Apr 16 2012
Mandarin is the official spoken language in China. It is spoken by 845 million people. According to Bloomberg Rankings, it is now scored highest in a ranking of languages for business usefulness, excluding English.
The Rankings takes into account:
-the number of speakers,
-the number of countries where the language is official,
Doing business in Asia will call more and more for language abilities to be successful in non-English-speaking countries. It provides advantages by being closer to the culture and habits and it also favors connections in a faster and more complex business environment.
French with 68 million speakers and Arabic with 221 speakers are ranked second and third. Spanish came in fourth ranking with 329 speakers worldwide.
Mandarin and Cantonese are often confused when people request translation services for China. It is easy to confuse them as the written form can be different depending on the country you are in. We’ve produced a simple table explaining the differences between Chinese languages and dialects for you.