Biggest Cities by Language Quiz

For each language, name the most populous city where that language is the most commonly spoken at home.
Based on urban area populations, according to citypopulation.de, 2020
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: October 10, 2020
First submittedMay 9, 2011
Times taken141,638
Average score70.8%
Rating4.93
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Language
Population
City
English
22.1 mil
New York City
Spanish
23.0 mil
Mexico City
French
11.4 mil
Paris
Korean
24.8 mil
Seoul
Portuguese
22.4 mil
São Paulo
Arabic
21.0 mil
Cairo
Russian
17.3 mil
Moscow
Turkish
16.0 mil
Istanbul
Mandarin
19.8 mil
Beijing
Japanese
40.4 mil
Tokyo
Wu
33.6 mil
Shanghai
Hindi
30.3 mil
Delhi
Language
Population
City
Cantonese
46.7 mil
Guangzhou
Tagalog
25.7 mil
Manila
Marathi
25.1 mi
Mumbai
Yoruba
19.4 mil
Lagos
Bengali
20.2 mil
Dhaka
Persian
15.3 mil
Tehran
Tamil
11.3 mil
Chennai
Vietnamese
8.60 mil
Ho Chi Minh City
Gujarati
8.50 mil
Ahmedabad
Italian
6.20 mil
Milan
Hebrew
2.70 mil
Tel Aviv
Serbo-Croatian
1.42 mil
Belgrade
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Level 83
Jun 2, 2013
Fun quiz. Got 100%. Two of these answers might help someone figure out one of the answers on my very tricky analogies quiz that most people missed.
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Level 35
Jun 2, 2013
Very good quiz, I like the ones with languages :)
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Level 67
Mar 18, 2020
Ah, me did bad... ;) hope next time I remember ahmedabad.
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Level 23
Nov 13, 2013
Lol, I found Ahmadabad was way to easy if you think about it. Ahmadabad is a city in Gujarat either way. It's not that hard to get that answer...
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2016
It's easy if you know Hindu States, which I am not very knowledgeable of.
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Level 43
Jun 29, 2019
*Indian
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Level 54
Nov 2, 2020
I forgot Gujarat even existed I just guessed Ahmedabad because it sounded partially reasonable.
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Level 58
Apr 13, 2017
What happens if you don't know that Ahmedabad is in Gujarat though...?
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Level 49
Mar 13, 2018
then you are like most of the people and dont get that one right lol
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Level 67
Nov 1, 2018
Or if you haven't even heard of Ahmedabad...
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2019
You would guess all the cities you know in India until you get to Ahmedabad (which I did)
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Level 65
Nov 8, 2020
Yeah, sure, but the point is, if you know the answer, it's very easy to know the answer.
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Level 66
Nov 18, 2020
It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.
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Level 40
Feb 20, 2022
I didn't know it and I just guessed all fairly big cities in India
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Level 86
Nov 2, 2018
Lol, I know right, it's like Pingdingshan is way too easy if you think about it. Pingdingshan is a city in Henan either way. It would not be hard to get that answer...
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Level 75
Nov 29, 2019
Ahmedabad*
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Level 62
Nov 15, 2020
Karnavati*
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Level 43
Nov 25, 2013
Uh Bengali is a language in Bangladesh so it should be Dhaka, not Kolkata. Kolkata is a city in India.
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Level 82
Dec 14, 2013
Right, because languages always start and end at natural borders and there's never any cultural overlap.
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Level 83
Jan 13, 2014
And they only speak one language in India I guess. And Bangladesh and India were never the same country. Oops...
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Level 74
Sep 30, 2021
I guess it depends on the definition of the respective cities' population (which is given in the rubric above).
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Level 24
Apr 10, 2014
Bengail is a regional language in india.West bengal speaks it.Kolkata is the largest city in West bengal. Kolkata is larger than dhaka. So it's Kolkata
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Level 57
Feb 21, 2018
Kolkata is in bengal state of india so it speaks bengali but dhaka' s population is slightly larger than kolkata
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Level 61
May 20, 2018
Not slightly, Dhaka is way bigger than Kolkata
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Level 83
Jul 19, 2018
It looks like the quiz was updated and Kolkata was replaced by Dhaka. I assume this is because Dhaka has had more population growth and it has nothing to do with which country each city is in.
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Level 55
Jun 28, 2020
By that logic Arabic should have been limited to Saudi Arabia and Cairo should not have been included.

Often language overlaps national borders.

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Level 55
Dec 30, 2013
As a last second try I typed in Canton and it worked!
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Level 22
Jun 22, 2015
Guangzhou/ Guangdong is sometimes called Canton in English, and so is the province it is in (also called Guangdong). The actual name for Cantonese is Yue.
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Level 66
Aug 14, 2015
Actually, Cantonese is a dialect of Yue.
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Level 80
Dec 2, 2020
Just to clarify - Guangzhou is the city, Guangdong the province. Canton has in English referred to the city of Guangzhou (sometimes also previously transliterated as Kwangchow) and the province, despite their names being different in Chinese languages. Cantonese, which is to its speakers known as 'Gwongdung wa', is part of the group of languages known as Yue, a southern branch of the Sinitic language family.
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Level 35
Sep 23, 2019
I love the Cardinals!!!11one
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Level 31
May 16, 2021
I always struggle writing "Guangzhou" so I type Canton by default.
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Level 79
Jan 17, 2014
Ahmedabad?
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2015
It's in Indian state of Gujarat...largest city if that state
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2019
of* :)
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Level 24
Apr 10, 2014
Rome should be on here not Milan.
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2015
i typed that first
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2019
No.
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Level 31
Mar 17, 2019
Milan has a way bigger urban area than Rome
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Level 53
Jul 6, 2014
I think Belgrade kind of ruins the quiz... All of them are big, famous cities and Belgrade 1.3 m :|
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Level 44
Oct 5, 2015
Belgrade is a famous city, historically important. But it has a small population.
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Level 31
Aug 27, 2020
It is popular..................if you live in serbia
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2016
Just because you aren't familiar with it doesn't make it popular.
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2019
doesn't make it not* popular, I think you mean :)
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Level 70
Apr 3, 2020
The clue makes it easier to guess.
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Level 76
Aug 25, 2015
Excellent quiz but a little too generous on time. I got 100% first time with 61 seconds to spare, so I think reducing the time limit by 30 seconds would be fair.
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Level 67
Sep 18, 2016
No, I ran out of time!
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Level 67
Jul 19, 2018
YUSS got them all this time :-)
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Level 72
Jul 21, 2018
'Tolerated' you are not very tolerant when it comes to time for quizzes that you are good at. Most quizzes (except the timed typing quizzes) are for general knowledge not typing skills. If you are one of those unfortunate people that think that typing skills are more important than knowledge, I feel sorry for you. If you are just a very intelligent quizzer then try some of my quizzes, you might not find those as easy. (click on Malbaby and go from there)
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Level 67
Mar 18, 2020
Ow my god, what múst you do with that time... I have a novel idea, perhaps use it to complain about things?
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Level 83
Oct 5, 2015
Is the urban area of Tel Aviv considered larger than Jerusalem on citypopulation.de? Or is Arabic listed as more common than Hebrew? I'd be more likely to believe the former than the latter, though I was pretty sure Jerusalem was bigger.
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Level 85
Oct 5, 2015
Tel Aviv metro is a lot larger than Jerusalem according to citypopulation.de. Citypopulation data is not correct for Jerusalem though, as the population of the metro area is equaled to the population of the city proper. Pretty sure that even with proper data Tel Aviv metro would be substantially larger than Jerusalem metro.
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Level 66
Oct 5, 2015
Done with 28 seconds left. And from my phone, where I write slower.
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Level 72
Oct 5, 2015
You're wrong on Bengali...Dhaka should be the main city, not Kolkata. Wiki shows Dhaka having 14.4m in 2013. Kolkata has 14.38m in 2015.
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2016
And that even shows stats for different years, proving his point invalid.
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Level 72
Jul 21, 2018
So much for that
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Level 41
Oct 6, 2015
Guangzhou doesn't have 46.9 million people
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2016
Metro area, man.
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Level 31
Oct 6, 2015
20 out of 24. I kept typing in Hong Kong; I did not think that guagzhou had such a big population. But the way what is the difference between Wu and Mandarin
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Level 31
Oct 6, 2015
Thought that Jerusalem was bigger than tel aviv
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Level 80
Aug 3, 2016
Difference between Wu and Mandarin is that they're different languages. 'Hello' in Mandarin is 'nihao', in Wu it is 'nong ho'. The number 10 in Mandarin is 'shi', in Wu it is 'sat'.
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Level 40
Jul 19, 2018
Although China we refer to regional differences as dialects, or 'fangyan'. Supposedly there are seven major dialects, including Wu and Cantonese. Putonghua or Mandarin is the 'official' Chinese language and it is based on the Beijing dialect. Some linguists consider the dialects as separate languages, some don't. There might as well be thousands of languages in China, as in many cases, even different regions in the same city have dialects that are incomprehensible to each other.
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Level 59
Oct 21, 2020
In linguistics, the various languages in China are different languages, not dialects. In Chinese, people and the government tend to call them dialects. The rule is that if they are not mutually intelligible, they are different languages. Mandarin and Cantonese are not mutually intelligible; neither are Mandarin and Wu.
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Level 87
Oct 7, 2015
Guangzhou does not have that large of a population, you can't just include other cities like Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou into Guangzhou and even if you did, Shenzhen is a city where you speak mandarin due to the fact that the majority of the population have migrated from other provinces
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Level 43
Dec 11, 2021
But Cantonese is still widely spoken there, especially in informal situations and at home, which is also stated by the instructions above.
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Level 16
Oct 8, 2015
Now Ankara is turkey's capital
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Level 64
Feb 2, 2016
Your point is? The quiz is asking for the biggest cities where a language is most commonly spoken and Istanbul has thrice as many people as Ankara.
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2016
Missed just Lagos and Ahmedabad, got all others however.
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Level 61
Nov 9, 2016
I knew sau Paulo. just i forgotten it's spelling
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Level 34
Apr 2, 2017
sao paulo
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Level 65
Jun 14, 2017
Missed Gujarati but got everything else. What a fun quiz!
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Level 44
Jul 31, 2017
One of the funnest quizzes I've taken on jetpunk!
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Level 36
Dec 27, 2017
Does Kolkata have a larger metro population than Dhaka?
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Level 43
Dec 11, 2021
Dhaka is now larger than Kolkata.
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Level 45
Dec 29, 2017
Is Dhaka (at 18 million) not larger than Kolkata?
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Level ∞
Feb 2, 2018
It is now, yes. The quiz has been updated.
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Level 59
Jan 23, 2018
who else had no clue what Gujarati is lol
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Level ∞
Feb 2, 2018
Gandhi's native language
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Level 56
Jul 19, 2020
Gujaratis form a huge chunk of the expat population in US too!
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Level 66
Apr 9, 2018
According to English Wikipedia, urban Kinshasa has more inhabitants than urban Paris, maybe check on some other sources, too.
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Level ∞
Apr 10, 2018
While French is a popular second language in the D.R. Congo only a very small percentage of Congolese speak it natively.
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Level 68
Jul 19, 2018
Isn't Shenzhen included in the numbers for Guangzhou? In that case, Shenzhen should be an acceptable answer.
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Level 52
Jul 19, 2018
Idk if someone has mentioned it before, but Rome should be bigger than Milan today (even with urban area around it). See Wikipedia, etc.
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Level 43
Dec 11, 2021
Well, Rome is bigger than Milan by city limits, but vice versa by urban areas.
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Level 49
Jul 19, 2018
serbo-croatian does NOT exist. It existed in Yugoslavia times, in a political way. Same as Czechoslovakian. But they were separated languages. But political or not. It does not ecist.
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Level 83
Jul 20, 2018
Sometimes they replace a few words and insist it's a new language because of politics.
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Level ∞
Oct 10, 2020
It's a total farce. Apparently, they even hire "translators" to convert between the two "languages", which of course sound almost exactly the same.
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Level 67
Mar 18, 2020
A language does not cease to exist when countries split or are put together. (Instantly I mean, ofcourse it can change after a couple centuries). Look at belgium for instance. they speak french and dutch
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Level 38
Jul 20, 2018
Accept Beograd for Belgrade?
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Level 41
Jul 20, 2018
Jerusalem has more hebrew speakers than Tel Aviv
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Level 83
Jul 23, 2018
I think this is false if you consider the urban area. But more importantly this isn't based on the cities with the largest number of speakers of each language, it's about naming the biggest cities where each language is spoken more than any other language in those cities.
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Level 45
Mar 8, 2019
I never knew Guangzhou had so many people!

I have also never heard of the language "Yoruba"...hehehe...

And for Hebrew I typed in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Amman, Baghdad,...I am so untalented.

For Vietnamese I tried Phnom Penh, and for all those languages like Marathi, Tamil or Gujarati I just tried all the Hindi cities I know...Still got all of them...but #facepalm

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Level 74
Mar 11, 2019
Fun but easy
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Level 66
Mar 21, 2019
Why no German?
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Level 53
Aug 6, 2019
Didn’t Kinshasa’s population pass Paris’ (although I assume there is still more French spoken in Paris)?
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2019
Kinshasa also has a plethora of native languages to account for, of which Paris has no dire need to worry.
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2019
I remembered at the end what hebrew was
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Level 59
Dec 29, 2019
EZ 4 ME (good quiz, hope to see more like these)
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Level 61
Jan 3, 2020
Needs an update. Kinshasa now has more inhabitants than Paris.
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Level ∞
Oct 10, 2020
While French is a popular second language in the D.R. Congo only a very small percentage of Congolese speak it natively.
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Level 59
Oct 21, 2020
Have you been to Kinshasa .... There is no way a majority of people living there speak French, and certainly not French at home as their usual language of communication. Yes, because of colonialism, it is an official language there, but that does not mean many or most people use it much.
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Level 19
May 14, 2020
Very interesting quiz!
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Level 51
Jul 8, 2020
fun
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Level 55
Nov 15, 2020
WOW i did a lot better than i thought
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Level 69
Nov 15, 2020
Excellent quiz, loved it.
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Level 65
Nov 15, 2020
I still find the Wu thing quite surprising. I lived for half a year in Shanghai and encountered a single Wu speaker. I don't know what people do at their homes, but on the street Wu is almost non-existent (from my laowai perspective, of course).
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Level 43
Dec 11, 2021
Well, I hear that Wu is dying out there.
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Level 31
Nov 15, 2020
Bengali is wrong, the most populous city is Kolkata, not Dhaka!
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Level 47
Nov 16, 2020
Kolkata is 14 million, Dhaka is close to 20 million. So, no, it's not wrong.
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Level 48
Nov 17, 2020
Rome is larger than Milan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome
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Level 43
Dec 11, 2021
By city limits, but not by urban area.
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Level 52
Nov 18, 2020
Paris, 11.4 million?? I didn't even try it.
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Level 57
Dec 23, 2020
Fun quiz, but a bit too easy without a yellow bar, I accidentally got Ahmadabad and Chennai, just because I was guessing for other Indian languages
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Level 60
Jan 26, 2022
Wouldn't you have guessed them either way, if not then later?
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Level 17
Apr 7, 2021
Dutch?
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Level 43
Dec 11, 2021
Amsterdam, maybe.
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Level 45
May 19, 2021
Not gonna lie, the Italian and the Cantonese one confused me. I was surprised that Milan had more Italian speakers than Rome and Venice. As for the Cantonese one, I thought it was commonly spoken in South-East Asia. By the way I'm currently living in India so the Indian cities were quite easy for me lol.
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Level 43
Dec 11, 2021
Cantonese is not spoken natively in Southeast Asia (except for Cantonese immigrants living there).
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Level 61
May 22, 2021
Easy!!
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Level 24
Aug 11, 2021
Only missed Ahmedabad, the rest I got it perfect. I love this quizes
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Level 30
Jan 7, 2022
How about German?
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Level 55
Jan 23, 2022
I do not think that Marathi is not the most commonly spoken language of Mumbai.

According to this wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai,

Marathi is spoken by 32.2% of the population, Hindi by 25.9% of population and Urdu by 11.7%. But Hindi and Urdu in spoken form (as spoken language is the criterion for this quiz) are the same language often described by the name 'Hindustani' which takes it's total to 37.6%, more than Marathi.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindustani_language

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Level 60
Jan 26, 2022
It is though. Also, Urdu is a Pakistani language more than its Indian.

Source: born and bought up in Mumbai.

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Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
1. Being born and brought up in Mumbai is neither a source nor does it give you a mathematical answer on which language is spoken more at home when the numbers are so close. Also I have lived in Mumbai for 10 years but it does not change the answer at all

2. Urdu being a "Pakistani language" is neither correct not does it bring any value to this discussion

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Level 60
Jan 26, 2022
As someone whose first language is Gujarati, it makes me happy to see so many people getting stumped by it.
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Level 39
Apr 6, 2022
Lol, who wouldn't if they were put in the same situation.
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Level 39
Apr 6, 2022
Check your sources again, even though it is better for integrity to be more conservative with your numbers citypopulation.de is quite inaccurate messing up on countries by giving them less or more than they have. In my opinion, put more research into what source you use or just average between two sources (although it would be more work). I love your quizzes and I just want to give one piece of insight so you are aware. Don't take this harshly but not lightly either! : )
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Level 51
Apr 26, 2022
Im pretty sure Kinshasa has more people than Paris and they are both french cities? Correct me if Im wrong with proof.