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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 7 December 2021. Source.
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: December 7, 2021
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First submittedJanuary 29, 2013
Times taken87,407
Average score57.5%
Rating4.96
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Users
Language
42.7 m
English
6.40 m
Spanish
4.25 m
French
3.82 m
German
3.16 m
Chinese
3.08 m
Russian
2.68 m
Portuguese
2.19 m
Italian
2.18 m
Arabic
1.87 m
Japanese
1.35 m
Turkish
1.29 m
Indonesian
1.18 m
Dutch
1.15 m
Simple English
1.14 m
Polish
1.08 m
Persian
926 k
Hebrew
839 k
Vietnamese
799 k
Swedish
712 k
Korean
Users
Language
665 k
Hindi
586 k
Ukrainian
570 k
Romanian
557 k
Czech
538 k
Norwegian
(Bokmål)
497 k
Finnish
490 k
Hungarian
418 k
Danish
414 k
Thai
404 k
Catalan
354 k
Bengali
346 k
Greek
298 k
Bulgarian
296 k
Serbian
285 k
Malay
265 k
Croatian
236 k
Azerbaijani
230 k
Cantonese
211 k
Slovak
206 k
Slovenian
Users
Language
198 k
Tamil
190 k
Esperanto
168 k
Egyptian Arabic
167 k
Serbo-Croatian
159 k
Lithuanian
159 k
Estonian
156 k
Malayalam
150 k
Latin
143 k
Afrikaans
138 k
Marathi
138 k
Urdu
138 k
Bosnian
137 k
Albanian
136 k
Georgian
130 k
Basque
121 k
Galician
118 k
Tagalog
116 k
Norwegian
(Nynorsk)
116 k
Armenian
115 k
Anglo-Saxon
Users
Language
114 k
Kazakh
112 k
Belarusian
109 k
Telugu
102 k
Latvian
98.3 k
Macedonian
96.9 k
Asturian
96.8 k
Burmese
91.2 k
Classical Chinese
88.5 k
Scots
87.5 k
Alemannic
84.9 k
Cebuano
82.5 k
Icelandic
74.9 k
Wu
73.8 k
Mongolian
72.0 k
Belarusian
(Taraškievica)
71.9 k
Kannada
69.7 k
Welsh
66.9 k
Uzbek
66.5 k
Breton
65.3 k
Gujarati
101 Recent Comments
+6
Level 78
May 26, 2016
@ kalbahamut - o leiaf mae yna siaradwyr Cymraeg cynhenid ar y Ddaear !
+2
Level 82
May 27, 2016
Yes. Precisely zero of which don't speak English fluently. Thus.... pointless.
+21
Level 78
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 82
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 83
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 58
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 82
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 70
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 82
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 75
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 70
Jan 29, 2020
In the UK schools funded by taxes that are run by the government are called state schools, and schools that parents pay for are called private schools. "Public school" in the UK is a term that originated before state schools existed, and I think it was supposed to be opposed to having private tutors to teach children in a specific rich family. The logic behind this is similar to how a swimming pool that anyone can use for a fee is called a public swimming pool even if it is a private business, while a swimming pool in somebody's garden is a private swimming pool. Nowadays the term "Public school" in the UK is most commonly used to refer to an old private school, so for example Eton College, Westminster School, Tonbridge School and Rugby School would all be considered Public Schools.
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Level 53
Dec 18, 2021
That seems pretty horrible. How can a school exist while not teaching the official language of the country. Sure welsh can be like an MFL or something but English should definitely be compulsory from day 1!
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2021
^ Welsh is the only language that has any official status in any part of the UK. And it can hardly be a MFL given it isn't foreign??
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Level 42
Jun 6, 2016
And of course, I guess 'Hindu' instead of 'Hindi'. *facepalm*
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Level 35
Aug 5, 2017
Funny that Slovenian ranks higher than Slovakia,Azerbaijan,Bengali,and Egyptian Arabic
+11
Level 83
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
+1
Level 38
Aug 5, 2017
Great quiz
+4
Level 16
Aug 30, 2017
So fun :D was shocked when "Mongolian" was one of my valid guesses.
+5
Level 71
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.
+2
Level 90
Oct 13, 2017
A bit disappointed Vulcan didn't make the list.
+7
Level 65
Mar 23, 2018
Can you accept Yue for Cantonese and Slovene for Slovenian?
+9
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.
+4
Level 76
Feb 28, 2019
Yue is the Mandarin (I'm assuming it's something else in Cantonese) word for Cantonese
+5
Level 67
Dec 9, 2021
Yùe (粵) is the abbreviated name for Cantonese. In Cantonese it is romanised as either jyut6 or yuet6
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Level 42
Dec 14, 2021
In English, Yue is a dialect (or language) group of Chinese, which Cantonese belongs to.
+9
Level 89
Jul 25, 2018
What tiny fraction of a percent of Wikipedia visits are from someone logging in?
+5
Level 69
Aug 15, 2018
It would be nice to see it with numbers of articles
+2
Level 55
Aug 1, 2022
Number of articles does not always directly translate into user base. Key example is Swedish and Cebuano languages, with a large number of articles put together by LSJbot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lsjbot)

Very interesting caveats and discussion based on this project...

+4
Level 73
Nov 13, 2018
Can Bahasa or Bahasa Indonesia be accepted for Indonesian? That's what the language is commonly called there.
+2
Level 43
Feb 28, 2019
Not really since there are two versions: bahasa indonesia and bahasa malaysia
+4
Level 71
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.
+13
Level 79
Feb 20, 2019
I typed 'Slovene' but it wasn't accepted. Please accept 'Slovene' for Slovenian!
+4
Level 80
Feb 27, 2019
Same thing happened to me.
+4
Level 69
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)
+2
Level 73
Mar 1, 2019
You should accept Slovene as well.
+3
Level 74
Mar 4, 2019
Slovene dude! That should be accepted
+3
Level ∞
Mar 4, 2019
Okay
+3
Level 82
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.
+5
Level 69
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.)
+1
Level 65
Apr 16, 2023
Yes, maybe this could help other Indian Wikipedias. I said in another comment that many of them use English scientific names, but many are coined in Sanskrit, which has traditionally been used for scientific words, including many geographic names.
+3
Level 71
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.
+6
Level 71
Aug 29, 2019
It's because you get Egyptian Arabic when typing "Arabic" but you don't get Arabic when typing "Egyptian"
+1
Level 74
May 8, 2019
I knew Malayalam but misspelled it.
+1
Level 60
Feb 13, 2024
It's easier to spell if you can remember it's a palindrome.
+1
Level 56
May 8, 2019
I got Anglo-Saxon but not Danish... I quit lol
+2
Level 27
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.
+5
Level 24
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?!
+1
Level 60
Feb 13, 2024
Serbian and Croatian are dialects of Serbo-Croatian, if I remember correctly. Usually, on JetPunk, only Serbo-Croatian is considered a language.
+1
Level 47
May 8, 2019
Please accept kewlsp33k
+2
Level 55
May 9, 2019
Please add Plattdeutsch. They also have 47.9k articles
+5
Level 78
Jul 29, 2020
It is not based off of the number of articles; it is based off of the number of users. Theoretically, one user could have translated nearly 48,000 German or Dutch (or other language) pages into Low German.
+1
Level 39
May 9, 2019
HOW DID I MISS ITALIAN
+1
Level 73
May 22, 2019
"Make sure to try different dialects!" Um... why? When the answers are given anyway in response to the main language?
+3
Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
May we have Serbo-Croat for Serbo-Croatian? I never heard of it with the -ian until quite recently.
+1
Level 56
Sep 8, 2020
72/80. Somehow missed Finnish.
+1
Level 68
Sep 13, 2020
Can you accept Javanese for Indonesian?
+8
Level 56
Sep 28, 2020
They are different languages.
+1
Level 67
Oct 13, 2020
Adding my support that Bahasa should count for Indonesian, as that most commonly refers to it. Malay would be in reference to Bahasa Malay
+2
Level 69
Nov 1, 2020
Such a frustrating thing to have guessed Sebian, Croatian and Bosnian only to find out Serbo-Croatian was also on the list- I think it doesn't make any sense and it shouldn't work this way. :P
+5
Level 75
Nov 24, 2020
Great quiz, but please consider (as of 2020 version):

- Accept "gallego" for galician

- Accept "traditional" for classical chinese, more widely used

- Accept "astur-leonese" for asturian

- Accept "briton" for breton (maybe?)

Also I get the need for distinct serbian and croatian, but as other people have pointed out, having to type serbo-croatian extra is just too much attention for what is an issue solely due to slavic nationalism. It should be counted if you type either of the two imho.

+1
Level 65
May 22, 2021
I got same Problem!
+1
Level 47
Dec 16, 2021
Briton and Breton are very different things!
+1
Level 83
Dec 18, 2021
the word 'Breton' is precisely a reference to the fact that the original Celtic speakers in Bretagne were emigrants/refugees from Britain. It doesn't mean the same as 'Briton' does now but it's technically the same word
+2
Level 65
Apr 16, 2023
It's also technically the same word as Karma! Same Proto-Indo-European root, different constructions though.
+2
Level 21
Dec 26, 2020
i will never understand how anglo-saxon and wu chinese have more views than irish and welsh ahahhaha shows what dire straights these languages are in
+5
Level 84
Feb 2, 2023
Around 80 million people speak wu as their first language.
+1
Level 65
Apr 16, 2023
Wu would probably fit better in Irish and Welsh's boat (maybe not by speakers, but on Wikipedia, especially compared to the number of speakers).
+1
Level 72
Feb 18, 2021
Argh, my mother's family is from Yugoslavia and I didn't even get Serbocroatian.
+1
Level 82
Jul 20, 2021
pretty ridiculous that there is Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovene, Macedonian, AND Serbo-Croatian appearing on this quiz. I wouldn't feel too bad about missing the last one, especially, even if you were yourself from Yugoslavia. Though, myself, I guessed all of those would have enough pages to make the cut right away because... of course there would be.
+1
Level 69
Dec 9, 2021
Agree that given the debate regarding whether Serbo-Croatian is a single language or multiple languages the answer set should include EITHER Serbo-Croatian and accept Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, or Montenegrin as acceptable alternatives OR list Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian as separate answers and give credit for all 3 if you enter Serbo-Croatian. (I guess Montenegrin didn't make the cut). I disagree regarding Slovene and Macedonian, which are broadly accepted as separate languages (with Macedonian being more closely related to Bulgarian than to Serbo-Croatian)
+1
Level 55
Apr 30, 2021
Ils sont ou les 50k de bretons ahaha
+3
Level 83
Dec 8, 2021
en bretagne
+1
Level 46
Sep 29, 2021
where are italian dialects?

Example: venetian, lombard, friulan, sardinian, sicilian...

+5
Level 79
Dec 8, 2021
They are in the source. Venetian has 30k for example, Neapolitan 26k. Not enough to get on the quiz however.
+3
Level 84
Oct 19, 2021
I guess it's gonna be a while before we see any Wikipedia pages displayed in semaphore.
+5
Level 70
Dec 9, 2021
Morse the pity.
+1
Level 72
Dec 9, 2021
Serbo Croat as a type in for Serbo-croatian!?
+4
Level 74
Dec 12, 2021
I typed Mandarin and Chinese filled in so I didn’t try Cantonese, Wu, etc thinking they were all lumped together in Chinese.
+1
Level 67
Dec 13, 2021
I did not expect Anglo-Saxon
+2
Level 59
Dec 14, 2021
so mad for getting serbo-croatian but not DANISH
+1
Level 67
Dec 14, 2021
Haha
+1
Level 67
Dec 14, 2021
Cool quiz
+1
Level 22
Jan 16, 2022
Dinka? (Thuɔŋjäŋ)
+2
Level 56
Jan 23, 2022
'Bahasa Indonesia' as a type in for Indonesian?
+6
Level 55
Aug 1, 2022
Scary, how western-tilted wikipedia still is. I plan to start a Hmong wikipedia with a local community here.

I mean, c'mon I know Latin is instrumental but for it to be soo much higher than a lot of spoken languages with millions of people still alive?

Parenthetically, has anyone found an article that's ONLY in Latin?

+1
Level 81
Mar 30, 2023
I was surprised that Hmong was so low.
+1
Level 65
Apr 16, 2023
I am planning to work on Telugu Wikipedia more soon, and I think a problem is many European-colonized places see the European language as the language for scientific things, including geography. For example, almost every place name is just transliterated from English to Telugu on Wikipedia. Telugu barely has any non-clickbait educational content on YouTube as well. Good luck!
+1
Level 44
Dec 29, 2022
you forgot kyrgyz
+2
Level 31
Jan 14, 2023
I got Wu and I forgot Russian
+1
Level 57
Jan 26, 2024
i got gujarati and missed turkish
+1
Level 67
Feb 19, 2023
Interesting to see how few people use the free learning resource. Guess it's like leading a horse to water. Some people are satisfied with tiktok & media.
+1
Level 83
May 6, 2023
I've just checked the source and it says that the 'users' here are for accounts, not total hits. It's more than possible to use Wikipedia without an account - indeed probably the vast majority of people do. So maybe do a little research without complaining about the supposed state of society?
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2024
Sure, the "Active Users" (registered users who have made at least one edit in the last thirty days):

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

English 125k

German 18k

French > Spanish > Japanese

Russian 9k > Portuguese > Italian > Chinese > Persian

Polish 5k > Dutch > Ukrainian > Arabic > Hebrew > Turkish > Indonesian > Czech > Swedish > Korean 2k

Chinese, Arabic, Indonesian, Hindi, Esperanto, Afrikaans don't seem to fit at first glance

I wonder how many of these are poorly auto-translated pages, and paid groups or other organized efforts

+1
Level 83
Apr 18, 2024
That doesn't function as a reply to my comment. Your post was expressing dismay that nobody uses Wikipedia. I countered this to say that most visitors to Wikipedia are not 'active users' - most people do not have an account or make edits, but nevertheless visit the site. You seem to have countered this by... persisting with the 'active user' argument??
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Level 58
May 26, 2023
Never thought about this as a quiz. Great one though.
+6
Level 32
Sep 19, 2023
quite sad that there’s not a single african language on the list and i don’t mean afrikaans that’s pretty much copied from dutch. even welsh is on wikipedia, spoken by a limited amount of people while there are millions of people speaking amharic, swahili or igbo.
+2
Level 60
Feb 13, 2024
I was stunned by no Swahili, Igbo, Yoruba, or Hausa.
+1
Level 57
Jan 26, 2024
dang i tried so many different spellings for gujarati and it's literally just g u j a r a t i
+1
Level 39
Apr 30, 2024
Never heard of the language "Chinese".
+1
Level 52
May 10, 2024
from a language perspective serbian, croatian, and serbo-croatian are all essentially the same language
+1
Level 73
Jun 12, 2024
I'm adding on to the requests for "Bahasa Indonesia" to be accepted for Indonesian. I don't speak Indonesian or Malay so I wasn't aware "Bahasa" just means language, and I have often heard the language referred to as Bahasa Indonesia. When that wasn't accepted I likewise assumed it was counted under Malay, given Indonesian is a standardized variety of Malay. It was a similar thought process to why I assumed Filipino was included under Tagalog (which it seems like it is).

Whether "Bahasa" is redundant or not, it's clear I'm not the only one who's done this.