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Languages That Don't Exist

Can you guess these non-existent languages? (Basically the top twenty countries by population without a language that matches the countries' name).
Number of "speakers" given. Using JetPunk estimates as of 16-1-24.
Dialects are not considered independent languages, and therefore are on the list.
See comments for full caveats - please remember, no matter what I do, not everyone will be happy.
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Last updated: January 17, 2024
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First submittedFebruary 9, 2023
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"Speakers"
Answer
1.4 Billion
Indian
1.4 Billion
Chinese
344 Million
American
243 Million
Pakistani
226 Million
Nigerian
217 Million
Brazilian
129 Million
Mexican
128 Million
Ethiopian
114 Million
Egyptian
69 Million
Tanzanian
"Speakers"
Answer
68 Million
British
61 Million
South African
56 Million
Kenyan
52 Million
Colombian
52 Million
South Korean
49 Million
Sudanese
46 Million
Iraqi
46 Million
Algerian
46 Million
Argentine
39 Million
Canadian
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Level 71
Jan 17, 2024
The methodology I used for this was:

Step 1: Find demonyms for ~ top 40 countries

Step 2: Search those on Wikipedia - disambiguation page if there is one

Step 3: If the disambiguation page refers to a language that is not a dialect, then it is off the list

I took the top 20 countries that passed the test.

A couple that didn't make it: Burmese is demonym for Myanmar, Afghani refers to Pashto, Bangladeshi refers to Bengali

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Level 77
Feb 9, 2023
This is a really fun idea, but it might need some polish. I got all but two, but what you've included seems a bit random. Most of the countries felt fair, but the regions did not. There are quite a few countries that probably could be included. Ethiopian, for instance. My two cents, for what they're worth, says this would be really good and maybe even featurable if you went with the top twenty based on countries and population, or gave continent clues or something. For the record, I guessed Colombian, Peruvian, Chilean, Algerian, Congolese, Nigerian, Indonesian... etc. :)
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2023
That's a good idea. Thanks for the feedback! I think I'll do that. I just recently started making quizzes. Do you want me to mention you in the caveat?
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2023
I read polish as Polish and wondered "I thought Polish was a language". Was that intended?
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Level 77
Feb 9, 2023
No problem. I realized polish could be read Polish afterwards but didn't intend the pun. No need to give me credit, but thanks for the mention. I took the quiz again and I enjoyed it; such a neat premise. :)
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Level 50
May 25, 2023
agree
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2023
Okay, I changed it. Thanks a lot!
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Level 56
Feb 9, 2023
You should add French
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Level 17
Mar 23, 2023
I agree
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Level 58
Feb 27, 2023
Chinese is the group of Chinese languages right?
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Level 71
Feb 27, 2023
Yes, it refers to a group of languages. I included it because it doesn't refer to one, but many different languages.
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Level 17
Mar 23, 2023
You know what they say, "When you take a picture of a wheat field, it will always turn out grainy."
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Level 58
Aug 2, 2023
Bangladeshi?
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2023
Yeah, probably, but it’s a type-in.
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Level 64
Sep 11, 2023
Could accept "Argentine" for Argentinian?
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Level 71
Sep 11, 2023
Yes, definitely.
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Level 84
Sep 11, 2023
Great idea and fun quiz. I only guessed British with a second to spare... despite living here!
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Level 65
Oct 24, 2023
So you live in British? Where is British located?
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Level 45
Sep 11, 2023
Why are you including Bangladeshi but not Spanish? Bengali is an official language, and it matches the name of the country? Spanish isn't spelled "Spainish," so if you're going to be pedantic about spelling, at least be consistent. I also think including British goes against the spirit of the quiz since England is a country within a country.
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Level 68
Sep 11, 2023
I think you must have got something really wrong.

Where can you see "Spainish"? I can't see it in the quiz.

Bangladeshi is not the same as Bengali at all. Bengali is the official (and predominant) language of Bangladesh, which is a multilingual country. Bangladeshi language, on the other hand, does not exist. Neither does British or any of the others of course. Look at the name of the quiz again. :)

And they can't have added Spanish, because it does exist. :)

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Level 71
Sep 11, 2023
No, I understand their point. I didn't know how close Bangladesh was and I was waiting for someone else's opinion. I'll take out Bangladeshi, but as for British, England is not considered a country by Jetpunk, and I did add in type-ins for variations of United Kingdom if anyone were to go that far.
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Level 63
Sep 11, 2023
Fun quiz. Interesting that most of the countries with a big population either have some language diversity or use a language coming from another country (colonial history).

IMHO Bengali for Bangladesh is close enough to take it out from this quiz, but I can see that this is a tricky case.

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Level 65
Sep 11, 2023
Great quiz with a really fun premise! Though you might want to add a caveate that languages that do not exactly match the national demonym don't count, as there is Luganda in Uganda. Just a thought.
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Level 71
Sep 11, 2023
Okay, thanks for letting me know.
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Level 61
Sep 11, 2023
Really fun quiz! I feel like Kongo should count as a near miss for Congolese though
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Level 71
Sep 11, 2023
Too many African languages spelled slightly different.
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Level 60
Sep 11, 2023
i took the quiz like an hour ago and congolese was here :skull:
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Level 71
Sep 11, 2023
Sorry, they made me change it because Kongo was too close.
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Level 77
Sep 11, 2023
I still love this quiz. Interesting to see it evolve!
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Level 71
Sep 11, 2023
Thank you!
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Level 60
Sep 11, 2023
You could argue Philippines should be on here, since I think Filipino is a type of Tagalog.

The second caveat would be better in the description. You can do new lines in the description by writing < br > without the spaces.

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Level 85
Sep 11, 2023
Modified Wittgenstein: "Of languages that do not exist, thereof must one be silent."
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Level 65
Oct 24, 2023
Chinese shouldn’t be on here
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Level 71
Oct 24, 2023
Why?
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Level 50
Jan 17, 2024
"Chinese" is not a singular language. There are many different dialects, most notably Mandarin, Cantonese, and Wu Chinese (Wu includes Shanghainese).
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Level 58
Jan 17, 2024
what about African? and others
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Level 71
Jan 17, 2024
Originally the quiz idea had something like that but then it was just random regions that I picked. Dimby suggested I do some sort of top 20 countries or something so I did that.