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.