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Languages taught by Duolingo - Map

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I was wondering how many countries speak languages taght by duolingo, so I decided to color this map and post it here:

Countries that have its official/national languages taught by duolingo: Map Total number of native speakers: 1.63 billion

Attention: The map is colored according to official and national languages, regional, co-official, recognized minorities and governamental languages are not being considered. Also not all countries/regions are covered, some are too small to be visible in this map

It's really cool to see Duolingo improving everyday and I personally can't wait too see more langauges being added.

Happy learning :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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English is official in India and Danish is official in Greenland.

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https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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According to Wikipedia, "Greenlandic has been the sole official language of Greenland since 2009.".

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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Well, this is really confusing: the Kingdom of Denmark's (which is composed by Denmark, Faroese Islands and Greenland) sole official language is Danish, with Faroese and Greenlandic being recognized minoritary languages; however, Greenland's sole official language is Greenlandic... (??) Well, anyways, I understand your point, but Wikipedia might be wrong when it say that Greenlandic and Faroese are just minoritary in the kingdom (if it isn't, my brain will blow up :P)

English stills being one of the official languages in India, though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Sure, comparative constitutional law is probably enough to blow up all our brains. Every autonomous region is autonomous in its own way, and every linguistic situation is different from the next.

But if my (incredibly thorough... :-p) investigation of Wikipedia is right, it's not too complicated in this case: The official language of the Kingdom of Denmark is Danish. Greenlandic is a recognised regional language. In the particular bit of the kingdom which is the autonomous country of Greenland, only Greenlandic is official. Voilà ! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

Hey as someone who has stayed in the faroe islands for an ample amount of time i can tell you that in their law faroese is their official language. It was actually outlawed until the early 1900's by the danish government! now it is in full force they are once again taught in faroese. this is irrelivent because they are not on the map but I LOVE THEM SO MUCH

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisPauli1

Shouldn't India be light green? I believe English is one of its official languages.

Edit: You also forgot to color Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast exclave between Poland and Lithuania.

Edit 2: and also Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy)

Edit 3: English in Singapore, which is is white. Also Brunei, Kuwait, and Gambia are white as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UltraG
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Fixed everything, and english is not an ''official'' language in india, so i'll keep it gray

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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English is official in many Indian States, even not being official in every single state (Hindi isn't official in every state also).

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_with_official_status_in_India The current position is thus that the Union government continues to use English in addition to Hindi for its official purposes

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https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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English is the official language for communication between the Government of India and any State or Union Territory which has not adopted Hindi as an official language (there maybe an accompanying Hindi translation for communication with some of the states though). At the same time, I would agree English is still spoken by less than 10% of the population.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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Switzerland is wrong. Duolingo doesn't teach Romansch, which is one of the four official languages of Switzerland (the other three, French, German and Italian it does).

Love the idea though.

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https://www.duolingo.com/UltraG
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Fixed :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/SpracheShinobi

True. But I don't see Romansch being adding in the future, as only 0.5% of Switzerland speaks it - some 40,000 people.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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No, I can't imagine it will be, even the Swiss don't want to learn it ;-). But Switzerland still needs to be light green on the map, not dark green..... which now it is!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/UltraG
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But I already changed it

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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I know... :-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/willmcc
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Good point about Romansch, but just for the sake of splitting a few hairs: If you look at the Federal Constitution of Switzerland, it is indeed an official language but that status is somewhat limited to communication between the Federal government and Romansch-speaking people. So it is given a slightly different (less?) official status than German, French and Italian.

It is fully official in the Canton of Grisons, however.

https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classified-compilation/19995395/index.html#a70

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpracheShinobi

Great map! Soon, there will be more color added, due to the languages soon to be released:

Hungarian Czech Vietnamese Swahili Greek Romanian Hebrew Hindi Indonesian

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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And Guarani, turning Paraguay into dark green.

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https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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Quechua and Aymara would go some ways towards making the whole of the Americas green. Bolivia with its 40 official languages will probably stay light green for the foreseeable future though, particularly as some of its official languages went extinct in the past centuries :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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True, Bolivia will be light green forever...

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ezkertia
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Nice map! Very interesting.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UltraG
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Thanks :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisWM4

Thanks for taking the trouble of doing this.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lars200
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Cameroon has two official languages: French and English. Both are offered, so it should be in dark green. In Djibouti, both French and Arabic are official so it should be in light green since Arabic isn't offered yet. Equatorial Guinea has three official languages, (Spanish, French and Portuguese) all of them are offered so it should be dark... Burkina Faso, Benin, both the Congos - only French, so they should also be dark. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/SzeSan
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Thank you for creating this fantastic map!

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https://www.duolingo.com/UltraG
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Thanks :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

This is so cool! I think some of them need revision though? Norway should be light green because only their (book language is offered). Britain doesn't have welsh or Scottish gaelic offered.

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https://www.duolingo.com/UltraG
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I colored the map according to what the country considers an official/national language, not according to all recognized languages in the country, canada for example has many recognized langauges, but only english and french are considered official.

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https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

Well at the very least i know wales is an official language of wales, and is not yet offered. Nynorsk is an official language of Norway and is not offered,

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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The map shows "official/national languages". Canada only has 2 - English and French.

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https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

yes you are correct my mistakes, i will edit my post accordingly :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpracheShinobi

The de facto official language of the UK is English. The other languages that you mentioned (like Scots and Welsh) are indigenous languages, but are spoken by only a tiny minority. In fact, they are only spoken by 2.5% and 1% of the population respectively; while Spanish, German, and French are spoke by 8%, 9%, and 23% respectively.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

A "de facto official" anything is a bit of contradiction in terms - "de facto" implies that something is not really "official", but that the facts on the ground weigh heavily in it's favour.

According to the Welsh Language Act of 1993 'in the course of public business and the administration of justice, so far as is reasonably practicable, the Welsh and English languages are to be treated on the basis of equality.' This only applies within Wales, but it is clear that Welsh is an official language within the United Kingdom.

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https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

No welsh is an official language by law and is spoken in wales by over 20%. 'De facto literally means it holds holds that role by right and not by law. Wales is a country in its own right it is not a principality.

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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Well, considering this Spain should be light green too, there are also Galician, Catalan, Basque and Occitan as co-official languages.

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According to Wikipedia, Spanish is the only language that is official in the whole country.

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https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Nah, I would understand the map as "dark green if all the nationally official languages are on Duolingo". So Switzerland and Finland are light green, Spain is dark green.

Greenland is a bit tricky, since it is an autonomous country within the kingdom of Denmark, but Greenland's only official language is indeed Greenlandic. So I think the map is correct here, too.

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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Yes, but I mean, following his logic, Spain would have to be light green, due to the regional languages (which are co-official in their autonomous communities) there.

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https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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There is a Catalan course, but on principle you are right.

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Yes, I learn Catalan here.

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The Netherlands is kinda wrong. Frisian is not offered by duolingo. Only Dutch is.

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https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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I think Dutch is the only official national language of the Netherlands. Frisian is official only in Friesland.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ruifernando21

well in this case, Portugal has also another language (mirandês) so is the colour right then??

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Yes. As far as I know Mirandese is considered the 2nd Portugal's language because is the only other official language there (along with Portuguese Sign Language), being protected and recognized. However, it is only official in Miranda do Douro region, so the color is right.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ruifernando21

well I just tell you that it's official in the entire country, what happens is that only people from Miranda and the area around know that language.

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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But it is not official in the entire country, it is recognized and protected, especially in Miranda do Douro region.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ruifernando21

As a heritage manager I must once again answer you.

Portugal is not federation. So if something is official in my country it's in the entire country. Thats why Mirandese is the second official language OF Portugal.

Which was recognized as an official language of the country in 1999 and since then, protected and promoted!

The thing is that Mirandese is only spoken in Miranda and areas around, also it's a very close language to a Asturian and Lionese from Spain.

But this doesn't means that it's only official in that area of the country.

Other wise a lot of others dialects from portugal would be officialize too, since Mirandese is not the second most spoken language.

But it is the more different from the Portuguese and the other ones are not that different from the original Portuguese!

And more over Mirandese is so complex that it is divided in 3 sub-dialects, spoken only in small villages.

The most amazing thing is that most of people(old people) from that area speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Asturian, Lionese, Galician (only for the habitants of Braganza) and Mirandese (most of the time 2 or the 3 sub-dialects).

But anyway this map is super!

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https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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O mirandês é a única língua que está ameaçada em Portugal, segundo o Ethnologue, afinal, o resto são apenas sub-dialetos do português europeu (alentejano, açoriano, lisboeta etc), que ,dessa forma, não deixam de ser considerados português. já o mirandês é um idioma a parte (às vezes considerado um dialeto do idioma asturiano ou do idioma leonês, mas permanecendo não sendo português). Talvez o Ethnologue não tenha incluído o leonês, o galego e o castelhano por serem falados por um número muito pequeno de pessoas, sendo talvez considerados línguas estrangeiras ou de imigrantes (afinal a região de Miranda é próxima da fronteira com a Espanha, onde se falam essas línguas).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruifernando21

so vens concluir aquilo que te disse!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Q_Q
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Sudan's official language is Arabic, and in Duolingo There are no Arabic language ?!

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https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Wikipedia states that both Arabic and English are official nowadays. Hence light green.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
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French is spoken in New Caledonia and Vanuatu. English is spoken in Fiji.

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https://www.duolingo.com/nblaisdell
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I've wanted to make a map like this for a while. Thanks for saving me the effort! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/therealpalumbo

What's the other official language of Benin?

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https://www.duolingo.com/UltraG
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French

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https://www.duolingo.com/therealpalumbo

But we can learn French, so why is Benin not colored in fully?

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https://www.duolingo.com/UltraG
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oops, my mistake, i'll fix it

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