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Languages Spoken in Canada

Name the most commonly-spoken languages in Canada, either as a first language or additional language.
  • For 2011. Source: 1, 2
  • Chinese and Hindustani dialects must be guessed separately
  • Quiz by SunsetSunrise - Apr 20, 2017
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# Speakers
Language
28,360,240
9,960,590
873,395
705,158
595,600
565,018
545,730
525,480
491,075
470,965
335,420
# Speakers
Language
266,950
240,745
230,755
217,735
196,110
192,070
179,465
150,620
149,035
144,260
135,085
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level 68
Jan 4, 2015
Are you sure that Celtic and Breton shouldn't be here as well? The road signs in parts of Nova Scotia are in both English and those languages.
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level 48
Jan 6, 2015
This data is based on the 2011 NHS, the latest census figures available. There are 7,195 Gaelic language speakers in Canada.
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level 50
Jul 3, 2017
Celtic is a family of languages that includes Breton. I assume you mean Scottish Gaelic, which was at least spoken in large numbers in Cape Breton in the past, and still holds on today.
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Apr 20, 2017
We divided "Chinese, not specified" between Cantonese and Mandarin.
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level 72
Apr 20, 2017
More Cantonese than Mandarin in Canada, huh? That seems odd.
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level 75
Apr 20, 2017
When I was growing up (I'm 32) what we called 'Chinese' was Cantonese, and Mandarin was pretty rare – not sure if it's because of the Brits in Hong Kong, but the Mandarin speakers only started outnumbering the Cantonese-speakers among new migrants pretty recently.
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level 43
Jul 1, 2017
It's because Cantonese is the primary language spoken in Hong Kong, and a vast portion of Canada's Chinese population is composed of immigrants from Hong Kong (especially in the 80s/90s when many were fleeing Hong Kong becoming part of Communist China)
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level 74
Apr 20, 2017
All these languages, and not a single indigenous language among 'em...
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level 56
Apr 20, 2017
Cree would be the closest (all varieties).
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level 1
Jul 1, 2017
Great quiz! I'd love to see more like it, maybe longer ones!
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level 49
Jul 1, 2017
I find it odd that Punjabi is the least commonly guessed one considering how common it has become. (Third most spoken first language in the parliament)
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level 59
Jul 1, 2017
I'm more surprised by the fact that it beat Hindi and Urdu. I'm not very familiar with foreign languages spoken in Canada, so I wouldn't have guessed that.
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level 43
Jul 1, 2017
It all depends on the region! Many immigrants from India to Canada are Sikhs from Punjab, so that's why they're disproportionately represented in the Indian-Canadian community compared to their demographics in India. Same goes for Cantonese (tiny minority language in China, but a ton of immigrants to Canada are from Hong Kong, thus Cantonese predominance).
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level 69
Jul 1, 2017
I stupidly entered just "Punjab", then moved on after that wasn't accepted. D'OH!
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level 30
Jul 1, 2017
I've never even heard of Punjabi
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level 63
Jul 3, 2017
They even do a broadcast of "Hockey Night in Canada" in Punjabi now... that's what made me think of it.
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level 59
Jul 1, 2017
I more or less hoped that there would be an Inuit language among these, but apparently there are not enough Inuit in Canada to make the list.
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level 43
Jul 1, 2017
It's the official language of Nunavut and predominately spoken there, but still only about 35,000 speakers.
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level 55
Jul 1, 2017
I thought really really hard for my last two guesses, but as soon as I thought of Punjabi, and then Polish, I knew I had them right.
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level 43
Jul 1, 2017
Really good quiz! I agree that I would be interested in more Canada language quizzes with more languages!
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level 70
Jul 1, 2017
Surprised Japanese didn't make it. Disappointed that Kannada didn't.
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level 48
Jul 19, 2017
We need Immigrants in Canada but we have too many, our yearly immigration intake is overkill.
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level 54
Jul 24, 2017
Oh yeah? And why is it "overkill?" Coming over and working harder for lesser pay for the jobs that most people complain about seems REALLY shitty to nobody. We should encourage more immigration to fill up the recessive gaps in our housing lull and advance ourselves. More people More Money More Diversity More advancement.
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