Top World Languages Quiz

We have a list of the top 52 world languages by estimated number of native speakers. How many can you guess?
For 2019 according to Ethnologue. Source. I made some common sense modifications.
Chinese and Hindustani languages need to be guessed separately
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Last updated: December 28, 2019
First submittedFebruary 22, 2012
Times taken220,933
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Language
918 m
Mandarin
480 m
Spanish
379 m
English
341 m
Hindi
> 275 m
Arabic
221 m
Portuguese
228 m
Bengali
154 m
Russian
128 m
Japanese
125 m
Punjabi
90.2 m
German
(inc. Bavarian)
83.1 m
Marathi
82.0 m
Telugu
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Language
81.4 m
Wu
79.4 m
Turkish
77.3 m
Korean
77.2 m
French
76.0 m
Vietnamese
75.0 m
Tamil
73.1 m
Cantonese
68.6 m
Urdu
68.3 m
Javanese
64.8 m
Italian
> 59 m
Malay /
Indonesian
56.4 m
Gujarati
52.8 m
Persian
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Language
52.2 m
Bhojpuri
50.1 m
Min Nan
48.2 m
Hakka
46.9 m
Jin
43.9 m
Hausa
43.6 m
Kannada
39.7 m
Polish
37.8 m
Yoruba
37.3 m
Xiang
37.1 m
Malayalam
34.5 m
Odia
33.9 m
Maithili
32.9 m
Burmese
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Language
32.4 m
Sundanese
31.8 m
Pashto
27.3 m
Ukrainian
27.0 m
Igbo
25.1 m
Uzbek
24.6 m
Sindhi
24.3 m
Romanian
23.6 m
Tagalog
23.1 m
Dutch
22.1 m
Gan
21.9 m
Amharic
20.7 m
Magahi
20.7 m
Thai
+7
Level ∞
Sep 5, 2014
This quiz has been reset since Wikipedia has changed the source data they use. I think this version is probably more accurate.
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Level 79
Oct 3, 2014
Amharic and Oromo show up on the list now. That's the one change I noticed.
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Level 78
Sep 9, 2014
I was surprised that Greek wasn't on the list.
+35
Level 85
Sep 10, 2014
Well, they're all Greek to me.
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Level 79
May 7, 2016
1500 years ago it certainly would have been.
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Level 77
Nov 2, 2018
Blame the ottomans
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Level 79
Nov 5, 2018
Not really. Most of the former-Greek-speaking world now speaks Arabic. Plus some Turkish, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Persian and Urdu. Mostly blame the Arab caliphs. They were much more aggressive about destroying/repressing/subverting/subsuming local culture than the Ottomans ever were. At least up until toward the end of the Ottoman Empire when things were already starting to fall apart.
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Level 46
Sep 23, 2014
There should be a sign language version of this.
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Level 48
Apr 25, 2015
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Level 62
Oct 3, 2014
I only got 24, but most of the ones I missed were ones that I hadn't heard of before.
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Level 15
Oct 3, 2014
im surprised english isnt the top
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Level 22
Oct 3, 2014
based on native speakers only, considering what the population of China is, it was bound to be above English, however ALL English speakers would put the language first I believe
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Level 65
Sep 16, 2016
English isn't the top, even if you were to consider all speakers, regardless of what their first language may be, (although this lets English take Spanish's place as second most spoken language). Even though English is growing is speakers, it is unlikely to be first anytime soon due to the growth of Mandarin
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Level 79
May 12, 2018
If you count everyone who speaks even intermediate or rudimentary English then it is easily #1.
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Level 33
Feb 1, 2017
Well, the numbers are based on native speakers. I am fairly certain, that English is on top, if non-native speakers were included. Practically everyone from European countries, and other big nations, at least know some English.
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Level 34
Feb 3, 2017
I'm surprised British, Mexican, Australian, Indian, or African weren't on this list
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Level 21
Mar 12, 2019
HenryFails4 British is a dialect, Mexican isn't a language they speak Spanish, Australian is as well a dialect, Indian isn't a language same with African
+29
Level 55
Mar 15, 2019
Ummm I don't know how to tell you this Frost...
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Level 46
Sep 3, 2019
british, mexican, australian, and indian are not languages
+7
Level 56
Dec 19, 2019
hes clearly joking, smh
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Level 72
Jan 19, 2020
FrostExplosion, I think we need your help on this quiz.
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Level 28
May 2, 2020
Well no English came from Britain so it is British. So Australian, American, Indian aren’t languages just British Englisb
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Level 41
May 20, 2020
Hindi is the language of india
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Level 21
Jun 9, 2020
Australia's language are Mandarin, English, Vietnamese, about a group of thai, and etc
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2019
The languages people have learned are irrelevant, people's skills do not matter. It is about the languages that are spoken in everyday life. (So not the languages they CAN speak, but the language they speak)
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Level 21
Jun 9, 2020
this is wrong english is about 950 million speakers while chinese about a billion
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Level 69
Oct 3, 2014
Countries which are given as English as primary languages, plus Isle of Man and Norfolk Island total = 602,834,228 Of course many more countries have English as one of the official languages but not primary.
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Level 57
Jun 7, 2017
I bet Isle of Man and Norfolk Island made a huge difference to the overall total!
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Level 82
Dec 28, 2019
Norfolk Islanders speak Pitcairnese as their first language (a mostly incomprehensible mix of English and Tahitian).
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2019
That sounds very interesting!
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Level 76
Jun 21, 2020
presumably it isn't incomprehensible if you speak it
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Level 79
Oct 3, 2014
You should probably accept Visaya/Bisaya for Cebuano.
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Level ∞
Oct 3, 2014
We accept Binisaya/Visayan.
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Level 79
Oct 3, 2014
hm... okay. Nobody in the Philippines says Visayan. They all say "Visayas." Sometimes Cebuano. Never heard Binisaya before.
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Level 7
Oct 3, 2014
Funny how Philippines messed with their languages. They call Tagalog as Filipino given that the latter should only refer to the entire Nation, while the former should only refer to Manila and nearby areas only. Same with Cebuano, as they call it Visayan given that the word 'Visayan' originally exclusively refers to the people of Panay Island where i came from, that happens to be non-Cebuano speakers but speaks Aklanon, Karay-a, and Hiligaynon.
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Level 7
Oct 3, 2014
Visayas is a place originally refers to the Island of Panay alone, host of the pre-hispanic state "The Confederation of Maja-as" and Visayan are its people. Now, Visayas includes the islands of Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Samar, and Leyte, that used to be called Pintados Islands and its people as Pintados but now they called Cebuano as Visayan. Binisaya, Bisaya, Visayan are the people, and Visayas is the group of all the islands i mentioned.
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Level ∞
Oct 4, 2014
I'm not sure you're right @kalbahamut. Google wants to correct Visayas language to Visayan language and the Wikipedia article is against you too. Without further info, I'm going to leave it as is:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Visayas+language

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Level 79
May 7, 2016
I'm sure that's probably correct in English. But I've spent months in the Philippines before... most of the time around Cebu.
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Level 35
Oct 3, 2014
Im pretty sure chinese is mandarin
+14
Level 79
May 7, 2016
Spoiler alert. So is Guy Pearce.
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Level 57
Oct 11, 2017
Chinese covers a number of different languages (some of which are given in this quiz, such as Wu and Yue/Cantonese). There are not mutually comprehensible, linguists generally don't consider them to be the same language (despite the unifying aspect of the written language).
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Level 37
Oct 4, 2014
Yes it literally translates as 'language' but can we please accept Bahasa for Indonesian/Malay, it's pretty commonly referred to by that name in a colloquial context.
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Level ∞
Oct 4, 2014
Okay
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Level 27
Oct 4, 2014
In India, you write it as Telegu, not Telugu. In fact, it is pronounced as Telegu.
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Level 79
Oct 5, 2015
On both Indian media sites and official government sites I've only encountered Telugu, never Telegu. You can be right on pronunciation, as the phonetic transcription from any Indian language into English is terrible in general.
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Level 60
Oct 22, 2014
Where is Ebonics?
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Level 83
Oct 25, 2014
It's a Pidgin or Creole. Not sure those are counted?
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Level 57
Oct 11, 2017
They are counted (creoles are fully-fledged languages after all) but they don't have enough speakers to appear on this quiz. Papua New Guinea and Haiti are sovereign countries where a creole is an official language.
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Level 69
Sep 5, 2016
Word.
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Level 83
Oct 25, 2014
Pashto .. I tried typing that! Pashtu, Pastu, Pashu... I learned it with an "u". Also Azerbaijani is one I guessed that didn't get accepted (didn't add the i at the end). Other than that I missed 5 I've heard about and remember by name and 23 that I probably would never have guessed..
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Level 18
May 29, 2015
Have you tried Pasta? It just might give you credit if you're hungry.
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Level 32
Oct 20, 2015
Pashtun should be accepted
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Level 35
Sep 15, 2016
Not Pashtun: that's the people, not the language. But you can't write Pashtun without first writing Pashtu...
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Level 63
Sep 15, 2016
I couldn't think of Pashto so tried Afghani just for fun and it accepted it!
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Level 56
Nov 25, 2014
I got 38. Among the ones that I missed, I hadn't heard of 12 of them before.
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Level 47
May 1, 2015
how did somali not make it ???????????
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Level 79
Oct 12, 2015
By there not being enough native speakers!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
Did you count the question marks?
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Level 21
May 8, 2019
Did he! (Notice how I used one exclamation point XD lol)
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Level 14
Dec 10, 2015
Same thing bruh, the Somali diaspora is massive
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Level 79
Sep 15, 2016
Somalia has a population of under 11 million people. Wikipedia says there are 17 million Somali native speakers, but that's still not enough to get on this list.
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Level 57
Oct 11, 2017
It's almost as if people don't have the ability to look at the source provided... ;-)
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Level 14
Jul 25, 2018
There are roughly 11 million Somalis in Somalia, 1.5 million in the Diaspora outside of Africa, 7 million in Ethiopia, 2 million in Kenya, and a few million in other parts of Africa. Added together, that's well over 17 million. According to Wikipedia, there are 20-21 million Somali people. That makes for more native Somali speakers than Serbo-Croatian. Source for number of Somalis worldwide: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalis
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Level 79
Nov 6, 2018
Do all of them speak the same language?
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Level 18
May 16, 2015
What about Hawaiian? ;-)
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Level 57
Oct 11, 2017
It just misses out...
+1
Level 53
Aug 2, 2015
What about Pig Latin???!!!! Or Latin, for that matter!
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Level 76
Feb 3, 2016
Neither has native speakers.
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Level 60
Jan 28, 2020
Dead language
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Level 32
Oct 20, 2015
whats the difference between Wu and Mandarin?
+22
Level 82
Sep 15, 2016
Well, one's responsible for recreating dinosaurs on an island off the coast of Costa Rica, and the other one's the archnemesis of Iron Man.
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2015
Sundanese????
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Level 72
Sep 15, 2016
Spoken in western Java. It is the language of Sunda, which refers to a geographical region of SE Asia centred on the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.
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Level 58
Nov 17, 2015
I tried "Cambodian" and didn't get anything. But if I'd tried typing "Laotian" I'd have got it after three letters!
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Level 63
Jan 27, 2016
There's no such language as "Laotian". It's just "Lao". Chinese should not be accepted for Madarin as stated in the "rules".
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Level 14
Dec 10, 2015
30 out of 60... Not bad
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Level 45
Dec 24, 2015
Great quiz! So nice to see all 4 languages that I speak in this list!
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Level 42
Jan 21, 2016
I thought english would be second and spanish would be first
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Level 72
Aug 8, 2016
Well the combined populations of all the primarily English and Spanish-speaking countries comes to about 800 million. China has almost 1.4 billion. It's pretty easy to see how Mandarin would come out on top.
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Level 42
Jan 21, 2016
I thought swedish would be here
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Level 79
Sep 15, 2016
There are fewer than 10 million people in Sweden and though there are Swedish speakers in Norway and Finland, There's definitely not another 10 million of them.
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Level 72
Sep 15, 2016
In fairness the continental Scandinavian languages are mutually intelligible and should probably be considered dialects of a single language (especially when you hear the entirely separate Mandarin and Cantonese deemed 'dialects' of Chinese). If they were so considered, they would knock Serbo-Croatian off this list.
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Level 80
Dec 29, 2019
Swedish sounds very different from the others. You could learn to read the other Scandinavian languages quite easily as a native speaker of one or German, but you'd make a lot of mistakes on uneducated assumption.
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Level 42
Jan 21, 2016
I only got 22/60 but most of the rest i haven't heard
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Level 65
Jan 25, 2016
One of the languages spoken in the Sudan is Sudanese not Sundanese as you have in the test.Small detail but when you type the correct letters it doesn't auto fill. Thanks in advance over
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Level 79
Sep 15, 2016
Most people in Sudan speak Arabic. They definitely don't speak Sundanese.
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Level 72
Sep 15, 2016
Awkward.
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Level 57
Jun 7, 2017
Small details indeed...
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Level 28
Feb 13, 2016
I am an Indian. but still ended up in 25.
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Level 57
Jun 7, 2017
Why does being Indian have any relevance to how many you got?
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Level 49
Sep 24, 2017
Because many languages here are from India?
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2019
Yea nearly all I missed are indian or chinese. (Plus uzbeki, tried a few stans but stopped before uzbekistan)
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Level 63
Aug 12, 2016
I forgot Spanish... Thought I already guessed it though. I even pictured the world map and said to myself: Well, most of the South American countries speak Spanish so I got that one covered... moving on. Duh...
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Level 21
Sep 15, 2016
29 yay
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Level 59
Sep 15, 2016
"...top 60 world languages..." 58 answers
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Level 34
May 20, 2017
+1
+1
Level 42
Apr 9, 2020
52...
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Level 72
Sep 15, 2016
Argh, forgot Tamil. I did get Hakka this time though, which I was annoyed at missing last time.
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Level 59
Sep 16, 2016
Based on latest polls for US election, about 100 million people speak Rubbish.
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Level 37
Sep 18, 2016
Seriously? No American poll would call it "rubbish" that's a British thing
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Level 44
Oct 27, 2016
I'm surprised that kiswahili/swahili did not make it on this list
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Level 57
Feb 5, 2017
Me too. It's often used as a lingua franca in eastern Africa. But since decolonization it's also being taught as a first languages in schools in several countries. But I guess that when it comes to African languages, these always seem to be neglected or forgotten.
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Level 58
Jul 15, 2018
Same, I looked it up on Wikipedia and apparently there are only 10 to 15 million native speakers. I'm guessing most people who speak Swahili speak it as a second language.
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Level 21
Mar 26, 2017
Swiss is a language: Its called Swiss-German there is also Austro-German.
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Level 38
Apr 17, 2017
Oh glory be, will we EVER come upon a country that Kalbahamut HAS NOT lived in?
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Level 79
Aug 2, 2019
hallelujah! bounties never cease! a heretofore unnoticed personal attack by our enlightened savior diva. will I never stop finding new comments from this guy attacking me over his ridiculous obsessive vendetta he developed against me? (which he will, years of this ongoing behavior later, deny ever having. If he sees this response he's probably going to pipe in by saying that he wasn't talking about me and asking why I'm so paranoid, even though he calls me out by name here.)

aside: if anyone wants to see the 130 or so countries I have never set foot in before there's a map in my profile now.
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Level 68
May 16, 2017
Swahili should definitely be on the list
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Level 65
Aug 9, 2017
Swahili has over 130 million speakers, but only 5 million are native speakers. Not enough to make the list.
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Level 43
Jul 31, 2019
Having lived in East Africa I can assure you there are definitely far more than 5 million native speakers of Swahili. I'm not sure what Wikipedia says that number is but it's certainly higher than some of the languages listed on this quiz.
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Level 57
Dec 3, 2019
@bpp309 - you might have lived in East Africa, but I doubt you've met enough people to have been able to count all the native speakers!
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Level 50
May 21, 2017
Malagasy and Saraiki are 59th and 60th if you wanted to ever listen to the title and add 60 languages.
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Level 43
Aug 26, 2017
Can't believe I got "Azerbaijani" but not Persian.
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Level 39
Oct 12, 2017
Where is "American". (jokes)
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
haha
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Level 53
Oct 25, 2017
Shouldn't Nepali be here, eh?
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Level 60
Jan 28, 2020
No
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Level 60
Nov 15, 2017
Great quiz, very infomative. I got very few right and was glad to learn some new things.
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Level 45
Dec 4, 2017
Awadhi is not a language, it is a dialect spoken in central Uttar Pradesh(state in India).
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Level 76
Jul 24, 2018
I suppose it rather depends on how one defines "dialect".
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Level 41
Dec 29, 2017
31-58. I missed many dialects spoken in Asia. I missed Bengali since I wrote "BENGAL" :(
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Level 23
Jan 14, 2018
Missed Dutch, Serbo-Croatian and Cebuano... RIP
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Level 46
Jan 27, 2018
Pashtu is a common variation of Pashto.
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Level 47
Mar 22, 2018
i got bengali with 10 seconds left, i kept trying "bengalese" and wondering why it didnt work lol
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Level 16
Apr 29, 2018
Filipinos are already 100,000,000+. How come the number of Tagalog speakers are only 28, 000,000 and Cebuano speakers are only 21, 000,000? This quiz isn't accurate at all.
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Level ∞
Apr 30, 2018
Go to the Wikipedia page that is listed and do some more research. I'm sure the numbers make sense if you do a little more digging.
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Level 2
May 15, 2018
How is Swahili not on this list???
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Level ∞
May 16, 2018
Swahili is not a common first language. It is a common second language used by people of different tribes to communicate with each other.
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Level 23
May 29, 2018
Piglatin?
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Level 11
May 31, 2018
For all the people who thought that American is a language, the same as Australian, it is just English which has different words with the same meaning. For example, rubbish is trash/garbage in America.
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Level 79
Jun 15, 2018
You could call it a separate dialect but even that is a bit of a stretch.
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Level 75
Jul 24, 2018
Who thinks American is a language? Unnecessary post.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
pretty sure there would be plenty.
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Level 43
Jun 15, 2018
just typed the many of indian languages
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Level 52
Apr 20, 2020
Same
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Level 49
Jul 11, 2018
Why is Azerbaijani classed as a different language to Turkish? I thought that they were mutually intelligible.
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Level 59
Jan 12, 2019
Do you mean on the quiz or in general? Mutual intelligibility =/= same language
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Level 80
Jul 29, 2018
Kannada?? Their English isn't that different.
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2018
That's Canada. THis is a language of Indian state of Karnataka
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Level 46
Jun 20, 2020
Kannada is an Indian language. It has nothing to do with Canada.
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2018
Aren't Bhojpuri and Awadhi dialects of Hindi??
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Level 33
Aug 30, 2018
i forgot sugondese
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Level 43
Jun 17, 2020
What?
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Level 37
Oct 21, 2018
Can Farsi be accepted for Persian?
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Level 44
Nov 2, 2018
I agree. I typed Farsi first and then I finally tried Persian. Farsi is the modern term.
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Level 68
Nov 2, 2018
Seconded - every immigrant from Iran I know calls their native language Farsi, not Persian.
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Level ∞
Nov 2, 2018
Sorry about that. Fixed.
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Level 52
Nov 2, 2018
No Elbonian?
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Level 48
Nov 3, 2018
Ther is no Serbo-Croatian language as such.You have Serbian language, and you have Croatian language, but no Serbo-Croatian.Pls, correct this. Thx
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Level 43
Nov 3, 2018
I swear i wrote Hindi wtf
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Level 55
Nov 3, 2018
please allow Panjabi
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Level 37
Nov 5, 2018
1.5 billion people are native speakers of a European language, that's a lot. I bet that if you take into account the second and third speakers, that's make the majority of humankind easily.
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Level 37
Nov 5, 2018
For the Indo-european family of languages, it makes 2.5 billion. Quite impressive.
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Level 67
Dec 16, 2018
I got 22 on the first try, I need 40 for the badge.. :/ most of the ones I didnt get are weird names I never heard of and will have a hard time remembering> The ones I do recognise I probably wont remember either haha.
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Level 69
Feb 12, 2019
Please accept gujrati as an alternative spelling
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Level 57
Dec 3, 2019
That's not a spelling that ever appears in English. If your first attempt didn't work, it doesn't take much effort to try something very similar.
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Level 80
Feb 12, 2019
How is it that I always forget Bhojpuri! :) I mean really, what the heck? Half of these have 0% of familiarity with me. Never seen them before in my life. And to think, over a half a percent of the world's population speaks Kannada natively and they probably don't even live in Canada!
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Level 46
Jun 20, 2020
Kannada is an Indian language spoken in the Karnataka state of India. It has nothing to do with Canada which lies thousands of kms away.
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Level 55
Apr 19, 2019
This was a lot harder than I imagined it would be
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Level 66
Jun 2, 2019
I was typing in Sudanese and it wasnt being accepted
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Level 79
Jul 7, 2019
Because it's not a correct answer.
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Level 32
Aug 22, 2019
I somehow missed Japanese. ...even though I speak Japanese.
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Level 46
Dec 13, 2019
Swahili should be on there
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Level ∞
Dec 28, 2019
No it shouldn't. Very few people speak it as a first language.
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Level 71
Dec 28, 2019
Why does German need the qualifier "inc. Bavarian"? There's no dispute at all over whether Bavarian is a German language or not. It's not even one of the varieties that differ from Standard German the most, like some High/Highest Alemannic or Low Saxon varieties. And those seem to be counted.
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Level 74
Dec 29, 2019
What are the "common sense modifications" you've made, that you describe in the instructions?
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Level ∞
Dec 29, 2019
Combining the various dialects of Arabic into one, as well as East and West Punjabi.
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Level 59
Dec 29, 2019
There can't be so few Thai speakers, 20.7m?
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Level ∞
Dec 30, 2019
I'm a little confused by that too. If someone wants to dig into the source data, perhaps this can be explained. For some reason, with Ethnologue's latest update, a few languages were splintered. For example, the various dialects of Arabic were separated and I had to combine them. Similarly, Bavarian was listed as different than German. Perhaps some variant of Thai was broken off as well, but the Wikipedia list doesn't show enough languages to find this out.
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Level 72
Dec 30, 2019
Looks like there are transcription errors on the Wikipedia article as compared with the underlying source data (https://www.ethnologue.com/guides/ethnologue200). Some of the totals are way off, including Thai (as noted above). The actual list should begin: #1 English (1,132M), #2 Mandarin (1,117M), #3 Hindi (614M), #4 Arabic (593M combined), #5 Spanish (534M). The full list of the the top 75 from the Ethnologue data, with the same combinations/groupings as on this quiz, is here: https://pastebin.com/WgPqYwFZ
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Level ∞
Dec 30, 2019
Those numbers clearly include level 2 speakers.
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Level 72
Dec 30, 2019
Right. I'm not making a normative point about what the list and speaker totals should be. I'm simply saying that the Wikipedia page purports to cite Ethnologue but at least some of the figures are wrong -- e.g., the entries for Japanese, Western Punjabi, and Korean are the same as the overall Ethnologue totals that as you point out include L1 and L2. I now see that another Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_total_number_of_speakers) does claim to include the L1/L2 breakdown, but there, too, it's evident that there are problems with the data. Maybe that page is at least a better source to link to given the greater transparency about what's actually reported in Ethnologue? It's a tricky topic, for sure.
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2020
Much of the Ethnologue data is hidden behind a pay wall. Someone at Wikipedia was able to get at it and put it on Wikipedia but we don't have access to it unfortunately. That said, the numbers on Wikipedia appear to be accurate.
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Level 55
Jan 5, 2020
Does Afrikaans really not have more people who speak it than over 20 million people?
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2020
Afrikaans has only about 7 million L1 speakers.
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Level 66
Jan 9, 2020
I'm confused. According to this quiz only 1/3 Thais are native Thai speakers? Seems very unlikely to me.
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2020
I was confused as well. But looking into it a little more, I can see where they got their numbers. Apparently, the official language of Thailand is actually "Central Thai" which is only spoken natively in the central part of Thailand, with various other languages spoken in other parts.
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2020
If you know about the history of language, this isn't surprising. For example, what we think of today is French was really only spoken in the area around Paris prior to the French revolution. Other people spoke the languages of their own region such as Breton, Alsatian, and of course Occitan. It took two centuries of coercion by the central government before French became the native tongue of nearly everyone in the country.
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Level 73
Feb 6, 2020
Wikipedia lists Northern Thai (6 million) and Southern Thai (4.5 million) as different languages. In addition there's Isan language with 20 million speakers in Thailand, apparently. Not sure if there are any other sources that agree with this than Ethnologue (which seems like the main source of Wikipedia's speaker data).
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Level 72
Jan 26, 2020
German (inc. Bavarian) - lmao. (Bavarian is just a dialect of German - so is Swiss German)
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Level 72
Jan 28, 2020
Reads like English (incl. Texan)
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Level 45
Jan 27, 2020
Shouldn't Bengali and Portuguese be switched?
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Level 67
Jan 28, 2020
I'm surprised Kurdish isn't on the list, as it has at least 30 million speakers.
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Level 43
Jan 28, 2020
"Including Bavarian" in the German language is completely unneccessary. Bavarian is just a dialect, so as swabian, hessian, saxonian etc.
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Level ∞
Jan 28, 2020
I don't understand your comment. The source separated the two. I put them back together. Since you agree with me that Bavarian is a dialect, not a language, then my decision to combine Bavarian and German was not unnecessary.
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Level 72
Jan 28, 2020
I think what Tante means is that even mentioning Bavarian seems ridiculous, as no one considers it to be separate from German. (However, looking at the source, linguists seem to differ. That's news to me.)
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Level 58
Jan 28, 2020
I saw the caveat at the top but still, literally all of the ones i missed were of those two
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Level 27
Jan 29, 2020
379 million speak English native? That's wrong population of the US is 320 million Population of UK is 65 million Population of Canada is 35 million Population of Australia is 23 million Population of New Zealand is 8 million Population of Ireland is 5 million Should be 456 million native English speakers
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Level 79
Jan 29, 2020
not everyone in those countries are native speakers of English.
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Level 69
Mar 7, 2020
Then a percentage of every countries population should be subtracted from the native language numbers. e.g. Not everyone in India speaks Hindi in the Hindi areas or Urdu in the Urdu areas, or Gujarati in the Gujarati areas etc. etc...... you should only use populations for countries, not try and estimate how many are not native speakers with certain countries but not others.
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2020
Plz accept bahasa for malay/indonesian
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Level 55
Feb 18, 2020
'bahasa' is just 'language'. The identifying part in 'bahasa indonesia' is the 'indonesia' part.
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Level 66
Mar 2, 2020
Got Jin but missed Japanese 🤦.
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Level 52
Mar 10, 2020
I can't get it to accept Sudanese when I type it even though it's listed in the final answers.
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Level ∞
Mar 10, 2020
Sundanese, which is a language spoken in parts of Indonesia.
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Level 22
Mar 20, 2020
Swahili has about 100 million speakers.
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Level 47
Apr 2, 2020
How is Bengali behind Portuguese there is 7 million difference.
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Level 52
Apr 20, 2020
How many languages do you want on this quiz?

India: Yes

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Level 62
May 18, 2020
Kurdish is missing on this list. According to the source Northern Kurdish has 14.6 million speakers. Wikipedia also states that Central Kurdish has 7.5 million speakers and Southern Kurdish has 3 million speakers. That amounts to more than 25 million speakers.
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Level 23
May 19, 2020
I got so many obscure languages like Sindhi and Hakka, but I forgot Japanese...
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Level 20
Jun 19, 2020
half of these i typed and it didnt take them