What the … are the most profitable global translation languages?


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Even though translations to and from English are our bread and butter here at Wordcraft, we know that English alone doesn’t cut it in the larger economic world. In fact, it doesn’t even make it onto the Top 10 of the most profitable global translation languages.
So which languages play an even more important role? Let’s take a look!


French is the second most widely learned language, right after English. It earns its place in the top 10 through the economic importance of the countries where it is spoken, such as France or Canada. The former is especially vital thanks to France’s strong relationship with the United Kingdom.


Another contender – and one dear to our hearts – is German. Germany itself is an economically highly valuable hotspot. It only makes sense that the demand for German translators is very high.


The same applies to Arabic. The Middle East contains some of the wealthiest regions in the world. Almost anyone dealing in the acquisition of oil is in need of an Arabic translator/interpreter on a regular basis.


You’ve probably already heard that Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world. If that fact alone doesn’t make it a valuable translation language, China is also continuing to build out its booming economy and export business.


In terms of smaller but significant players, Spanish receives its mention in the top 10 translation languages because of its huge native speaker base – more than 577 million people worldwide spoke Spanish in 2018.


Russian has moved to the fore as well, with financial and economic services and transactions originating in Russia becoming essential on a global level.


You might be surprised to find out that Dutch is also ranked above English. While no longer nearly as popular as in the days of the Dutch East Indies Company, the language can still boast around 23 million native speakers. It remains a popular dialect in the trading world given that it’s an official language of places such as South American Aruba and the Dutch Antilles in the Caribbean.


Italian, a surprising contender, is the fourth most widely studied language in the entirety of the United States. It turns out that being an Italian translator can also net you a nice salary!

The verdict is clear: a strong business strategy is not the only thing you need to strengthen your international business relationships; multilingualism is essential! Having a robust cross-cultural approach will put your company on the path to global success. Learn more about the dynamic and cross-disciplinary services we can offer you on our Process Consulting page!