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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Countries That Speak Your Language(s)

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Knowing a foreign language can greatly expand the number of countries where you can work.

KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND:

  • Translating and interpreting positions demand the strongest language skills.
  • Language requirements vary by country and position. In general, the stronger your second language skills, the better opportunities you will have for employment.
  • Continue taking language courses to improve your skills.
  • It can be helpful to learn special terminology related to your desired field of employment. For example, if you're going into advertising, do you know the words for "layout" or "paste-up" or "marketing" in your second language?
  • You can purchase language books which focus on business vocabulary.
  • Make sure you at least acquire a "getting around" vocabulary, and are able to communicate with waiters, taxi drivers, etc.

The following languages are primary and/or secondary in many countries. Click on the language(s) you know to see where you might want to consider working and living:

Arabic German
Chinese Portuguese
English Spanish
French Additional Languages & Countries Where Spoken

COUNTRIES WHERE ARABIC IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE:

Algeria Lebanon Tunisia
Bahrain Libya United Arab Emirates
Chad Mauritania Republic of Yemen
Comoros Morocco Western Sahara (Hassaniya Arabic; Moroccan Arabic)
Dijbouti Oman Yemen
Egypt Qatar  
Iraq Saudi Arabia  
Jordan Sudan  
Kuwait Syria  

Countries Where Arabic Is The Secondary Language:

Central Africa Republic Iran Maldives
Eritrea Israel Somalia

COUNTRIES WHERE CHINESE IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE:

People's Republic of China Taiwan (Mandarin)

Countries Where Chinese Is The Secondary Language:

Brunei Darussalam Singapore (Mandarin) Vietnam
Malaysia Thailand  

COUNTRIES WHERE ENGLISH IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE:

More than 40 countries around the world consider English their primary language so if you would prefer to speak English exclusively you might want to look for opportunities in those locations. Keep in mind, though, that you can obtain jobs in foreign countries where you don't know the language. For instance, to teach English as a second language you generally do not need to know the native language of the country in which you are teaching.


Antigua and Barbuda Jamaica St. Lucia
Australia Kenya St. Vincent
Bahamas Kiribati Seychelles
Barbados Lesotho Sierra Leone
Belize Liberia Solomon Islands
Botswana Malawi South Africa
Cameroon Mauritius Swaziland
Canada Micronesia Trinidad & Tobago
Dominica Namibia Uganda
Ghana New Zealand United Kingdom
Grenada Nigeria United States
The Grenadines Papua New Guinea Zambia
Guyana Philippines Zimbabwe
Ireland St. Kitts  

Countries Where English Is The Secondary Language:

Argentina Israel Qatar
Bahrain Jordan Rwanda
Bangladesh Kuwait Samoa
Brunei Laos Saudi Arabia
Cambodia Lebanon Singapore
Congo Libya Somalia
Cyprus Malaysia Sri Lanka
Dominican Republic Maldives Sudan
East Timor Malta Suriname
Equatorial Guinea Marshall Islands Syria
Estonia Monaco Tanzania
Ethiopia Namibia Thailand
Fiji Nauru Tonga
The Gambia Oman Tuvalu
Honduras Pakistan United Arab Emirates
India Palau Vietnam
Indonesia Panama  

COUNTRIES WHERE FRENCH IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE:

Benin Congo Guinea
Burkina Faso Congo, Democratic Mali
Burundi Republic of Cote d'lvoire Monaco
Cameroon France Niger
Central African Republic Gabon Senegal
Chad    

Countries Where French Is The Secondary Language:

Algeria Argentina Cambodia
Andorra Belgium Seychelles
Comoros Luxembourg Switzerland
Djibouti Madagascar Syria
Dominica Mauritania Togo
Equatorial Guinea Mauritius Trinidad & Tobago
Haiti Morocco Tunisia
Italy Rwanda Vanuatu
Laos St. Vincent and the Grenadines Vietnam
Lebanon Canada  

COUNTRIES WHERE GERMAN IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE:

Austria Liechtenstein
Germany Switzerland

Countries Where German Is The Secondary Language:

Argentina Italy Romania
Belgium Luxembourg
Denmark Namibia

COUNTRIES WHERE PORTUGUESE IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE:

Brazil Mozambique
Cape Verde Portugal
Guinea Bissau (Portuguese Criolo) Sao Tome & Principe

Countries Where Portuguese Is The Secondary Language:

Angola

COUNTRIES WHERE SPANISH IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE:

Argentina Ecuador Panama
Bolivia El Salvador Paraguay
Chile Equatorial Guinea Peru
Colombia Guatemala Spain
Costa Rica Hoduras Uruguay
Cuba Mexico Venezuela
Dominican Republic Nicaragua  

Countries Where Spanish Is The Secondary Language:

Andorra Trinidad & Tobago
Belize United States
Morocco  

ADDITIONAL PRIMARY LANGUAGES AND COUNTRY (ALPHABETICAL)

Language - Country

Afar-- Eritrea Kyrgyz-- Kyrgyzstan
Afrikaans-- South Africa & Namibia Lao-- Laos
Albanian-- Albania Latin-- Vatican City
Amharic-- Ethiopia Latvian-- Latvia
Armenian-- Armenia Lithuanian-- Lithuania
Azerbaijani-- Azerbaijan Luxembourgish-- Luxembourg
Bahasa Indonesia-- Indonesia Macedonian-- Macedonia
Bangla-- Bangladesh Malagasy-- Madagascar
Bokmel-- Norway Malay-- Malaysia & Singapore
Bulgarian-- Bulgaria Maltese-- Malta
Burmese-- Burma (Myanmar) Moldovan-- Moldova
Khmer-- Cambodia Mongolian-- Mongolia
Catalan-- Andorra Nepali-- Nepal
Creole-- Haiti Pashto-- Afghanistan
Croatian-- Croatia & Bosnia Persian-- Iran
Czech-- Czech Republic Punjabi-- Pakistan
Danish-- Denmark Palauan-- Palau
Dutch-- Surinam, The Netherlands, & Belgium Polish-- Poland
Dzongkha-- Bhutan Romanian-- Romania
Estonian-- Estonia Serbian-- Bosnia & Herzegovina
Farsi(Persian)-- Iran, Afghanistan, & the Persian Gulf Serbo-Croatian-- Serbia
Fijian-- Fiji Slovak-- Slovakia
Filipino-- The Philippines Sloven-- Slovenia
Finnish-- Finland Somali-- Somalia
Georgian-- Georgia Sinhala-- Sri Lanka
Greek-- Greece, Cyprus Swahili-- Tanzania & Kenya
Hebrew-- Israel Swedish-- Sweden
Hindi-- India Tajik-- Tajikistan
Hungarian-- Hungary Thai- Thailand
Icelandic-- Iceland Turkish-- Turkey
Italian-- Italy, Sicily, & San Marino Turkmen-- Turkmenistan
Japanese-- Japan Tuvaluan-- Tuvalu
Kazakh-- Kazakhstan Ukrainian-- Ukraine
Kinyarwanda-- Rwanda Urdu-- India
Kirundi-- Burundi Uzbek-- Uzbekistan
Korean-- North & South Korea Vietnamese-Vietnam
Kurdish-- Iraq
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