Below are the languages available with Language Line telephone interpreting service; the top 10 requested languages; a list of alternative names for languages and languages by country.

Languages available

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

Amharic [PDF, 148 KB] Arabic [PDF, 131 KB] Assyrian [PDF, 141 KB] Bengali [PDF, 206 KB]
Bosnian [PDF, 106 KB] Bulgarian [PDF, 112 KB]

Chinese [PDF, 218 KB]

Cantonese
Mandarin

Cook Island Maori [PDF, 105 KB]
Croatian [PDF, 134 KB] Dari [PDF, 139 KB] English [PDF, 103 KB] Farsi [PDF, 138 KB]
Filipino [PDF, 103 KB] French [PDF, 103 KB] German [PDF, 103 KB] Gujarati [PDF, 304 KB]
Hindi [PDF, 296 KB] Indonesian [PDF, 105 KB] Japanese [PDF, 293 KB] Khmer [PDF, 245 KB]
Korean [PDF, 298 KB] Kurdish [PDF, 229 KB] Lao [PDF, 407 KB] Māori [PDF, 126 KB]
Myanmar - Burmese [PDF, 141 KB] Nepali [PDF, 315 KB] Niuean [PDF, 123 KB] Pashto [PDF, 216 KB]
Portuguese [PDF, 151 KB] Punjabi [PDF, 223 KB] Russian [PDF, 192 KB] Samoan [PDF, 125 KB]
Serbian [PDF, 239 KB] Sinhalese [PDF, 224 KB] Somali [PDF, 102 KB] Spanish [PDF, 103 KB]
Tamil [PDF, 282 KB] Thai [PDF, 219 KB] Tokelauan [PDF, 101 KB] Tongan [PDF, 124 KB]
Tuvaluan [PDF, 101 KB] Ukrainian [PDF, 233 KB] Urdu [PDF, 222 KB] Vietnamese [PDF, 228 KB]

You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download this program free from the www.adobe.com(external link)

Frequently requested languages

The ten most frequently requested languages.

Top 10 requested languages, see the table below for the languages and numbers.

Top 10 requested languages

  • Mandarin 171,728.
  • Samoan 86,467.
  • Korean 54,281.
  • Cantonese 40,019.
  • Spanish 34,926.
  • Tongan 31,548.
  • Arabic 24,055.
  • Hindi 23,864.
  • Myanmar 13,486
  • Punjabi 13,156.

Last updated 21 April 2018.

Alternative names for languages

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, Afghanistan Dari
Aramaic Assyrian
Bangladeshi Bengali
Bhutanese, Bhutani Nepali
Burmese Myanmar (Burmese)
Cambodian Khmer
Chinese (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

 

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