Today is International Translation Day. It really makes me happy to see that translators worldwide are recognized and have an international day. After all, we do make the world a more connected one through our translations, don’t we? I love that feeling of accomplishment I get each time I finish a translation task, especially one that’s supposed to be used abroad or one that’s for a foreign client.
Ok, I was beginning to stray from the main subject of this blog post, so I should get back on track and share with you 5 facts that I believe every translator should be aware of. I mean, you can’t celebrate International Translation Day without some knowledge about it, can you? So there it goes:
1- International Translation Day is celebrated every year on September 30 on the feast of St. Jerome.
2- Saint Jerome is the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. He translated the Bible into Latin.
3- The celebrations of International Translation Day have been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of Translators or Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs in French).
4- International Translation Day was first celebrated in the year 1953, so today marks its 60th anniversary.
5- As of November 2012, the full Bible has been translated into 518 languages, and 2798 languages have at least some portion of the Bible.
On a final note, it is really important to stress the increasing importance of translation in these modern times. This amazing profession is becoming more and more essential in a world where globalization is moving at a very swift pace.
TransPremium wishes all translators a Happy International Translation Day!