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
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Last updated: October 10, 2020
First submittedMay 9, 2011
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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 80
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 64
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 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 64
Nov 1, 2018
Or if you haven't even heard of Ahmedabad...
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Level 66
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 81
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 57
Jun 13, 2019
It was even easier for me because my parents grew up in Ahmadabad.
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Level 66
Nov 29, 2019
Ahmedabad*
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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 77
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 80
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 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 55
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 57
May 20, 2018
Not slightly, Dhaka is way bigger than Kolkata
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Level 80
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 49
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 48
Dec 30, 2013
As a last second try I typed in Canton and it worked!
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Level 15
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 57
Aug 14, 2015
Actually, Cantonese is a dialect of Yue.
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Level 35
Sep 23, 2019
I love the Cardinals!!!11one
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Level 77
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 66
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 66
Mar 5, 2019
No.
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Level 32
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 64
Apr 16, 2016
Just because you aren't familiar with it doesn't make it popular.
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Level 66
Mar 5, 2019
doesn't make it not* popular, I think you mean :)
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Level 52
Apr 3, 2020
The clue makes it easier to guess.
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Level 74
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 65
Sep 18, 2016
No, I ran out of time!
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Level 65
Jul 19, 2018
YUSS got them all this time :-)
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Level 70
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 80
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 80
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 65
Oct 5, 2015
Done with 28 seconds left. And from my phone, where I write slower.
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Level 68
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 64
Apr 16, 2016
And that even shows stats for different years, proving his point invalid.
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Level 68
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 64
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 72
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 58
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 78
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 16
Oct 8, 2015
Now Ankara is turkey's capital
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Level 63
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 64
Apr 16, 2016
Missed just Lagos and Ahmedabad, got all others however.
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Level 57
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 56
Jun 14, 2017
Missed Gujarati but got everything else. What a fun quiz!
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Level 41
Jul 31, 2017
One of the funnest quizzes I've taken on jetpunk!
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Level 33
Dec 27, 2017
Does Kolkata have a larger metro population than Dhaka?
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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 60
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 50
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 67
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 38
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 44
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 80
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 37
Jul 20, 2018
Accept Beograd for Belgrade?
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Level 39
Jul 20, 2018
Jerusalem has more hebrew speakers than Tel Aviv
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Level 80
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 36
Nov 12, 2018
Ahmedabad is a city in Gujarat in India also Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai are in Indian cities Jai Hind!!
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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 71
Mar 11, 2019
Fun but easy
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Level 63
Mar 21, 2019
Why no German?
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Level 48
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 60
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 56
Nov 4, 2019
I remembered at the end what hebrew was
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Level 60
Dec 29, 2019
EZ 4 ME (good quiz, hope to see more like these)
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Level 58
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 58
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