Hebrew is a language from the West Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family that has been in existence since the 10th century BCE. The language has a rich history, intertwined with Israel and Judaism. Between the 10th century BCE and the 4th Century CE, Biblical Hebrew was spoken by the people of Israel. During this time, the Torah, the Dead Sea Scroll, and other religious documents were written in the various dialects that make up Biblical Hebrew. Aramic and Greek became the dominant languages of the area, and Hebrew became a dead language, only used in literature. The language was revived several times, most recently in the 19th Century along with a national revival movement. Today, over 8 million people speak Hebrew, mainly in Israel, where it is an official language. There are also speakers in neighboring countries and around the world; it is a recognized minority language in Poland, and has a large population in the US, and others in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Panama and the UK.
Hindi is an Indo-European language derived from Sanskrit. The language is closely related to Urdu, a language spoken mainly in Pakistan, and these two languages are believed to be slight variants of Hindustani. Writings of Hindi have been found as far back as the 4th century BCE in the Devanagari script, which is the writing system still used today.
Hindi is native to the northern states of India, where it is an official language. It is spoken by more than 500 million people world-wide and actually has its own holiday on September 14th, known as Hindi Day to commemorate the day when it became an official language.
Hungarian is a language from the Uralic language family, similar to Finnish and Estonian. The language is believed to have been around since the 1st millennium B.C.E, but the earliest writings found are from the 10th century C.E. The language was originally written in Old Hungarian script, but was replaced by the Latin script during the Middle Ages. Since then the language has evolved, and in the 18th century a group of writers began a language renewal, in which some words were shortened or reintroduced and a variety of terms and expressions were started. Today, the language is spoken by more than 12 million people, mainly in central Europe. Hungarian is an official language in Hungary and Serbia, and it is a recognized minority language in Romania, Croatia, and Slovakia, as well as communities within other surrounding countries.
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(*These are the languages for which we have translators on staff and ready to go. If there is a language that you do not see on this list, you can put in a request and we can find and source a linguist for you.)