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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
Last updated: February 02, 2018
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Language
Population
City
English
22.2 mil
New York City
Spanish
22.6 mil
Mexico City
French
11.3 mil
Paris
Korean
24.6 mil
Seoul
Portuguese
22.1 mil
São Paulo
Arabic
18.2 mil
Cairo
Russian
17.0 mil
Moscow
Turkish
14.8 mil
Istanbul
Mandarin
20.0 mil
Beijing
Japanese
39.9 mil
Tokyo
Wu
29.5 mil
Shanghai
Hindi
28.4 mil
Delhi
Language
Population
City
Cantonese
45.6 mil
Guangzhou
Tagalog
24.6 mil
Manila
Marathi
24.2 mil
Mumbai
Yoruba
18.2 mil
Lagos
Bengali
18.8 mil
Dhaka
Persian
14.7 mil
Tehran
Tamil
10.7 mil
Chennai
Vietnamese
8.35 mil
Ho Chi Minh City
Gujarati
8.00 mil
Ahmedabad
Italian
5.15 mil
Milan
Hebrew
2.63 mil
Tel Aviv
Serbo-Croatian
1.41 mil
Belgrade
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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 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 57
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 69
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 46
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 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 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 37
Apr 21, 2015
It's in Indian state of Gujarat...largest city if that state
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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 55
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 57
Apr 16, 2016
Just because you aren't familiar with it doesn't make it popular.
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level 39
Aug 15, 2014
Love this quiz
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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 72
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 61
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 57
Apr 16, 2016
And that even shows stats for different years, proving his point invalid.
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level 61
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 57
Apr 16, 2016
Metro area, man.
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level 32
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 32
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 34
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 69
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
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level 58
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 57
Apr 16, 2016
Missed just Lagos and Ahmedabad, got all others however.
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level 46
Nov 9, 2016
I knew sau Paulo. just i forgotten it's spelling
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level 40
Apr 2, 2017
sao paulo
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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 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 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 59
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 64
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 25
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 37
Jul 20, 2018
Accept Beograd for Belgrade?
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level 21
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.