When thinking about interpreting and translating services, English, Spanish, French and maybe Italian are the languages that come to mind (depending where you are located in the world). Most language providers, language academies and freelance translators focus only or mostly on Spanish and English. Which can limit their audience and possible clients reach.

The world is big, home to 6,500 different languages, however, only 25 are mostly used. When there are 1.3 Billion Mandarin Chinese Speakers, Portuguese and French with 229 Million speakers and German with only 129 Million Speakers around the world.

Let us review the top 5 most spoken languages and where they are located around the globe, in 2020:

  • English - 1,132 million, spoken in around 195 countries. Such as Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, New Guinea and Philippines.
  • Mandarin Chinese - 1,117 million, official in China, Singapore, Taiwan and widely spoken in Malaysia.
  • Hindi - 637.3 million, spoken in 13 countries, such as Fiji, United Kingdom, Germany, United States and India. 
  • Spanish - 537.9 million, with 20 speaking countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Chile. 
  • French - 276.6 million, 29 countries where French is the official language like Aosta Valley, French Guiana, Jersey and Martinique. In the United States, French is recognized as a cultural language in both Maine and Louisiana.

Most Translated Languages in the World

Today, the following languages have higher demand in this industry:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • Bengali
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Swahili
  • Lahnda

Other requested languages may include: Javanese, German, Korean, French, Telegu, Marathi, Turkish, Tamil, Vietnamese, and Urdu.

Why choose us

Global Interpreting Network covers more than 200 languages and provides all Interpreting services such as OPI, on-sight, Video Remote Interpreting; Translating services like medical and legal documents, websites and transcription. When needing an interpreter, our Customer Service Associates will connect our skilled, qualified, and experienced interpreters to you and your clients. We ensure that our telephonic interpreting services are easy to use, widely understood, and available without interruption. You can message us with any questions or contact our Sales Representative directly for more information.