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Most Requested Languages in Translation

Updated on May 5, 2013
Most Requested Languages in Translation
Most Requested Languages in Translation


English is primarily the most popular language in Europe and the US consisting of around 80% of speakers out of the Country's total population making it also an essential business language. In America, the most requested language pairs for translation are composed of Spanish or Spanish Creole, Chinese, French (incl. Patois, Cajun), German, Irish - to English and vice versa. These results may be accounted for the country's total percentage of speakers. Spanish speakers run about 10% and Chinese and French at 8% of the total population, followed by the numbers of German and Irish.

In Canada…

English and French are the main languages spoken in Canada but while most people in Canada speak these languages at home, one out of every six reported having a mother tongue other than English or French. While French and English are the primary requested languages pair in the country (plus the Government language policies in Quebec), there are also other mother tongues that are spoken at home as frequently. Chinese is the third most common mother tongue in Canada and the next most requested language translation, along with: Italian, German, Spanish and Punjabi.

In Europe and other countries…

For European languages, it is of course an English speaking country but the European economic relationships play a key role in the demand of other languages translations. European countries recently do more business with their European neighbors and therefore the languages of these neighbor countries contribute to the translation needs. The European Union has set English, French and German as working languages. This factor brings about a high number of translations needed into and out of French and German languages.

Due to Government Language policies in Ireland, Irish translation has become popular. The recent boom in immigration to Eastern European countries brings forth the language translation needs for Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, Chinese and Arabic languages.

Around the world…

English became the most important language for learning and being set as an international language in the world. And also because it is the most frequently used language on the internet and around the world, it is also the most requested language for translation.

Second is Chinese - Mandarin which consist of about 2 billion speakers around the world, this is followed by these languages:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Irish
  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Russian

The other languages are made up of other Eastern European languages, Asian and Indic languages and Scandanvian languages.


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