The 11 most wanted languages in translation

Do you know which the most wanted languages in document translation are? Find out the most wanted languages in sworn translation.

A sworn translator is a translation professional who passed a public entrance examination and is enrolled with the Commercial Registry of his/her State, being able to translate official documents from other languages to Portuguese (in the case of Brazil).

You may think English and Spanish translators are the most popular, but do you know which the 11 most wanted languages in translation are?

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Check out our list and find out which languages are most wanted in document translation.

11. Polish

Spoken by approximately 60 million people, Polish is used in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and also in Brazil in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná and São Paulo. Polish document translators must be familiar with five dialect areas, i.e. five variations of the language.

Curiosity: during the Communist military regime, Kashubia language was only considered a Polish dialect for political reasons. However, today, it is considered an official language with incentives from the Polish government.

10. Arab

Arab is the official language of 26 countries, only behind English and French in the number of countries that officially use a language. Arab is the language of Islam, as Quran was written in Arab.

The Spanish and Portuguese languages were heavily influenced by the Arab language as a consequence of 700 years of Arab occupation in the Iberian Peninsula. Some Portuguese words we use today are of Arabic origin, like “algodão” (cotton), “almofada” (cushion), “álcool” (alcohol), and “oásis” (oasis).

9. Korean

Korean is the official language of both Koreas: North Korea and South Korea. Korean document translators have usually passed a proficiency test known as TOPIK.

Nowadays, the Korean language is in vogue because of the increase in global popularity of South Korean culture (the “Hallyu” or “Korean Wave”), successful in Brazil, Mexico, the United States, China, and Japan.

8. Chinese

The Chinese language is not a single language, but a family of languages steaming from the Sino-Tibetan group. It is spoken by approximately 955 million people and is the world’s most spoken language. Despite that, it is not the most disseminated language.

The Chinese language has so many dialects – Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese – that some of them can only be understood by its speakers. Despite being so different, these dialects are considered to belong to the same language because of their common origin – and also because they use the same alphabet.

7. Russian

Russian is the most geographically disseminated language in Eurasia, and the native language most spoken in Europe and one of the six official languages of the UN. In addition to document translators, literary translators are also very popular considering the great number of Russian writers known globally, like Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tosltoy.

Russian translation is also very wanted in Sciences because of the great number of scientific documents produced in this language. Additionally, Russian is the second most popular language on Internet websites.

6. Japanese

In addition to being Japan’s official language, Japanese is also spoken in immigrant communities spread all over the world – the largest of which is located in Brazil. Japanese was influenced by Chinese for approximately 1,500 years and many of its words steam from Chinese. Nevertheless, its grammar is similar to Korean grammar.

5. German

Spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, most part of Switzerland and in other locations, German can also be found in South America, in some communities in Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and, especially, in the South region of Brazil.

German is the second most popular language in Sciences and the third most popular on Internet websites, only behind English and Russian.

4. Spanish

Just like Portuguese, Spanish is a language belonging to the Iberian Romance group, originated from Latin dialects. It was heavily influenced by Arab because of the 700 years of Arab occupation in the Iberian Peninsula.

Around 500 million people speak Spanish today (400 million have it as their mother language), making Spanish the world’s second most spoken language.

3. Italian

The service of Italian translators is especially wanted by Brazilians who seek an Italian citizenship because of the great immigration occurred from 1870 to 1960. Italian Brazilian citizens are considered to be the largest population of Italian descendants outside the European continent.

Italian is a common language in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and also known as the language of music because it is used in music terminology and in the opera.

2. French

French is one of UN official languages and a official language in several international organizations, that is why its translation is so common. France has enforced the use of French in legal contracts.

This is the world’s second most taught language, second only to English. In Africa, 23 countries have French as their official language or as one of the most spoken languages. In the Americas, French is mainly spoken in Canada, Haiti and French Guiana.

1. English

English is the most wanted language in document translation because of its great popularity and global dissemination. It is considered to be a common language in several parts of the world, and an official language in the European Union and the United Nations.

Despite being globally disseminated, English is still behind Chinese and Spanish in the number of speakers – 360 million people speak English.

Modern English was originated from the merger of a set of dialects and languages known as ‘old English’, taken by the Anglo-Saxons to the East coast of Great Britain in the 5th Century. Modern English has extensive vocabulary, composed by several words used in other languages, including European languages (especially French), Hindi and African languages.

The English language is considered to be the first global language and the most widely used on websites, newspapers, books, scientific publications, entertainment, and diplomacy. Approximately 50% of sworn translators in Brazil are English translators. This shows how popular the language is.

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