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Biggest Cities by Language Quiz

For each language, name the biggest city where that language is the most commonly spoken.
  • Based on urban area populations, according to citypopulation.de, January 2018
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Feb 02, 2018
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Language
Population
City
English
22.2 mil
Spanish
22.6 mil
French
11.3 mil
Korean
24.6 mil
Portuguese
22.1 mil
Arabic
18.2 mil
Russian
17.0 mil
Turkish
14.8 mil
Mandarin
20.0 mil
Japanese
39.9 mil
Wu
29.5 mil
Hindi
28.4 mil
Language
Population
City
Cantonese
45.6 mil
Tagalog
24.6 mil
Marathi
24.2 mil
Yoruba
18.2 mil
Bengali
18.8 mil
Persian
14.7 mil
Tamil
10.7 mil
Vietnamese
8.35 mil
Gujarati
8.00 mil
Italian
5.15 mil
Hebrew
2.63 mil
Serbo-Croatian
1.41 mil
Answer Stats
Language
Population
City
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+4
level 73
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 36
Jun 2, 2013
Very good quiz, I like the ones with languages :)
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level 37
Jun 2, 2013
Could you please explain where you got a population of 21+ million for New York City? That completely threw me off.
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level 68
Jun 3, 2013
8 million in the actual city, plus the suburbs in Long Island, northern New Jersey, southern New York, southwest Connecticut.
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level 25
Jun 2, 2013
Good quiz. Very weird because I was literally just reading about the most commonly spoken languages in every country right before I opened jetpunk.
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level 23
Jun 10, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Italy_by_population Rome's population is twice that of Milan's...
+9
level ∞
Jun 10, 2013
Metro area, yo
+5
level 18
Jun 15, 2013
Serbo- Croatian language doesn't exist! In Belgrade, they speak Serbian!
+6
level 59
Jul 9, 2013
Serbo-croatian consist of Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian, so I think the quiz is right.
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level 58
Jul 19, 2018
It's a political thing. If you'd read Serbian newspapers during Croatia's World Cup adventure, maybe you'd understand. Not that I do. :)
+3
level 58
Aug 18, 2013
Difference between Serbian and Croatian
is smaller than between British English and American English
so I think that it is simple one language: Serbo-Croatian
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level 45
Mar 18, 2014
There is no serbo-croatian. It was a try to create one dominant language in ex Yugoslavia. People in Serbia speak Serbian, in Croatia Croatian, and in Bosnia both. There are differences in vocabulary, grammar, they don' even use the same script (much bigger difference than between American and British English)... So if you saw articles in that language on wikipedia, that doesn't mean the language is still living or spoken anywhere, and on that same wikipedia you can read that Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and the official language is Serbian...
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level 58
May 18, 2014
Yeah I know about script, but I was talking about language
- Croat easily mean what Serb is talking and vice versa
and for person from the outside is hard to recognize
in which language person (Bosnian, Croat, Serb) is speaking.

Ok maybe I wrong said that is one language, but differences between them are small.
Now I wonder in which other languages differences are even smaller.
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level 45
Jun 3, 2014
Im from Serbia and the difference is really small, just a few words but almost everyone knows them. Both Serbia and Croatia use the latin script but only Serbia uses the cyrilic but nevertheless theyre much closer to dialects than languages of their own
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level 51
Jul 19, 2018
difference between "Serbian" and "Croatian" is politics. Otherwise it's just different dialects of the same language
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level 44
Aug 5, 2014
So it would be like calling it Dano-Swedish, and including all of the Copenhagen-Malmo metro area?
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level 46
Dec 29, 2017
Scanian, spoken in Malmö, is a Danish dialect influenced heavily by Swedish.
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level 55
Dec 31, 2017
Just call it Norse-dialects.
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level ∞
Feb 2, 2018
No, it's not the same. Danish and Swedish have been considered separate for a long time. Serbian and Croatian have not. The recent division is a political one:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbo-Croatian

"Serbo-Croatian was standardized in the mid-19th-century Vienna Literary Agreement by Croatian and Serbian writers and philologists, decades before a Yugoslav state was established"

"The breakup of Yugoslavia affected language attitudes, so that social conceptions of the language separated on ethnic and political lines."

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level 65
Jan 13, 2015
Of course Serbo-Croatian exists, even though they may very well end up moving apart because of political differences. It's the same with the Greek/Turkish coffee. Go to Greece and try to order a Turkish coffee. You'll be kicked out. Order a Greek coffee, and you'll get exactly the same thing.
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level 68
Sep 26, 2015
They're not going to "end up" diverging. That has already happened. Try to go and find a recent language course in "Serbo-Croatian". They don't exist. They are Croatian, or Serbian.
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level 60
Oct 5, 2015
Here's a few. http://lsa.umich.edu/cg/cg_results.aspx?termArray=f_15_2060&cgtype=ug&show=20&department=BCS .
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level 73
Sep 5, 2016
Greeks are just Ottoman Christians.
+3
level 39
Oct 3, 2016
Hahaha, if Greeks are Ottoman Christians then Turks are Muslim Byzantines :P
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level 73
Mar 6, 2018
That's not accurate. Turks came from central Asia, outside of the Byzantine Empire. It's not like there were Muslims living in the Byzantine Empire that agitated for independence and then got Anatolia to secede. The Seljuq Turks were foreign invaders of the Greek-speaking Christian Byzantine Empire. Over the next 500 years as they ruled these lands the term Greek came to mean anyone in the Empire who still belonged to the Greek-speaking Greek Orthodox Christian Church.
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level 73
Mar 6, 2018
The myth of Nationalism has confused people into thinking that all of these people who spoke Greek were somehow connected genetically, a discrete cogent people... but it's not so. After Alexander the Great Greek because the lingua franca everywhere from Bulgaria to Egypt to Iraq to Afghanistan. Romans eventually conquered most of the western portion of these Greek-speaking lands, but Latin did not become the most spoken language except in the Western Roman Empire. The Eastern half of the empire continued to speak Greek, as it had for centuries before, but not because the people there were "Greek" the way we conceptualize the term today.

Incidentally all nationalistic myths are lies. Including Turkish nationalism. And Macedonian nationalism. And Bulgarian nationalism. And French and German and Russian and Chinese and Indian nationalism. And Greek nationalism, for sure. I'm not bigoted against Greeks...
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level 73
Mar 6, 2018
Anyway after being ruled for over 5 centuries the lands that were the Ottoman Empire and the people in them of course would share a lot of cultural similarities. Greek and Turkish coffee.. same thing, like gandalf said. Kebab? Shawarma? Gyros? It's the same thing. The Balkans and the Near East are all Ottoman. That doesn't mean they're all Turkish.
+1
level 43
Jul 19, 2018
Because Turks look so much like central Asians, right?
+1
level 73
Jul 20, 2018
As much as I look like an American, I guess.
+1
level 31
Oct 6, 2015
I thought that
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level 7
Sep 11, 2013
I got 17 out of 22. It's a pity you can't click on the ones you want to answer. I probably would have got Tel Aviv or Belgrade, but i was stuck on Cantonese. I was writing Guandong, Guanzhong .etc
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level 43
Nov 22, 2013
What are you talking about? You don't need to click on anything. Just answer :)
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level 75
Jun 25, 2014
Right, no need to do them in order.
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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 7
Aug 13, 2014
Yeah, that's what I did.
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level 56
Apr 16, 2016
It's easy if you know Hindu States, which I am not very knowledgeable of.
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level 56
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 41
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 68
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 73
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 28
Jan 20, 2014
maybe he just missed the concept, not that he doesn't think languages are spoken in more than one country
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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 25
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 45
May 20, 2018
Not slightly, Dhaka is way bigger than Kolkata
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level 73
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 30
Dec 30, 2013
As a last second try I typed in Canton and it worked!
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level 52
Jan 19, 2014
same here
+1
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.
+1
level 55
Aug 14, 2015
Actually, Cantonese is a dialect of Yue.
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level 74
Jan 17, 2014
Ahmedabad?
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level 34
Apr 21, 2015
It's in Indian state of Gujarat...largest city if that state
+1
level 24
Apr 10, 2014
Rome should be on here not Milan.
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level 34
Apr 21, 2015
i typed that first
+1
level 9
Apr 20, 2014
Spelling is killing me especially for those Asian countries....
+1
level 54
Jul 6, 2014
I think Belgrade kind of ruins the quiz... All of them are big, famous cities and Belgrade 1.3 m :|
+7
level 44
Oct 5, 2015
Belgrade is a famous city, historically important. But it has a small population.
+2
level 56
Apr 16, 2016
Just because you aren't familiar with it doesn't make it popular.
+1
level 7
Aug 13, 2014
I finished with 1:44. :) It was easy but fun.
+1
level 39
Aug 15, 2014
Love this quiz
+1
level 58
Jan 18, 2015
Too heavy on South Asian languages and too light on African
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level ∞
Aug 16, 2015
I added Yoruba to make you happy :)
+1
level 58
Jan 18, 2015
Including "Wu" but not Mandarin -- or 'putonghua' -- is quite bizarre. How many people in Shanghai actually speak 'Wu', by the way? Source? Shanghai is full of internal migrant workers from other provinces.
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level 15
Jun 22, 2015
Wu is the second most spoken language in China, and is even more spoken than Cantonese worldwide. There are about 30 million speakers of Wu, however, most of them live in Shanghai or surrounding areas like the Zhejiang province, while Cantonese has many speakers in other countries such as UK, USA, Canada and Australia
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level ∞
Aug 16, 2015
Added Mandarin
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level 22
Jul 19, 2018
I spent a couple of years between Shanghai and Hangzhou and only encountered a single person speaking Shanghai Hua (the Shanghai version of Wu). Probably many people can speak Wu, but public life is held almost exclusively in Mandarin. I find those 30 millions missleading.
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level 45
Jul 15, 2015
What about greek?
+1
level 76
Oct 5, 2015
It's all Greek to me!
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level 70
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 58
Sep 18, 2016
No, I ran out of time!
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level 58
Jul 19, 2018
YUSS got them all this time :-)
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level 66
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 73
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 71
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 50
Oct 5, 2015
Done with 28 seconds left. And from my phone, where I write slower.
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level 60
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 37
Oct 6, 2015
The source for this quiz is not wikipedia. Its citypopulation.de Read the disclaimer before you complain.
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level 56
Apr 16, 2016
And that even shows stats for different years, proving his point invalid.
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level 60
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 56
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 70
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 28
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 68
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 14
Oct 8, 2015
Now Ankara is turkey's capital
+2
level 59
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 56
Apr 16, 2016
Missed just Lagos and Ahmedabad, got all others however.
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level 45
Nov 9, 2016
I knew sau Paulo. just i forgotten it's spelling
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level 40
Apr 2, 2017
sao paulo
+1
level 57
Jun 14, 2017
Missed Gujarati but got everything else. What a fun quiz!
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level 34
Jul 31, 2017
One of the funnest quizzes I've taken on jetpunk!
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level 21
Dec 27, 2017
Does Kolkata have a larger metro population than Dhaka?
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level 46
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 56
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 58
Apr 9, 2018
According to English Wikipedia, urban Kinshasa has more inhabitants than urban Paris, maybe check on some other sources, too.
+2
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 62
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 26
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
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 73
Jul 20, 2018
Sometimes they replace a few words and insist it's a new language because of politics.
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level 36
Jul 20, 2018
Accept Beograd for Belgrade?
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level 17
Jul 20, 2018
Jerusalem has more hebrew speakers than Tel Aviv
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level 73
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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