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alex suhoy  Identity Verified
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But languages are not easily translatable, and they have nuanced strengths; thus not perfectly comparable. For example german is best for philosophy texts, french for mathematics and diplomacy, English for business and technical texts and Spanish for poetry and romance.


Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I would like to see graphics centred on other languages Jan 3, 2015

It would be interesting to see how much is translated out of a language, as an indication of how much the thinkers of that language influence the rest of the world.

I translate from a very 'small' language - Danish - which is spoken by under six million people in Denmark, and by Danes abroad. However, a surprising number of Danes are world famous, and their works are read in other languages round the world.
From Hans Christian Andersen and Kierkegaard to Niels Bohr, Niels Finsen and others.

Danes trade all round the world - from food and agricultural products, pharmaceuticals and many industrial products to energy and construction - FL Smidth, Grundfoss, Danfoss, Coloplast, Vestas... Lego ...

Translations often go through English, but many go direct.

The same is sure to be true of other 'small' languages - the other Scandinavian languages and Dutch, for instance.

The impact on the world is probably far greater than might be expected, simply from the size of the population that speaks the languages.

Keep on researching - there is sure to be lots more waiting to be discovered!

[Edited at 2015-01-03 21:29 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-01-03 21:30 GMT]


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