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Languages of the United Kingdom

Guess the living native languages of the UK, as well as the most common immigrant languages.
According to Wikipedia
Some of the native languages can be considered dialects
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Last updated: December 4, 2019
First submittedMay 18, 2014
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Native Languages
English
Welsh
Scots
British Sign Language
Irish
Angloromani
Scottish Gaelic
Cornish
Shelta
Immigrant Language
Polish
Punjabi
Urdu
Bengali
Gujarati
Arabic
French
Chinese
Portuguese
Spanish
Immigrant Language
Tamil
Turkish
Italian
Somali
Lithuanian
German
Persian
Filipino
Romanian
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level 82
May 20, 2014
I applaud the inclusion of BSL even if I missed it completely. It's not one that easily springs to mind, but YES it should be included.
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level 67
Apr 15, 2016
Indeed! I didn't get it, but I like that its on here
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level 77
May 30, 2014
Once again I forgot there are a bunch of Lithuanians in the UK. But I got "Shelta," whatever the heck that is, by trying to type in "Cantonese."
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level 79
May 30, 2014
Same here. Cantonese and Shelta are in no way connected. Shelta is Irish traveller language!
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level 38
May 30, 2014
Shelta is sometimes referred to as "Cant."
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level 79
May 30, 2014
Aha, makes sense now, still never heard of it though!
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level 46
Jan 3, 2016
Yes, the travellers will often shout "You Cant!" at each other ;-)
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level 63
Jan 14, 2019
Interesting hadnt heared of either ! I wonder why (no sarcasm, I thought i'd add that, since that phrase is used with sarcasm more often then not. And this site does not have a shortage of sarcastic comments)
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level 69
Aug 14, 2016
I suspect that's how most people get it. It's certainly how I came to it.
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level 67
Jan 10, 2017
yep, me too. Looks like all Chinese languages are combined in this quiz. If you are going to combine Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, etc, why not also combine French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian? Also, Gujarathi really should be an acceptable type-in for Gujarati.
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level 15
Jun 14, 2017
Haha, same
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level 67
Sep 19, 2017
ditto
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level 29
May 30, 2014
How on earth are Hindi and Marathi not there??...they're like the main languages of India and as we know the UK is full of Indians
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level 34
May 30, 2014
Unfortunately
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level 38
Jun 5, 2014
Seriously?
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level 51
Sep 19, 2017
You, my dear and most eloquent and well-worded comrade on this grand journey throughout the internet, are an incredibly, unbelievably, shockingly terrible person.
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level 77
May 30, 2014
India is a very large and diverse place. Not everyone speaks Hindi there. Several other Indian languages make the list.
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level 69
Nov 23, 2016
But Hindi is the most widely spoken Indian language in India, and Indians are one of the biggest immigrant groups in the UK. I'm really surprised it's not there too. My guess is that it was grouped with Urdu, which is the Pakistani version of what is essentially the same language.
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level 15
Jun 14, 2017
Canada has a lot of Indians too, but there are more Indians that speak Punjabi, Tamil and Gujarati here than Hindi. There are also more Urdu speakers. It just depends where the people who immigrate decide to move from. Seems like people who live in places like Punjab, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have a greater desire to leave India than people from Uttar Pradesh and other Hindu-speaking states
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level 45
Jul 13, 2017
Workers mainly arrived from Punjab and Gujarat, and has been this way since the 1950s, rather than from Hindi speaking areas. India's demographics have not much to do with the demographics of British Indians, especially as people migrate for different reasons. An example is that 70% (approximately) of British Sri Lankans are Tamils, although they only constitute 10% of the Sri Lankan population.
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level 68
May 30, 2014
A 2010 Scottish Government study of "public attitudes towards the Scots language" found that 64% of respondents (around 1,000 individuals being a representative sample of Scotland's adult population) "don't really think of Scots as a language", - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scots_language. More like a very distinct dialect.
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level 58
Jun 11, 2015
I once saw a map of Europe's languages, and was surprised to see Scots listed as a separate language, while the inhabitants of Sicily were labelled as speaking Italian. I guarantee Sicilian is more a different language to Italian than Scots is to English.
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level 60
May 30, 2014
Manx?
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level 55
May 30, 2014
It has no native speakers, unfortunately.
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level 54
Jun 1, 2014
Which does however mean that at least we won't have to discuss whether Man is part of the UK for the purpose of this quiz.
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level 25
Dec 27, 2017
but surely the same rule should apply to BSL?
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level 80
Jun 14, 2017
No native speakers? What are you talking about? Wikipedia lists ~1,800 speakers.
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level 50
May 30, 2014
Bah, I have a friend who speaks Gujarati and it didn't even occur to me. Good quiz.
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level 79
May 30, 2014
I've been told I often talk Double Dutch but it's not accepting it.
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level 71
May 30, 2014
So, I first try American Sign Language. I live in California. Then, hello, it's UK. Did get BSL after a second or two.
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level 63
May 30, 2014
Argh I kept typing Welsch instead of Welsh -_-
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level 45
May 31, 2014
I tried Punjab, but not Punjabi :D
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level 66
May 31, 2014
What about the languages of the Channel Islands? Or are they not considered to be UK?
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level 45
May 3, 2015
English is the language of the Channel Islands, though some people there also speak French; there is no indigenous language in the islands.
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level 23
Jun 1, 2014
100 percent with 1:46 left
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level 46
Jun 3, 2014
Whit dae ye mean there's nae Doric
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level 52
Jun 5, 2014
What is Scots? That's like saying Brummy or Geordie?
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level 28
Sep 5, 2015
Scots or Scots Gaelic, to give it its full name, is a Celtic language spoken in Scotland. It's entirely different from an accent, like Brummy or Geordie.
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level 62
Dec 20, 2015
Scots and Gaelic are completely different. Scots is more of a dialect of English, according to those of us that speak it. Gaelic is a completely different language with nothing in common with English whatsoever.
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level 56
Jun 7, 2014
So, I must still be asleep or something because I totally forgot English...
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level 35
Nov 18, 2014
Angloromany??? Nobody (except perhaps a linguist) calls it that - please, please add the usual name of Romany as an optional spelling. I tried to think of the names of the Jersey and Guernsey dialects of Norman French, but you're right to exclude then as not formally being part of the UK.
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level 40
Nov 25, 2014
I don't understand why you have put Cornish in here. By that ruling all English accents should be included.
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level 39
Jan 24, 2015
Cornish isn't an accent. They don't consider themselves English and apparently have their own language.
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level 45
May 3, 2015
Yes they do, Cornish is similar to Welsh and was originally an offshoot of Welsh.
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level 16
May 18, 2015
Cornish have their own language. It is known as 'Kernor' which is Cornish for Cornish.
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level 71
Apr 7, 2018
Yep. It did die out, but has been resurrected - few genuine native speakers even now, but it has to qualify as a native language that is spoken.
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level 72
Dec 17, 2014
Where is Scouse?
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level 45
May 3, 2015
I have never heard of either Angloromani or Shelter and have lived here all my 67 years.
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level 73
Sep 22, 2015
What surprises me the most is the absence of Yoruba, as there is a lot of Nigerians in UK...
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level 35
Jan 19, 2016
Angloromani? Can't you call it Romany? No-one uses that very technical name. Romany appears in the various Oxford dictionaries, where Angloromany (or Anglo-Romany) doesn't (except perhaps in the full 20-volume OED). You could use Roma except it would catch Romanian too.
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level 66
Nov 2, 2016
I tried straight up Romani and was surprised when it wasn't accepted.
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level 73
Nov 23, 2016
I tried Romani, Romany, and Gypsy. I went and looked it up and "Angloromany" appears to be different than Romani. It is a combination of Romani and English. Learn something new everyday on Jet Punk.
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level 58
Feb 16, 2016
Like cariad, I have lived in the UK all my life and have never heard of Shelta or Angloromani. Although according to wiki, Angloromani has not been spoken in the UK since the 19th century. And if APHill wants Scouse included, I want Geordie!!
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level 54
Apr 18, 2016
Doric should be included in native languages.
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level 33
Jul 24, 2016
Any chance of accepting gaellic? Damn it. Cant believe I didn't try it with one l
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level 67
Jul 28, 2016
Just discovered I've been misspelling Gujarati (I thought it was Gujurati for some reason). Oh well, I know for next time.
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level 45
Sep 7, 2016
ultser scots?
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level 50
Nov 23, 2016
Surprised that both 'Scots' and 'Scottish Gaelic' is listed. Surely Scouse or Geordie should be included as well? And no Yiddish or Hebrew? There is a large and well-established jewish community in the UK.
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level 41
Feb 4, 2017
Scouse and Geordie are dialects, whereas Scots and Scottish Gaelic (which are very different, by the way) are languages.
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level 60
Jan 10, 2017
Where is Manx Gaelic? I believe there are still a few native speakers, and although there are not a considerable amount, it is undergoing a revival in local schools and has I believe around 3,000 total fluent speakers.
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level 60
Jun 22, 2017
Isle of Man, like Channel islands, is a Crown dependency, thus is not part of the UK. Otherwise, also French and Jersey and Guersney local languages should be included as UK native language. On the other hand, in Akrothiri and Dhekelia Greek is an official language, while in Gibraltar Spanish and Llanito are also spoken, and different creoles appear in the Caribbean overseas UK territories.
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level 56
Dec 13, 2017
I think Tagalog should be accepted.
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level ∞
Dec 14, 2017
It is accepted
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level 24
Apr 7, 2018
Greek should be on here there's a huge Cypriot community in the UK
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level 35
May 4, 2018
If Scots is really a separate language as people say, why can I as a native English speaker from England understand 90% of it without a problem? It's just heavily dialected English.
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level 54
Oct 2, 2018
I think gaeilge should be accepted for Irish
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level 63
Jan 14, 2019
I agree gaeilge should be accepted. First tried that, then tried goidelic then started typing scottish something I believe, not sure it that turned scots or scottish gaelic green.
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level 65
Nov 13, 2018
This was tricky. I had no idea there were so many native living languages in the UK.
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level 63
Jan 14, 2019
after english irish scottish gaelic and welsh, ow and scots... there were still blank spots... so I tried to remember the old tribes, so I tried saxon and picts and celtic and anglos and francs etc
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level 62
Jan 26, 2019
Of course Hindi should be there. And so should Manx, which is an official language on the Isle of man.
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level 53
Apr 7, 2019
What about American
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level 46
Jun 24, 2019
Hindi should be accepted for Urdu. It is the same language, there's just a different alphabet.
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level 52
Aug 19, 2019
Angloromani? Then also Cymroromani - there are PROBABLY more Welsh Romani than English Romani - especially still speaking any form of Romani