The languages of Britain

Feb 1, 2013 | Translation

It has been announced this week that, according to the 2011 census and after English and Welsh, Polish is now the main language spoken in England and Wales – spoken by 546,000 people. Interestingly, the census recorded 562,000 Welsh speakers.

The next biggest group of languages spoken here are the south Asian languages of Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati, followed by Arabic, French, Chinese and Portuguese. Over 100 different languages and 49 main languages were recorded, covering more than 15,000 users.

So I did a bit of research of my own to see what languages we translate the most. Unsurprisingly, for a European country, our top six are all mainland Europe – French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese (in that order), with the rest of the top ten comprising Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified) Swedish, Polish and Japanese.

Click here to find out more about the languages of Britain.