The Chinese tag features blog post related to the Chinese language and all of its dialects such as Mandarin (Beijing), Cantonese (Yue), Shanghainese (Wu) and Taiwanese Hokkien (Min). The differences are mostly in phonology.


Spanish: Number One Language Spoken in USA

Number one language spoken in USA: Spanish

Spanish is number one language spoken in USA, Chinese is second

2011 Language Mapper showing Spanish and Chinese as top two languages spoken in USA

A new Census Bureau Interactive Map shows Spanish as number one language spoken in USA with Chinese being the second most-spoken one.

Spanish and Chinese are the top languages spoken in the United States of America; most of the population is proficient in English, however.

The U.S. Census Bureau released an interactive online map pinpointing the wide array of languages spoken in homes across the nation, along with a detailed report on rates of English proficiency, and the growing number of speakers of other languages.

The 2011 Language Mapper shows where people speaking specific languages (other than English) live, with dots representing how many people speak each of the 15 different languages recorded in the States.

For each language, the mapper shows the concentration of those who report that they speak English less than ‘very well’ — a measure of English proficiency. The tool uses data collected through the American Community Survey from 2007 to 2011.

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Source: US Census Language Mapper Tool

Top 10 Languages on the Internet

Top 10 languages on the Internet

Top 10 Languages on the Internet, 2011

We are often asked, “what is the best language to translate our website into?”

More and more people are using the Internet every day, and in many different languages. The chart above will help you decide which languages to translate your website into based on the number of Internet users and the languages they use online.

As English is an international language, the analytics from Internet World Stats show that most people use English when surfing the web. Indeed, English speaking internet users increased by 5%, from 537 million users to 565 million between 2010 and 2011.

Chinese ranked second with about 510 million internet users. The number of Chinese internet users increased by 14.6% from 445 million in 2010 to 510 million in 2011.

Then, Spanish ranked third with a growth increase of 7.8% between 2010 and 2011. The number of Spanish internet users grew from 153 to 165 million.

Top 10 languages on the Internet, Internet users by languages in 2011

Users by language, 2011

We partner with companies selling worldwide to help them grow their business globally. We provide translation services, global consultancy and multilingual SEO advice for more than 70 languages.

The STAR Team

At the time of publication we offered translation services for 40 languages. We have updated this article to read more than 70 languages as part of our new services – 11th December 2015

Mandarin Chinese, Most Spoken Language in Business

Chinese Mandarin, most spoken language in business

Chinese Mandarin, most spoken language in business

Most Spoken Language in Business, Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin is the official spoken language in China. It is spoken by 730 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
  • economical rates
  • educational rates

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 favours connections in a faster and more complex business environment.

World Facts

Number of speakers in the world per language (approximations only):

  • French; 75.9 million*
  • Arabic; 295 million*
  • Spanish; 470 million*

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 have produced a simple table explaining the differences between Chinese languages and dialects.

*Based on figures from 2010, first language speakers only

The STAR Team

Updated: 1st of December 2015

Why translate both Chinese for China and Chinese for Taiwan?

Different Chinese Translation for China and Taiwan

Due to the large area covered by Greater China (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore), there is a high diversity of spoken dialects of the Chinese language. In fact, the term dialect is somewhat misleading, since they are in most cases mutually unintelligible and can thus actually be classified as different languages.

Since Beijing has for most of the time been the capital of China and city of the emperor, the dialect of Beijing has emerged as Standard Chinese, which is now the official language of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and Singapore, and a strong connecting force between all those countries.

Unlike the spoken Chinese languages, written Chinese is much less diversified. Most notable is the difference between the Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters. While the People’s Republic of China started in the 1950s, to simplify a larger part of the characters with the goal of speeding up the learning and writing process, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao kept the Traditional characters.

Converting a text from Traditional Chinese to Simplified Chinese and vice versa can be done, more or less, with a few mouse clicks. The real issue is not the characters, but where the translation is going to be used. Even within Standard Chinese there are local variations in terminology and grammar between China and Taiwan. These differences are similar to those between American and British English, but much larger in extent.

Generally, consumers (and thus the industry) are very sensitive to such local language variations. Especially in Taiwan, considering the history it shares with China, it is impossible to use translations done anywhere else.

This is the reason why STAR has an office in Taiwan. Besides doing translations into Traditional Chinese for Taiwan we also adapt documents into Traditional Chinese for Hong Kong.

Spoken or Written?

Which Chinese dialect do you need? Check out our simple table to help you decide …

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Did you know there is more than one Chinese dialect?

More Than One Chinese Dialect for Translation

There is more than one Chinese dialect

We are often asked for Mandarin translation. However the official spoken languages spoken in Taiwan (capital: Taipei) and the People’s Republic of China (Mainland China) is referred to as Mandarin Chinese.

The term Mandarin however only refers to standard spoken Chinese which is basically the same and mutually understandable in Taiwan and Mainland China. However there are different scripts used in different areas of Greater China.

Traditional Chinese is the script used in Taiwan and Hong Kong, whereas Mainland China and Singapore use Simplified Chinese.

How do I choose?

Should I choose Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese?

The table below will help you decide which language you require for your translation project. Depending on where you are doing business, the spoken and written form may be different.

Country Spoken Language Written Language
Mainland China Mandarin Simplified Chinese
Taiwan Mandarin Traditional Chinese
Hong Kong Cantonese Traditional Chinese
Singapore Mandarin Simplified Chinese

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