Here is the September 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 August, 2014 and maybe a little geography lesson at the end.
English, Spanish and Portuguese are well established at the top of the rankings these days and the rest of the world is coming in a poor fourth. The major European languages French, Italian and German are always there or thereabouts and most of the other entrants in the top 20 are European languages with Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew and Korean the exceptions. My confusion about whether Turkey considers itself European extends to this paragraph. So I think the score is 15 1/2 to 4 1/2.
As always I have removed the top few (4 in this case) to make the graph a little more discernible.
In the countries section, Canada moved up from 4th to 2nd and Hungary dropped out of the top 20 altogether. Slovakia and Israel both got in at the lower end. Interestingly, this month is quite different from previous months with lots of movement in the top 20.
And removing the US allows everything else to be seen a little more easily.
Now onto the good bits. The intriguing part of the data to me, as regular readers know, are the countries and/or territories that are at the other end of the list with only one visit. Usually they are island nations but in August the geographies were all over the map (get it!!). There were 2 Caribbean islands, 3 African nations (two in West Africa and 1 in the South East), two island groups in the Pacific, one in Polynesia and one in the West Pacific, the Falkand Islands in the South Atlantic and finally the Central Asia nation of Turkmenistan. The West Pacific country was Palau. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country’s population of around 21,000 is spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands. Palau is a presidential republic in free association with the United States. The country uses the United States dollar as its currency. The islands’ culture mixes Japanese, Micronesian and Melanesian elements. The majority of citizens are of mixed Micronesian, Melanesian, and Austronesian descent, with significant groups descended from Japanese and Filipino settlers. The country’s two official languages are Palauan (member of the wider Sunda–Sulawesi language group) and English, with Japanese, Sonsorolese, and Tobian recognised as regional languages. In 1981 Palau voted in the first nuclear free constitution.
See you next month.