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Languages

In many instances, effective communication requires the identification of the language spoken - and the dialect used. For example, the “Chinese” language embraces a number of dialects including Hakka, Hokkien and Fukkien, in addition to the mainstream languages of Cantonese and Mandarin. The following list offers you general information regarding major languages, dialects and other languages spoken in particular countries.

Countries and their Main Languages

| A - K |     | L - Z |   Country Languages Used   Afghanistan Pushtu, Dari, Uzbeki, Tajik, Turkmani  Albania Albanian, Greek  Algeria Arabic, Berber dialects, French  Argentina Spanish, Italian, German, Native American Indian languages  Armenia Armenian, Arabic, Turkish, French, Russian, Azeri  Austria German  Azerbaijan Azerbaijani (Azeri), Russian, Armenian, Lezgin  Bahrain Arabic  Bangladesh Bengali, English, Urdu, Assamese  Belarus (Byelorussia) Belarusian (Byelorussian), Russian, Ukrainian, Polish  Bolivia  Spanish, Quechua, Aymara  Bosnia-Herzegovina   Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian  Botswana  English, Setswana  Brazil  Portuguese, Spanish, German, Native American Indian languages  Bulgaria  Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Turkish, Romani, Greek  Burma  Burmese, Kachin, Karen, Chin, Naga, Arkanese  Byelorussia  See Belarus  Cambodia (Kampuchea)  Khmer, Mandarin, Teo Chiew, Vietnamese, French  Central African Republic   French, Sangho, Arabic, Hausa, Swahili  Chad  Arabic, French, African languages  Chile  Spanish, Native American Indian languages  China  Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakka, Hokkien, Fukkien, Teo Chiew, Tibetan,  Mongolian and over 500 other languages  Christmas Island  Malay, English  C.I.S.(Commonwealth of Independent States  Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Moldavian, Georgian, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Kazakh, Kyrgiz, Uzbeck, Turkmani, Tajik, Bashkirian, Buryat, Carelian, Chechenian, Ingu-shian, Chuvashian, Yakutian, Karbardinian, Balkarian, Kalmuk, Komi, Mari, Mordvinian, Ossetian, Tatar, Tuvinian, Udmurtian, Yiddish  Cocos Islands  Malay, English  Colombia  Spanish, Native American Indian languages  Commonwealth of Independent States  See C.I.S.  Croatia  Croatian, Serbian, Hungarian, Italian, Slovak  Cuba  Spanish  Cyprus  Greek, Turkish  Czech Republic  Czech, Slovak, German  Denmark  Danish  Dominican Republic  Spanish  East Timor  Tetum, Portuguese  Ecuador  Spanish, Quechua  Egypt  Arabic (Egyptian), Armenian  El Salvador  Spanish  Eritrea  Arabic, Tigrinya, Tigre, Afar  Estonia  Estonian, Russian  Ethiopia  Amharic, Tigre, Tigrinya, Oromo (Galla), Guraghe, Somali  Fiji  Fijian, Hindi, English  Finland  Finnish, Swedish  Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)  Macedonian, Albanian, Bulgarian  Former Yugoslavia  Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Slovene, Slovak, Albanian,  Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian  France  French, Breton, Basque, Corsican  French Guinea   French  Georgia   Georgian, Russian, Armenian  Germany  German  Greece   Greek  Greenland   Inuit, Danish  Hungary Hungarian, Slovak, German, Rumanian  Iceland   Icelandic  India  Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Persian, English,  Kasmiri, Malayam, Oriya, Teluga, Kannada, Assamese, Konkani, Manipari  Indonesia  Indonesian, Malay, Chinese dialects, Dutch, Javanese, Sudanese, Madurese, Achinese, Minangkabau, Batak, Dayak, Menadonese,        Buginese, Macassarese, Sasak, Toraja, Balinese  Iran Farsi, Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Kurdish, Pushtu, Baluchi  Iraq  Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Kurdish, Pushtu, Chaidean  Israel  Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Russian, Romanian  Italy  Italian, French, German  Japan   Japanese  Jordan  Arabic  Kampuchea  See Cambodia  Kazakhstan   Kazakh, Russian  Korea  Korean  Kuwait  Arabic  Laos  Laotian, Miao/Meo, Hmong, Teo Chiew, Mandarin  Latvia  Latvian, Russian  Lebanon  Arabic (Lebanese), Assyrian, Armenian  Libya  Arabic  Liechtenstein  German  Lithuania  Lithuanian, Russian, Polish  Luxembourg  Luxembourgish, French, German  Macau  Cantonese, Portuguese  Macedonia  See Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  Malaysia  Malaysian, Mandarin, Hokkien, Tamil  Malta  Maltese, English  Mexico  Spanish  Monaco  French, Italian  Mongolia  Mongolian  Morocco  Arabic, Berber, French  Mozambique  Portuguese, Bantu languages  Namibia  Afrikaans, German, English, African languages  Nauru  Nauruan, English  Nepal  Nepalese, Newari, Bhutia, Maithali  Netherlands  Dutch, Frisian  New Caledonia  French, Melanesian languages, Tahitian, Wallisian  Nicaragua  Spanish  Nigeria  English, Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo  Norway  Norwegian  Oman  Arabic  Pakistan  Urdu, Punjabi, English  Papua New Guinea  English, Melanesian Pidgin, Hiri Motu  Paraguay  Spanish, Guarani  Peru  Spanish, Quechua, Ayamara  Philippines  Tagalog, Cebuano  Poland  Polish  Portugal  Portuguese  Puerto Rico  Spanish, English  Qatar  Arabic  Romania  Romanian, Serbian, German, Hungarian  Rwanda  Kinyarwanda, French  Saudi Arabia  Arabic  Senegal  French, Wolof, Serer  Seychelles  French, Creole, English  Singapore  Mandarin, Cantonese, Malaysian, English, Tamil  Slovakia  Slovak, Czech, Hungarian  Slovenia  Slovene  Solomon Islands  English Pidgin  Somalia  Somali, Arabic, English, Italian  South Africa  Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu, Swahili  Spain  Spanish, Catalan, Bzsque, Galician  Sri Lanka  Sinhalese, Tamil  Sudan  Arabic, English, Dinka, Nuer  Sweden  Swedish  Switzerland  German, French, Italian  Syria  Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian  Taiwan  Chinese dialects  Tajikistan  Tajik, Russian  Tanzania  Swahili, English  Thailand  Thai, Hokkien, Mandarin, Teo Chiew, Laotian, Malay, Khmer  Tunisia  Arabic, French  Turkey  Turkish, Armenian, Kurdish  Turkmenistan  Turkmani, Russian, Uzbeck  Uganda   English, Swahili, Luganda, Ateso, Luo  Ukraine   Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian, Polish  United Arab Emirates  Arabic, Farsi, English  Uruguay  Spanish  Vanuatu  Bislama, French, English, Pidgin  Vatican City State  Latin, Italian  Venezuela  Spanish, Native American Indian languages  Vietnam  Vietnamese, Cantonese, Teo Chiew, Mandarin  Yemen  Arabic  Yugoslavia  See Former Yugoslavia  Zambia  English, Tonga, Nyanja and other African dialects  Zimbabwe  English, Shone and other African languages and dialects