spoken for business worldwide. According to a survey by SDL (the world’s biggest CAT-tools distributor), globalisation has caused the number of languages manages by TSPs to increase, and a significant increase is expected in the use of South American languages and Chinese.

When a project involves several languages, it is important to always remember that each project can have one or two source languages and be translated into one or more target languages. 

Therefore, if Yellow Hub manages a thousand translation projects in one month, it is easy to imagine the exponential growth of the linguistic combinations, which must be paired with the most specialised resource for a certain type of content or sector. 

224