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Top 12 Languages Spoken in Asia

Which languages have the most native speakers in Asia?
  • According to this source with continental adjustments made
  • Chinese and Hindustani dialects have to be guessed separately
  • Quiz by relessness - Jan 09, 2017
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(73)
Interesting quiz. I was very surprised Cantonese didn't make the list. I was also surprised at some others that didn't make the cut, such as Persian, Tagalog, and Tamil.
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Jan 11, 2017
(67)
Political or cultural significance of a language doesn't always correspond to the number of speakers. Only a bit over half of Irani population are Persian native speakers, a quarter of Filipinos are Tagalog and Cantonese is only the prestige dialect of its group.
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Jan 11, 2017
(38)
Yes, I agree Cantonese was a surprise indeed.
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Apr 6, 2017
(9)
I am sure tamil, tagalog, persian had over 70 million. not sure for cantonese
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May 20, 2017
(44)
Ironically, the photo of the banner at the top is of a dynasty who's original language (Manchu) is nearly extinct.
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Jan 14, 2017
(56)
Manchu won't become extinct. It doesn't have a lot of native speakers but approximately 15 million people speak the language.
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Apr 6, 2017
(50)
15 million? I think there are fewer 15 elderly people remaining in a remote village near Qiqihar who can still speak Manchurian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchu_language
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Apr 6, 2017
(59)
It turns out that out of 10 million Manchus only about 10 still speak the Manchu language natively.
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Apr 6, 2017
(44)
Manchu was almost a dead language by the end of the Qing dynasty in the early 1900's (which began using manchu, and became extremely sinicized over the next several centuries to the point that almost no court officials could speak it), to say nothing of a hundred years after it's end today. Like the below commenters said, native Manchu speakers are almost gone today and fluent speakers be it first or second/third/etc. language are rare. Almost all ethnic Manchu speak Mandarin Chinese as a first language.
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Apr 11, 2017
(55)
Is Bengal acceptable for Bengali?
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Jan 22, 2017
(53)
I tried Punjab for Punjabi but I think Bengal and Punjab are regions, not languages.
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Feb 8, 2017
(67)
Bengali is the adjective, or name for the language. Bangla works as well.
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Apr 6, 2017
(49)
Tried Nihongo but didn't work and stopped trying. Found out after the quiz that it's included as Japanese.
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Apr 6, 2017
(48)
Erm, that's because the name for the language in English is Japanese
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Apr 6, 2017
(50)
Even Japanese people wouldn't type "Nihongo" on this quiz.
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Apr 17, 2017
(21)
There should be Thai
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Apr 6, 2017
(48)
Did you not look at the source? Thai is much further down the list, no where near enough to be listed on this quiz.
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Apr 6, 2017
(70)
Without looking I think there are in Asia probably more speakers of Tagalog, Urdu, Marathi, Turkish, Russian, Farsi, and perhaps even Kannada and some others than Thai. And English, depending on how you define "native speaker."
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Apr 6, 2017
(46)
WU spoken by 90 mil.
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Apr 6, 2017
(21)
This is wrong since the numbers include speakers in other countries outside of Asia
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Apr 7, 2017
(47)
0:50! ..Second time. First time around I missed half, and kept trying cantonese
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Apr 10, 2017
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I wouldn't accept Shanghainese for Wu. The two aren't synonymous. Shanghainese is just one small part of Wu with only 14 million speakers. The vast majority of the nearly 80 million Wu speakers are in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and other surrounding areas and speak other forms of Wu not mutually intelligible with Shanghainese.
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Apr 15, 2017
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shouldn't russian be on here? There's a lot of Central Asian countries where it's common as a second language, aside from Russia. at least give me a source somewhere with accurate information.
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May 2, 2017
(47)
... native speakers.
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May 2, 2017
(16)
Just correct it, don't be stubborn.
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May 17, 2017
(47)
According to the source there are 160 million speakers. 95 million live in Europe. Leaving 65 million in Asia (assuming there are none in the rest of the World). How am I being stubborn? That's less than 76 million for 11/12th place.
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May 17, 2017
(56)
It was surprising that Cantonese was not on the list. I also wonder about English because India has a large number of English-speaking citizens and Sri Lanka, once Ceylon, had speakers of English.
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Jul 31, 2017
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