We offer translation services for over 140 languages, and we don’t just translate into English either. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the 20 most popular languages we’re asked to work in. Remember, though, even if your language isn’t on the list, it’s very likely we’ll still be able to help you.
Arabic has a wealth of history and belongs to the Semitic language family which includes both Aramaic and Hebrew. It is the official language of many Middle Eastern countries and is spoken by approximately 300 million people, making it the 5th most common language in the world.#
While French is the official language of Quebec, the French spoken in Canada is distinct from European French. This is mostly due to the isolation of French-speaking settlers in Canada during the 18th century. The subtle differences in Canadian French need to be considered when translating your piece for a Canadian French-speaking audience. Taking those differences into consideration means your audience are more likely to engage with, and clearly understand, your project.
Mandarin is the official language of China, which has the largest population in the world. With 935 million native speakers, Chinese Mandarin is also spoken in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines and Mongolia. Businesses that can speak it definitely have an advantage over those that don’t.
Cantonese is one of the 5 major languages spoken in China and it is spoken by about 100 million people. The Cantonese language is full of slang and non-standard usage, which means that it is constantly evolving. As a result, Cantonese translators must be immersed in the language to have full grasp of it.
Danish is a north Germanic language that is a descendant of Old Norse. The official language of Denmark, it is also used by approximately 50,000 Danes in the north of Germany and spoken by about six million people overall. The language uses the 26 letter Latin alphabet, with the addition of the following letters: Æ, Ø, Å. Norwegian and Swedish speakers are able to understand Danish to a lesser or greater extent.
Dutch is spoken by 15 million people in the Netherlands and by 24 million people worldwide. It is also the official language of Surinam in South America. The Dutch vocabulary has contributed several words to English, including yacht, easel and cookie!
Finnish is classified as a member of the Baltic-Finnic branch of the Finno-Ugric languages, part of the Uralic language family. It is spoken by about 5 million people who mostly live in Finland. It is considered a fairly hard language to learn and understand, but not for our well-versed translators!
There are approximately 74 million native French speakers and the language is used widely in business. French was in fact once considered the common language to converse in internationally, until English became more prominent. As it stands, 49% of businesses still rate French as being useful for their organisation.
Germany is the largest single export market for British goods outside of the USA and is Europe’s largest economy. It’s also an export giant with a huge trading arm. Many of our clients require accurate translations from or into German.
Indonesia is made up of 17,508 islands, covering a whopping 1,919,440 square kilometres. Naturally, large areas come with linguistic diversity! There are over 300 ethnic groups with variations in customs and dialects. There are also over 700 indigenous languages.
Italian is a Romance language that originates from Latin. With over 61 million speakers worldwide, it is the official language of Italy, Switzerland, Croatia (Istria), San Marino and Slovenia. The most used Italian word amongst Italians is ‘non’, which means ‘not’ in English.
There are 110 million native speakers of Japanese and 10 million who speak it as a second language. Japan has several different dialects, all of which need to be considered in the translations we carry out. Tokyo and Sapporo are the two main centres of the standard national language, but other areas have their own accents and words.
Korean is the official language of both South Korea and North Korea, with a combined population of 73 million. It is part of the Altaic language family and is also spoken by communities in China, Japan, the US and Central Asia. The Korean alphabet was created by King Sejong in 1446 and is allegedly very easy to learn, with Korea having one of the highest literacy rates in the world.
With over 7,000,000 native speakers in Mexico, Mexican Spanish is a subtly different language to the Spanish spoken in Europe. Most notably, there are differences in the formal mode of address and technical terminology. Tailoring your professional documents to cater to a Mexican Spanish-speaking audience can make all the difference in terms of approachability and engagement!
Norwegian is a North Germanic language and comprises of Bokmål (Dano-Norwegian), Nynorsk (New Norwegian), which are the official languages, and Sami (indigenous). People who speak Norwegian, whether they speak a local dialect or one of the official languages, will be understood by one another.
Polish is officially spoken in Poland as well as a number of other countries. Overall, Poland has a population of around 39 million people. Polish contains a number of regional dialects. All of the Polish translators we work with are native, which means that the translations we produce are of the highest quality.
Portuguese is the official language of nine countries, including Portugal and Brazil. Brazil has the sixth largest economy in the world and has a huge population of 202 million native speakers, making it one of the world’s most up-and-coming global markets.
According to the Government’s UK Trade and Investment, Russia is the UK’s fastest growing major export market. It is an affluent country and with 160 million native speakers, many of whom who speak little or no English. Being able to converse with Russian businesses in their own language could lead to a lot of opportunities.
Spanish is not only widely spoken in Europe, it’s also the second leading language spoken in America too. To be more precise, there are over 35 million people who speak Spanish in the US and over 40% of the population growth lies within the Hispanic community, making it the fastest growing marketing segment in the US. 37% of employers rate being fluent in Spanish as ‘useful’.
Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe and home to our very own Client Services Manager, Kris Sarning-Haigh! Swedish is spoken by about 9 million Swedes. Sweden also has 5 minority languages: Finnish, Mänkieli, Sami languages, Yiddish and Romani.
Thai is spoken in Thailand by approximately 60 million people. It is also spoken in Los Angeles, by an estimated 80,000 Thai immigrants. There are very noticeable regional dialect differences to the language in central (Standard Thai), north, northeast and south of Thailand.
Turkish is spoken by more than 70 million people across a vast area in Europe and Asia. It has many linguistic influences from neighbouring and European countries and also has several different dialects.