Statistics for December and 2014

We are at the end of another year and in this article we will have a look at’s statistics for both the month of December and for 2014 as a whole.

We start the article with languages and then move to locations.

For both the monthly and for the whole year, we seem to have settled on a consistent top 5 which are English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Czech. Chinese is usually about 12th on the list and I expect that this will keep rising.

As we get towards the bottom of the top-twenty, things are a lot more volatile, but again that is to be expected, as a viral video in a language will certainly make that language move up those lower places very quickly. For example, Slovenian was 10th in December but was 15th overall in 2014.


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As usual I have removed the top 4 languages to get more granularity at the lower end.

Dec Languages 5-20

For the whole of 2014 the picture is very similar but with English being about 59% of the site visits.

2014 Languages

Removing the top three for clarity.

2014 Languages 4-20



There is a lot more volatility in the countries from which we are visited. The US is currently always at the top but with about 25% of the visits (compared with about 60% for English in the Languages). Spain, Brazil, Canada, UK and Australia usually make up the top 6 with a guest appearance from France every now and again. Israel features quite high in the rankings and I would guess much higher if we looked at the number of visits adjusted for the population of the country. I will leave that one until we hire our resident statistician.

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Removing the US to add clarity.

Dec Countries 2-20

Statistics for the calendar year 2014.

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and again removing the US.


2014 Countries 2-20

Our singletons for December features our usual mix of African and Island nations with Greenland appearing this month.

There were three locations that had one visit during the whole of 2014; Kiribati an island nation on the international date line (in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), Palau which adjoins Indonesia, The Philippines and Micronesia, and finally Western Sahara.

This last one fascinated me. I have two main sources of information for these snippets of geographical and political information.

The first is Wikipedia which says the following – Western Sahara is a disputed territory in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the extreme northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its surface area amounts to 266,000 square kilometers (103,000 sq mi). It is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. The population is estimated at just over 500,000, of whom nearly 40% live in El Aaiún (also spelled Laâyoune), the largest city in Western Sahara.

The second source is the CIA, whose World Factbook is a fascinating piece of work. In this case they say  “Western Sahara is a disputed territory on the northwest coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria. After Spain withdrew from its former colony of Spanish Sahara in 1976, Morocco annexed the northern two-thirds of Western Sahara and claimed the rest of the territory in 1979, following Mauritania’s withdrawal. A guerrilla war with the Polisario Front contesting Morocco’s sovereignty ended in a 1991 cease-fire and the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation. As part of this effort, the UN sought to offer a choice to the peoples of the Western Sahara between independence (favored by the Polisario Front) or integration into Morocco. A proposed referendum never took place due to lack of agreement on voter eligibility. The 2,700 km- (1,700 mi-) long defensive sand berm, built by the Moroccans from 1980 to 1987 and running the length of the territory, continues to separate the opposing forces with Morocco controlling the roughly 80 percent of the territory west of the berm. Local demonstrations criticizing the Moroccan authorities occur regularly, and there are periodic ethnic tensions between the native Sahrawi population and Moroccan immigrants. Morocco maintains a heavy security presence in the territory.”

Perhaps the world’s next country. We shall see – although I was disappointed to see they don’t have a flag!

New York City – The Definition of Cosmopolitan

New York City residents are now able to sign up for idNYC – a government-issued identification card that is available to all residents age 14 and older. Immigration status does not matter. Demonstrating a truly open arms policy, the program applications have been translated into 25 languages available on-line.


This initiative was approved last year and is aimed at those who do not currently have a government-issued ID, including the elderly, homeless and an estimated 500,000 immigrants in the city without legal documentation.

Initially, the idNYC application process was walk-in and apply – which swiftly resulted in long lines – now you must make an appointment. The administrators of the program hadn’t anticipated on the overwhelming demand.  Thousands of New Yorkers (approximately 5,700) have enrolled in the city’s ID program since it launched on January 12, 2915, and more than 55,000 others have booked appointments.

NYC created an incentive program to entice all New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status, to get a card. Cardholders are eligible for free memberships at 33 cultural institutions as well as other discounts. The idNYC card enables residents to access City services and City buildings, such as schools. In addition, the card can be presented as proof of identification for interacting with the police and is an accepted form of identification for opening a banking account at select financial institutions. It is also your library card. now with full site SSL

We are happy to announce that is now enforcing that all users access via SSL. While we have supported SSL for a few years, SSL first is an important step forward.

HTTPS ensures that information between you and Dotsub is encrypted. This protects you from man in the middle attacks, where someone could potentially listen into your requests.

If you have any questions please let us know! Enjoy secure browsing of

Words of the Year – 2014

United Kingdom: vape

In the UK, the word was determined by the wide spread adoption of a device.  The Oxford Dictionaries named vape 2014’s word of the year, defining the verb as to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device and can also be used as a noun for the e-cigarette and for the act of inhaling itself.

Spanish: Selfi 

Selfi was named Spain’s word of the year by the Fundéu BBVA, a bank-funded, non-profit group that promotes the proper use of the Spanish language by Spain’s media. The organization picked it because it was current, used frequently in the media, and because it has a certain linguistic interest.

Chinese: (fa – law)

For the first time ever, people in China were able to vote for the Chinese Character of the Year and the Chinese Word of the Year. 2014’s word of the year translates as “anti corruption.” Combined with the character of the year (which translates as “law”), the results are a reflection of the Chinese government’s ongoing crackdown on internal corruption.

French: Médicalemant

The XYZ Festival of New Words in Le Havre has selected the best, most inventive new French words of the year. Médicalmant blends calmer (to calm down) with médicalement (medically), and denotes “a medicine that is taken to calm down.”

German: Lichtgrenze

The Society for German Language chose Lichtgrenze, “border of light,” as 2014’s word due to the 25th anniversary celebrations in Berlin that saw ten miles of the former East Berlin border lit up with thousands of helium balloons that were released the evening of November 9th to symbolize the fall of the wall.

Japanese: (zei)

In Japan, the Kanji of the Year is chosen through a national ballot, sponsored by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society. This year’s choice translates as tax reflecting the fact that in April the Japanese government raised the country’s consumption tax for the first time in 17 years, from 5% to 8%. The rise had a notable impact on people’s wallets.


Language Services Sector Growth

According to market research firm Common Sense Advisory (CSA), the global market for outsourced language services and technology will surpass US$37.19 billion in 2014.  The industry, they predict, will continue to grow between the period of 2013 and 2018, at a compound annual growth rate of 5.72%.

“Language service providers in most regions of the world reported steady growth during calendar year 2013,” explained Don DePalma, CSA’s founder and Chief Strategy Officer. “However, we contend that the era of double-digit growth in language services is over, due to several factors, including exchange rates, global competition, and an increase in the use of translation technology. The good news is that the market continues to grow, just not as much as it once did.”

This pattern of strong growth reflects the continued expansion of multinational companies.  It is also fueled by the lowering of technological barriers allowing small and emerging organizations to do business globally.

Research on Global Markets says that the market for providing language service is expected to grow in almost all the parts of the world. Major growth is expected in the developed nations of Europe and North America. They also predict that the developing countries of the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America will emerge as growth areas for the industry.  Currently the US is the single largest market.  The figure below is a snapshot of the global market size in 2012.
















Are You Using Video to Make the World a Better Place?

See3 Communications , YouTube and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) are excited to present the 2015 DoGooder National Awards!

Enter your video today to have the opportunity to showcase your innovative and impactful video and increase your video’s viewership (the viewing increase was a whopping 5,21%).  Submission ends on February 8th.

Dotsub friend, Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3, says, “Dotsub has helped so many people and organizations to ‘do good’ through the creative force of video.  It is only natural that we invite members of the Dotsub community to participate – and maybe win – the 2015 National DoGooder Awards!”

There are four categories for Awards:

ImpactX Award: A juried prize based on the real world impact driven by a video.

DoGooder YouTube Creator for Good Award: A juried prize based on the social impact driven by a YouTube creator through their videos.

Best Nonprofit Video Award: This category is reserved exclusively for 501c3 or equivalent nonprofits in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand per YouTube’s Nonprofit Program membership rules.

Funny for Good Award: This category celebrates those videos that use humor and comedy to raise awareness and drive action around important issues. The winner in this category will be chosen through public voting and must be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.

To learn more about the contest rules visit the web site:

Hurry!  Submission closes on February 8th.Newsletter_DoGooderAnnouncement


Vimeo Integration

Dotsub is happy to announce we have added support for Vimeo. You can now upload your Dotsub videos or captions into Vimeo.

Setting up a vimeo integration is very simple. You have to enable access from ‘My Account’ on our site menu:
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In your ‘My Account’ settings you will see ‘Publishing Settings’. Here you can enable/disable access to your Vimeo account.

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Clicking ‘Enable Access’ will prompt you to validate Dotsub access to your Vimeo account:

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Please Note: Please do not uncheck ‘upload videos on my behalf’. Upload permissions is what allows Dotsub to send captions to your account. 

Now you can access the Vimeo feature from any of your videos. In the sidebar to the right of the video player, you will see the ‘Publish Video’ area. Hitting ‘Publish Video to my Vimeo Account’ will begin the sync process.


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You are now presented with two options. Select whichever is appropriate for you.

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After matching or pushing a video to Vimeo you will be shown the link to the video.

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You should now see captions on your Vimeo video!


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If you have any questions please let us know at November Statistics

Here is the December edition of our regular section giving you, the Dotsub community, an idea of where in the world our users were using Dotsub and what languages they were working in during the month of November, 2014 and as always a fascinating piece of geography trivia at the end, this month with some Natural History thrown in.

English, Spanish and Portuguese are well established at the top of the rankings these days and in the last few months French and Czech have been consistently 4th and 5th, with Dutch, Italian and German vying for the next 3 places. Russian is the first language with a different alphabet at 9th and Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic are also represented in the top 20. So there are 13 of the top 20 using the Latin alphabet with 7 using other characters.

As always I have removed the top few (4 in this case) to make the graph a little more discernible.


In the countries section, Spain took second place pushing Canada to third, Brazil staying at 4th with the UK at 5th. Slovenia roared back into the top 20 at  #10 and New Zealand appeared at #14. Argentina dropped from #13 to #18 and Israel crept in at #20.

And removing the US allows everything else to be seen a little more easily.


Geography Trivia. The intriguing part of the data to me, as regular readers know, is the countries and/or territories that are at the other end of the list with only one or two visits. This month we primarily had unique visits from islands or groups of islands. This month, 10 of the 12 unique visitors came from island nations, the other 2 from African nations, one of those being the newest nation on earth, South Sudan.

The island group we will mention this week is Kiribati. Officially the Independent and Sovereign Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 100,000 (2011) on 800 square kilometers (310 sq mi). The nation is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island, Banaba, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers, (1,351,000 square miles) straddling the equator, and bordering the International Date Line at its easternmost point amidst the Line Islands.

The name Kiribati is the local pronunciation of Gilberts, which derives from the main island chain, named the Gilbert Islands after the British explorer Thomas Gilbert, who sailed through the islands in 1788. The capital, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets connected through a series of causeways, located in the Tarawa archipelago. Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the IMF and the World Bank, and became a full member of the United Nations in 1999.

It reached the zenith of its popularity on December 31st, 1999 where because of its proximity to the International Date Line, it was the first nation to see the new millennium. It was probably also the first nation to realize that the Y2K fears were greatly exaggerated.

Its flag …

See you next month when we will do a wrap up of the stats for 2014 and see how things changed throughout the year.

The Languages Less Browsed

For those of you who regularly read the Newsletter’s statistics section, we write a short piece about countries that have one or two visits in a month to our Website. While I was compiling this month’s edition, it struck me that we didn’t look at the languages that were used infrequently. This was more of an academic interest rather than being particularly informative as, the internet tells me, many computers’ browsers are set to US English on installation and are never changed. However, never one to allow facts to get in the way of conjecture, I thought I would take a look at these languages that show up on less frequently used list.

All of these languages were attributed, by Google Analytics, of having less than five visits to the Dotsub website in November 2014. They are, in no particular order:

Afrikaans Irish Khmer Tamil Urdu Bosnian
Gujurati Marathi Amharic Assamese Gaelic Hausa
Latin Armenian Maori Burmese Icelandic Malayalam
Mongolian Albanian Telugu Yiddish Luxembourgish




As you can see they span the spectrum, from Latin and Gaelic which have very few speakers and one can only imagine that there are fewer people who set their Browser to those languages, to the Indian languages such as Gujurati, Marathi, Urdu, etc. which are spoken by large numbers of people, each of those examples are spoken by more than 70 million each, but probably have another language for their internet usage.

We, at Dotsub, are very proud of our linguistic and cultural diversity and hope to further the ideals of information accessibility, irrespective of what language(s) you speak.

The Global Language Network

Translation Big Data Mapped in New Study

What are the most influential languages in the world? Researchers at MIT, led by César Hidalgo, set out to answer that question.

How would you even begin?  They began with books, Wikipedia, and Twitter and then mapped the number of translations between languages.  [Ed Note: Why not videos and movies??]  The researchers were rigorous in weeding out commercial tweets, bot generated content, sales/marketing messages, etc.  Translations were used as a metric for the greatest ability to reach other people and thereby influence them.

The hub languages?  English turned out to be the largest hub for information translated from one language into another in all three data sets. Other languages including Russian, German, and Spanish also serve as hubs to other languages.  It should be remembered that these are not based on number of speakers or even who is doing the writing – it is based on the number of translations.

“Of the many languages that have ever been spoken, only a few of them have been able to achieve global prominence, they have been important enough to become a global language,” Hidalgo told Serious Science.

The results and details are beautifully laid out on the interactive website:  The Global Language Network.   Be forewarned that you might get in there and not get out for quite a while.

Screen shots below.

The Wikipedia Data Set


The Twitter Data Set


The Books Data Set