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Volume V, Issue 3   --   August, 2004


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

- updated 7 September 2016 -



       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: 70 (through review 3800).



Language of origin of books reviewed
Rank Language 1-1000 1-1500 1-2000 1-2500 1-3000 1-3500 1-3600 1-3700 1-3800 per cent
1 English 681 926 1066 1186 1313.5 1387.5 1409.5 1425 1433 37.71
2 French 74 136 212 305 388 497 532 550 566 14.89
3 Spanish 41 65 110 159 205 246 251 262 273 7.18
4 German 50 80 102 128.5 161 190.5 190.5 200 206 5.42
5 Japanese 10 34 65 88.5 115.5 157.5 161.5 167.5 177.5 4.67
6 Dutch/Flemish 35 47 68 80 91 104 105 107 109 2.87
7 Italian 16 29 47 58 70 95 98 99 106 2.79
8 Arabic 0 6 34 63 80 94 96 101 104 2.74
9 Russian 3 9 19 26 34 52.5 56.5 61.5 65.5 1.72
10 Swedish 12 17 21 31 48 59 61 61 63 1.66
11 Chinese 9 15 23 30 37 49 53 54 55 1.45
12 Norwegian 0 13 23 33 44 51 52 52 54 1.42
13 Portuguese 3 10 19 24 35 44 44 45 47 1.24
14 Hungarian 6 12 22 30 36 39 39 41 42 1.11
15 Serbo-Croatian¹ 5 11 19 25 31 33 33 36 40 1.05
16 Persian² 15 15 19 23 31 37 37 37 38 1.00
17 Polish 11 15 19.5 24.5 27.5 31 32 33.5 34.5 0.91
18 Korean 2 3 9.5 12.5 16.5 26.5 27.5 29.5 32.5 0.86
19 Czech 10 11 13 17 23 24 26 29 32 0.84
20 Hebrew 0 5 10 15 22 28 30 30 31 0.82
21 Turkish 0 3 4 10 14 20 20 21 21 0.55
22 Romanian 4 5 9 13 17 18 18 18 20 0.53
23 Finnish 0 3 10 12 14 18 18 19 19 0.50
24 Danish 1 1 6 7 10 13 14 15 17 0.45
-- Icelandic 0 2 3 5 10 16 16 16 17 0.45
26 Afrikaans 0 1 1 8 11 13 13 14 14 0.37
-- Greek (modern) 0 2 5 10 10 14 14 14 14 0.37
28 Catalan 0 0 2 5 8 11 11 12 12 0.32
29 Bulgarian 0 1 2 6 8 10 10 11 11 0.29
-- Indonesian 0 1 1 1 4 5 10 11 11 0.29
-- Sanskrit 3 6 6 8 10 10 10 10 11 0.29
32 Ukrainian 0 2 6 7 8 8 8 9 10 0.26
33 Urdu 2 2 2 5 6 8 9 9 9 0.24
34 Bengali 0 0 0 1 4 6 6 7 8 0.21
-- Georgian 0 0 0 0 1 7 8 8 8 0.21
36 Albanian 1 1 4 4 5 7 7 7 7 0.18
37 Estonian 0 0 1 3 4 5 5 6 6 0.16
-- Hindi 0 1 1 2 2 6 6 6 6 0.16
-- Slovenian 2 3 3 4 6 6 6 6 6 0.16
40 Greek (classical) 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 0.11
-- Latin 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 3 4 0.11
-- Malayalam 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 4 4 0.11
-- Slovakian 0 0 0 3 4 4 4 4 4 0.11
-- Telugu 0 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 4 0.11
-- (diverse) 0 0 1 3 3 4 4 4 4 0.11
46 Acholi 0 0 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 0.08
-- Galician 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 0.08
-- Macedonian 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 0.08
-- Vietnamese 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 3 3 0.08
50 Burmese 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2.5 2.5 0.07
51 Gikuyu 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 0.05
-- Irish 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 0.05
-- Kannada 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 0.05
-- Malay 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0.05
-- Yoruba 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.05
56 Amharic 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Assamese 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Basque 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Belarusian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.03
-- Chaghatay Turkish 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Greenlandic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.03
-- Kyrgyz 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Lithuanian 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Maltese 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Nepali 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Occitan 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Thai 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Tigrinya 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Welsh 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Zulu 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
71 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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