Translation and interpreting are complicated – and expensive – processes in the European Union. Each year, the EU translates a staggering 1.76 million pages, at a cost of £357 million. In recent years, the number of translators has risen from around 200 to an estimated 3,000.
Stumped by a tricky quiz question, but unable to find an answer on your smartphone? Or perhaps you typed your friend Maria Johansson’s name into a search engine, only to find hundreds of people in Sweden who share the same name.
A few years ago the English language was enough to get by online. But that’s far from the case now. The online world is changing fast, and some of the recent shifts in use might surprise you.
Hail a taxi in New York, or hop on a Melbourne tram, and you could encounter any of hundreds of different languages. These cities are famous for being melting pots for different cultures and languages. But you might be surprised to know that Manchester is one of the world’s most linguistically diverse cities, despite its smaller size.
The linguistic map of Britain is changing, according to the latest census results. For the first time, the 2011 census asked residents in England and Wales which language they spoke at home. They found more than 100 different languages, with Welsh and Polish the most popular after English.
With more than 700 languages and the world’s fourth largest population, Indonesia seems an obvious place for a translation company! And we’ve just launched our latest website for the country, reaching out to one of the most diverse nations in the world.
We all know that a second language can be a big help when it comes to climbing the career ladder. But it could it also help keep your brain young and working efficiently?
Last year saw Facebook sprint past the 1 billion user milestone. But will this growth continue in 2013, and if so, where? Social media marketing experts at dreamgrow.com certainly think it will, and predict the social media marketing giant will reach up to 1.5 billion users by the end of the year.
With nearly 7,000 natural languages in the world, there are a huge range of ways to express yourself. But this isn’t enough for some people. For centuries, philosophers, writers, and language lovers have invented their own artificial tongues.