Portuguese among most popular business languages

Research by Bloomberg has found that the Portuguese language is the sixth most frequently used language in the world of business, in a study entitled ‘Most Used Languages in Business’.

Analysis carried out by Bloomberg studied 25 languages from all over the world, though excluding English.

Mandarin, the official language of China, emerged as the most widely spoken language in the world.

According to Bloomberg’s findings, Mandarin is spoken by 845 million people and is the second most widely spoken language within the business world, after English.

Within the world of international business Mandarin is followed by French, which was found to be spoken in 27 countries by a total of 68 million people.

 After French comes Arabic, with Spanish being the fifth most widely spoken language within the realms of deal-brokering, spoken in 20 countries by around 153 million Internet users.

Portuguese took sixth place, being spoken by 178 million people. Portuguese is the official language in eight countries and is used by some 82 million Internet users.

Portuguese is followed by Japanese and German, in 7th and 8th place, respectively.

Bloomberg’s ranking was carried out based on the number of people who use a language, the number of countries where it is the official language, cross-referenced with the official languages of the G20 countries.

Even though Mandarin is currently a key language within the business world, Leigh Hafrey, of the Massachusetts Technology Institute, explained on Bloomberg’s website why it will never surpass the English language, saying: “Just like the dollar continues to be the favourite currency [for business], English will remain the preferred language in the future.”

 Source: TPN

2011-09-12 08:09

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