So we de-featured the quiz due to lack of quality data.
Then people nominated it so we had to re-feature it. This time around, we included only native speakers because the data is much more accurate. It also has the nice coincidence of having exactly 10 countries and a sharp drop off below 1 million to number 11.
I'm always surprised w/r to quizzes like this that a certain former British colony on the subcontinent doesn't have more native English speakers, given the sheer number of people. But indeed there is only about a quarter million. Compare that with the number of former French or Spanish colonies in which those languages are either dominant or at least an official language.
(Technically, I'd say most Singaporeans speak Singlish and not English as their first language, but apparently this wasn't an option in the census cited in Wikipedia, probably because the Singapore government considers Singlish as a wrong version of English rather than a language in its own right. In any case, it wouldn't matter because Singlish is an English-based creole, which is also fine because of the caveat.)
As it turns out, according to its Wikipedia article, Tok Pisin is a creole, and in fact "Perhaps one million people now use Tok Pisin as a primary language." However, according to
Copyright H Brothers Inc, 2008–2023
| Go To Top
| View Mobile Site