Quick question: How many languages are there in the world? Before you rush off to search for the answer, read on.

There are over 7000 languages — astonishing, right? Such diversity highlights the importance of translation, which is valuable to us on many levels because it opens us up to a rich range of cultures. Psycholinguist Frank Smith said, “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

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