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Five Languages with the Most Native Speakers by Continent

For each continent, can you name the five languages with the most native speakers?
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Africa
150 mil
34 mil
28 mil
25 mil
24 mil (tie)
Asia
950 mil
305 mil
200 mil
125 mil
100 mil
Europe
95 mil
95 mil
67 mil
60 mil
60 mil
North America
248 mil
98 mil
10 mil
8 mil
2 mil
Oceania
19 mil
600,000
(Hawaiian Creole)
400,000
339,000
150,000
South America
206 mil
190 mil
8.9 mil
4.9 mil
2.8 mil
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level 47
Feb 16, 2017
Great! Is Fiji Hindi that different from Hindi?
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level 58
Feb 16, 2017
Yes, it is different enough to have Fiji precede the word. Sort of a mix of Fijian and Hindi, really.
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level 52
Feb 17, 2017
It's kind of like Haitian Creole versus French. Also, Fiji Hindi tends to borrow more words from English than its Indian counterpart.
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level 52
May 18, 2017
And Fijian Hindi uses the Latin alphabet, not Devanagari script.
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level 73
Feb 17, 2017
Out of curiosity, why provide Hawaiian Creole? Is that more obscure than some of the others?
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level 58
Feb 17, 2017
Hawaiian Creole is there to avoid complaints that Hawaiian is nearly identical to English.
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level 70
Feb 17, 2017
Would question the number of native speakers of Maori there. There would be certainly that number of people who can speak the language to some degree but not to native speaker level.
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level 56
Feb 19, 2017
Samoan would probably be a better option.
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level 39
May 18, 2017
Samoan has Nothing to do with the Maori Language...
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level 58
Feb 17, 2017
NOTE: 12 percent of Hawaiian words are simply loanwords from English. And Hawaiian Creole only has 13 percent of its words as loanwords. (to put this into perspective, 1 in every 9 Hawaiian words is a loan from Engish, and 1 in every 7.5 words is a loan from any language!)
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level 56
Feb 19, 2017
More commonly known as Hawaiian Pidgin (or just Pidgin).
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level 54
Mar 4, 2017
Just out of curiosity, how many people in the US have Spanish as their native language? I'm just counting up the US and Canada for native English speakers, and if I'm counting right, that means almost a third of Americans don't use English as their first language. It's interesting - I never realized it was that many people.
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level 58
Mar 5, 2017
It accounts to around 40 million!
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level 44
May 19, 2017
Belize and most of the Caribbean countries (Jamaica, Bermuda, Barbados, etc.) are also majority English-speaking.
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level 68
May 18, 2017
Cool quiz. From Wikipedia: Perhaps one million people now use Tok Pisin [Papua New Guinea's most widely spoken language] as a primary language, but, confusingly, elsewhere I've seen only 120,000 native speakers claimed.
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level 58
May 18, 2017
The "perhaps" says it all ;)
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level 49
May 18, 2017
Tok Pisin is not native to many, but it's a lingua franca. Just as the colonial languages in Africa.
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level 23
May 18, 2017
Not French in Africa ? It's strange
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level 42
May 18, 2017
In Oceania too, because of New Caledonia and French Polynesia speak french. And it's also an official language in Vanuatu
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level 58
May 18, 2017
Many people learn French as a second or third language. The few Africans I know learned English as an L2 language.
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level 55
May 18, 2017
When you put Ahmaric, and despair when it is not accepted...
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level 28
May 18, 2017
I was thinking Swahili would be there for Africa.
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level 39
May 18, 2017
I agree, considering it spans Tanzania and Kenya and parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Mozambique
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level 46
May 31, 2017
Most east africans learn Swahili as their second language unless you're on the coastal part of Kenya/Tanzania, it's a lingua franca.
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May 18, 2017
Swahili is the most spoken language in Africa, shouldn't it be there?
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level 55
Jul 1, 2017
See the last comment before yours, it's largely not natively spoken but rather acquired later in life
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level 51
May 19, 2017
I spelled it Yaruba and didn't get it, not trying a respelling, figuring it was probably spelled correctly and just too obscure. Maybe I should stick to geography and steer clear of language, LOL.
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May 20, 2017
...I missed Mandarin. *Facepalm*
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May 27, 2017
Please accept aimar
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Jul 1, 2017
As of 2016 there are nearly 600,000 native Mandarin speakers in Australia alone. There's about another 50,000 Mandarin speakers in New Zealand and a few hundred in Fiji, and probably some more throughout the rest of Oceania. Samoan furthermore is spoken by about 350,000 within New Zealand and Samoa (excluding American Samoa), and there's probably more speakers in Australia, but then Wikipedia says 350k-450k for Fijian which is lowball listed here at 339k. I checked some other immigrant languages, Arabic and Cantonese are both low 300ks, so no need to worry about them. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/MediaRealesesByCatalogue/05DEE7DFCA9C2E00CA25814800090FB2?OpenDocument http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/quickstats-culture-identity/languages.aspx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_New_Zealand https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_in_Fiji
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