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What Are the Most Spoken Languages in Australia?

Posted on: August 28, 2018 by admin

With the changing diversity that Australia is constantly going through, there becomes more need to find better ways to effectively communicate between the different cultures, in order to understand each other, and hence becomes the importance of quality translation & interpretation services in Australia.


What are the top 10 languages spoken in Australia?

With more than 23 million Australians as at the 2016 Census, the Australian population has grown by almost 9%.

There have been major changes in the diversity and the languages spoken by Australians.

  1. Mandarin
  2. Arabic
  3. Cantonese
  4. Vietnamese
  5. Italian
  6. Greek
  7. Tagalog
  8. Hindi
  9. Spanish
  10. Punjabi

The Changing Face of Australia

Italian language is now the fifth most spoken language in Australia, other than English. Italian was the first after English in 2006, and second in 2011. This has also been noted in translation companies as well as interpretation service providers, where Italian translation & interpretation has been one of the most requested translation services, but this has also changed with the changing face of Australia.

Growth in Asian and Indian languages are becoming more obvious, with Mandarin now being the first most spoken language in Australia after English, by far double the next largest language group, Arabic, seeing over 170% decrease in a decade.

At Speak Your Language, we agree with this shift as well. The demand for Mandarin translation and Mandarin interpreters has been constantly increasing over the last 10 years, as Chinese speakers are almost 1 million now in Australia. This is also true for Arabic translations, with Arabic being the second most common spoken language.

The number of people who speak a language other than English at home is almost 5 million, which is more than a fifth of the Australian population. At Speak Your Language, we provide express translation & interpretation services for over 120 languages. We provide affordable translation services Australia-wide, you can request a quote online now.