A pivot language is an intermediary (and usually more common) language used to facilitate translation between two or more other languages. The pivot language (also known as a bridge language) is often, though not always, English. This is because English is the most common second language and the de facto language of global business, which means that a larger pool of trained translators knows the combination of English and another language than other language combinations. For example, more translators know both English and Farsi than know both Farsi and Cherokee.
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