6 kickass languages and dialects for multilingual voice actors
Six thousand, nine hundred and nine. That’s how many languages and dialects there are in the world, according to linguists. When it comes to entertainment and marketing, however, some languages are more in demand than others. These super six are highly sought after by TV and movie makers as well as businesses who want to reach customers in the world’s most lucrative markets.
Dubbing your content into multiple languages means you reach more customers whose mother tongue isn’t English. Voiceover companies connect you with voice actors who can get your message across to international customers.
Need an example of multilingual content that works? Blu Collection — a YouTube channel with more than 5 million subscribers that reviews toys and games — dub their videos into Spanish, Russian, Korean and French. This helps them reach a truly global audience.
Multilingual voice overs are also great for movies, TV shows, and video games. Contrary to popular belief, by the way, American audiences aren’t put off by a thick accent. Think Diego Luna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, who speaks with his natural Mexican twang.
With 400 000 000 native speakers, Spanish is the fourth most common language in the world. It goes without saying that Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations! 104 counties have significant Spanish-speaking populations, and the first document written in Spanish dates back to the year 964. As Spanish speakers would say, that’s pretty increíble!
VoiceBunny has an impressive roster of professional actors who speak a wide range of Spanish dialects, including Castilian, Puerto Rican Spanish and Latin American neutral. There are also Peruvian voice overs and Chilean voice overs, if you want to get very specific. Expand your reach in Spanish-speaking countries with these amazing voice over artists!
Listen to a sample in Argentinian Spanish:
2. Farsi (Persian)
Farsi is spoken by nearly everyone in Iran as a first or second language. That’s around 83 million people — more than the populations of Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina combined! Formerly known as Persian, the language is also spoken in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Look up ‘Persian voice overs’ if you want to do business in the Middle East!
The U.S. exported $172 million in goods to Iran in 2016 alone. Did you know that?
Translating your marketing material with TranslationBunny and then dubbing your ads with DubbingBunny could generate new clients and provide you with lucrative new business opportunities. You can also connect with Iranians living in the United States, such as the Tehrangeles in Los Angeles. If you are a voiceover artist, companies are always looking for people who speak Farsi. Movaffagh bashid!
Listen to a sample in Farsi:
With more than 955 million speakers, Mandarin is the world’s most spoken language. It’s notoriously difficult to master — there are more than 50,000 characters! In fact, scientists claim that Mandarin speakers use both temporal lobes of their brain. (English speakers only use the left side, apparently).
Using a Mandarin voice over, you can target customers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing — three of China’s most populous cities. China’s economy is booming, making it a great place for business. If you don’t have time to learn the local lingo but still want to communicate with people in China, use a voiceover artist to do the hard work for you. VoiceBunny Pros have a vocabulary longer than the Great Wall!
Listen to a sample in Mandarin:
4. Caribbean English
Influenced by English-based Creole, Caribbean English is a colloquial way to refer to several rich language variants spoken by people in the Caribbean, Liberia, Central America and South America. Many people find these dialects attractive: In a recent poll, people voted the Trinidadian accent — popularized by rapper Nicki Minaj — as the one of the sexiest in the world.
Caribbean English voice overs are the best way to engage with people in the Caribbean and beyond. Research shows that people are less likely to trust a fellow native speaker with a different dialect and prefer the sound of people with a similar accent to their own. Therefore, it makes sense to hire a professional from a voiceover company who has native voice actors that speak the same dialect as your target market. (If you speak with a Caribbean English accent, put your skills to good use and make money from voiceovers for TV shows, movies and ads! Sign up here.)
Listen to a sample of Caribbean English:
More than 60 million people in China speak Cantonese. You’ll hear people speaking it in Hong Kong and Macau, and there are several Cantonese-speaking populations in Vietnam and Malaysia.
Did you know that Chinese people living in the U.S. are more likely to speak Cantonese than Mandarin? A Cantonese Chinese voice over will help you advertise your products to the Chinese diaspora in cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose.
Listen to a sample of a Cantonese Chinese voice over:
Fifteen million people worldwide speak Bulgarian—a Slavic language spoken by people all over Southeastern Europe, Bulgarian is one of the official languages of the European Union. It borrows words from Turkish, Latin, Greek, Russian and French.
Sofia, Bulgaria’s bustling capital, was recently voted one of the seven best cities for startups because of its low tax rates and super-fast internet speeds. If you are looking to expand your business to Southeastern Europe, a Bulgarian voice artist from could be just what you need.
Listen to a sample in Bulgarian: