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Top World Languages on a Map

Try to name the 100 languages with the most native speakers. The approximate location of their origins are on the map below.
according to Wikipedia
Last updated: January 30, 2017
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Pop. (mil)
Language
955
Mandarin
405
Spanish
360
English
310
Hindi
295
Arabic
215
Portuguese
205
Bengali
155
Russian
125
Japanese
100
Punjabi
95
German
82
Javanese
80
Wu
77
Malay/Indonesian
76
Telugu
76
Vietnamese
76
Korean
75
French
73
Marathi
70
Tamil
66
Urdu
63
Turkish
59
Italian
59
Cantonese
56
Thai
Pop. (mil)
Language
49
Gujarati
48
Jin
47
Min Nan
45
Persian
40
Polish
39
Pashto
38
Kannada
38
Xiang
38
Malayalam
38
Sundanese
34
Hausa
33
Oriya
33
Burmese
31
Hakka
30
Ukrainian
29
Bhojpuri
28
Tagalog
28
Yoruba
27
Maithili
26
Uzbek
26
Sindhi
25
Amharic
24
Fula
24
Romanian
24
Oromo
Pop. (mil)
Language
24
Igbo
23
Azerbaijani
22
Awadhi
22
Gan
21
Cebuano
21
Dutch
21
Kurdish
19
Serbo-Croatian
18
Malagasy
17
Saraiki
17
Nepali
16
Sinhalese
16
Chittagonian
16
Zhuang
16
Khmer
16
Turkmen
15
Assamese
15
Madurese
15
Somali
14
Marwari
14
Magahi
14
Haryanvi
13
Hungarian
12
Chhattisgarhi
12
Greek
Pop. (mil)
Language
12
Chewa
11
Deccan
11
Akan
11
Kazakh
10.9
Northern Min
10.7
Sylheti
10.4
Zulu
10
Czech
9.8
Kinyarwanda
9.6
Dhundhari
9.6
Haitian Creole
9.5
Eastern Min
9.1
Ilocano
8.9
Quechua
8.8
Kirundi
8.7
Swedish
8.4
Hmong
8.3
Shona
8.2
Uyghur
8.2
Hiligaynon
7.6
Mossi
7.6
Xhosa
7.6
Belarusian
7.6
Balochi
7.4
Konkani
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level 70
Jan 30, 2017
!!! amazing job
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level 64
Jan 30, 2017
Ah, dammit, I only tried B(y)elorussian. And for some reason I missed out on Japanese and Korean.
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level 55
Jan 30, 2017
Can you accept Minbei and Mindong for northern and eastern Min? You have Minnan for southern Min...
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level 39
Oct 30, 2018
i guessed min by accident....
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level 75
Jan 30, 2017
How do you figure out "place of origin?" Looks like you kind of just picked out capital cities from countries associated with that language. Like... Turkish originated in central Asia, didn't it?
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level ∞
Jan 30, 2017
Apparently, the earliest Turkic runes can be found in Mongolia. But I would guess that the earliest version of Turkish that is mutually intelligible with today's Turkish originated in Turkey.

Maybe a linguistics expert can weigh in.

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level 48
Jan 30, 2017
apparently according to Wikipedia, speeches by Ataturk have had to be translated multiple times for newer generations to understand. If that is the case then the ancient Turkic you're talking about will almost certainly be unintelligible.
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level 48
Jan 30, 2017
The origin is more to do with having the European languages being placed in places where they came from rarer than where they are most commonly spoken, like English in England not the United States, and Portuguese in Portugal and not Brazil. It's not supposed to be the exact origin of where the language came from. Besides, I'm no linguistic expert, how do you draw the line between one language and it's predecessor?
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level 80
Jan 31, 2017
The same way you draw a line between a language and a dialect. Can't be done from a linguistic viewpoint, but still done, usually because of political (and sometimes even practical) reasons. - Love the quiz by the way, great to be able to place those Asian and African languages. For instance I used to associate Kannada with Canada.
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level 71
Jan 30, 2017
Wonderful quiz!
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level 67
Jan 30, 2017
Great quiz, though a bit more flexibility in spelling would be nice, but I appreciate that's quite tough as a lot of the answers are quite obscure.
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level 59
Jan 31, 2017
Missed a ton of super obvious (to me) ones like Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Hmong, Uyghur, Oriya, Balochi... but they all have super low guess rates so I don't feel as bad. Or I didn't until I realized I also missed KHMER -_-
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level 77
Jan 31, 2017
Really tough quiz! Stats say that 1.6% are getting 100/100. I have a hard time believing that. :-/
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level 70
Feb 3, 2017
You know you're desperate and really scraping the bottom of the barrel when you guess "jive".
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level 68
Feb 3, 2017
I enjoyed this and learnt from it. Thank you.
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level 70
Feb 8, 2017
Could you accept "miao" for "hmong" as well.
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level 59
Mar 23, 2017
Meow?
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level 50
Jan 14, 2019
I'm a cow I'm not a cat
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level 46
Jan 15, 2019
I think animals should make a bit more effort to be multilingual and not just stick to their own language (admittedly there are a few species that do that, or at least try..)
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level 60
Feb 16, 2017
Ah yes, I'm currently taking Sylheti in high school.
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level 32
Mar 1, 2017
It would be cool (and useful) if the circles were color-coded by language families.
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level 48
Mar 2, 2017
I was going to do that, but I had spent quite a lot of time on the quiz already so I couldn't be bothered lol. But maybe in the future...
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level 48
Mar 2, 2017
Having said that, I see you have a made a quiz on language families, so copying that would make it a lot easier!
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level 45
Mar 23, 2017
I'm sorry, but I have no idea about what the languages of India are.
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level 49
Mar 23, 2017
What about Swahili?
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level 24
Mar 23, 2017
Yea what about swahili guys :('
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level ∞
Mar 25, 2017
Read the comments!
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level 46
Jan 15, 2019
there is nothing about it in the comments. (perhaps there were old comments once that were deleted?)
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level 32
Jul 18, 2018
Swahili, as a lingua franca of east Africa, has many second-language speakers, but not enough native speakers to make this list of the top 100.
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level 61
Mar 23, 2017
I swear I typed in Ukrainian about 7 times. I was pretty sure I was spelling it right...
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level 46
Jan 15, 2019
I had that once. I think you might ve written ukranian, atleast thats what i think i did.
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level 41
Mar 23, 2017
technically bhojpuri, marwari, awadhi, etc comes under hindi..... still good to see indian languages and i did well.. ;)
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level 59
Mar 23, 2017
If you have Malay/Indonesian and Serbo-Croatian listed as one, it only makes sense to do the same for Hindi-Urdu. In all of these cases, the main difference is the alphabet (or script in general) used.
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level 32
Jul 18, 2018
Those decisions come from the source.
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level 75
Mar 23, 2017
What the heck is Hiligaynon?? I've spent a lot of time in the Philippines.. learned phrases in dialects from Luzon, Davao, Zamboanga, Cebu, Leyte.. never heard of this one though.
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level 41
Mar 23, 2017
Wikipedia is your friend...
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level 55
Mar 23, 2017
I haven't heard of most of these!
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level 54
Mar 23, 2017
Great quiz! What about Swahili?
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level ∞
Mar 23, 2017
Very few people have Swahili as a mother tongue. It's mostly a "lingua franca" - used to communicate among people who may have different mother tongues.
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level 61
Mar 23, 2017
Congratulations! That's some fine quiz we have here!
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level 55
Mar 24, 2017
Such a cool quiz!! Seriously, this is one of my favorite ones that I've done on this site. I love languages and have been waiting for something like this. Great job!!
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level 48
May 20, 2017
Accept malagasi for malagasy
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level 56
Jul 21, 2017
Some manners would be nice
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level 48
May 20, 2017
It helps that i am indian and was born in india
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level 65
May 31, 2017
Good quiz.
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level 38
Aug 3, 2017
This is my favourite quiz on this site
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level 59
Aug 29, 2017
Never heard of a language called Deccan. Dakhani is considered to be a dialect of Urdu.
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level 44
Dec 18, 2018
"Language" and "dialect" are subjective and to some extent ideological terms.
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level 77
Jun 25, 2018
As is usual on these language quizzes, I got all the European languages, a decent smattering of the Asian ones, and then I looked at India and my brain just exploded.
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level 63
Sep 14, 2018
Quid est in latina album?
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level 48
Oct 19, 2018
Shouldn't Catalan make the cut?
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level 39
Oct 30, 2018
INDIA WHY!?!?!?!? missed so many
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level 50
Jan 14, 2019
Turns out Madagascarian isn't a word.
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level 46
Jan 15, 2019
I missed 55, of which 5 I really knew. Most i didnt get were in india (well most were there anyway.. wow..those dots..) africa, and china

only hakka and sundanese ring a bell for the under 10% ones. Others I missed but definately recognise are amharic, punjabi, kurdish (i had tried kurdic among other things) and persian.

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level 46
Jan 15, 2019
And ones I tried but werent on there were: swahili, tswana sesotho, afrikaans and em another african one.

And I wonder which word triggered kinyarwanda. I got it right but sure didnt type that. Actually same with pastho and hmong,

Edit: looked it up, that would be afghani, I guess mong(olian) though that is not what it refers to. And rwandese

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level 73
Mar 28, 2019
You've got Persian, which should really be called Farsi. Please accept Farsi as an option.
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level 46
Mar 28, 2019
^^^This^^^
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level 58
Mar 28, 2019
Please accept Farsi for Persian