Around the Globe: Second Languages

This fascinating info-graphic shows the second most used languages in countries throughout the world.  The rise and fall of these secondary languages are of wide interest to companies and organizations that serve – or sell to – these populations.  Dotsub translated combinations of over 50 different languages in recent months, often to meet the demands of non-primary language speakers.

There are, of course, many different and intertwined reasons for the rise and fall of particular language usage.  There is history: war, occupation and migration.  Examples shown here include Tatar in Russia and Nahuatl (informally known as Aztec) in Mexico.  Then there is proximity that enables trade such as the use of Swedish in Finland and the use of Danish in Iceland.

Immigration is a driving factor as well.  In the U.S., the Spanish speaking population is the fastest growing population which has fueled powerhouses like Univision and Telemundo.  Meanwhile, in England, a large wave of Polish speakers have migrated to the UK since Poland joined the EU in 2004.  Still, that Polish is England’s secondary language is surprising but it shouldn’t be.

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