5 Fun Facts About Translation

  1. There are over 7,000 languages in existence around the world
  2. International Translation Day is celebrated annually on September 30th
  3. The most targeted languages for translation are English, French, German, Italian and Russian, making them the top 5 languages in the translation industry.
  4. A translator working full time can translate around 520,000 words per year
  5. The most widely spoken languages are Chinese, Spanish, English, and Hindi.


Translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes.

Grass Günter

Humor is the first gift to perish in a foreign language

Virginia Woolf

It is impossible to translate poetry. Can you translate music?


Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.

Anthony Burgess

“Translation is one of the few human activities in which the impossible occurs by principle

Mariano Antolín Rato

“Writers make national literature, while translators make universal literature

José Saramago

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.

George Eliot

Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.

George Steiner

Translators are the shadow heroes of literature, the often forgotten instruments that make it possible for different cultures to talk to one another, who have enabled us to understand that we all, from every part of the world, live in one world.

Paul Auster