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Celebrate with us today! International Translation Day 2019

Posted 30 September 2019

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International Translation Day 2019

The importance of indigenous languages

Why is it important to protect and revitalise indigenous languages throughout the world?

Cultural identity is key to what makes us who we are. Indigenous languages are dying out daily and where will this leave us? Cultures will be something read about in the history books if we ignore the decline of these precious languages.

Language is a human gift that gives us opportunities to communicate but it also shapes and defines cultures – something that fascinates us here in our multilingual environment.

With language having such an important influence on culture, what’s your opinion on the effects of languages dying out?

Is a language disappearing progress or a sad indictment of our times?

ALM would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our incredible linguists and industry colleagues for their hard work and dedication to providing this essential service.

Surprising facts!

  • 96 per cent of the world’s approximately 6,700 languages are spoken by only 3 per cent of the
    world’s population
  • There are approximately 4000 indigenous languages.

What are the top 4 languages spoken worldwide?

  1. Chinese
  2. Spanish
  3. English
  4. Hindi

With so much in the spotlight in the news, today is a reminder of the importance of translators and interpreters, who work behind the scenes in so many different ways.

ALM would like everyone to join us in celebrating International Translation Day 2019 #ITD #languagematters

*Source https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/04/Indigenous-Languages.pdf


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