Here is the November 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 October, 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 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 and Korean the exceptions. This month languages 18-20 Hebrew, Catalan and Romanian were new replacing Slovakian, Hungarian and Arabic which were in those positions last month.
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 reclaimed its second place, and Spain pushed up to 3rd pushing Brazil down to 4th. Greece climbed a few spots while Japan and Germany fell down the charts a little. Welcome to Peru who made it in at #18 at the expense of Slovenia.
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. Of the singletons, 6 of the 8 fell into that category.
The island group we will mention this week is Comoros. This sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean is located at the northern end of the Mozambique channel off the eastern coast of Africa. Comoros has endured more than 20 coups or attempted coups since gaining independence from France in 1975. In 1997, the islands of Anjouan and Moheli declared independence from Comoros. In 1999, military chief Col. AZALI seized power of the entire government in a bloodless coup, and helped negotiate the 2000 Fomboni Accords power-sharing agreement in which the federal presidency rotates among the three islands, and each island maintains its local government. Its main languages are Arabic (the official language), French and Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic). Its population of about 770,000 is 98% Sunni Muslim. One of its major industries is perfume distillation as it is a major producer of ylang-ylang (a perfume essence) – making up about 30% of Comoros’ exports.
One of its claims to fame is that the Coelocanth – a so-called living fossil – can be found off its shores. This fish is thought to represent a very early step in the evolution of fish to terrestrial four legged animals like amphibians. The fish was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, but one was found in 1938 and started a heated debate about how this creature fits into the evolution of land animals.
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