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English-Speaking Countries Quiz

Name the countries where more than 50% speak English as a first language.
According to Wikipedia as of July, 2017
Includes speakers of English creoles
Last updated: August 27, 2018
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Country
95.8
Jamaica
95.0
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
93.9
Barbados
93.2
Ireland
92.2
Nauru
92.1
United Kingdom
90.9
Grenada
87.7
Trinidad and Tobago
86.6
Guyana
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Country
85.9
New Zealand
80.6
United States
78.7
Bahamas
78.0
St. Kitts and Nevis
77.6
Antigua and Barbuda
70.2
Australia
63.1
Belize
56.9
Canada
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level 20
Nov 10, 2010
That's cuz you have the Aborigines in Australia
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level 80
Dec 17, 2013
That is funny nawal (if you have a morbid sense of humor), it's like saying the US is at 80% because of them Injuns.
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level 35
Jun 10, 2011
I actually can't belive I forgot Ireland. *facepalm*
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level 34
Jun 20, 2011
15/17 i can't believe that i forgot suriname and guyana
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level 29
Aug 22, 2011
Missed Guyana, Suriname and Belize. I would have thought the first two would have been French speaking, I can't say I know a lot about those countries though! Found this one tougher than the Spanish one though.
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level 70
Aug 30, 2011
I can hardly believe Suriname is up there. Up to 20 languages are spoken in Suriname. Most of the people speak Dutch or the local Sranantongo.
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level ∞
Aug 30, 2011
I removed Suriname. I researched it on Wikipedia. On one page, they said 55% speak English as a first language. However, on the main Suriname page, it says 60% speak Dutch as a first language. So, I'm going with that.
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level 73
Feb 2, 2013
There are different conflicting definitions of what exactly a first or native language is. That may explain the discrepancy, or it could simply be bad data.
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level 33
Sep 16, 2011
I don't know about Belize. It's true that English is the official language, but not many speak it. The CIA World Factbook has English at 3.?%, with Spanish at 46%.
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level ∞
Sep 17, 2011
Here's my source for Belize: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population

It includes speakers of an English creole

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level 59
Jan 24, 2015
If the speakers of that creole attemtped to have a conversation with me, I think it unlikely I would understand them. An English based creole isn't the same as English or speaking English as a 1st language.

I've never been to either place, but I do doubt the figures for Belize and Guyana.
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level 33
Apr 13, 2015
I've been to Belize and I spoke with everyone, no problem. We went to jungle, beach and towns. They get their TV from Florida.
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level 29
Nov 29, 2011
Yes, but that will have been as a second language...
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level 19
Dec 21, 2011
Only 82% of Americans speak English... to be fair though... that's so low because of the deep south I guess... hehe.... :p
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level 59
Mar 5, 2015
More like immigrants living in southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
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level 10
Dec 28, 2011
What about St.Lucia?
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level 39
Nov 10, 2014
That had a more French history than English, and the local creole is French-based.
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level 37
Dec 30, 2011
Where's the Philippines? We always speak English. It is the 3rd English-speaking country.
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level 37
Dec 30, 2011
In your quiz I mean
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level 39
Apr 2, 2012
If only I knew the names of more carribean islands!
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level 21
Apr 21, 2012
16/16. I was surprised at Canada being so low, even with Quebec and it being their other language.
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level 50
Oct 13, 2015
What about Inuit and other indigenous languages?
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level 45
Oct 13, 2015
Inuktitut is spoken by most of Nunavut, BUT Nunavut has a mere 32,000 people compared to the rest of my country's 35-36 million people. And Quebec, our French-speaking province, has 8 million of that. Plus we have an assload of immigrants here who don't speak English as a first language.
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level 57
Apr 24, 2016
The people not to speak English as the first language are the millions of Francophones, (around 9 million), Aboriginals, (almost 2 million) and Immigrants. These numbers may appear small compare to United States, but Canada has 34 million people and not 300 million.
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level 42
Dec 30, 2015
Not the *only* one
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level 10
May 5, 2012
I thought Dominica spoke English.
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level 7
Aug 3, 2012
I miss India - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population
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level 55
Oct 13, 2015
from the header of this quiz "where more than 50% speak English as a first language" - from the header of that Wikipedia page "including information on both native speakers and second-language speakers." Also, on that page India is given as 10.35%, which is well below 50%. Looking only at first-language speakers (as this quiz does), India scores around 0.02% according to that page.
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level 22
Oct 11, 2012
Jamaica is a tourist country they have to speak English to get any business
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level 56
Oct 3, 2016
Yeah, the world doesn't revolve around English speaking tourists. Thailand, Fiji, Cuba all seem to survive fine without it.
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level 25
Nov 1, 2016
Sorry, but I'm English and have been to Thailand and Cuba
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level 26
Dec 17, 2012
India had approximately 125,226,449 way back in 2001. These are people who function (work/school/govt) etc easily in English- in my experience and all the trips to India- even the common people can converse in English. I went to Paris once and no one would tell me where the bathroom was because I could not speak French- nor they English. In fact a few even turned their back when I spoke English. It's funny now but wasn't at the time.
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level 73
Feb 2, 2013
re: Malta, India, and other countries too, presumably, like the Philippines... I assume they are using a more strict definition of "first language," such as the language spoken most commonly at home. While many people in these countries learn English in school and use English every day at work and can communicate just fine, and in some cases live in countries where English is an official language, in the strictest sense, it is not their first language.
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level 73
Feb 2, 2013
I'm guessing that's why South Africa also failed to make the list.
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level 54
May 8, 2013
Yes a lot of people can speak English but there are hundreds of other languages that people in India speak as a first language. The percentage of people who speak English as a first language would be miniscule.
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level 33
Dec 19, 2012
14. not bad.
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level 73
Feb 2, 2013
Seems impossible there are so many when you start, then seems easy once you start picking off all the Caribbean ones.
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level 46
Feb 18, 2017
I agree,so true
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level 34
Apr 20, 2013
I got Guyana but somehow missed United States!
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level 32
May 8, 2013
So Ireland... are still quiet a few people speaking Gaelic?
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level 60
Jan 21, 2016
From what I learned when I visited a few years ago, almost everyone in Ireland CAN speak it--it's required to be taken in school, up through high school/upper levels. There are only a few areas where Irish (Gaelic) is primarily spoken, so the percentage of people that speak Gaelic and not English as their first language would, I imagine, be incredibly low. Ireland has a fair amount of immigrants from other countries as well.
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level 24
Dec 15, 2016
It's taught in schools here in the same way as French or Latin would be taught in schools. People leave school and stop caring to learn more and can't actually converse but know some phrases. This is only in some areas, other parts of the country nobody can speak a word.
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level 52
Feb 19, 2017
Ireland has some immigrants but overall not that many.
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level 43
May 8, 2013
Fun quiz. I seemed to have forgotten the Caribbean.
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level 45
May 9, 2013
It kind of funny that Jamaica has a higher rate of people who speak English as a first language, than the U.K., where English originated. I guess the other 5% are immigrants.
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level 15
Nov 15, 2013
Not neccesarrily, a small per centage speak Gaelic in the UK
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level 60
Jan 21, 2016
There are a lot of immigrants in the U.K. though as well.
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level 24
Dec 15, 2016
Gaelic is spoken in Ireland, not in the UK.
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level 46
Dec 21, 2016
Scottish gaelic is another language in the gaelic family that is spoken in the UK if you want to get technical. Manx as well on the isle of man but that's an incredibly tiny number of speakers
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level 57
May 14, 2017
Jamaican English is actually a pidgin language/creole, and is difficult for American English/ Received Pronunciation speakers to understand.
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level 44
Jun 20, 2017
Jamaicans speak both English and a creole language called Patwa (patois). English is the only official language.
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level 16
May 10, 2013
53% in Canada..at first I said to myself, "that is insanely wrong." Being Canadian, almost every one I know ONLY speaks english. Then I thought to myself, my god there are a lot of Asians in Vancouver. Yes, 53% is correct, because white people are now a minority in BC
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level ∞
May 10, 2013
That's a partial explanation probably, but aren't you forgetting French Canada?
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level 16
Jun 20, 2013
I thought that Trinidad and Tobago spoke Spanish...
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level 16
Sep 4, 2013
How is the UK not first? We invented the language, it cant get much more english speaking than that
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level 60
Aug 20, 2015
I mean..."invented" is a strong word; English is a Germanic language, so its roots come from the European mainland. Modern English, perhaps, yes.
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level 71
Jul 27, 2017
Shortest history of English language: "It was invented by the French."
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level 58
Sep 24, 2017
It was invented by the German... and the French... and the Romans.... English is weird
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level 39
Apr 29, 2016
My guess is that Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland might drive the number of English as a first language down. While I'm not certain, I think most Welsh speak Welsh as a first language. There's also probably a few Scots and Irish who speak Gaelic as a first language. Then there would also be the immigrants.
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level 25
Jul 3, 2016
I have Welsh friends who learn it as a second language in school, along with French, Spanish and German! All Welsh speak English, excluding a few ancient hermits up in the Cambrian mountains.
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level 24
Dec 15, 2016
First language in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland is English. I'm from Northern Ireland and have never met someone who speaks fluent Gaelic. The Welsh from my experience sometimes can speak Welsh fluently, but it's certainly not a first language. It's the immigrants the drive the percentage down.
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level 36
Jan 4, 2017
There's more Welsh speakers in Argentina than Wales, its a dying language as its not used by 99% of businesses in Wales. Those businesses who use Welsh to operate are themselves going out of business. Schools in Wales teach Welsh as a secondary language and is only required up to GCSE(SAT's, High school etc)
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level 61
Jul 29, 2017
How about the million plus Polish and Lithuanians who certainly don't have English as a first language?
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level 45
Sep 24, 2017
we are a very multi cultural society now and not every one of the people living here use English as a FIRST language the ones listed higher have fewer other cultures living there and so there are fewer other languages spoken. lets not forget within the uk we also have welsh, gaelic and also the irish language spoken as well as languages brought other from other nations
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level 15
Nov 15, 2013
Cannot beleive that there is a higher per centage of English speakers in Jamaica than in the country where the language derived from. Mind=Blown!
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level 40
Sep 24, 2017
Because there's far more foreigners in the UK than in Jamaica...so many in the UK have English as a second language
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level 20
Jan 26, 2014
What about Kiribati. 37 percent is Gilbertese, 63 percent is English.
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level 45
Sep 24, 2017
Gibraltar is classed as part of the UK as are the Fawkland Islands they are not sovereign nations in there own right but are overseas territories of UK
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level 50
Sep 24, 2017
What does that have to do with Kiribati?
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level 49
Sep 24, 2017
Gilbertese isnt language in gibraltar Its language in Kiribati dude
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level 66
Apr 30, 2014
Hey what about Liberia?
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level 53
Sep 13, 2017
If the country does not fit the criteria, it will usually not be among the answers.
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level 77
Sep 25, 2017
English is the official language of Liberia, but spoken by only about 20% of the population. No need to be snide.
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level 13
May 1, 2014
hey yow!!!! where is the PHILIPPINES! kindly please edit your Quiz... kinda so embarassing to every filipinos.....
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level 22
Apr 8, 2017
If all of the countries where English was spoken by a majority were included, this would be a very long quiz. It's about first-language stats.
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level 53
Sep 13, 2017
Don't you guys learn Tagalog first or something?
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level 13
May 1, 2014
you forgot india too
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level 53
Sep 13, 2017
He actually did not.
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level ∞
May 1, 2014
India, Philippines, Liberia? In none of these countries do 50% of the people speak English as a first language. In fact, in Philippines and India it's less than 1%.
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level 13
May 4, 2014
I got 3! YAY!
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level 32
May 4, 2014
How do 100% of people in ENGLAND not speak English? And surely E, S, W and NI should be separate. We don't really identify ourselves as one nation much
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level 39
Nov 10, 2014
I don't want to appear un-PC, but have you spent much time in London, Bradford, Leicester.... and even here in Somerset, we have many Poles, as well as families of Chinese and Indian sub-continent origin.
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level 42
Apr 13, 2016
Yes, I am a British Indian! Leicester, London, Bradford, Birmingham, Manchester etc are very diverse!
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level 60
Aug 20, 2015
Yes, even from the short time I have spent in Ireland/the U.K. (Ireland and parts of Northern Ireland) was I able to gather that they have a VERY diverse population, much more so than the very American state/major city I live in! Also, I really tried to not say anything to the "identifying as one nation" comment, but besides the fact that England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales are not sovereign nations (as per the usual response to such questions on this site), I'm betting Ireland/NI at least would have a little something to say about whether identifying themselves as part of the nation of the U.K. is an important issue or not...
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level 53
Sep 13, 2017
Sorry Theref, everyone else identifies you guys as one country.
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level 14
May 12, 2014
it says "Name the countries where more than 50% speak English as a first language." FIRST LANGUAGE" so India and Philippines are not in the list..
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level 14
May 29, 2014
Like how I got Barbados and not Ireland.
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level 9
Jun 23, 2014
WHAT?! I was surpised at Jamaica.
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level 34
Aug 19, 2014
You should add Singapore. Since they teach english as first language.
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level 55
Oct 13, 2015
Numbers for Singapore (according to Wikipedia): 50% Mandarin Chinese, 32% English, 12% Malay, 3% Tamil (3% other languages)
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level 26
Aug 26, 2014
I aced it with time to spare
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level 20
Nov 12, 2014
yeah, finished with 2:24!
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level 20
Nov 12, 2014
where is Suriname on this list??
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level 55
Oct 13, 2015
The major language in Suriname is Dutch, not English.
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level 74
Sep 24, 2017
This is one time where it pays to be old. When I was in school we learned those South American countries as Dutch Guiana, French Guiana, and British Guiana. Also at that time Belize was called British Honduras.
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level 57
Nov 20, 2014
I saw that UK had second Highest English rate and thought ' Is there some kind of Super-English I've never heard of'
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level 56
Dec 17, 2014
didnt know all these small countries speak it too. when i moved to israel everyone thought i was american because i speak english, and i was like: dude! there are like 7 countries that have english as the main language! and it's not my mother-tongue...
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level 59
Jul 3, 2016
Maybe you shouldn't have said "like, dude"...
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level 52
Jan 24, 2015
What about Malta?
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level 55
Oct 13, 2015
Only 12% first language speakers, majority has Maltese as their first language.
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level 57
Feb 7, 2015
Sorry, more people know that the USA has English as it's first language, when the UK started using it AND gave it to America!!! What is wrong with some people
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level 16
Mar 13, 2015
Where is Nigeria?
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level 71
May 5, 2015
Between Benin and Cameroon, last I looked...
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level 38
Jul 5, 2015
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level 60
Aug 20, 2015
Just wanted to give an update on Nigeria's location; it appears to still be between Benin and Cameroon.
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level 57
Sep 29, 2015
Second update: ok, it's the same
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level 33
Oct 13, 2015
and under Niger
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level 21
Jul 31, 2015
what about south africa?
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level ∞
Aug 1, 2015
They have 11 different official languages. The most common first languages are Zulu, Xhosa, and Afrikaans. English is in 4th place, with about 10% speaking it as a first language.
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level 72
Sep 7, 2015
+ I doubt even half the total population actually speaks any English.
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level 79
Oct 13, 2015
Just remember that a person can have more than one "first language". I would be utterly unable to say if I learned Finnish or Swedish first, I grew up with both. Some grow up with three or even more languages. I'd imagine that's often the case in New Zealand with Maori for example.
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level 66
Oct 13, 2015
Same here, but with English and French.
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level 42
Apr 13, 2016
Yes, you're right. I am Indian but I grew up in Britain. I learnt Gujarati and English first simultaneously as at home and with family and friends I would always speak Gujarati but at school I would speak English to other pupils and teachers. Then on I learnt Hindi, French, German and others as well. Some I can speak fluently and some are basic/intermediate skills e.g. understanding, speaking, listening ,reading etc
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level 22
Oct 13, 2015
wooow most of them were caribeian countries
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level 50
Oct 13, 2015
My best try is in 10 seconds (03:50 left)
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level 14
Oct 28, 2015
Damn, this really tests your knowledge of the Caribbean
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level 65
Feb 23, 2016
got most of em. was surprised by guyana and belize. I just assumed they would have more Spanish as a first language
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level 44
Mar 13, 2017
Guyana and Belize, just like much of the Caribbean countries were former British colonies, hence why the majority speak English as their 1st language. Belize has a significant Spanish-speaking population, but that is mostly from immigration from neighbouring countries.
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level 50
May 10, 2016
Surprised of being Australia so low - and surprised of finding 100%!!!
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level 61
Sep 25, 2017
Australia has a rather high immigration rate and, because there is no official language of the country, there is no requirement to learn the language for residency or citizenship. Also, due to the 'multicultural' political attitude, many immigrant pockets have been created, where you'll find it hard to ever hear English - not only in the capitals, but a smattering of country towns, too.
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level 35
Jul 8, 2016
BELIZE!!!!!!!!
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level 46
May 20, 2017
CANADA!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 45
Aug 5, 2016
Missed Guyana. For some reason I keep thinking they speak French there. And yes, a lot of Canadians speak French (not me though, aside from what we took in school) or are immigrants, so that number doesn't surprise me. Go to Toronto, you'll barely hear anyone speaking English in the street or on the subway/bus. Native-born English-speaking Canadians are now in the minority there. And then need I mention all of the big province of Quebec (outside Montreal) in regards to "Who DOESN'T natively speak English"? And then in Eastern Ontario around Ottawa and the Ontario-Quebec border, bilingualism is REALLY REALLY REALLY common. Like, literally everyone I have ever met from Ottawa (a lot. I travelled there a ton when I was a kid and have several friends and family there) spoke fluent English AND French. You basically need to be bilingual there to get any half-decent job.
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level 31
Sep 22, 2016
Isn't Ireland part of the UK?
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level 40
Dec 10, 2016
The country of Ireland isn't. The territory of Northern Ireland is.
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level 36
Jan 4, 2017
Very surprised Nigeria isnt on here, their First Language is English.
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level 62
Jan 25, 2017
Look at this wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population, it's unclear why Jamaica gets in and Liberia doesn't. What's your source?
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level 71
Jul 27, 2017
QUIZ: "Name the countries where more than 50% speak English as a first language."

WIKI: "The following is a list of English-speaking population by country, including information on both native speakers and second-language speakers."
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level 63
Apr 21, 2017
India has the largest English-speaking population. Consider adding it.
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level 75
Dec 4, 2017
But that's not what this quiz is about.
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level 35
May 21, 2017
Didn't get Belize, was trying to remember all old British colonies and forgot it ! Incidentally, the UK has no official languages.
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level 13
May 27, 2017
According to Wikipedia, Nauru is 92% first language English speakers, so why is it not included?
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level ∞
Jul 25, 2017
Fixed
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level 32
Jun 29, 2017
How about Singapore?
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level 71
Jul 31, 2017
Only a tiny minority speaks English as the FIRST language.
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level 32
Jul 3, 2017
Australia, how
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level 60
Jul 13, 2017
I forgot Canada... Why... Why am I so bad....
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level 21
Jul 16, 2017
I didn't know that Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, and other central american countries predominately spoke English... interesting...
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level 22
Jul 29, 2017
What about Malta?
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level 71
Jul 31, 2017
Read instructions again, not everyone who speaks English counts.
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level 69
Sep 24, 2017
I very strongly disagree on nauruans speaking english as their FIRST language.
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level 52
Sep 24, 2017
Malta ?
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level 56
Sep 25, 2017
Maltese is the most spoken FIRST language.
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level 23
Nov 26, 2017
this quiz is #$#@^%$^&$^%
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level 19
Nov 26, 2017
this is bullshit
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level 55
Mar 16, 2018
Isn't it interesting that over 63 million people in the USA do NOT speak English as their first language, yet they have so many people insisting that English should be spoken by everyone, everywhere!!! I'm proud that my first language was NOT English, and that I am now fluent in two languages, and can understand three more. Total: 5
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level 72
Oct 8, 2018
Genius level mathematician too
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level 15
Mar 17, 2018
If you added Guyana and Suriname, how did you not add Liberia?
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level 35
Apr 26, 2018
Sorry, Canada :(
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level 23
Apr 26, 2018
Everyone speaks English in Singapore!
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level 3
Jun 5, 2018
Yeah, it's official language, like Chinese and Malay, right?
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level 31
Aug 7, 2018
Never thought Nauru spoke English!
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level 22
Aug 26, 2018
missed the lesser antiles (minus trinidad) and nauru
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level 17
Aug 26, 2018
As per wiki: 58% Nauru people are ethnic Nauruans and 96% ethnic Nauruans speak Nauruan language at home. So that excludes Nauru from the list.
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level 17
Aug 27, 2018
Should have added Sierra Leone, Liberia, St Lucia, Dominica
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level 32
Sep 7, 2018
I was puzzled as to how English became so prevalent in Nauru. According to Wikipedia, although English is widely spoken on the island, 96% of ethnic Naurans speak Nauran as their first language. So I think it needs to be removed