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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 27 February, 2019
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: March 4, 2019
First submittedJanuary 29, 2013
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Users
Language
35.8 m
English
5.34 m
Spanish
3.37 m
French
3.13 m
German
2.69 m
Chinese
2.48 m
Russian
2.21 m
Portuguese
1.79 m
Italian
1.63 m
Arabic
1.45 m
Japanese
1.04 m
Indonesian
1.02 m
Turkish
979 k
Dutch
942 k
Polish
812 k
Simple English
805 k
Persian
659 k
Swedish
651 k
Vietnamese
555 k
Korean
497 k
Hebrew
Users
Language
466 k
Romanian
454 k
Norwegian
(Bokmål)
445 k
Czech
443 k
Ukrainian
435 k
Hindi
410 k
Finnish
407 k
Hungarian
347 k
Thai
347 k
Danish
317 k
Catalan
269 k
Greek
248 k
Bulgarian
238 k
Serbian
231 k
Malay
219 k
Bengali
214 k
Croatian
177 k
Slovenian
170 k
Azerbaijani
170 k
Slovak
167 k
Cantonese
Users
Language
156 k
Esperanto
150 k
Tamil
132 k
Serbo-Croatian
130 k
Lithuanian
125 k
Estonian
121 k
Malayalam
116 k
Latin
113 k
Bosnian
112 k
Albanian
109 k
Egyptian Arabic
109 k
Afrikaans
109 k
Georgian
103 k
Marathi
98.5 k
Tagalog
97.8 k
Basque
97.3 k
Anglo-Saxon
95.7 k
Galician
95.3 k
Norwegian
(Nynorsk)
91.9 k
Urdu
85.0 k
Kazakh
Users
Language
84.1 k
Belarusian
83.4 k
Armenian
83.0 k
Telugu
82.0 k
Latvian
80.4 k
Macedonian
76.0 k
Classical Chinese
68.5 k
Alemannic
66.2 k
Icelandic
58.6 k
Belarusian
(Taraškievica)
58.2 k
Wu
57.4 k
Burmese
57.0 k
Mongolian
56.4 k
Scots
55.8 k
Cebuano
53.8 k
Welsh
53.4 k
Kannada
53.0 k
Breton
51.4 k
Aragonese
51.4 k
Asturian
47.9 k
Gujarati
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level 77
Feb 24, 2014
cool quiz, relessness. I think I recommended this one for the front page.
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level 47
Feb 27, 2014
Thanks for the recommendations, I've been getting lots of featured quizzes recently!
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level 67
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 77
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 69
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 55
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 77
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 77
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 74
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 54
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 62
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 77
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 77
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 54
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 71
Mar 13, 2019
The Serbs and Croats (not to mention Bosniaks and even Montenegrins) sure think they're separate languages! The salient point is that they are indeed *diverging* languages, politically incompatible, and don't even use the same writing systems. Taken in the aggregate, these comprise much bigger differences than the other examples you gave, kal.
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level 77
May 8, 2019
They are dialects of the same language that they are purposefully trying to make different from one another for political reasons and out of spite. It could be completely the same as the other examples I gave, but is not presently because of political realities, not linguistic ones.
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level 41
May 9, 2019
I feel like you're being a little bit insensitive here, kal.
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level 77
May 12, 2019
Being sensitive to the feelings of people who place the politics of discord and tribalism before reality is very low on my list of priorities.
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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 77
Feb 25, 2015
but speaker of native not he is what? yes
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level 58
May 25, 2016
Could say the same for Hindi I suppose
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level 59
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 66
May 8, 2019
I tried both of those in the quiz. Only Azeri worked.
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level 55
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 54
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 55
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 76
Jun 13, 2019
I wouldn't say it's close to Latin - Romance and Germanic are separate branches of the Indo-European tree.
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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 73
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 54
May 25, 2016
It's not counted separately, Quebecois work on the French (or the English) Wikipedia.
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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 54
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 77
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 63
Jan 15, 2019
Scottish is not the same as scots. Scots is a germanic language, basicly english with a dialect. And scottish is (confusingly) short for scottish gaellic and is a celtic language, not similar to english at all. More like irish (gaeilge).

This is a sentence i(n) english

Chan eil an abairt seo ann am Beurla

mind you I used a tranlslator for the gaelic one. So it might contain errors, but just wanted to show that scottish gaelic is not at all like english.

Níl an abairt seo i mBéarla. This is the same sentence in irish. See the resemblance?

hope I have taught some people something new :)

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level 65
May 8, 2019
Spot on! I'm a speaker of "Gaeilge" (Irish Gaelic) which is always referred to colloquially as "Irish". Scottish Gaelic is referred to as "Scottish" or "Gallic". The term "Scots" on the other hand is really only how Scottish people speak English and is not a language in its own right. If people want to regard it as a separate language, then the same consideration should be given to American English, Australian English, Hiberno English etc.
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level ∞
Feb 27, 2019
Bangla will work now
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level 72
Jun 21, 2014
Indonesian AND Malay? They're the same language!
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level 77
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 19
May 8, 2019
they have small differences, like british english and american english, but theyre pretty much the same yeah
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level 35
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 48
Dec 19, 2014
Anglo Saxon and Low saxon do not count! Otherwise a brilliant quiz
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level 62
May 25, 2016
How do they not count? The quiz is based on objective facts.
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level 74
Feb 25, 2015
Please accept Bahasa Indonesia for Indonesian
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level 61
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 77
Oct 12, 2015
Wikipedia themselves provide info about the number of users per language.
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level 54
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 62
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 74
Feb 27, 2019
That's just user interface, there isn't a separate Wikipedia project in British English.
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level 76
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 76
May 10, 2016
This time I managed to miss Polish, but at least I got Galician, of all things.
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level 63
Jan 15, 2019
I onced learned esperanto about 15 years ago. But I dont think anything at all has stuck. ow yea human was close to simian. (most of the other were so close to either wellknown germanic or romance language that i cant remember the slight alterations)
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level 45
Jan 16, 2016
a really great quiz
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level 45
Jan 16, 2016
some languages are odd
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level 63
Jan 15, 2019
I beg to differ... I would say that all are !
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level 76
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 54
May 25, 2016
Klingon Wikipedia has been closed several years ago.
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level 68
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 76
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 63
May 9, 2019
Thousand of people learn latin everyday, hell, thousands in just my country alone. In it us still used for several purpose. But it is not an everyday language that gets spoken anymore (some might though, just for fun)
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level 41
May 9, 2019
In Finland, there's a radio that speaks latin. I thought it was fun.
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level 62
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 44
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 80
May 25, 2016
Lol @ Esperanto
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level 58
Feb 28, 2019
Multaj Esperantistoj uzas Vikipedion.
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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 77
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 66
May 8, 2019
The more written material there is for a small language, the better, because languages die out when their speakers have no place where they can use them.
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level 77
May 12, 2019
and then more people will be speaking the same language and the world will be more cohesive and full of people who are better able to communicate with one another. Why's that a bad thing?
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level 59
May 25, 2016
Amazing that they can translate into so many languages!
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level 59
May 26, 2016
OH MY GOD I FORGOT DUTCH
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level 19
May 8, 2019
i almost did too if it wasnt for your comment
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level 35
May 26, 2016
Good Quiz forgot Afrikaans
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level 69
May 26, 2016
@ kalbahamut - o leiaf mae yna siaradwyr Cymraeg cynhenid ar y Ddaear !
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level 77
May 27, 2016
Yes. Precisely zero of which don't speak English fluently. Thus.... pointless.
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level 69
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 77
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 76
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 77
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 58
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 77
Feb 28, 2019
Nothing wrong with it it just serves little purpose as far as I can tell. But people are free to do whatever they want. All actions have only as much meaning as we ascribe to them, no more, no less, as life is inherently meaningless anyway.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
I'm still trying to understand Brandybuck's explanation of British schools. Are all British public schools private? (That makes no sense to me.) We have both public and private schools in the US, but no public private schools - or private public schools, or...I'm so confused. (I think Welsh is a cool language, by the way. At least the written language looks cool. I don't think I'd ever be able to speak it. The closest I ever came was a cousin named Llewellyn and who knows if we were even pronouncing his name correctly? We said it as, "Lew-well'-lynn")
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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 74
Feb 27, 2019
We have a bit above average interest in this kind of projects (internet/technology, open source ...). IIRC for a long time Slovene was the smallest language Microsoft products were translated into
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level 43
Aug 5, 2017
Great quiz
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level 15
Aug 30, 2017
So fun :D was shocked when "Mongolian" was one of my valid guesses.
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level 47
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 84
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 62
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 69
Feb 28, 2019
Yue is the Mandarin (I'm assuming it's something else in Cantonese) word for Cantonese
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level 75
Jul 25, 2018
What tiny fraction of a percent of Wikipedia visits are from someone logging in?
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level 61
Aug 15, 2018
It would be nice to see it with numbers of articles
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level 65
Nov 13, 2018
Can Bahasa or Bahasa Indonesia be accepted for Indonesian? That's what the language is commonly called there.
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level 32
Feb 28, 2019
Not really since there are two versions: bahasa indonesia and bahasa malaysia
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level 56
Mar 1, 2019
But "Bahasa" is usually applied to Bahasa Indonesian whereas "Malay" is usually applied to Bahasa Malaysian. It seems to me like Bahasa should be accepted.
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level 58
Feb 20, 2019
I typed 'Slovene' but it wasn't accepted. Please accept 'Slovene' for Slovenian!
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level 67
Feb 27, 2019
Same thing happened to me.
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level 63
Feb 27, 2019
Are people double-counted when both a language and its component dialects are listed (e.g. Serbo-Croatian in addition to Serbian, Croatian, and Macedonian)
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level 60
Mar 1, 2019
You should accept Slovene as well.
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level 67
Mar 4, 2019
Slovene dude! That should be accepted
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level ∞
Mar 4, 2019
Okay
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level 69
Mar 5, 2019
Typed Bahasa Indonesia and didn't then try Indonesian, figuring that Indonesian must have been subsumed into 'Malay'. I feel like Bahasa Indonesia should really be accepted, if not just 'Malay', given that it could also refer to Malay.
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level 71
Mar 13, 2019
If there are folks out there translating Wikipedia into new ports for the sake of preserving/promoting endangered or dying languages, I wish someone would start on Sanskrit. I believe there are about 15,000 native speakers, plus many more who know it to varying degrees who use it for liturgical purposes. I mean hell – we've got Latin in there!! ~~•~~ EDIT: Just looked it up, and WOW – there are nearly 5 million people that speak Sanskrit as a second language! That's more than a bunch of the languages – combined! – that *do* appear in the list! (N.B. I love languages.)
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level 66
May 8, 2019
Belarusian has currently been guessed 57% of the time and Belarusian (Taraškievica) 56%. I wonder how, since you get both for the price of one. Even more shocking is that Egyptian Arabic is more guessed than Arabic.
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level 61
Aug 29, 2019
It's because you get Egyptian Arabic when typing "Arabic" but you don't get Arabic when typing "Egyptian"
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level 55
May 8, 2019
I knew Malayalam but misspelled it.
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level 47
May 8, 2019
I got Anglo-Saxon but not Danish... I quit lol
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level 30
May 8, 2019
Wondering if Arabian could be accepted for Arabic. I know it isn't the same thing, but I'm sure a lot of people(like me) have missed it by typing "Arabian," and especially in this quiz, then trying to name Arabian dialects, such as Saudi Arabian, Egyptian Arabic etc.
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level 19
May 8, 2019
I got Serbian and Croatian but didn't get Serbo-Croatian. Why are there 3 different languages that sound like they would be the same?!
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level 53
May 8, 2019
Please accept kewlsp33k
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level 45
May 9, 2019
Please add Plattdeutsch. They also have 47.9k articles
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level 29
May 9, 2019
HOW DID I MISS ITALIAN
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level 61
May 22, 2019
"Make sure to try different dialects!" Um... why? When the answers are given anyway in response to the main language?