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Countries and Languages Quiz

For each selected language, name the country with the greatest number of native speakers.
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Last updated: August 29, 2018
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Language
Country
Spanish
Mexico
English
United States
Arabic
Egypt
Portuguese
Brazil
Punjabi
Pakistan
Bengali
Bangladesh
French
France
Tagalog
Philippines
Cantonese
China
Dutch
Netherlands
Language
Country
Persian
Iran
Igbo
Nigeria
Kurdish
Turkey
Sinhalese
Sri Lanka
Zulu
South Africa
Hebrew
Israel
Khmer
Cambodia
Tatar
Russia
Romani
Romania
Mandarin
China
Language
Country
Hindi
India
Javanese
Indonesia
Tamil
India
Pashtun
Pakistan
Catalan
Spain
Romansh
Switzerland
Basque
Spain
Afrikaans
South Africa
Māori
New Zealand
Danish
Denmark
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level 68
Nov 29, 2011
100% with 3: 13 left. Love these kinds of quizzes!
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level 74
Oct 4, 2016
Made a sequel by request.

This Quiz #2
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level 74
Jan 7, 2019
If this one ever gets featured I think I have enough to squeeze out a part 3, as well.
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level 43
Nov 29, 2011
great quiz! The Maori diacritic (line over the a) isn't showing up correctly in the answer stats.
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level 71
Sep 2, 2013
Yeah, that's really bugging me too. Quite ruined my day, if you want to know the truth...
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level 66
Sep 11, 2014
Indeed. :D
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level 59
Oct 4, 2016
Yeah, I would have had no idea what it was without it, so thank goodness you guys said something.
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2014
Fixed now
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level 66
May 1, 2017
BuckDonk wins the monthly 'Golden Nitpickers Award' for Nov. 2011
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level 71
Nov 29, 2011
2:17 left, not that much of a typist
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level 32
Jul 19, 2015
Damn it. I did the quiz with 2:16 left
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level 32
Aug 3, 2015
Now with 3:10 left
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level 72
Oct 4, 2016
2:25 left - took a while to figure out Romansh!
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level 66
Dec 1, 2011
too easy
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level 44
Dec 8, 2011
I cannot understand how I always forget Israel!!! In every quiz! I know there's another country that starts with I, but it never jumps into my brain, so frustrating...
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level 6
May 23, 2012
english started in UK and spanish started in spain
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level 29
May 28, 2012
That's not what the question is asking though. It says the greatest number of native speakers, meaning which country has the most people where English or Spanish is their first language, the one that they learnt growing up.
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level 69
Nov 15, 2012
Arabic started in Saudi Arabia and Portuguese in Portugal. Kurdish might have "started" in Iran, although none of the present day states where Kurdish is spoken (Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria to a lesser extent) existed in any similar form then. Zulus brought their language from elsewhere in southern Africa, Afrikaans speakers brought that language from the Netherlands, and the Tatars from somewhere in Mongolia. As for the Basques, you tell me.
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
I believe Afrikaans is a mixture of Dutch and African languages. If I am right, then technically, it wasn't taken to South Africa, it originated there.
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level 74
Oct 5, 2015
You're wrong. Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch with very little influence from other languages, and certainly from native African languages. It has evolved to a language substantially different from Dutch and is thus a standalone language originatinf from South Africa.
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level 74
Oct 4, 2016
It's not really clear where Arabic started. Though what is today thought of as classical Arabic or the most pure form of the language is, of course, the dialect spoken by the Quraish tribe (Muhammad's) of Mecca. But... the language may have first become distinct from Aramaic when it was spoken by people in Israel, Jordan, Iraq, or possibly Yemen.
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level 39
Apr 22, 2014
English was started in Northern Germany
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level 32
Jul 19, 2015
Really
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level 44
Jan 16, 2019
Yes
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level 32
Sep 11, 2014
England before the UK
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level 37
Jun 10, 2012
"Portuguese" is spelled incorrectly.
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2014
Fixed
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level 21
Oct 15, 2012
I did really bad, lol.
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level 28
Dec 30, 2012
got em all with 2:02 left...LIKE A BOSS WOOOT!
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level 43
Aug 1, 2013
Really? Who was the 20 percent who didn't answer Israel for Hebrew?
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level 16
Oct 4, 2016
i put new york
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level 59
Oct 4, 2016
Well see, that's not a country, so there's where you went wrong.
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level 43
Aug 23, 2013
It was a good quiz. Only got 22 / 30 though.
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level 33
Nov 5, 2013
U should make another with the same clues but from what country it originated. i.e. Portuguese form Portugal... I think XD!
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level 21
May 22, 2014
it took me ages to get to USA for English because I first thought this was by percentage of the population, and so tried Jamaica in every spelling I could think of first :L
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level 66
Jun 10, 2014
I didn't even try to work out Igbo - 29/30
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level 32
Jul 19, 2015
I looked it up
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level 36
May 6, 2018
My husband is from Nigeria and speaks Igbo, so I was pretty surprised to see it on the quiz.
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level 35
Aug 27, 2014
Er, the language of North-West Pakistan and Afghanistan is Pashto, not Pashtun (which is the ethnic group, Pathan)
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level 59
Sep 11, 2014
Yes, quite right.
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level 61
Feb 22, 2017
I'm glad someone else picked up on this...
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level 61
Feb 8, 2018
Yes! It is Pashto. Please fix this. Saying the language is Pashtun is like saying the language of Serbia is Serb, that the language of every Spanish-speaking country is Hispanic, or that the language of Kurdistan is Kurd.
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level 16
May 7, 2018
It messed me up that that answer wasn't Afghanistan but Pakistan (was my second guess). Learned something new today.
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level 32
Sep 11, 2014
Well done to those who couldn't guess where French is spoken most
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
That is weird that that's not 100%.
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level 65
Oct 4, 2016
Well, France is spoken in many other countries than France, some of them with a pretty big population. For instance, Congo has more inhabitants than France, and a lot of the population speaks French. I wouldn't necessarily blame people for not trying France first. Of course, with more than one try, you should eventually be able to get it...
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level 54
Sep 12, 2014
What are the sources for this quiz? Romani language in particular.
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level 59
Sep 15, 2014
Romani ite domum.
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level 54
Sep 16, 2014
@LarryLovage unless you're joking, that's a terrible terrible confusion. Looking for a serious answer here as I couldn't find it on my own.
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level 60
Jan 6, 2015
Romani is almost impossible to figure out which country has the most speakers.
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level 61
Oct 1, 2018
I hope you're being sarcastic, because you just add an a. If you're not joking, I think you mean Romansh.
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level 56
Nov 25, 2018
@Guam - and I hope YOU're being sarcastic. Romani is a language that comes from India, but nowadays it's spoken in lots of European countries because gypsies (the Roma people) left India and spread out all across Europe. The main language of Romania, on the other hand, is called Romanian and it's related to Latin, Italian etc. The similarity of the names of "Romani" and "Romanian" is purely coincidental, as is the fact that most Romani speakers are found in Romania.
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level 25
Sep 13, 2014
Good quiz .
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level 11
Sep 13, 2014
The Spanish language is from Spain the English language is originally british or UK and Portuguese is from Portugal
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
Why are we stating the obvious? That's not what the quiz is about. The quiz is asking which country has the most speakers of each of those languages respectively.
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level 66
Aug 12, 2015
I'll bet 'Beuys' got France right
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level 36
Oct 23, 2014
I'm surprised 84% got Danish right. It's self-explanatory
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level 61
Oct 1, 2018
However, the word "Danish" does not look that similar to the word "Denmark." Perhaps some did not know that it was the correct adjective for Denmark.
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level 39
Dec 3, 2014
Igbo, thanks "Things Fall Apart" :D
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level 41
Jul 4, 2015
100% 237 left great quiz
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level 32
Aug 4, 2015
why not turkish for turkey?
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level 32
Aug 4, 2015
probably only %20 of turkey can speak kurdish and not as their first language
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level 60
Dec 25, 2015
Turkey has over 10 million Kurdish (Kurmanji) speakers and somewhere around 14 million Kurds. It really depends on what figures you go on, some say over 25% of Turkey are Kurds.
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level 53
Feb 10, 2016
Why is everyone missing Sinhala? It is the easiest one on the list!
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level 58
May 14, 2016
To someone like you, who is probably Sri Lanka/Indian, that would be easy. I'm pretty sure the majority of people have not heard of Sinhalese.
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level 34
May 28, 2016
Pashtun (Pashto) is mainly spoken in Afghanistan.
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level ∞
Jun 30, 2016
There are many more Pashto speakers in Pakistan than in Afghanistan.

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level 57
May 29, 2016
Romansh is not a language; it is a family of multiple languages.
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level ∞
Jun 30, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_language
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level 44
Jan 13, 2019
i think you mean romance languages
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level 65
Oct 4, 2016
Please make a harder version of this quiz. :)
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level 74
Oct 4, 2016
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level 65
Oct 5, 2016
Instead of Danish (which is pretty obvious) you could ask about Sorbian ;)
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level 66
May 1, 2017
I'm not sure about the Maori answer, I would say there are more Maoris in Australia now than in New Zealand as there are almost 700,000 NZ in Australia in 2017.
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level 44
May 8, 2018
New Zealand has more than 5 times the amount of Māori people that live in Australia, according to the censuses of both countries.
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level 23
Nov 28, 2017
Like to point out that Hindi is not exactly India, but more Hindu religion.
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level 60
Dec 2, 2017
Romani was most confusing. Even now I'm not sure is it referring to Romanian or to Gipsy (Roma) language.
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level 74
May 6, 2018
Romani language. Not confusing if you take a few seconds to look it up.
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level 35
May 6, 2018
I am led to believe Pashtun are a people who speak Pashto. Can someone confirm this is correct ?
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level 50
May 8, 2018
Great quiz! At the risk of earning my own "Nitpickers Award" this quiz could actually be "Languages and Countries," as opposed to "Countries and Languages." This might resolve the issue for earlier commenters who were focused on the country's primary language as opposed to where the language is most spoken. Course, people could also just read the instructions...
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level 51
May 31, 2018
I'm pretty sure the language in Iran is Farsi not Persian.
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level 47
Dec 6, 2018
Show some respect for Romanian people and change that language from Romani to Romanian, because is not the same thing.
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level 74
Jan 7, 2019
Who said it was the same thing? Where are there more native speakers of Romani?