The Case for English, Chinese & Spanish Translations

Languages on the Rise Based on GDP Numbers

2016 GDP % by Language

2016 GDP Percentage by Language

If your products are offered and supported in English, you are in luck. With your product as-is or with minor tweaks, you can target the entire English-speaking world. This includes the USA, United Kingdom, Canada as well as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and many others. According to the IMF, English-speaking countries contributed $24 trillion to the $75 trillion world GDP in 2015, or roughly a third!! If $24 trillion, or a third of the world’s GDP is not enough, consider the following:

  • China is the second largest economy after the US, with $11 trillion GDP. Translating your products from English into Simplified Chinese will give you access to roughly half of the world’s GDP!
  • Spain, in fourteenth place, but combined with Mexico, Argentina, and many other Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas contribute approximately $4.4 trillion to the world’s GDP.
  • Japan is in third place with a $4.1 trillion.
  • In fourth place is Germany. Along with Austria (whose language is also German), they have a combined GDP of roughly $3.7 trillion.
  • France, the fifth-largest, along with French-speaking Belgium and Quebec, pulled in $3.4 trillion.
  • India outperformed close competitors in 2015 and reached 7th place at $2.1 trillion!
  • Italy took eighth place at $1.8 trillion
  • Brazil dropped from seventh to ninth place at $1.77 trillion and Russia suffered a setback down to 12th place at $1.35 trillion.

Language of Business

Why are these facts important? Simply put, if your products and website are translated into eight languages – English, Simplified Chinese (the written script in Mainland China), Spanish, Japanese, GermanFrench, Hindi (most popular language in India), Italian and Brazilian Portuguese – you can more than double your market and target 3/4 of the world’s GDP.

While English remains a strong contender among languages online and offline, and while its strength has increased over the past 2 years, one cannot turn a blind eye on the importance of other languages while doing business. After all, the language of business is not English; it is the language of the customer!


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