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Wikipedia Languages

Name the languages and dialects with the most users on Wikipedia.
Make sure to try different dialects!
as of at 30 March 2016
Last updated: April 11, 2016
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Users
Language
27,869,213
English
4,156,265
Spanish
2,485,315
French
2,382,878
German
2,238,901
Chinese
1,879,550
Russian
1,736,868
Portuguese
1,346,478
Italian
1,162,506
Arabic
1,075,684
Japanese
856,848
Turkish
776,446
Indonesian
758,139
Dutch
745,205
Polish
562,609
Persian
508,407
Simple English
488,169
Vietnamese
486,179
Swedish
396,384
Korean
367,883
Romanian
Users
Language
355,085
Norwegian
(Bokmål)
330,506
Czech
313,983
Hungarian
311,963
Finnish
310,623
Ukrainian
299,888
Hebrew
264,189
Danish
259,208
Thai
225,202
Catalan
218,891
Hindi
195,150
Greek
192,380
Bulgarian
178,383
Serbian
170,587
Malay
159,337
Croatian
142,162
Slovenian
126,682
Slovak
119,660
Cantonese
117,661
Esperanto
111,567
Bengali
Users
Language
108,196
Azerbaijani
97,682
Lithuanian
97,078
Tamil
90,817
Serbo-Croatian
87,316
Estonian
85,683
Bosnian
83,308
Latin
82,467
Albanian
80,291
Malayalam
78,156
Georgian
77,811
Anglo-Saxon
77,005
Afrikaans
75,831
Egyptian Arabic
72,814
Tagalog
70,738
Norwegian
(Nynorsk)
66,659
Galician
65,853
Basque
64,389
Marathi
60,128
Macedonian
58,482
Classical Chinese
Users
Language
57,873
Latvian
57,430
Belarusian
56,105
Kazakh
53,151
Telugu
51,717
Urdu
49,169
Armenian
48,361
Alemannic
46,768
Icelandic
44,912
Belarusian
(Taraškievica)
42,090
Wu
39,097
Aragonese
38,716
Mongolian
37,910
Breton
36,344
Welsh
35,302
Burmese
31,777
Asturian
31,762
Kannada
31,706
Bavarian
31,341
Scots
30,427
Luxembourgish
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level 74
Feb 24, 2014
cool quiz, relessness. I think I recommended this one for the front page.
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level 48
Feb 27, 2014
Thanks for the recommendations, I've been getting lots of featured quizzes recently!
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level 66
Aug 5, 2017
Smartypants!
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level 65
Feb 24, 2014
Yeah, this is a fun quiz. Please accept "Farsi" for "Persian." And it's weird that "Mandarin" gets shown as "Chinese" when the directions specifically mention dialects.
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level 74
Feb 24, 2014
and technically some pages on Wikipedia are written in the dialect of British English while others are not. The editors don't like to mix English dialects. But this wouldn't appear on the languages page.
One other weird thing, they've got Serbian, Croatian, *and* Serbo-Croatian. One thing this quiz teaches: Europeans from small countries or regions with obscure linguistic traditions sure do like to use Wikipedia and/or they're trying hard to preserve those obscure linguistic traditions. The results of this quiz definitely don't correlate to the number of speakers of these languages.
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level 68
Feb 24, 2014
You also have to remember that the average Luxembourgish speaker is far more likely to have a computer than the average Bengali speaker.
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level 56
Feb 24, 2014
And, a lot of people make pages in these obscure languages just because they can. Take Esperanto for example, no one speaks it as their first language, and the vast majority of people who learn it will speak one of the languages listed above (in other words, it's wholly unnecessary to make Wikipedia pages in it), and yet, they still exist.
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level 74
Feb 24, 2014
Yes, I realized both of those points. I was kind of implying the same things... Europeans are likely to have computers, be literate, and have a lot of free time. People who speak Amharic, not so much.
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level 74
Feb 24, 2014
Latin is another example of a language with 0 native speakers.
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level 56
Oct 6, 2015
idk about other languages, but i've seen dutch pages that are also available in zeeuws, nedersaksisch, frisian... different dutch dialects. i dont even know where they speak nedersaksisch...
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level 71
May 4, 2016
Yes, I was surprised that Manx wasn't here. They're trying hard to revive the language in schools, so I thought there would be someone slathering it all over Wikipedia for school kids to learn from.
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level 55
May 25, 2016
@evacooper: Nedersaksisch is the collective name for Gronings, Drents, Saksisch, Twents, Veluws, Achterhoeks and Stellingwerfs. It also is spoken in a large swath of Germany, from there all the way to the Polish border, but the Dutch and German dialects have separate Wikipedias.
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level 57
May 25, 2016
British and American English aren't really dialects, just slightly different spellings. There are some minor differences in words, but they're mostly slang words (not used in academic writing) and often understood on both sides of the pond due to globalisation and pop culture.
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level 74
May 25, 2016
Might as well have Elvish, Klingon, or Pig Latin. They're as useful to translate pages into as Welsh.
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level 74
May 25, 2016
@McLerristarr: question of semantics, really. If you're going to count Moldovan and Romanian or Serbian and Croatian or Tagalog and Filipino, etc, as completely different languages... then British and American English are almost different languages.
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level 55
Feb 16, 2017
Serbo-Croatian, Serbian and Croatian are not different languages. Simple English and English are most obviously definitely not different languages. The criteria for language difference doesn't apply there, so it would be wrong to extrapolate them to Brit/Amer.
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level ∞
Feb 24, 2014
Farsi will work now.
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level 14
Apr 18, 2014
pope knows speak latin
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level 74
Feb 25, 2015
but speaker of native not he is what? yes
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level 56
May 25, 2016
Could say the same for Hindi I suppose
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level 50
Nov 6, 2018
Please accept Klingon
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level 60
Feb 24, 2014
Please accept "Low German" for "Low Saxon" and "Azeri" for "Azerbaijani". This is a great quiz though. Really makes one think of all the dialects which are barely spoken any more.
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level ∞
Feb 24, 2014
Low German and Azeri will work now.
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level 56
Feb 24, 2014
Dang, only ever read about Alemannic in German, didn't occur to me it wouldn't be the same in English. Doofus.
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level 55
May 25, 2016
I also tried Allemanish, then decided it would probably not be in the top 100 when nothing appeared.
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level 36
Feb 24, 2014
What is the difference between Anglo-Saxon and English?
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level 35
Feb 24, 2014
Anglo-Saxon is Old English.
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level 56
Feb 24, 2014
Anglo-Saxon is Old English. It's closer to Latin and German than modern English in terms of grammar and to some extent vocabulary, and is incomprehensible to native English speakers.
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level 34
Feb 24, 2014
I can't believe that Quebecois didn't make the list
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level 31
May 20, 2015
Il y a vraiment des pages en québécois ?
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level 71
Jul 20, 2018
Pas à ma connaissance. Plusieurs pages sur des sujets québécois, oui, mais aucune rédigée en joual ou en "parler québécois". La différence avec le français de France se situe surtout dans l'accent et dans quelques régionalismes, mais à l'écrit, l'écart est minime.
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level 55
May 25, 2016
It's not counted separately, Quebecois work on the French (or the English) Wikipedia.
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level 35
Mar 1, 2014
I put Luxembourgisch, please accept?
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level 28
Apr 19, 2014
Nice quiz indeed. Some suggestions: * Accept Scottish as Scots * Accept Bangla/Bangladeshi as Bengali
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level 55
Oct 3, 2014
I wouldn't agree with Scottish for Scots - Scottish is more usually used to denote Scottish Gaelic, I think.
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level 73
Oct 12, 2015
I have never heard anyone refer to Bengali as Bangladeshi. You do realize it is not only spoken in Bangladesh? Bengla should be accepted though
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level 70
Jun 21, 2014
Indonesian AND Malay? They're the same language!
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level 73
Oct 12, 2015
Yet the Indonesian wikipedia is separate from the Malay wikipedia, hence the inclusion of both in the quiz
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level 36
Sep 14, 2014
I cannot understand why I got such aswers as Malayalam, Wu, Telugu and Kazakh and didn't got Korean, Romanian and especially Czech, as it's the language of country bordering Poland. It happens just too often to me.
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level 46
Dec 19, 2014
Anglo Saxon and Low saxon do not count! Otherwise a brilliant quiz
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level 57
May 25, 2016
How do they not count? The quiz is based on objective facts.
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level 71
Feb 25, 2015
Please accept Bahasa Indonesia for Indonesian
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level 59
Sep 16, 2015
How do you define user language if I may ask? It is definitely not specified during the sign up? I use wikipedia and I use it in multiple languages (that I know), depends on the page that I visit. It doesn't look like it's based on the number of people browsing a wiki page of a particular language?
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level 73
Oct 12, 2015
Wikipedia themselves provide info about the number of users per language.
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level 55
May 25, 2016
It's based on the number of people with a user account on the language. Nowadays that means that people have browsed the language while logged in.
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level 57
May 25, 2016
There is a language option in settings. I have mine set to British English, so I'm not sure why that isn't a separate result on the quiz.
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level 75
Dec 1, 2015
Japanese! I knew I was missing an obvious one. Should have got Esperanto - I once ventured into the Esperanto Wikipedia, just out of curiosity.
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level 75
May 10, 2016
This time I managed to miss Polish, but at least I got Galician, of all things.
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level 34
Jan 16, 2016
a really great quiz
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level 34
Jan 16, 2016
some languages are odd
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level 72
Apr 12, 2016
I admit, I am shocked that Klingon is not here. Perhaps it's on its way to becoming a dead language....
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level 55
May 25, 2016
Klingon Wikipedia has been closed several years ago.
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level 65
May 25, 2016
Anything lower than Latin shouldn't count - it's a dead language, so they are deader than dead. - Luxembourgish? Now you're just making stuff up.
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level 75
Jun 7, 2016
Latin is only dead as a spoken language, and some people might argue it isn't even that. It is, I think, more widely understood than Esperanto, so it probably ought to be used as a kind of "global language".
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level 59
May 25, 2016
I got Serbo-Croatian but missed Serbian and Croatian...
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level 44
May 25, 2016
I speak multiple languages since i was 4. Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian (and don't forget Montenegrin).
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level 45
May 25, 2016
I got 61! I missed Serbian and Serbo-Croatian though, because usually when you type in Croatian you get all of these :D
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level 79
May 25, 2016
Lol @ Esperanto
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level 67
May 25, 2016
Speakers of Romansh really need to get to work on their wiki.
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level 74
May 28, 2016
Would be another pointless translation since all Romansh speakers know either English, German, Italian, or French... and sometimes all five.
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level 61
May 25, 2016
Amazing that they can translate into so many languages!
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level 58
May 26, 2016
OH MY GOD I FORGOT DUTCH
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level 34
May 26, 2016
Good Quiz forgot Afrikaans
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level 66
May 26, 2016
@ kalbahamut - o leiaf mae yna siaradwyr Cymraeg cynhenid ar y Ddaear !
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level 74
May 27, 2016
Yes. Precisely zero of which don't speak English fluently. Thus.... pointless.
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level 66
May 29, 2016
Actually no. I speak some Welsh because I had a girlfriend at university from North West Wales whose first language is Welsh. The family all spoke Welsh at home and her younger brother's English (at the age of 16) was decidedly poor. Her uncle (who is quite possibly still alive) spoke virtually no English at all.
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level 74
Jun 3, 2016
I find this a little hard to believe. I've known many Welshmen and they all spoke English as their first language. And... at 16... he didn't have to go through British public schooling and use English there? It almost seems like they'd have to go really far out of their way to try and not use English (and I realize some do, just, didn't think it would be to such extremes). But, okay if you say so.
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level 75
Jun 7, 2016
There are many Welsh-language schools in Wales, and the universities offer courses solely in Welsh. You could easily get by, even today, knowing only Welsh. Oh, and also, by public schooling, do you mean the state system (American public schools) or the private system (British public schools)?
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level 56
Jul 21, 2017
How can a non-speaker of a language decide if that language is pointless or not? It's difficult to assess something if you don't understand its role in a society or how it's used.
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level 74
Sep 2, 2018
The same way that you don't speak Aramaic but you can still know it's pointless to translate pages on Wikipedia into it.
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level 54
Nov 6, 2018
There possibly are people who only speak Welsh but they are very, very rare. I feel like @kalbahamut didn't actually mean "British public schooling" (in Britain a public school and a private school are the same thing, and a school funded by the state is called a "state school"), and there are definitely state schools that speak Welsh. My cousin used to go to one. It is true to say that you really do have to go out of your way not to speak English in Wales, and quite a lot of people in Wales, if not most of them, don't speak Welsh (and obviously speak English). Also, it is important to realise that it is quite difficult to assess whether someone can speak a language in an objective way. It is possible that a 16-year-old whose English was "decidedly poor" might have, for example, been dyslexic. I'm not sure if I think it's pointless to translate these pages into Welsh. There's nothing wrong with translating a page into multiple languages people are fluent in.
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level 28
Jun 6, 2016
And of course, I guess 'Hindu' instead of 'Hindi'. *facepalm*
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level 38
Aug 5, 2017
Funny that Slovenian ranks higher than Slovakia,Azerbaijan,Bengali,and Egyptian Arabic
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level 45
Aug 5, 2017
Great quiz
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level 16
Aug 30, 2017
So fun :D was shocked when "Mongolian" was one of my valid guesses.
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level 43
Sep 21, 2017
It'd be nice to clean up the answers a little bit; eg accepting "Viet" for Vietnamese and "Mongol" for Mongolian, since those are really the names of the languages.
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level 81
Oct 13, 2017
A bit disappointed Vulcan didn't make the list.
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level 48
Mar 23, 2018
Can you accept Yue for Cantonese and Slovene for Slovenian?
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level 60
Nov 6, 2018
Definitely accept Slovene for Slovenian. I've never heard Yue for Cantonese, but I'm sure it should be accepted too.
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level 59
Jul 25, 2018
What tiny fraction of a percent of Wikipedia visits are from someone logging in?
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level 59
Aug 15, 2018
It would be nice to see it with numbers of articles
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level 46
Nov 13, 2018
Can Bahasa or Bahasa Indonesia be accepted for Indonesian? That's what the language is commonly called there.