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Volume V, Issue 3   --   August, 2004


How international are we ?
Literature in translation at the complete review

- updated 22 March 2015 -



       The list below offers a breakdown of the languages in which all the works under review at the complete review were originally written; it will be updated after every batch of one hundred reviews.

       See also the discussion of How international are we ?

       Total languages represented: 66 (through review 3500).



Language of origin of books reviewed
Rank Language 1-1000 1-1500 1-2000 1-2500 1-3000 1-3100 1-3200 1-3300 1-3400 1-3500 per cent
1 English 681 926 1066 1186 1313.5 1324.5 1340.5 1359.5 1381.5 1387.5 39.64
2 French 74 136 212 305 388 406 429 449 467 497 14.20
3 Spanish 41 65 110 159 205 213 224 232 239 246 7.03
4 German 50 80 102 128.5 161 165 167 180 184.5 190.5 5.44
5 Japanese 10 34 65 88.5 115.5 128.5 135.5 141.5 149.5 157.5 4.50
6 Dutch/Flemish 35 47 68 80 91 96 97 98 101 104 2.97
7 Italian 16 29 47 58 70 73 81 86 92 95 2.71
8 Arabic 0 6 34 63 80 86 89 91 93 94 2.69
9 Swedish 12 17 21 31 48 50 51 53 55 59 1.69
10 Russian 3 9 19 26 34 41 43 49 51 52.5 1.50
11 Norwegian 0 13 23 33 44 44 46 47 48 51 1.46
12 Chinese 9 15 23 30 37 40 41 43 46 49 1.40
13 Portuguese 3 10 19 24 35 38 38 39 42 44 1.26
14 Hungarian 6 12 22 30 36 37 37 37 38 39 1.11
15 Persian¹ 15 15 19 23 31 31 33 33 35 37 1.06
16 Serbo-Croatian 5 11 19 25 31 31 32 33 33 33 0.94
17 Polish 11 15 19.5 24.5 27.5 28.5 29.5 29.5 30.5 31 0.89
18 Hebrew 0 5 10 15 22 24 26 26 26 28 0.80
19 Korean 2 3 9.5 12.5 16.5 16.5 19.5 21.5 23.5 26.5 0.76
20 Czech 10 11 13 17 23 23 24 24 24 24 0.69
21 Turkish 0 3 4 10 14 16 17 20 20 20 0.57
22 Finnish 0 3 10 12 14 15 16 17 17 18 0.51
-- Romanian 4 5 9 13 17 17 18 18 18 18 0.51
24 Icelandic 0 2 3 5 10 13 15 16 16 16 0.46
25 Greek (modern) 0 2 5 10 10 10 10 10 12 14 0.40
26 Afrikaans 0 1 1 8 11 11 11 11 12 13 0.37
-- Danish 1 1 6 7 10 10 11 12 13 13 0.37
28 Catalan 0 0 2 5 8 9 10 10 11 11 0.31
29 Bulgarian 0 1 2 6 8 8 9 9 9 10 0.29
-- Sanskrit 3 6 6 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 0.29
31 Ukrainian 0 2 6 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 0.23
-- Urdu 2 2 2 5 6 7 7 8 8 8 0.23
33 Albanian 1 1 4 4 5 6 6 6 7 7 0.20
-- Georgian 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 4 7 0.20
34 Bengali 0 0 0 1 4 4 4 4 6 6 0.17
-- Hindi 0 1 1 2 2 3 5 5 6 6 0.17
-- Slovenian 2 3 3 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 0.17
38 Estonian 0 0 1 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 0.14
-- Indonesian 0 1 1 1 4 5 5 5 5 5 0.14
40 Greek (classical) 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 0.11
-- Malayalam 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 0.11
-- Slovakian 0 0 0 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 0.11
-- (diverse) 0 0 1 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 0.11
44 Latin 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 0.09
-- Macedonian 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 0.09
-- Telugu 0 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 0.09
-- Vietnamese 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 0.09
48 Acholi 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 0.06
-- Burmese 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.06
-- Gikuyu 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.06
-- Irish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.06
-- Kannada 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 0.06
-- Yoruba 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.06
54 Amharic 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Assamese 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Basque 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Chaghatay Turkish 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Kyrgyz 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Lithuanian 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Maltese 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.03
-- Nepali 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Occitan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Thai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.03
-- Tigrinya 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Welsh 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Zulu 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
67 Romansh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 0.5 0.01

       ¹ "Persian" includes both classical and modern Persian (Farsi), as well as Dari

       Note also that some languages -- Italian, Persian, and Sanskrit -- benefit from multiple reviews of different translations of the same original text.


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