Official Languages Spoken in the Most Countries

Which 27 languages are the official or de-facto national languages of two or more different countries?
National languages, not regional languages
Bolivia has 37 official languages and Zimbabwe 16 - this quiz considers only the 3 most prominent
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Last updated: January 2, 2020
First submittedFebruary 28, 2016
Times taken77,313
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Countries
Language
60
Canada, South Africa, ...
English
29
France, Canada, ...
French
22
Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, ...
Arabic
20
Spain, Peru, ...
Spanish
9
Portugal, Brazil, ...
Portuguese
6
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...
German
5
Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo,
Montenegro, Serbia
Serbo-Croatian
4
Italy, San Marino, Switzerland,
Vatican City
Italian
4
Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Singapore
Malay /
Indonesian
4
Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan
Russian
3
Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia
Albanian
3
Belgium, Netherlands, Suriname
Dutch
3
China, Taiwan, Singapore
Mandarin
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Countries
Language
3
Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan
Persian
3
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Swahili
2
Algeria, Morocco
Berber
2
Cyprus, Greece
Greek
2
Fiji, India
Hindi
2
North Korea, South Korea
Korean
2
Bolivia, Peru
Quechua
2
Moldova, Romania
Romanian
2
South Africa, Lesotho
Sotho
2
South Africa, Eswatini
Swazi
2
Sweden, Finland
Swedish
2
Sri Lanka, Singapore
Tamil
2
South Africa, Botswana
Tswana
2
Turkey, Cyprus
Turkish
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Level 74
Feb 28, 2016
Nice!
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Level 90
Mar 10, 2016
Tamazight/Berberic is an official language in both Algeria and Morocco as of very recently.
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Level 74
Mar 10, 2016
I love it :)
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Level 65
Mar 10, 2016
Thanks.
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Level 68
Mar 16, 2016
what about aymara (Peru and Bolivia), Quechua (Bolivia, Peru and ecuador) and guarani (bolivia and Paraguay)
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Level 68
Mar 16, 2016
also catalan is an official language in Andorra and Spain
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Level 58
Jun 13, 2017
Catalan is not an official language of Spain at the national level, only at a regional level. This quiz is only asking about official languages at the national level (otherwise this quiz would be huge!).
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Level 48
Oct 29, 2017
I second the motion to add Quechua and Aymara, since these are designated official languages at the national level in Bolivia and Peru, as well as Guaraní, which is an official national language of Bolivia and Paraguay!
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Level 62
Mar 26, 2016
You should accept "Parsi" for Persian and also "Farsi" if you don't already.
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2016
Farsi is already accepted. :) However, Parsi is not an Persian alternative.
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Level 65
May 17, 2017
At least one person speaks Farsi in the US
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Level 68
Jun 13, 2019
The Persian language is called Farsi in the language itself, but it was called Parsi (which still does) before the Arab invasion of Persia. Because Arabic doesn't have the letter P in its alphabet, they changed it to F for easier pronunciation for themselves. But Parsi and Farsi are both accepted among speakers.
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Level 51
Aug 17, 2020
Parsis are followers of Zoroastrianism.
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Level 73
Mar 16, 2019
And perhaps 'Fersian' for Persian, as it starts with the same letter as 'Farsi' :)
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Level 60
Apr 24, 2016
The name for the language they speak in Malaysia and Indonesia is called Bahasa, please accept it.
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Level 33
May 5, 2016
Nope. I'm Indonesian and some of us will go ballistic when we hear comments like these.

'Bahasa' does not refer to the language spoken by Indonesians. 'Bahasa' just means 'language'.

Russian is 'bahasa rusia'. Arabic is 'bahasa arab'. Portuguese is 'bahasa portugis'. Indonesian is 'bahasa indonesia'.

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Level 55
Apr 16, 2021
Username checks out
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Level 65
May 5, 2016
Now accepted :)
+39
Level 73
Mar 16, 2019
Please un-accept it then :)
+5
Level 60
May 5, 2016
Bengali is spoken in India and Bangladesh and are official languages in both countries.
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Level 73
Mar 16, 2019
but not on the national level
+6
Level ∞
Sep 25, 2019
True. Official national languages of India are Hindi and English.
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Level 72
May 5, 2016
Quechua--official in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
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Level 39
May 5, 2016
where is Catalan? Official in Andorra, Spain, France and Italy.
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Level 68
May 5, 2016
The quiz is about official languages of countries. And if Catalan is spoken is some regions or cities of these countries, it is not always an official language of the country itself. It is official in the regions of Catalonia, Balearic Island and Valancia but, such as Galician or Basque, not in Spain. It is official in the city of Alghero but not in Italy (Italian is the only official language, but 12 regional languages are official in some regions). And in France it isn't official in any region at all.
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Level 25
Apr 19, 2021
there's no way catalan is official in France or Italy lmao
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Level 82
May 5, 2016
Got everything that was 3 and up, that was pretty easy. Some of the others were tough. Should have got Albanian, though.
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Level 82
Mar 13, 2019
breezed through it this time. Must have learned something last time.
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Level 82
Jun 10, 2019
and... now since you've added the hints column (is that new?) this is really easy
+1
Level 65
May 5, 2016
How about Bengali? (Bangladesh and India)
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Level 74
May 5, 2016
Second this.
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Level 72
May 5, 2016
could it be a Bengali/Bangla thing?
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Level ∞
Sep 25, 2019
Official national languages of India are Hindi and English.
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Level 50
Mar 13, 2019
It's a central government thing that refuses to respect any other native language than Hindi.
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Level 66
May 5, 2016
how about hindi? india, nepal, fiji
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Level 65
May 5, 2016
Nepal's official language is Nepali, and Fiji's is Fiji Hindi, a dialect of Hindustani languages, like Punjabi is different from Hindi
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Level 49
Sep 24, 2017
I am a native Hindi speaker and only speak 2 languages. But I understood everything that was being spoken in a Fiji Hindi video I watched.
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Level 54
Aug 1, 2020
Punjabi is an altogether different tonal language. It is not considered part of Hindustani Languages.

Fijian Hindi is more or less the same as Hindi.

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Level 76
May 5, 2016
WOW, got Sotho, missed Korean.
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Level 72
May 5, 2016
I'd always thought (from my time in Lesotho and South Africa) that the language was called Sesotho.
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Level 72
May 5, 2016
But I just tried it again and Sesotho worked for Sotho. Thanks.
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Level 49
May 5, 2016
You missed Afrikaans. It is spoken in South Africa, Namibia and Patagonia in Argentina.
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Level 72
May 5, 2016
Not official.
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Level 56
May 5, 2016
Could you accept Serbo Croat please?
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Level 65
May 5, 2016
Accepted.
+1
Level 58
May 5, 2016
No Afrikaans?
+9
Level 65
May 5, 2016
No Afrikaans.
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Level 44
Mar 17, 2019
Why not? I kept trying to put it in.
+17
Level ∞
Sep 25, 2019
Because it's not correct?
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Level 44
May 5, 2016
Forgot Malay and Korean, derp. And Romanian. Especially bad for me, as I have a roommate from Moldova who's first language was Romanian, I should have remembered that it's spoken in both countries...
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Level 73
Mar 14, 2019
Even though the word 'Korea' is in both of the Korean-speaking countries?
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Level 79
Sep 28, 2019
Hints weren't shown in 2016
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Level 74
May 6, 2016
Catalun should be added: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_language
+3
Level 65
May 6, 2016
Catalan is an official language in Andorra and Catalonia, but not the whole of Spain.
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Level 42
May 7, 2016
Venda, Xhosa and Tsonga (Shangani) are official in South Africa and Zimbabwe
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Level 66
May 25, 2016
I am so embarrassed that I missed Tswana, Sotho and Swazi that I retook the quiz. I can't believe I missed them. Could Ndebele also be accepted? Zimbabwe and South Africa?
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Level 34
Jan 4, 2021
Actually, Zimbabwe and South Africa use two different languages of Ndebele. Northern Ndebele is official in Zimbabwe, and Southern Ndebele is official in South Africa (and yes, they are separate languages, although related).
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Level 63
Sep 3, 2016
Got Sotho, Malay, and Albanian but forgot about Portuguese. Welp.
+1
Level 67
Sep 23, 2016
Yeah, I forgot my own freaking language.
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Level 37
Sep 29, 2016
Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten If you consider speaking the language the official language of the land, in which laws are written and school instruction is given. (I left our Bonaire, Saba and Statia (St. Eustatius because they are now considered part of mainland Netherlands, though geographically separated) Crazy system if

you ask me.

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Level 60
Apr 4, 2020
but curacao, aruba and st. maarten aren't countries. they're part of the kingdom of the netherlands.
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Level 80
Oct 24, 2016
Cantonese? Ndebele?
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Level 36
Jan 13, 2017
Got Tswana but forgot Russian go figure.
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Level 53
Jun 11, 2017
Aymara, Quechua, Guarani are official languages in two or more countries.
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Level 43
Oct 30, 2017
Hi Quiz creator! Great quiz, but I'd like to plug what several others have said here regarding possible additions:

In Bolivia there are many official languages, but you could restrict it based on, say, languages with more than 10% of the population actually speaking it to make it manageable. This would leave you with Quechua and Aymara to add (both official in Peru and Bolivia). Now that I did a bit more research, lowering the threshold to any aboriginal language official in Bolivia regardless of population would actually only add one more language, Guarani, which is official in both Bolivia and Paraguay.

Another great addition would be Berber/Tamazight, which is a really cool language that was the precursor to Arabic in the North Africa region and is now official and gaining popularity in both Morocco and Algeria.

I see a lot of suggestions of Indian languages and I don't think any of those should be put on seeing as only Hindi and English are official languages in Indi

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Level 44
Nov 21, 2017
Tamazight is an official language in both Morocco and Algeria
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Level 49
Feb 27, 2018
dang it should have guessed Swazi and Sotho.. lol
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Level 22
Feb 27, 2018
There is no such language as serbo-croatian. There is serbian and croatian.
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Level 53
Mar 23, 2018
Its actually Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin.
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Level 49
Aug 4, 2020
There is in fact Serbo-Croatian language, and 20 million people spoke and still speak it.
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Level 45
Feb 1, 2021
There is no significant difference between the languages. This is plainly evident to anyone who's ever been to Bosnia. There are a number of regional dialects( Shtokavian, Kajkavian, Chakavian, Torlakian...) but they all belong to a single language.
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Level 50
Feb 27, 2018
Serbo-Croatian as a language does not exist! Instead you should put Serbian in 3 countries (Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia) and Croatian in 2 countries (Croatia and Bosnia).
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Level 80
Feb 27, 2018
Belarus has two official languages -- Russian and Belarusian,
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Level 38
May 13, 2018
I can't believe I missed Swazi- I've known it for a while *facepalm*
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Level 16
May 18, 2018
Albanian is not on this list even though kosovo, albania, and macedonia speak it.
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2021
it is
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Level 67
Jan 15, 2019
esotho is what is given on the language quizes I have seen so far, so that is what I tried here. Have only learned the language here, so you'd expect the answer to be correct.
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Level 67
Jan 15, 2019
Pardon me I see sesotho is the name used, there is a slight chance that was what I have been seeing on this site ( though I sort of still think it might ve been esotho, but could ve beeen sesotho)

anyway i thought several of the african languages had part of their countryname cut of and a "e" put in front. But I guess it was "se"

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Level 32
Jan 24, 2019
Literally my first try. How did I win 97.6% of players?
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Level 69
Sep 26, 2019
You got the answers right.
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Level 82
Mar 13, 2019
According to Wikipedia, the official languages of the Indian government are Hindi and English. However, individual states in India are allowed to designate their own official languages. As a result, throughout the country there are 22 languages with some official status, including Tamil, Bengali (also official in Bangladesh), and Punjabi (also official in Pakistan).
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Level 82
Mar 13, 2019
As well as Nepali
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Level 60
Mar 13, 2019
Punjabi is not an official language in Pakistan. English and Urdu are official languages, and unlike India, Pakistan does not allow provinces to designate their own official languages.
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Level 82
Mar 13, 2019
Then the Wikipedia article is wrong. It indicates that Punjabi is the official language of the Pakistani province of Punjab.
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Level ∞
Sep 25, 2019
Wikipedia isn't wrong in this case. You are asking for regional languages to be included, @kalbahamut, in which case we'd have to add many more languages to this quiz.
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Level 76
Mar 13, 2019
If you're from Eswatini(Swaziland) then you're Swazi, and you speak "swati". The official language in SA/Eswatini is Swati
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Level 64
Mar 13, 2019
Like a couple of other quizzes on this site, this quiz is wrong to say that English is the official language of the UK. The "official languages of the world" quiz does at least get it right, but I think there should be a consistent policy recognising that the UK doesn't have official languages.
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Level ∞
Mar 13, 2019
Wikipedia says otherwise. Wikipedia can be wrong of course, but unless someone posts a better source (such as an official statement by the government) the quiz will stay as is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

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Level 64
Mar 13, 2019
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_United_Kingdom

Also Wikipedia, saying that the although the de facto official language is English, the only de jure official language in any part of the UK is Welsh. Given that we are talking about official languages and accepting that it is possible for a country not to have an official language, I think this makes it reasonable to say that the UK has no official languages as a whole. The USA is usually listed as having no official languages and it says basically the same thing about the USA and the UK here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_territorial_entities_where_English_is_an_official_language

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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2019
Thanks, I'll look into it next time I edit the quiz.
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Level 63
Oct 12, 2020
One could make the case that Norman French also has some sort of official status in the UK, since that's the language the proceedings of Parliament are still partially conducted in - but I would advise against including this in the quiz!
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Level 76
Mar 13, 2019
Mexico doesn't have an official language
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Level ∞
Mar 13, 2019
Updated.
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Level 59
Mar 13, 2019
Hindi is official in both India and Fiji
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Level ∞
Sep 25, 2019
Added
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Level 57
Mar 13, 2019
Xhosa (or isiXhosa) is an official language in both South Africa and Zimbabwe. Tswana is also an official language in Zimbabwe, as well as in South Africa and Botswana. (Zimbabwe has 16 official languages.)
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Level ∞
Sep 25, 2019
Thanks. We'd have to add two relatively unknown languages (in addition to Xhosa). Instead I added a note that Zimbabwe is not considered for the purposes of this quiz.
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Level 37
Mar 13, 2019
17! Not bad for someone who can only speak English, Spanish, French and a bit of Polish.
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Level 46
Mar 13, 2019
In Finland and Sweden, they both have Finnish and Swedish as official languages. Maybe you could accept both?
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2019
Finnish is only official in Finland.
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Level 58
May 5, 2020
As a (fellow?) Finn I got interested and looked into it. Based on a quick google, it seems like Finnish is an official minority language in Sweden, but only in certain regions, making it not qualify for this quiz of official languages at national level.
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Level 52
Mar 14, 2019
Super easy!
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Level 65
Mar 15, 2019
Yes! Got them all with 1:55 remaining at 5:00:33 PM on March 15, 2019. I played a round without signing in so that I could find out what the four less obvious answers were, then I memorized them and played on my account.
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Level 71
Sep 26, 2019
Um… congrats?
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Level 84
Mar 16, 2019
I never see the clues on a phone. I mean they are there, I just never notice them because they don't come into view without scrolling down. So I guess away blindly.
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Level 26
Mar 17, 2019
Hello Serbo-Croatian is not the main or widely used in Bosnia or Montenegro
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Level 62
Jul 23, 2019
great quiz
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Level 65
Sep 9, 2019
Thanks :)
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2019
How can only 41% guess Albanian and only 55% Romanian when Albania and Romania are listed as countries where these language are spoken is beyond me. :)
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
You must have taken it right after reset, because it is at 82 and 85% currently.

Edit: or more likely, right after the clues were added, but nó reset, and one of the first to take it with the clues, while the stats still reflect quiztakers that played without the clues.

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Level 51
Sep 9, 2019
what about quecha and aymara they are official languages in both bolivia and peru
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Level 65
Sep 9, 2019
Peru's only official language is Spanish
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Level ∞
Sep 25, 2019
I think Quechua is an official language too so added that. There's not always good information available so Wikipedia probably used to say that Peru was only Spanish.
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Level 65
Sep 26, 2019
Okay, thanks for the update!
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Level 64
Sep 16, 2019
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2019
Alright, it's been updated :)
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Level 68
Dec 2, 2019
Why is Bolivia in one of the answers then?

also i remembered the South African ones as part of the other countrys name but I kept trying the wrong ones. I tried babne mbabane, maseru, gaborone. but not with the country names

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Level 62
Jan 2, 2020
Your notes say Bolivia doesn't count but one of the questions is for Bolivia.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
16 of the answers are basicaly given. I would leave out the countries where the language originated from the clues, so dont show albania for albanian, romania for romanian, germany for german etc. Most of the quiz is simply repeating what is said..

The netherlands eventhough it is the country of origin could perhaps stay, Since it is not almost literally the same as the name if the language, like the others.

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Level 57
Mar 14, 2020
Tamil is also official in India
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Level 58
Jul 30, 2020
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, not the whole country.
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Level 60
Apr 16, 2021
Not exactly official, it's a scheduled language
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Level 52
Jul 25, 2020
That time that two countries as different as North and South Korea, as unique as India and Fiji, have the same language...
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Level 60
Dec 17, 2020
1:06

Thanks!

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Level 50
Apr 14, 2021
Spelling 'Quechua' is hard :(
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Level 61
Apr 16, 2021
There is a difference between national and official language.(See here ). India has no national language. Since this quiz uses national languages only , India should be removed from this quiz.

India has 23 official languages, which consists of the 22 regional ( Schedule 8) languages + Hindi.

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Level ∞
Apr 16, 2021
The official languages of India are Hindi and English.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Part_XVII_of_the_Constitution_of_India

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Level 41
Apr 16, 2021
LMAO i got 20/27, missing english. Canada and South Africa really threw me off.
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2021
why didnt you think of english are you braindead LOL
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Level 28
Apr 17, 2021
I believe Hausa has official status in 2, if not 3 countries
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Level 43
Apr 18, 2021
i got everything except quecha

i didn't know how to spell it :(

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Level 26
Apr 20, 2021
Afghanistan is majority pashto
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Level 53
Apr 21, 2021
I believe Afrikaans is an official language in Namibia and South-Africa
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Level 90
Jul 15, 2021
Hindi is sometimes grouped together with Urdu as Hindustani, which would add Pakistan to that list.