Happy International Translation Day!
September 30 is officially International Translation Day and a day that Welocalize celebrates, sending good wishes to all translators around the world. In 2016, Welocalize translators and linguists processed over 1.16 billion words into 175 languages and 400+ language pairs for global organizations all over the world.
International Translation Day is a day which has been celebrated since 1991, in honor of Jerome of Stridon, translator of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin and patron saint of translators. This celebration has been promoted by the International Federation of Translators (FIT) to show the solidarity of the translator community across the world, and to promote this profession which is crucial for globalization and communication between different cultures.
The idea was conceived in 1953 by FIT and in 1991, FIT launched a plan for the day to be officially recognized. On May 24, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly declared September 30 as International Translation Day. It recognized that the role of professional translation is fundamental in defending the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, connecting and bringing together nations, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation and promoting peace and safety among all peoples of the world.
As the seventh largest language service provider in the world*, Welocalize is proud to honor and celebrate this day with the brilliant translators and linguists all over the world that we have the pleasure of working with. Welocalize was founded in 1997 and started with the translation of a single word, “Pathfinder”. Twenty years have passed since then, and this year, Welocalize is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Welocalize would like to wish all translators a happy International Translation Day 2017!
We want to thank you for your great work and for supporting brands on their global journey, connecting people in all corners of the world.
*Welocalize is ranked 7th largest language service provider in the world and 4th largest in North America, Common Sense Advisory Research, “Who’s Who in Language Services and Technology: 2017 Rankings”
Written by Adriana Martín, Welocalize Global Marketing Team