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Top Romance Languages

Name the six Romance languages that have the most native speakers.
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First submittedJune 14, 2016
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# Speakers
Language
405 mil
Spanish
215 mil
Portuguese
75 mil
French
59 mil
Italian
24 mil
Romanian
4.1 mil
Catalan
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level 62
Jun 14, 2016
Easy quiz! Almost forgot Catalan and Romanian
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level 65
Feb 14, 2018
Galego or Galician is much more of a romance language than Romanian.
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level 73
Jun 15, 2016
I never knew Romanian was a romance language. I figured it got its roots from Russian.
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level 58
Jun 15, 2016
ROMANian... ROMANce. I took a shot at it anyway.
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level 72
Jun 15, 2016
Yes but that doesn't necessarily mean it is a romance language... ROMANi...ROMANce. Romani comes from India way
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level 70
Jul 12, 2016
Don't the origins come from Latin and the Roman Empire? I thought that was where the reference to "Romance" came from.
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level 72
Jul 28, 2016
That's the point I'm making - Romani has nothing to do with Romance languages, despite the word looking like it has a similar root, so the argument that Romanian is obviously a Romance language because it looks like it has a similar root doesn't hold
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level 76
Jul 28, 2016
I could be wrong but it's my understanding that Romania was given it's name by its neighbors, after the area was subjugated by Trajean and inhabited by Romans, to mean the land of the Romans or the place where they lived. Then eventually, once the name of the region had been established, the people who were indigenous to Romania (whose ancestors came from Northern India) started to be called Roma (in English they're typically called gypsies), even though their roots were not Roman. They were identified as such by people from other parts of Europe as the Roma are somewhat nomadic and spread out a lot. The majority of people still in Romania still spoke Latin or some derivative.
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level 75
Jul 28, 2016
Some Romani find the word "Gypsy" offensive and racist, while others seem to accept or even use it with no problem. It's probably better if we refer to them as Roma or Romani.
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level 57
Jan 16, 2019
Weird how that works, for me roma(ni) has a more negative connotation than gypsy. Which has a bit of an romantic air around it ( nothing to do with the language, but I mean the adventurous traveling life, living under the open sky)
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level 57
Jan 16, 2019
I think it might be necessary to explain a romanian is NOT the same as a roma(ni) neither are the languages the same. You have got Romania with the langugage romanian. Which is not related to the traveling group sometimes also referred to as gypsies, the romani. Which are indo-aryan origin and so is their language also called romani

fun fact the word gypsies come from egyptian, there were stories that that was were they originated from. (But in fact they originate from india)

btw not only does romania(n) and roma(ni) have nothing to do with eachother. The names also are not related. The name is most likely to come from (sanskriet) doma, “member of a low caste of travelling musicians and dancers”. The dom people are group with which they share similar history.

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level 59
Jul 28, 2016
As a linguistics amateur, I can say that Romanian is a language in the Eastern branch of the Romanic (a.k.a. Romance) language group. But as you can see from a map, it is surrounded by Slavic languages and Hungarian. That means Romanian has been influenced a lot by Slavic languages.
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level 44
Jul 29, 2016
Romanians are the only Slavs that speak non-Slavic language.
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level 62
Jul 28, 2016
Since this quiz was featured today, I'll say this, I'm glad I speak a Romance language (Spanish)
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level 57
Jul 28, 2016
If catalan is included, why not galecian or aragonese?
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level 78
Jul 28, 2016
They don't have as many native speakers. This quiz is just the six largest Romance languages by number of native speakers, not an all inclusive list.
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level 47
Jul 28, 2016
I don't even know what Romance languages are! I got 4 by guessing but that's not so impressive as they were all very popular languages.
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level 75
Jul 28, 2016
I still remember my high school days in the 1960s of having to learn the Indo-European language families, basically meaning the origin of most of the languages of Europe and parts of Asia. We all hated that unit in English class but it's been more useful to me than I would have ever thought at the time. Romance languages are the branch that developed from Latin, or the regions of the Roman Empire.
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level 50
Jul 28, 2016
This is wrong, no way French has only 75 million native speakers. Just between France and the DRC there are more than 100 million.
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level ∞
Jul 28, 2016
This is a somewhat common misperception. Almost no one in the DRC is a native French speaker. Furthermore, according to Wikipedia, only 10% of DRC residents are even "proficient" French speakers.
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level 25
Jul 28, 2016
We're forgetting the African and Canadian speakers.
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level ∞
Jan 6, 2019
No we're not.
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level 67
Jul 28, 2016
Quebec French beats out Catalan by 2 million speakers
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level 58
Jul 28, 2016
I thought of French Canadian too, but I don't think it's counted as an actual different language. I think it'd be similarly compared to British English and American English. They may have their dialects within them, but they're both still English. Now Louisiana French Creole would, I think, be counted as a separate language from French, even though it's highly based on it.
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level 47
Jul 31, 2016
Took it first time and finished it in 10 seconds. Very easy quiz.
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level 46
Aug 5, 2016
What do you mean by "speakers"? I mean, if you mean people who speak the language on a daily basis, certainly the figures are accurate. Yet if you talk about people who can use that language fluently without necessarily using it everyday, I'd say those figures do vary a bit. For example, there are 7 million people in Catalonia only where Catalan, though not used by every single one of them, is widely known and used.
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level 67
May 7, 2018
"Native speaker" means that the person speaks that language as their first language, meaning they were raised from birth or very early childhood speaking that language. You can be a native speaker of more than one language (if, say, you were raised in a bi- or multi-lingual household), but any language you learn later is a second language, and you would not be a native speaker of it no matter how fluent you are or how much you use it on a daily basis.
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level 55
Nov 7, 2016
If you liked this quiz, try my germanic languages quiz! http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/169478/germanic-languages
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level 42
Jan 23, 2017
Wow I only missed Catalan:(
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level 53
May 23, 2017
What about Haitian Creole?
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level 43
Jul 1, 2019
A creole is based on more than one language, thus it cannot be classified in terms of language families.
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level 38
Nov 8, 2017
In addition to English, Spanish, German and Portuguese, we had to learn Latin roots in school. It's amazing how easy it is to figure out a language if you the "root" it originated from.
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level 79
Mar 15, 2018
En realitat en som força més de quatre milions i escaig, que tenim el català de primera llengua. Força, força més. Potser doblem aquesta xifra que només se m'acut que pot sorgir de tenir el dit "valencià" per una altra llengua, quan no n'és pas.
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level 27
Feb 14, 2019
16 seconds. Come on
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