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Name the countries where more than 50% speak English as a first 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 43
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 48
Sep 24, 2017
What does that have to do with Kiribati?
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level 42
Sep 24, 2017
Gilbertese isnt language in gibraltar Its language in Kiribati dude
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level 9
Apr 25, 2014
How in the world in Canada only 53% what?? Is this just as your first language? Even then... I know we're suppose to be a bilingual country but it's only an unfortunate minority that speaks french and I don't think a lot of our First Nations speak their own language before English...
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level 54
Oct 13, 2015
Yes, it's first language only, read the introduction. Wikipedia gives 60% English, 23% French, 3% Chinese (mostly Cantonese) and a bit over 1% each for Punjabi, Spanish, German and Italian.
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level 47
Oct 13, 2015
Unfortunate minority? French speaking Canada: Quebec and french minorities in the rest of the country make up roughly 25% of canada. On the contrary, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales combined make up less than 16% of the UK's population. French speakers in Canada make up a more substantial percentage than Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish peoples in the UK.
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level 22
Apr 8, 2017
Come to Quebec where millions of Canadians live. French does not feel like a minority here in Quebec.
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level 18
Sep 24, 2017
Many people in Canada were born in another country.
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level 9
Apr 25, 2014
Ya google says 77% of Canadians speak English natively so I don't know where the 52% is coming from. And how does UK have more native English speakers, living next to all the European countries, then US?
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level 47
Sep 25, 2017
77% speak English, but not as a first language. Since many Canadians are immigrants, English counts as a second language, not a first. Wherever they came from is they're first language.
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level 65
Apr 30, 2014
Hey what about Liberia?
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level 41
Sep 13, 2017
If the country does not fit the criteria, it will usually not be among the answers.
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level 74
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 41
Feb 21, 2017
There are loads of languages spoken in Philippines AS A FIRST LANGUAGE, not just English.
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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 41
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 41
Sep 13, 2017
He actually did not.
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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 40
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 40
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 41
Feb 21, 2017
The answer is the UK, not England. In the UK, there are indigenous languages spoken in Wales and Scotland. And there are also significant immigrant communities.
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level 67
Jul 27, 2017
Immigrants are ressponsible for most of it, not much native Welsh/Gaelic speakers left
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level 41
Sep 13, 2017
Sorry Theref, everyone else identifies you guys as one country.
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level 13
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 26, 2014
Suriname isn't on here.
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level 54
Oct 13, 2015
Nor is Mongolia.
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level 40
Apr 13, 2016
hahahaha!
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level 56
Aug 27, 2016
Brilliant response!
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level 13
May 27, 2017
Suriname is 55%
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level 14
May 29, 2014
Like how I got Barbados and not Ireland.
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level 17
Jun 6, 2014
yeah..11/16.... I'm very much aware that Caribbean nations speak English..but I'm a little bit surprised with Belize and Guyana..I thought they speak Spanish and French respectively...I was retyping India and Philippines for a thought of misspelling but how come they're not in the list.
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level 54
Oct 13, 2015
As written elsewhere in this section: Those countries have many English speakers, but many of them speak it as their second (or even third) language.
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level 40
Mar 13, 2017
Belize and Guyana were former British colonies. They definitely speak English. You might be getting Guyana (formerly British Guiana) confused with French Guiana, which is still a part of France.
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level 9
Jun 23, 2014
WHAT?! I was surpised at Jamaica.
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level 20
Aug 10, 2014
What a noob I am- missed the great canada
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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 54
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 54
Oct 13, 2015
The major language in Suriname is Dutch, not English.
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level 72
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 56
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 57
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 61
Jul 3, 2016
Maybe you shouldn't have said "like, dude"...
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level 55
Jan 21, 2015
missing st lucia, dominica, nigeria ,
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level 40
Mar 13, 2017
A large number of people in St. Lucia and Dominica actually speak a French creole in addition to English, probably why they don't appear on this list and I believe for most Nigerians English would be their second language.
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level 51
Jan 24, 2015
What about Malta?
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level 54
Oct 13, 2015
Only 12% first language speakers, majority has Maltese as their first language.
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level 56
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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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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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 58
Sep 29, 2015
Second update: ok, it's the same
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level 34
Oct 13, 2015
and under Niger
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level 3
Jun 24, 2015
I thought South Africa would have been on here.
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level 21
Jul 31, 2015
what about south africa?
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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 70
Sep 7, 2015
+ I doubt even half the total population actually speaks any English.
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level 76
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 65
Oct 13, 2015
Same here, but with English and French.
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level 40
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 51
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 64
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 40
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 10
Apr 27, 2016
15/16 on first try. I'm impressed
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level 47
May 10, 2016
Surprised of being Australia so low - and surprised of finding 100%!!!
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level 58
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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May 31, 2016
Wales???
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level 61
Jul 3, 2016
Still part of the UK, last time I checked.
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level 33
Jul 8, 2016
BELIZE!!!!!!!!
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level 43
May 20, 2017
CANADA!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 44
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 41
Dec 10, 2016
The country of Ireland isn't. The territory of Northern Ireland is.
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level 39
Sep 22, 2016
How can Belize be on the Spanish speaking country list if over 60% of it people speak English (which is the official language)?
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level 22
Oct 5, 2016
Singapore's official language is English.
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level 34
Jan 4, 2017
Very surprised Nigeria isnt on here, their First Language is English.
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level 41
Feb 21, 2017
Think you're confusing official language with first language. Nigeria's official language is English, but that doesn't mean that everyone grows up speaking it as the very first language they learn - there are lots of languages in Nigeria indigenous to West Africa, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa for starters.
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level 57
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 67
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 58
Apr 21, 2017
India has the largest English-speaking population. Consider adding it.
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level 31
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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Jul 25, 2017
Fixed
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level 28
Jun 29, 2017
How about Singapore?
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level 67
Jul 31, 2017
Only a tiny minority speaks English as the FIRST language.
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level 27
Jul 3, 2017
Australia, how
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level 50
Jul 13, 2017
I forgot Canada... Why... Why am I so bad....
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level 20
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 21
Jul 29, 2017
What about Malta?
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level 67
Jul 31, 2017
Read instructions again, not everyone who speaks English counts.
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level 65
Sep 24, 2017
I very strongly disagree on nauruans speaking english as their FIRST language.
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level 47
Sep 24, 2017
Malta ?
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level 51
Sep 25, 2017
Maltese is the most spoken FIRST language.
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