Have you ever wondered which book has been translated the most? Or who speaks the most languages, and exactly how many languages they speak? Wonder no more! We’ve put together a “translation hall of fame” to make it easy to find out the answers to these questions and more. Read on to learn more about translation world records and other notable facts from the world of translation.
The most translated book in history is the Bible. The entire book is available in 554 languages, which is more than any other book. Even more impressive, parts of the Bible have been translated into 2,932 languages.
It’s no accident, then, that International Translation Day is celebrated every year on September 30th, which is the feast day of the Bible’s first translator, St. Jerome.
What is the Most Translated Non-Religious Book?
The Bible has no competition for the world’s most translated book. But if you excluded religious texts, the most translated book is Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Thanks to Disney, almost everyone is familiar with the story of the wooden puppet who wants to become a real little boy. Want to read the original? It’s available in your choice of 260 languages. Read more