Five Languages with the Most Total Speakers by Continent

For each continent, can you name the five languages with the most total speakers?
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Last updated: February 3, 2020
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Africa
190,100,000
English
160,200,000
Arabic
120,720,000
French
80,000,000
Swahili
40,000,000
Hausa
 
 
Asia
1,075,000,000
Mandarin
550,000,000
Hindi
444,450,000
English
280,000,000
Bengali
100,000,000
Arabic
Europe
263,225,800
English
115,315,000
French
104,950,600
Russian
97,244,378
German
80,000,000
Italian
 
 
North America
307,200,000
English
235,140,000
Spanish
12,670,000
French
2,882,497
Mandarin
1,594,413
Tagalog
Oceania
34,100,000
English
4,125,000
Tok Pisin
665,000
Fijian
400,000
Fiji Hindi
150,000
Māori
 
 
South America
207,000,000
Portuguese
204,925,000
Spanish
17,983,658
English
10,000,000
Quechua
8,000,000
Guarani
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Level 75
Jan 11, 2017
how does Italian reach 80M? not sure how Malay/Indonesian work but having typed Malay I thought that would have counted towards Indonesian
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Level 64
Jan 11, 2017
Malay will now work. According to this page, Italian has 85 million speakers worldwide (keep in mind this includes non-native speakers). In the Americas, there are just about 4 million. Assuming that Asia and Africa equal near 1 million, we rounded and subtracted to a total of 80 million. It seems like a far off number but it looks like it could make sense taking into account nearby European countries that also speak Italian or have Italian as one of their major languages.
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Level 68
Jan 11, 2017
Surprised not to see Tok Pisin on there, which has few native speakers but about 4 million L2 speakers. It's the most commonly spoken language in Papua New Guinea. Also Fijian has like 600 k speakers.
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Level 64
Jan 11, 2017
Thanks! I knew I was missing either a couple from North America or from Oceania :) Appreciated
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2017
United States alone has thirteen languages with more than 675,000 native speakers, including 2.88 million for different varieties of Chinese, 1.59 million for Tagalog, and 1.14 million for Korean.

http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acs-22.pdf

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Level 64
Jan 12, 2017
Thanks for the data!
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Level 68
Dec 29, 2021
There are also around 600,000 native Mandarin speakers and 400,000 native Tagalog speakers in Canada, so the numbers should probably be a fair bit higher than they already are (hard to say for second language speakers, however).
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Level 87
Jan 13, 2017
Why typing Chinese gives Mandarin for Asia but not for North America?
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Level 64
Feb 16, 2017
Any corrections to make? We want this quiz to be as accurate as possible, so please comment if you see a mistake!!
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2021
Japanese should be the #5 in Asia with at least 121 million speakers in Japan alone.
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2021
And after checking, Urdu has even more speakers in Asia. Check this page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urdu
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Level 65
Jul 30, 2022
I think Haitian Creole should be in North America.
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Level 74
Feb 21, 2017
I think I told you on the other quiz. The numbers for South America are in conflict with the other one (quechua and other had millions of native speakers)
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Level 64
Feb 22, 2017
Found the numbers and added them to the quiz!
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2017
Quechua is spelled wrong.
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Level 66
Jun 15, 2019
No Haitian Creole for North America?
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Level 50
Nov 20, 2019
I like how there are more Tagalog speakers in N.America than in Asia xD interesting! Never would have guessed!
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Level 87
Jul 30, 2022
That's wrong.
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Level 61
Dec 26, 2019
Asian has way less Russian speakers. Like 50-70 million maximum, not 240
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2020
I’m pretty sure Bengali is missing from Asia erroneously. It’s the 7th most spoken language in the world with the majority of it concentrated in Bangladesh and parts of India.
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Level 64
Feb 3, 2020
Great Quiz! One weird thing, when I typed Russian, bengali appeared, and when I typed Malay, it showed Arabic for Asia
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Level 64
Feb 3, 2020
Whoops, type-ins fixed :)
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Level 76
Jul 12, 2020
Samoan should be on the list for Oceania, ahead of Fiji Hindi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoan_language

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Level 46
Mar 16, 2021
shouldn't Haitian creole be above Tagalog and Mandarin in north america with 10 million speakers?
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Level 59
Dec 29, 2021
Can you accept Tagolog?
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Level 83
Dec 29, 2021
Both Canada and US are equally split when it comes to Mandarin vs Cantonese speakers. Between the two countries, there's a million speakers of each. The number in the quiz seems to be a total of both, you might consider reviewing that number. The official Chinese policy is to promote Mandarin and consider the other languages including Cantonese as local dialects. However, the Guangzhou-Hong Kong area from where Cantonese is dominant is also the traditional source of North American immigration. In Vancouver, Cantonese immigration is still more common than Mandarin given its connection to Hong Kong. Politics in the Vancouver Chinese community often focus on this difference.
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2021
Japanese should be the #5 language in Asia as there are 121 million speakers of it in Japan only.

I see you placed Arabic in #5 for Asia with 100 million speakers.

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Level 61
Dec 29, 2021
And after checking, Urdu has even more speakers in Asia. Check this page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urdu
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Level 65
Dec 30, 2021
Nahuatl has over 1.7 million speakers in Mexico
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Level 59
Jul 30, 2022
Nommed, deserves to be featured
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2022
I should have remembered Guarani and Hausa. Bengali and the oceanic languages were hardest to guess. Good quizzz