Are you familiar with standard abbreviations used when referring to the languages of the world? These are know as language identifiers. For example, English is abbreviated as en, and Spanish is abbreviated as es. But did you also know that there are standard abbreviations for language variations? So, Portuguese for Brazil is pt-br and Portuguese for Portugal is pt-pt. These codes are utilized to help with organization with library collections, data presentations, and choosing the right localizations and translations when working with computers. They may also be used as a shorthand way of referring to longer forms of language names.

So many languages and language variations! So many corresponding abbreviations! (Did you know that there are 7,151 languages spoken today?) Wouldn’t it be handy to find all those languages, language variations, and all their associated abbreviations in one handy downloadable document?

Well, look no further. Once you’ve downloaded our list of Common Language Identifiers (Language – Nation) below, which is conveniently divided up by geographical region (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East), you’ll see that some languages, such as Spanish and Portuguese, have multiple variations.  

We know that numerous national and regional language varieties are possible so if you don’t see your language variation in the list or on our Languages Provided page, please let us know! There’s a good chance we can find qualified linguists for you for that language type.

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