According to research by Bloomberg, Mandarin, China’s official spoken language, is the top language worldwide for business other than English.

Mandarin is spoken by 845 million people, and scored highest in a ranking of languages, excluding English, based on business usefulness.

Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

Mandarin is not a written language and there are only two written forms of Chinese — Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Simplified Chinese is the official written language, created by the government of China to help increase the literacy rate of the population. This is the written form most Mandarin speakers are able to read.

The research scored languages according to the number of speakers, countries where the language is official, population, financial power, education, and literacy rates.

The full ranking of languages is as follows:

  1. Mandarin (Simplified Chinese)
  2. French
  3. Arabic
  4. Spanish
  5. Russian
  6. Portuguese
  7. Japanese
  8. German
  9. Italian
  10. Korean
  11. Turkish

Use professional translation and interpreting services

Using the right language has obvious benefits when looking at doing business in a country where English is not the official language. Using professional translation and interpreting services is clearly the best way forward if you’re serious about trading with these countries.

Translation services are vital to businesses as the world is getting smaller and companies are increasingly competing on a worldwide scale.

Click here to download Bloomberg’s full datasheet.