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Staffing Solutions: Common Languages in Different Regions

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Staffing Solutions for Different Languages in Different Regions

If you’re preparing for a conference in a different part of the world or planning to offer your services somewhere abroad, you should be thinking about Akorbi staffing solutions. Specifically, you should be thinking about global multilingual staffing solutions and how you can adapt to communicate across cultural and linguistic barriers.

Fortunately, Akorbi is here to help. We can provide advice, guidance and direct services for finding the best multilingual staff for your targeted marketplace regions. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few different regions and their most commonly spoken languages. To do this, we’re going to use the languages designed as “official” languages of the United Nations (UN).


English, specifically British English, is one of the official languages of the United Nations. British and American English are spoken all over the world, and either of them is likely your first language if you’re reading this blog. However, it isn’t the most widely spoken language in the world today.


The most widely spoken language in the world is currently Chinese. There are around 960 million native speakers of Chinese, divided between Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Because of the different dialects of Chinese that are spoken, being able to speak fluently requires a good knowledge of the different variations that one may encounter. This is an important factor to think about when it comes to staffing solutions.


Arabic is the fifth most spoken language and one of the official languages of the UN since 1973. When it comes to staffing solutions for translation or interpretation, it’s important to remember that there is Modern Standard Arabic and wildly varying forms of colloquial Arabic spoken in different regions. Not only that, but learning to read and write in Arabic can be a challenge for a non-native speaker.


While French only has approximately 45 million native speakers, it’s a second language to around 190 million people worldwide. This makes it a significant cultural and economic touchstone when it comes to being a global business. Even in the United States alone, there 1.3 million French speakers.


Russia is the world’s 12th most powerful economy, and Russian was added as an official UN language in 1968. With tremendous global reach and economic influence, offering Russian as a language option, not to mention being able to understand and negotiate using it, is an essential part of big business.


Spanish is one of the official languages of the UN, and it also has a wide global spread thanks to its Latin American variations. There are currently around 405 million Spanish speakers worldwide, and no small number of those are in the US. Having the ability to translate and interpret Spanish is vital, so much so that it’s a legal requirement in some industries.

Proposed Official Languages of the United Nations

Even now, the official languages of the UN aren’t set in stone. Bengali, Hindi, Portuguese and Turkish are currently being considered as official languages. This alone demonstrates how fluid language and its influence on global relationships can be, and why it’s important to find the best multilingual staffing solutions.

Find the Right Staffing Solutions for Your Company

Whichever part of the world you are expanding to, talk to the professional team at Akorbi about finding the best staffing solutions. Knowing you have a team in place in advance, along with resources for translation and interpretation, is a valuable asset for global growth. Contact us today or take a look at our range of interpretation and translation services.

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