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Volume V, Issue 3   --   August, 2004


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

- updated 28 August 2018 -



       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: 74 (through review 4200).



Language of origin of books reviewed
Rank Language 1-1000 1-1500 1-2000 1-2500 1-3000 1-3500 1-4000 1-4100 1-4200 per cent
1 English 681 926 1066 1186 1313.5 1387.5 1470 1492 1509 35.93
2 French 74 136 212 305 388 497 603 619 635 15.12
3 Spanish 41 65 110 159 205 246 297 305 311 7.40
4 German 50 80 102 128.5 161 190.5 213 219 229 5.45
5 Japanese 10 34 65 88.5 115.5 157.5 203.5 212.5 221.5 5.27
6 Italian 16 29 47 58 70 95 115 121 123 2.93
7 Dutch/Flemish 35 47 68 80 91 104 112 113 115 2.74
8 Arabic 0 6 34 63 80 94 107 109 112 2.67
9 Russian 3 9 19 26 34 52.5 69.5 74.5 75.5 1.80
10 Norwegian 0 13 23 33 44 51 55 61 69 1.64
11 Swedish 12 17 21 31 48 59 65 65 65 1.55
12 Chinese 9 15 23 30 37 49 59 60 63 1.50
13 Portuguese 3 10 19 24 35 44 51 52 52 1.24
14 Serbo-Croatian¹ 5 11 19 25 31 33 42 47 48 1.14
15 Hungarian 6 12 22 30 36 39 42 42 42 1.00
16 Korean 2 3 9.5 12.5 16.5 26.5 38.5 39.5 41.5 0.99
17 Persian² 15 15 19 23 31 37 38 38 39 0.93
18 Polish 11 15 19.5 24.5 27.5 31 37.5 37.5 38.5 0.92
19 Czech 10 11 13 17 23 24 34 36 37 0.88
20 Hebrew 0 5 10 15 22 28 33 33 33 0.79
21 Romanian 4 5 9 13 17 18 22 23 25 0.60
22 Turkish 0 3 4 10 14 20 22 23 23 0.55
23 Finnish 0 3 10 12 14 18 19 20 22 0.52
24 Danish 1 1 6 7 10 13 19 19 20 0.48
25 Icelandic 0 2 3 5 10 16 17 18 18 0.43
26 Afrikaans 0 1 1 8 11 13 14 14 15 0.36
-- Greek (modern) 0 2 5 10 10 14 15 15 15 0.36
-- Sanskrit 3 6 6 8 10 10 13 15 15 0.36
29 Catalan 0 0 2 5 8 11 13 13 13 0.31
30 Indonesian 0 1 1 1 4 5 12 12 12 0.29
-- Ukrainian 0 2 6 7 8 8 10 10 12 0.29
32 Bulgarian 0 1 2 6 8 10 11 11 11 0.26
33 Urdu 2 2 2 5 6 8 9 9 10 0.24
34 Albanian 1 1 4 4 5 7 7 7 9 0.21
-- Bengali 0 0 0 1 4 6 9 9 9 0.21
-- Georgian 0 0 0 0 1 7 8 9 9 0.21
-- Hindi 0 1 1 2 2 6 7 7 9 0.21
38 Estonian 0 0 1 3 4 5 8 8 8 0.19
39 Slovenian 2 3 3 4 6 6 7 7 7 0.17
40 Galician 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 5 0.12
-- Kannada 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 5 5 0.12
-- Latin 0 0 0 1 3 3 4 5 5 0.12
-- Malayalam 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 5 5 0.12
44 Greek (classical) 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 0.10
-- Macedonian 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 0.10
-- Slovakian 0 0 0 3 4 4 4 4 4 0.10
-- Telugu 0 0 0 2 3 3 4 4 4 0.10
-- (diverse) 0 0 1 3 3 4 4 4 4 0.10
49 Acholi 0 0 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 0.07
-- Vietnamese 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 3 3 0.07
51 Burmese 0 0 0 2 2 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 0.06
52 Basque 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0.05
-- Belarusian 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.05
-- Gikuyu 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 0.05
-- Irish 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 0.05
-- Malay 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0.05
-- Thai 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0.05
-- Yoruba 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.05
59 Amharic 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Armenian 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.02
-- Assamese 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Chaghatay Turkish 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Greenlandic 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.02
-- Kyrgyz 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Lithuanian 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Maltese 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Nepali 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Occitan 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Tigrinya 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Turkmen 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.02
-- Uzbek 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.02
-- Welsh 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Yiddish 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.02
-- Zulu 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
75 Romansh 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.01

       ¹ "Serbo-Croatian" includes what are now called Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin
       ² "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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