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We have translators and interpreters from all across Asia, allowing us to provide language services for dozens of languages. Our translators always translate into their mother tongue ensuring that you receive a precise and accurate translation. Look through our list of languages from across Asia to see some of our more popular Asian languages.
About Asian Languages
Asia is a widely diverse continent, a fact that is reflected in the languages spoken there. There are 2,300 languages currently being spoken by the 4.3 billion people living in Asia and in Asia there are many more language families than in the rest of the entire world. While most Europeans speak an Indo-European language, Asian language families include Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan, Altaic, Draveidian, Mon-Khmer, Kra-Dai, Austronesian, Dravidian, Afro-Asiatic, Siberian, Caucasian and more. This leads to a broader variety in the languages spoken.
East Asian languages include Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan and Chinese. Chinese includes several regional variants including Mandarin, which has 800 million speakers. Chinese as a whole includes more than a billion native speakers and is spoken by 51% of Asia’s total population. This makes Chinese the most spoken native language not just in Asia but in the world.
Home to at least 460 languages, the spoken languages of the region are mainly based on geography, while written script is divided by religious boundaries. Seven different language families can be found in the region, as well as a number of unclassified languages in the Himalayas. The most spoken languages in the region include Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Mrathi, Gujarati and Punjabi.
One of the most linguistically diverse regions, Southeast Asia houses languages from almost every language family in Asia. These include Burmese, Filipino, Khmer, Lao, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese, Portuguese and Indonesian. Indonesian is one of the most widely spoken languages in Asia, spoken by 10% of Asia’s population, 240 million people.
One of the reasons for the diversity in Asian languages is geography. Remote regions, caused by mountains, deserts, jungles and islands, allow languages to develop in isolation with little influence from other areas of the world. These isolated communities allow languages to thrive while communities in close contact with one another find one language dying out in favour of another.
Consisting of the Russian regions of Ural, Siberia and the Russian Far East, the only official language spoken in this region is Russian. However, there are a number of unofficial languages found in North Asia. These include Ainu, Turkic, Uralic, Yeniseian, Yukaghir and Mongolic.
Among the languages spoken in Central Asia are Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Krakalpak, Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek and Russian. Russian is spoken by 260 million people in Asia making it the fourth most widely spoken language in Asia after Chinese, Hindi and English.
In Western Asia the most widely spoken languages are Turkish, Persian and Arabic, with each language having over 70 million speakers in the region. Kurdish, Hebrew, Azerbaijani, Armenian, and Aramaic follow as the next largest language groups.
Translating Asian Languages
Asia is a continent with many vastly different writing systems from Chinese characters to the Arabic alphabet. Some writing systems use an alphabet, while some use an abjad, where symbols only stand for consonants not vowels. Other writing systems like abugidas and syllabary systems are more focused on expressing syllables. Other languages in Asia have logogram writing systems, where an entire word is represented with a singular character. To make matters more complicated a language may have multiple writing systems for expressing it, for example Hindi and Urdu. Additionally, one writing system may be used for multiple languages, such as Arabic script. This is one of the reasons that we ensure our translators always translate into their mother tongue, so that none of the meaning is lost.
The Asian continent is the most populous by far, containing more than half the world’s population and many businesses are seeking to expand into countries like China, Japan and South Korea. In order to thrive and get the most out of these Asian markets, accurate and professional translations are needed. We can provide these for all marketing material as well as any other documents.
There are thousands of languages and many unique regional dialects in Asia. So whether you are seeking a translation for an obscure language, or trying to reach a larger Asian audience with a widely understood language, we can help. Contact us today to find out more.
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With so many Asian languages we cannot feature them all on our website, but this doesn’t mean we can’t help. We can find you a linguist with the skills to translate any Asian language, no matter how obscure. Contact us today for further information.
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