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Volume V, Issue 3   --   August, 2004


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

- updated 7 January 2021 -



       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: 82 (through review 4700).



Language of origin of books reviewed
Rank Language 1-1000 1-2000 1-3000 1-4000 1-4100 1-4200 1-4300 1-4400 1-4500 1-4600 1-4700 per cent
1 English 681 1066 1313.5 1470 1492 1509 1521 1544 1566 1593 1620 34.47
2 French 74 212 388 603 619 635 657 673 694 708 723 15.38
3 Spanish 41 110 205 297 305 311 318 323 330 335 342 7.28
4 German 50 102 161 213 219 229 236 248.5 256.5 262.5 267.5 5.69
5 Japanese 10 65 115.5 203.5 212.5 221.5 233.5 240.5 249.5 257.5 262.5 5.59
6 Italian 16 47 70 115 121 123 125 127.5 128.5 130.5 134.5 2.86
7 Dutch/Flemish 35 68 91 112 113 115 118 123 125 126 127 2.70
8 Arabic 0 34 80 107 109 112 113 115 115 118 120 2.55
9 Russian 3 19 34 69.5 74.5 75.5 79.5 81.5 84.5 86.5 86.5 1.84
10 Norwegian 0 23 44 55 61 69 72 72 75 76 78 1.66
11 Chinese 9 23 37 59 60 63 63 64 66 67 72 1.53
12 Swedish 12 21 48 65 65 65 66 68 69 70 71 1.51
13 Portuguese 3 19 35 51 52 52 52 53 53 57 59 1.26
14 Serbo-Croat.¹ 5 19 31 42 47 48 54 54 54 54 55 1.17
15 Korean 2 9.5 16.5 38.5 39.5 41.5 45.5 48.5 50.5 51.5 52.5 1.12
16 Hungarian 6 22 36 42 42 42 43 43 43 44 44 0.94
17 Polish 11 19.5 27.5 37.5 37.5 38.5 38.5 38.5 38.5 39.5 41.5 0.88
18 Persian² 15 19 31 38 38 39 40 40 41 41 41 0.87
19 Czech 10 13 23 34 36 37 37 38 38 38 39 0.83
20 Hebrew 0 10 22 33 33 33 34 34 35 35 37 0.79
21 Finnish 0 10 14 19 20 22 22 24 24 26 28 0.60
-- Romanian 4 9 17 22 23 25 25 27 28 28 28 0.60
23 Danish 1 6 10 19 19 20 21 21 22 22 25 0.53
24 Turkish 0 4 14 22 23 23 23 24 24 24 24 0.51
25 Icelandic 0 3 10 17 18 18 19 19 19 20 20 0.43
26 Sanskrit 3 6 10 13 15 15 15 15 15 18 18 0.38
27 Greek (mod.) 0 5 10 15 15 15 16 16 17 17 17 0.36
28 Afrikaans 0 1 11 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 0.32
-- Bengali 0 0 4 9 9 9 10 11 12 14 15 0.32
30 Latin 0 0 3 4 5 5 5 6 7 9 14 0.30
31 Bulgarian 0 2 8 11 11 11 11 11 13 13 13 0.28
-- Catalan 0 2 8 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 0.28
-- Indonesian 0 1 4 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 0.28
-- Ukrainian 0 6 8 10 10 12 12 13 13 13 13 0.28
35 Georgian 0 0 1 8 9 9 10 12 12 12 12 0.26
-- Hindi 0 1 2 7 7 9 10 10 11 12 12 0.26
-- Urdu 2 2 6 9 9 10 10 11 12 12 12 0.26
38 Greek (class.) 1 3 3 4 4 4 6 7 7 11 11 0.23
39 Albanian 1 4 5 7 7 9 9 9 10 10 10 0.21
40 Estonian 0 1 4 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 0.19
-- Slovenian 2 3 6 7 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 0.19
42 Kannada 0 0 0 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 0.13
-- Malayalam 1 1 3 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 0.13
-- Slovakian 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 0.13
45 Galician 0 0 0 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 0.11
-- Vietnamese 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 0.11
47 Macedonian 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 0.09
-- Telugu 0 0 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 0.09
-- (diverse) 0 1 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 0.09
50 Acholi 0 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 0.06
-- Armenian 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 0.06
-- Gikuyu 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 0.06
-- Tamil 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 3 0.06
-- Thai 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 0.06
55 Burmese 0 0 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 0.05
56 Basque 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Belarusian 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Irish 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Latvian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0.04
-- Lithuanian 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 0.04
-- Malay 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Nepali 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 0.04
-- Tibetan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 0.04
-- Yoruba 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
-- Zulu 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 0.04
67 Amharic 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Assamese 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Chaghatay T. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Faroese 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.02
-- Greenlandic 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Khmer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.02
-- Kyrgyz 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Maltese 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Marathi 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Occitan 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Sesotho 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Syriac 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.02
-- Tigrinya 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Turkmen 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Uzbek 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Welsh 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
-- Yiddish 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.02
83 Romansh 0 0 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 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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