Languages

Languages available

For an explanation of how the service works please click on the language you require. They are available as pdf documents.

Amharic (353kb) Arabic (285kb) Assyrian (307kb) Bengali (411kb)
Bosnian (106kb) Bulgarian (112kb)

Chinese
Cantonese (322kb)
Mandarin
(322kb)

Cook Island Maori 106(kb)
Croatian (134kb) Dari (287kb) English (103kb) Farsi (302kb)
Filipino (103kb) French (104kb) German (103kb) Gujarati (383kb)
Hindi (385kb) Indonesian (105kb) Japanese (395kb) Khmer (373kb)
Korean (385kb)

Kurdish
(1.1mb)

Lao
(394kb)

Māori (127kb)
Myanmar - Burmese (346kb) Nepali (502kb) Niuean (123kb) Pashto (289kb)
Portuguese (152kb) Punjabi (328kb) Russian (243kb) Samoan (126kb)
Serbian (348kb) Sinhalese (349kb) Somali (103kb) Spanish (104kb)
Tamil (336kb) Thai (332kb) Tokelauan (102kb) Tongan (125kb)
Tuvaluan (101kb) Ukrainian (340kb) Urdu (300kb) Vietnamese (320kb)

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Most frequently used languages

The ten most frequently requested languages.

Chart of the top 10 languages for Language Line

  • Mandarin 128,797.
  • Samoan 68,311.
  • Korean 44,016.
  • Cantonese 31,856.
  • Tongan 24,696.
  • Spanish 22,940.
  • Hindi 17,838.
  • Arabic 13,555.
  • Punjabi 9,596.
  • Japanese 9,490.

Last updated 27 February 2016.

Languages - alternative names

Languages are often known by more than one name Māori – Te Reo. Use this table to identify what your client wants. Remember your client may speak more than one language.

Other names known by Language
Afghani Dari
Afghanistan Dari
Aramaic Assyrian
Bangladeshi Bengali
Bhutanese Nepali
Bhutani Nepali
Burmese Myanmar (Burmese)
Cambodian Khmer
Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese
Chinese dialect Mandarin, Cantonese
Ethiopian Amharic
Indian Hindi
Iranian Farsi
Iraqi Arabic
Nepalese Nepali
Persian Farsi
Pushto Pashto
Rarotongan Cook Island Maori
Sri Lankan Tamil
Tagalog Filipino
Taiwanese Mandarin
Te reo Māori
Yugoslavian Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian

Languages by Country

Use this table to establish what language your client speaks. The official languages are set out in bold.The languages listed below are currently available from Language Line. Other languages may be spoken in that country.

Alphabet Country Language
A Afghanistan Dari
Pashto
Algeria Arabic
French
American Samoa Samoan
Argentina Spanish
Austria German
B Bangladesh Bengali
Bhutan Nepali
Bolivia Spanish
Bosnia Bosnian
Croatian
Serbian
Brazil Portuguese
Bulgaria Bulgarian
C Cambodia Khmer
French
Chile Spanish
China Mandarin
Cantonese
Colombia Spanish
Congo French
Cook Islands Cook Island Maori
Croatia Croatian
Bosnian
Serbian
D Democratic Republic of Congo French
Djibouti French
E East Timor Portuguese
Egypt Arabic
Ethiopia Amharic
F Fiji Hindi
France French
G Georgia Russian
Germany German
H Hong Kong Cantonese
I India Hindi
Bengali
Gujarati
Nepali
Punjabi
Tamil
Urdu
Indonesia Indonesian
Iran Farsi
Iraq Arabic
Assyrian
Kurdish
J Japan Japanese
Jordan Arabic
K Korea Korean
Kuwait Arabic
L Lao Lao
Lebanon Arabic
French
Liechtenstein German
Lithuania Russian
Luxembourg German
M
Malaysia Cantonese
Mandarin
Tamil
Mexico Spanish
Mozambique Portuguese
Myanmar (Formerly Burma) Myanmar (Burmese)
N Nepal Nepali
Niue Niuean
O Oman Arabic
P Pakistan Urdu
Punjabi
Paraguay Spanish
Peru Spanish
Phillipines Filipino
Portugual Portuguese
R Russia Russian
S Samoa Samoan
Saudi Arabia Arabic
Serbia Serbian
Bosnian
Croatian
Singapore Mandarin
Tamil
Somalia Arabic
Somalian
Spain Spanish
Sri Lanka Sinhalese
Tamil
Sudan Arabic
S Switzerland French
German
T Taiwan Mandarin
Thailand Thai
Tokelau Tokelauan
Tonga Tongan
Tuvalu Tuvaluan
U Ukraine Ukrainian
Uruguay Spanish
V Venezuela Spanish
Vietnam Vietnamese
Khmer