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Mayan

 

The number is probably higher than you thought.

 

Ethnologue has catalogued over 6800 languages, but only a third of them have writing systems.  The good news for international businesses is that 5% of the world's languages are spoken by 94% of the population. 

 

If your business is online, the news gets even better.  You can reach 88% of the world's most active internet spenders with just five languages in addition to English:

  1. Japanese
  2. German
  3. Spanish
  4. French
  5. Italian

If you are doing business in China, you might want to add simplified Chinese to the languages you have translated.  The number of internet users in China is now larger than the population of the U.S. (see our earlier post on internet growth in China: http://budurl.com/jwh9).

 

 

 

 

Photo by Templarion. Licensed under Creative Commons.

http://www.pandltranslations.com

 

 


 
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