In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Australia

The biggest languages present in Australia include:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • Vietnamese
  • Italian
  • Greek

There is no official languages in Australia, although some languages may have a functionally similar status, or be official in some of the administrative divisions of the country.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.

English

English belongs to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It has no country-wide official status in Australia.

English language summary
Number of speakers worldwide1.15 billion
Language familyIndo-European
WritingEnglish alphabet
Major English-speaking populations in:35 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major English-speaking populations in more than 30 countries of the world. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand.

In Australia approximately 78% or 19.89 million people use English in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

English uses the Latin alphabet. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols. It is written from left to right.

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Chinese

Chinese is a Sino-Tibetan language, distantly related to as well as a number of other languages. It has no country-wide official status in Australia.

Chinese language summary
Number of speakers worldwide1.20 billion
Language familySino-Tibetan
WritingHanzi logograms
Major Chinese-speaking populations in:6 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Chinese is spoken by around 1.20 billion people around the world. Taiwanese, Singaporean, and Hong Kong markets, for example, might be expected to use Chinese in business and daily communications, at least to some extent.

Less than a quarter of the population speaks Chinese in Australia, 765 thousand people in total.

Writing

Chinese uses the Chinese character logograms. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols. It is written from left to right or top to bottom to left.

Translation services

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Arabic

Arabic is a Semitic language, closely related to Maltese, Hebrew, and other languages of the same branch of the language family. It has no country-wide official status in Australia.

Arabic language summary
Number of speakers worldwide422 million
Language familyAfro-Asiatic
WritingArabic abjad
Major Arabic-speaking populations in:22 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 422 million people in more than 22 countries speak Arabic as either the first or a second language. Examples of countries, where Arabic has a major presence, include:

  • Egypt
  • Kuwait
  • Jordan
  • Somalia

In Australia approximately 1% or 255 thousand people use Arabic in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

Arabic uses the Arabic abjad. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols. It is written from right to left.

Translation services

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Vietnamese

Vietnamese is a Vietic language spoken by 84.80 million people both in Australia and abroad. It has no country-wide official status in Australia.

Vietnamese language summary
Number of speakers worldwide84.80 million
Language familyAustroasiatic
WritingVietnamese alphabet
Major Vietnamese-speaking populations in:4 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 84.80 million people in more than 4 countries speak Vietnamese as either the first or a second language. Countries with a significant number of people speaking the language include:

  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • United States
  • Cambodia

Less than a quarter of the population speaks Vietnamese in Australia, 255 thousand people in total.

Writing

The Vietnamese alphabet is used for writing the Vietnamese language. Being a subset of the Vietnamese script, it uses some non-standard characters like à, á, â, ầ, overall 67 symbols.

Translation services

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Italian

Italian is a Romance language, closely related to Catalan, Portuguese, Romanian, French, and other languages of the same branch of the language family. It has no country-wide official status in Australia.

Italian language summary
Number of speakers worldwide85 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingItalian alphabet
Major Italian-speaking populations in:9 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

More than ten million people use Italian as their language of day-to-day communication. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are Italy, Malta, and San Marino.

Less than a quarter of the population speaks Italian in Australia, 255 thousand people in total.

Writing

The Italian alphabet is used for writing the Italian language. Being a subset of the Italian script, it uses some non-standard characters like à, è, é, ì, overall 7 symbols.

Translation services

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Greek

Greek is a Hellenic language spoken by 13.40 million people both in Australia and abroad. It has no country-wide official status in Australia.

Greek language summary
Number of speakers worldwide13.40 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingGreek alphabet
Major Greek-speaking populations in:4 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major Greek-speaking populations in 4 countries. Georgian, Albanian, and Greek markets, for example, might be expected to use Greek in business and daily communications, at least to some extent.

More than 255 thousand residents of Australia understand Greek.

Writing

Greek uses the Greek alphabet. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols. It is written from left to right.

Translation services

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We hope you have found the answers to the question “What languages are spoken in Australia“. If you wish to know more about these languages or would like to inquire about our translation services, please contact us at [email protected].

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