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Volume V, Issue 3   --   August, 2004


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

- updated 18 September 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: 68 (through review 3600).



Language of origin of books reviewed
Rank Language 1-1000 1-1500 1-2000 1-2500 1-3000 1-3500 1-3600 per cent
1 English 681 926 1066 1186 1313.5 1387.5 1409.5 39.15
2 French 74 136 212 305 388 497 532 14.78
3 Spanish 41 65 110 159 205 246 251 6.97
4 German 50 80 102 128.5 161 190.5 190.5 5.29
5 Japanese 10 34 65 88.5 115.5 157.5 161.5 4.49
6 Dutch/Flemish 35 47 68 80 91 104 105 2.92
7 Italian 16 29 47 58 70 95 95 2.72
8 Arabic 0 6 34 63 80 94 96 2.67
9 Swedish 12 17 21 31 48 59 61 1.69
10 Russian 3 9 19 26 34 52.5 56.5 1.57
11 Chinese 9 15 23 30 37 49 53 1.47
12 Norwegian 0 13 23 33 44 51 52 1.44
13 Portuguese 3 10 19 24 35 44 44 1.22
14 Hungarian 6 12 22 30 36 39 39 1.08
15 Persian¹ 15 15 19 23 31 37 37 1.03
16 Serbo-Croatian 5 11 19 25 31 33 33 0.92
17 Polish 11 15 19.5 24.5 27.5 31 32 0.89
18 Hebrew 0 5 10 15 22 28 30 0.83
19 Korean 2 3 9.5 12.5 16.5 26.5 27.5 0.76
20 Czech 10 11 13 17 23 24 26 0.72
21 Turkish 0 3 4 10 14 20 20 0.56
22 Finnish 0 3 10 12 14 18 18 0.50
-- Romanian 4 5 9 13 17 18 18 0.50
24 Icelandic 0 2 3 5 10 16 16 0.44
25 Danish 1 1 6 7 10 13 14 0.39
-- Greek (modern) 0 2 5 10 10 14 14 0.39
27 Afrikaans 0 1 1 8 11 13 13 0.36
28 Catalan 0 0 2 5 8 11 11 0.31
29 Bulgarian 0 1 2 6 8 10 10 0.28
-- Indonesian 0 1 1 1 4 5 10 0.28
-- Sanskrit 3 6 6 8 10 10 10 0.28
32 Urdu 2 2 2 5 6 8 9 0.25
33 Georgian 0 0 0 0 1 7 8 0.22
-- Ukrainian 0 2 6 7 8 8 8 0.22
35 Albanian 1 1 4 4 5 7 7 0.19
36 Bengali 0 0 0 1 4 6 6 0.17
-- Hindi 0 1 1 2 2 6 6 0.17
-- Slovenian 2 3 3 4 6 6 6 0.17
39 Estonian 0 0 1 3 4 5 5 0.14
40 Greek (classical) 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 0.11
-- Malayalam 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 0.11
-- Slovakian 0 0 0 3 4 4 4 0.11
-- (diverse) 0 0 1 3 3 4 4 0.11
44 Acholi 0 0 1 1 1 2 3 0.08
-- Latin 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 0.08
-- Macedonian 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 0.08
-- Telugu 0 0 0 2 3 3 3 0.08
-- Vietnamese 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 0.08
49 Burmese 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 0.06
-- Gikuyu 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 0.06
-- Irish 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.06
-- Kannada 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.06
-- Yoruba 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 0.06
54 Amharic 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Assamese 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Basque 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.03
-- Chaghatay Turkish 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Galician 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.03
-- Kyrgyz 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.03
-- Lithuanian 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Malay 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.03
-- Maltese 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.03
-- Nepali 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Occitan 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.03
-- Thai 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.03
-- Tigrinya 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.03
-- Welsh 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.03
-- Zulu 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.03
69 Romansh 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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