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Dec 3rd, 2010 at 15:39 GMT
Dec 4th, 2010 at 19:18 GMT
@lukebradford: I'm liking this one a lot. I'm sure the figures are totally bona fide, but a source would put the icing on the cake.
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Dec 5th, 2010 at 05:11 GMT
I misunderstood the quiz thinking which language has the most words ending in "ish" or "i" etc. but either way just guessed random languages, wound up with 10... who hear has heard of the language wu??? or punjabi?? or 1/2 of these lol?? there were only a handful i should have guessed and didnt, so not too bad
Dec 5th, 2010 at 07:02 GMT
@Flick - Source added! Thanks!
Dec 7th, 2010 at 04:50 GMT
@EmYanks2001: Do yourself a favor and learn from these quizzes so that next time you won't need to defensively declare languages that have more native speakers than French to be not worth knowing about.
Dec 7th, 2010 at 18:35 GMT
Ending in -y: Malay, Malagasy. Ending in -o: Filipino, Pashto. (maybe others as well for those, those are just what occurred to me)
Dec 8th, 2010 at 01:40 GMT
Shouldn't "Chinese" at least be a bonus?
Dec 10th, 2010 at 23:50 GMT
Should accept Panjabi as an alternative spelling - otherwise great quiz!
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Dec 12th, 2010 at 04:19 GMT
I don't mean to be the fun-ruining skeptic, but your source is published by "a faith-based linguistics training program" and the CIA World Factbook gives
different numbers for many of these languages (e.g. Persian - 60-70 million).
Dec 12th, 2010 at 04:34 GMT
Do people suffer from sporclitis if they get Wu, Telugu, and Marathi, but miss German?
Dec 12th, 2010 at 04:37 GMT
Either way you slice it, if you decide to call it Farsi or Persian, by most other accounts that language should make the top five in both categories. I'd cross-check the source, but I do like the concept. I definitely learned a few new languages.
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Dec 12th, 2010 at 04:57 GMT
I tried American. I am stupid.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 05:17 GMT
Dammit, did I ever try a lot of varieties of "pidgin"; apparently the source doesn't count them. Of course, they're probably not widely enough spoken anyway, not even Nigerian Pidgin.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 05:19 GMT
i agree with Nightcrawler. Since Iran has over 70 million people in it, it's going to have closer to that number in speakers.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 05:40 GMT
It's probably a sign I'm too tired to be on Sporcle when I type in "Manganese" as a language.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 06:08 GMT
ncr1119 and ezazahaz, don't feel bad. I tried "British" and felt like an idiot half way through typing it. :| And in regards to what Nightcrawler said -- yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The numbers seemed a little out of whack to me, too, but I haven't bothered looking up the real figures.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 07:02 GMT
@bostoncrawler: add tajikistan and afghanistan to that and it easily makes it, even if not all people in those three countries speak it.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 07:03 GMT
This is an awesome quiz, but suffix is the wrong word to use.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 08:16 GMT
@ezazhaz: Manganese - a dialect of Japanese used mainly in cartoons.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 08:30 GMT
To echo some earlier comments, the source is questionable or at the very least dated. An example: 56 million native speakers of "Yue" chinese (which is used in this quiz for Cantonese even though they are not quite one and the same.) If you look at Ethnologue's website, you will realize this figure is from 1984 and roughly equal to the population of Guangdong Province at the time. The current population is over 96 million, according to official estimates on the Guangdong Provincial Government website.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 10:23 GMT
i live in south africa and didn't get zulu. blah. i did however, get amharic, and all of the languages ending in -i. bah.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 11:00 GMT
I'm not disagreeing, exactly - I'm sure there are more than 31 million Farsi speakers. But it's also true that there are a number of linguistic minorities in Iran: I think Turkish speakers make up about 25% of the country (Mainly from the north, I think) and there are also smaller numbers of Kurdish, Armenian and Arabic speakers. I would think that most of these people learn Farsi in school - the one Turkish/Iranian family I know certainly did - but I'm honestly not that sure. So my point is, you can't necessarily assume that the population of Iran is the same as the population of Farsi speakers.
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Dec 12th, 2010 at 11:03 GMT
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Dec 12th, 2010 at 11:40 GMT
I knew Wu but forgot how to spell it!
Dec 12th, 2010 at 12:27 GMT
Goof idea for a quiz. Well done. Farsi (Persian or Iranian) appears to have been omitted with around 70 million native speakers. Hindi are Urdu are essentially the same language (as has often been commented on in Sporcle). Javanese (bahasa Jawa) is a dialect of Malay (along with standard Indonesian and Malaysian as well as a number of others).
Dec 12th, 2010 at 13:04 GMT
This quiz is in English. 0.8 didn't know that.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 14:14 GMT
After having my sensibilities dulled by language quizzes that wanted 'chinese' for mandarin, I now get slammed for having learned to answer it incorrectly.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 14:38 GMT
No category "o" for Esperanto? Why aren't we all speaking it alreasy?
Dec 12th, 2010 at 14:52 GMT
Dec 12th, 2010 at 15:25 GMT
...it's impossible to tell how many esperantistoj ekzistas en la mondo...
Dec 12th, 2010 at 15:34 GMT
Terrific quiz @lukebradford! Very challenging. One of these days, I really need to learn more about India!
Dec 12th, 2010 at 15:38 GMT
There are 305 million Americans and 60 million English people. So how can there only be 329 million English speakers in the world?
Dec 12th, 2010 at 15:46 GMT
Thanks for playing, all! This source may indeed be outdated and silly. These were the values Wikipedia used in "List of languages by number of native speakers" and I didn't realize I should have examined the source further. Sorry about that! Thanks for publishing, Sporcle!
Dec 12th, 2010 at 16:32 GMT
Wikipedia says Swahili has 50M+ speaker
Dec 12th, 2010 at 16:42 GMT
Dec 12th, 2010 at 17:28 GMT
@EmYanks2001: Wu is a Chinese language and Punjabi is an Indian language
Dec 12th, 2010 at 17:30 GMT
@sportsguyluke: Persian is the same thing as Farsi, and is one of the bonus answers. Swahili is spoken by very few people as a native language, so although wikipedia says Swahili has 50M+ speakers, few of them are native speakers.
Dec 12th, 2010 at 17:58 GMT
And what about Gibberish? :)
Dec 12th, 2010 at 19:43 GMT
@marnavot - Gibberishu gadvallikot mudguffkin raspin ra tigglewid. Utterfusk yosilapa trombolinea flut-flut casp? Yargen, ittlewod! Intressivood!
Dec 12th, 2010 at 21:39 GMT
Surprised not to find Swahili there, since it's so wide spoken in East Afica.
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