Lionbridge onDemand Languages from A-Z: Spotlight on “D”

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This week:

Danish is a North Germanic language from the Indo-European family descendant from Old Norse, the language spoken by the Scandinavian people during the Viking period. Today Danish is spoken by approximately 5.5 million people, mainly in Denmark where it is the official language. In the 16th century with the invention of the printing press, a standard written language was developed and was used in education systems and administrations throughout Denmark, but did not become popular until a nationalist movement of Danish identity.  Danish is an official language of Denmark and the Faroe Islands, a recognized minority language in Germany and Greenland, and has formally been official in Greenland and Iceland.  It is also spoken in communities in Norway, Sweden, the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.

Dari is a Persian language from the Indo-European family spoken primarily in Afghanistan, where it is one of two official languages.  Dari, also called Afghan Persian is similar to Farsi, the Persian language spoken in Iran, but Dari has been the official name of the language since 1964.  The language is written in Persian script and is used in Afghanistan administration, government, radio, television and print media.  Dari is the native language of 25-50% of the Afghan population and is spoken by almost 13 million people.

Dutch is a West Germanic language from the Indo-European family spoken by about 28 million people across Western Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and even in the US, Canada and Australia.  Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, where the vast majority of speakers live; it also holds official status in Aruba, Belgium, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and Suriname.  Dutch can be traced back to 500CE where it evolved out of Old Frankish, one of the few languages that did not experience the consonant shifts. Dutch can be separated
into Old Dutch, Middle Dutch and Modern Dutch, with standardization of the modern language beginning in the 15th century.   Dutch is spoken primarily in the Netherlands and Belgium, with over 21 million native speakers in those two countries alone.

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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.)