https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

[GUIDE (unofficial)] Which Duolingo course should I take for which country?

(I'll be adding more countries and regions in the future)

I made this guide to give you an overview over the Duolingo languages in the world and to "recommend" you a language you could learn on Duolingo before travelling to a particular country. Please note that I only covered languages which are part of Duolingo courses (also languages you can learn via "reversed courses" like Arabic or Chinese).

All information in this guide is based on internet sources, the main one being the English Wikipedia. If you want to see a particular source, just ask me, but in the very most cases it is in the article of the particular country under the section "languages" or an article called "Languages in [country name]" or something similar.

This guide contains a map with a language recommendation for each country and a list with more detailed information on that. The list also shows a ranking of the languages with the most total speakers (it's always including second (third...) language speakers (if I found the data) and it's always the highest estimate I could find on the internet, because I think language should be about communication and not about heritage or perfection) a ranking of the population (not the number of speakers) of the countries and some information about other Duolingo languages spoken in each country.

How to read the guide:

The languages are sorted by the number of total speakers (first and second language speakers and always the highest estimate I could find)

Mutually intelligible or very similar languages are often combined (Like Hindi/Urdu, Indonesian/Malay, Turkish/Azerbaijani or Tagalog/Filipino).

Every country is associated with a "recommended language" (which neither has to be official nor spoken by many people. It's just the best choice which is available on Duolingo (in my opinion))

Every country within one "recommended language" is sorted by population (not the number of speakers of a particular language)

The number in brackets () is the total population (not the number of speakers)

Most countries have information about other official or important languages. The order of the listed languages is in most cases sorted by the significance in that country.

The terms I use in this guide:

"Recommended language" doesn't necessarily mean that it is the most common language or any kind of official language in a particular country. It means that it should be the best choice to learn for a visit out of every language available on Duolingo (for example I don't recommend Iran's most common language Persian because you can't learn it on Duolingo).

"Official", "national" or "regional language" means that this language has some kind of official status (that can mean that this language is the dominant one in daily life, but does not necessarily have to)

"Important language" means in most cases, that at least 10% of the population can speak or understand this language or that it has an important function in that country (like a business language for example) or it is at least the favourite foreign language at schools. But it can also mean that it is widely spoken. It just does not have an official status. Please note that in many cases I could not find data about languages in schools. In these cases the languages at schools are left out.

"Spoken by some people" means that there is a significant minority speaking this language which I normally would not add. It kind of overlaps with the "important language" in a few cases.

If you are looking for something special I suggest you to push "Ctrl" and "F" on your keyboard and type in the country or language you are looking for. You can also look for a particular country on the map, look up in which language it is painted (on the top right of the map) and look for the country under this particular language in the "guide".

If you find any mistakes feel free to correct me, but please have an internet source ready that I can check. Of course you can feel free to ask any kind of question. I will try to answer it as soon as I can. If you want me to add a particular country or region I missed, please tell me in the comments. Please note that this "guide" is mainly supposed to give an overview. Feel free to search for further information yourself, but you can also ask me to add something.

If you find this guide helpful, please upvote this post so that everybody can see it. If you do not find it helpful, please tell me in the comments so that I can improve or correct it. :)

Here is the map with the "recommended languages" (explanation above): http://imgur.com/z4GLGOf

And here is the guide (explanation above):

  • 1 English: Up to 1.5 billion total speakers

United States (324,488,000) English is the national language (Spanish is another important language)

Nigeria (188,462,640) English is the official language

Ethiopia (99,465,819) English is an important language (Italian and Arabic are other important languages)

United Kingdom (65,110,000) English is the official language (Welsh and Irish are regional languages)

South Africa (54,956,900) English is an official language (Afrikaans (Dutch) is another official language)

Myanmar (51,486,253) English is an important language

Canada (36,443,632) English is an official language (French is another official language)

Afghanistan (33,332,025) English is an important language (Urdu (Hindi) is spoken by some people)

Ghana (27,043,093) English is the official language

Nepal (26,494,504) English is an important language

Australia (24,352,000) English is the national language

Malawi (16,407,000) English is an official language

Zambia (16,212,000) English is the official language

Zimbabwe (12,973,808) English is an official language

South Sudan (12,340,000) English is the official language (Arabic is a national language)

Bulgaria (7,202,198) English is an important language (Russian, Spanish and Turkish are other important languages)

Sierra Leone (7,075,641) English is the official language

Papua New Guinea (7,059,653) English is an official language

Serbia (7,041,599) English is an important language

Ireland (6,378,000) English is an official language (Irish is another official language)

Singapore (5,610,000) English is an official language (Chinese, Malay (Indonesian) and Tamil are other official languages)

Finland (5,488,543) English is spoken by many people (Swedish is an official language) (70% can speak English, 49% can speak Swedish)

New Zealand (4,755,940) English is an official language

Liberia (4,503,000) English is the official language

Croatia (4,190,700) English is an important language (German and Italian are other important languages)

Bosnia and Herzegovina (3,531,159) English is an important language

Wales (UK) (3,063,456) English is an official language (Welsh is another official language)

Jamaica (2,950,210) English is the official language

Botswana (2,155,784) English is the official language

Namibia (2,113,077) English is the official language

Republic of Macedonia (2,069,162) English is an important language (Turkish is spoken by some people)

Lesotho (2,067,000) English is an official language

Slovenia (2,064,188) English is an important language (German and Italian are other important languages)

Gambia (1,882,450) English is the official language (French is an important language)

Kosovo (1,859,203) English is an important language (German is another important language)

Trinidad and Tobago (1,349,667) English is the official language (Hindi is another important language)

Swaziland (1,119,000) English is an official language

Fiji (909,389) English is an official language (Hindi is another official language)

Bhutan (742,737) English is an important language

Guyana (735,909) English is the official language (Portuguese, Hindi, Chinese and Tamil are other important languages)

Solomon Islands (642,000) English is the official language

Montenegro (620,029) English is an important language

Malta (445,426) English is an official language (Italian and French are important languages)

Bahamas (392,718) English is the official language (Haitian Creole is an important language)

Belize (368,310) English is the official language (Spanish is an important language)

Vanuatu (286,429) English is an official language (French is another official language)

Barbados (277,821) English is the official language

Samoa (192,342) English is an official language

Saint Lucia (184,999) English is the official language (French is an important language)

Channel Islands (163,857) English is an official language (French is another official language)

Grenada (109,590) English is the official language (French is an important language)

Micronesia (106,104) English is the official language

Kiribati (103,500) English is an official language

Tonga (103,036) English is an official language

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (103,000) English is the official language

Antigua and Barbuda (91,295) English is the official language

Dominica (72,660) English is the official language (French is an important language)

Saint Kitts and Nevis (54,961) English is the official language

Marshall Islands (53,376) English is an important language

Gibraltar (UK) (32,194) English is the official language (Spanish is an important language)

Cook Islands (21,000) English is an official language

Palau (17,948) English is an official language (Japanese is a regional language)

Tuvalu (10,640) English is an official language

Nauru (10,084) English is an official language

Antarctica (5,000 (temporary residents)) English is an important language (Spanish is another important language)

Niue (1,612) English is an official language

  • 2 Chinese (Mandarin): Up to 1.3 billion total speakers

China (1,376,049,000) Chinese (Mandarin) is the official language (English is an important language)

Taiwan (23,519,518) Chinese (Mandarin) is the official language (English is an important language)

Hong Kong (7,234,800) Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) is an official language (English is another official language) (88% can speak Mandarin, 83% can speak English)

Macau (650,900) Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) is an official language (Portuguese is another official language) (41% can speak Mandarin, 21% can speak English, 2% can speak Portuguese)

  • 3 Hindi: Up to 904 million total speakers (including Urdu)

India (1,293,057,000) Hindi/Urdu is an official language (English, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu are other official languages)

Pakistan (201,995,540) Urdu (Hindi) is an official language (English is another official language and Punjabi, Bengali and Arabic are other important languages)

  • 4 Spanish: Up to 570 million total speakers

Mexico (119,530,753) Spanish is the official language (English is an important language)

Colombia (49,034,411) Spanish is the official language (English is a regional language)

Spain (46,423,064) Spanish is the official language (Catalan is a regional language and English is an important language)

Argentina (43,417,000) Spanish is the official language (English and Italian are important languages)

Venezuela (31,416,000) Spanish is an official language (English is an important language)

Peru (31,151,643) Spanish is an official language

Chile (18,006,407) Spanish is the national language

Guatemala (16,176,133) Spanish is the official language

Ecuador (16,144,000) Spanish is an official language

Bolivia (11,410,651) Spanish is an official language (another official language is Guarani)

Cuba (11,239,004) Spanish is the official language (Haitian Creole is an important language)

Dominican Republic (10,075,045) Spanish is the official language (Haitian Creole is an important language)

Honduras (8,249,574) Spanish is the official language

El Salvador (6,377,195) Spanish is the official language

Nicaragua (6,167,237) Spanish is the official language (English is an important language)

Costa Rica (4,586,353) Spanish is the official language (English is an important language)

Panama (4,058,374) Spanish is the official language

Puerto Rico (US) (3,474,182) Spanish is an official language (English is another official language)

Uruguay (3,427,000) Spanish is the official language

Equatorial Guinea (1,222,442) Spanish is an official language (French and Portuguese are other official languages)

  • 5 Arabic: Up to 424 million total speakers

Egypt (92,556,000) Arabic is the official language (English and French are important languages)

Algeria (40,400,000) Arabic is the official languageFrench is an important language (French is an important language)

Sudan (40,235,000) Arabic is an official language (English is another official language)

Iraq (38,146,025) Arabic is an official language

Morocco (33,848,242) Arabic is an official language (French, Spanish and English are important languages)

Saudi Arabia (33,000,000) Arabic is the official language (English is an important language)

Yemen (25,408,000) Arabic is the official language (English is an important language)

Syria (17,064,854) Arabic is the official language (English and French are important languages)

Chad (13,670,084) Arabic is an official language (French is another official language)

Somalia (12,316,895) Arabic is an official language (English and Italian are important languages)

Tunisia (10,982,754) Arabic is the official language (French, English and Italian are important languages)

Jordan (9,819,651) Arabic is the official language (English is an important language)

United Arab Emirates (9,581,000) Arabic is the official languageEnglish is an important language (English and Hindi/Urdu are important languages)

Libya (6,411,776) Arabic is the official language (English, Italian and French are important languages)

Eritrea (6,380,803) Arabic is a national language (English and Italian are important languages)

Lebanon (6,184,701) Arabic is the official language (French is an important language)

Palestine (4,550,368) Arabic is the official language (Hebrew and English are important languages)

Oman (4,441,448) Arabic is the official language (English, Urdu (Hindi) and Swahili are other important languages)

Kuwait (4,348,395) Arabic is the official language (English is an important language)

Mauritania (4,067,564) Arabic is an official language (French is an important language)

Qatar (2,383,705) Arabic is the official language (English is an important language)

Bahrain (1,378,000) Arabic is the official language (English, Urdu (Hindi) and Tamil are other important languages)

Djibouti (846,687) Arabic is an official language (French is another official language)

Western Sahara (586,000) Arabic is an official language (Spanish is another official language)

Maledives (393,253) Arabic is an important language

  • 6 Bengali: Up to 366 million total speakers

Bangladesh (168,957,745) Bengali is the official language (English and Arabic are important lanuages)

  • 7 French: Up to 274 million total speakers

Democratic Republic of the Congo (81,680,000) French is the official language (Swahili is a national language)

France (66,991,000) French is the official language (Catalan is a regional language and English and Spanish are important languages)

Ivory Coast (23,919,000) French is the official language

Cameroon (22,534,532) French is an official language (English is another official language)

Madagascar (22,434,363) French is an official language (English is another official language)

Niger (18,638,600) French is the official language (Arabic is a national language)

Burkina Faso (17,322,796) French is the official language

Senegal (15,589,485) French is the official language

Cambodia (15,458,332) French is an important language (English is another important language)

Mali (14,517,176) French is the official language (important languages are Arabic and English)

Guinea (11,628,972) French is the official language

Rwanda (11,262,564) French is an official language (English is another official language and Swahili is an important language)

Burundi (11,178,921) French is an official language (English is another official language and Swahili is an important language)

Benin (10,879,829) French is the official language (English is an important language)

Quebec (Canada) (8,294,656) French is the official language (English is an important language)

Togo (7,552,318) French is the official language

Laos (6,803,699) French is an important language

Central African Republic (4,709,000) French is an official language (Arabic is an important language)

Republic of the Congo (4,662,446) French is an official language

Wallonia (Belgium) (3,585,214) French is an official language (German is another official language)

Gabon (1,475,000) French is the official language

Mauritius (1,348,242) French is an official language (English is another official language)

Brussels (Belgium) (1,175,173) French is an official language (Dutch is another official language and English is an important language)

Comoros (798,000) French is an official language (Arabic is another official language and Swahili is an important language)

Seychelles (92,000) French is an official language (English is another official language)

Monaco (37,800) French is the official language (Italian and English are important languages)

  • 8 Portuguese: Up to 270 million total speakers

Brazil (206,440,850) Portuguese is the official language

Angola (25,789,024) Portuguese is the official language

Mozambique (24,692,144) Portuguese is the official language

Portugal (10,341,330) Portuguese is the official language (English is an important language)

Guinea-Bissau (1,693,398) Portuguese is the official language (French is an important language)

East Timor (1,167,242) Portuguese is an official language (Indonesian and English are important languages)

Cape Verde (525,000) Portuguese is the official language

São Tomé and Príncipe (190,428) Portuguese is the official language

  • 9 Russian: up to 260 million total speakers

Russia (144,221,341) Russian is the official language

Uzbekistan (32,121,000) Russian is an important language

Kazakhstan (18,050,488) Russian is an official language

Belarus (9,498,700) Russian is an official language

Tajikistan (8,610,000) Russian is an important language

Kyrgyzstan (6,000,000) Russian is an official language

Turkmenistan (5,171,943) Russian is an important language

Georgia (country) (3,720,400) Russian is an important language

Mongolia (3,081,677) Russian is an important language (English is another important language)

Armenia (3,018,854) Russian is an important language (English is another important language)

Lithuania (2,849,317) Russian is an important language (English is amother important language) (80% can speak Russian, 38% can speak English)

Latvia (1,957,200) Russian is an important language (English is another important language)

Estonia (1,317,797) Russian is an important language (English is another important language) (66% can speak Russian, 46% can speak English)

  • 10 Indonesian: Up to 250 million total speakers (including Malay)

Indonesia (255,461,700) Indonesian is the official language

Malaysia (31,375,000) Malay (Indonesian) is the official language (English, Chinese and Tamil are important languages)

Brunei (417,200) Malay (Indonesian) is the official language (English and Arabic are important languages)

  • 11 German: Up to 210 million total speakers

Germany (82,175,700) German is the official language (English and French are important languages)

Austria (8,725,931) German is the official language

Switzerland (8,401,120) German is an official language (French and Italian are other official languages)

Luxembourg (576,249) German is an official language (French is another official language and English and Portuguese are important languages)

Liechtenstein (37,340) German is the official language

  • 12 Punjabi: Up to 129 million total speakers

Punjabi is the language with the most native speakers in Pakistan and it is also an official language in India

  • 13 Japanese: Up to 127 million total speakers

Japan (127,110,047) Japanese is the official language

  • 14 Swahili: Up to 115 million total speakers

Tanzania (51,820,000) Swahili is an official language (English is another official language)

Kenya (46,661,552) Swahili is an official language (English is another official language)

Uganda (37,873,253) Swahili is an official language (English is another official language)

  • 15 Turkish: Up to 115 million total speakers (including Azerbaijani)

Iran (82,800,000) Azerbaijani (Turkish) is an important language

Turkey (79,814,871) Turkish is the official language (English is an important language)

Azerbaijan (9,754,830) Azerbaijani (Turkish) is the official language (Russian and English are important languages)

  • 16 Vietnamese: Up to 94 million total speakers

Vietnam (91,700,000) Vietnameses is the official language (French and English are important languages)

  • 17 Italian: Up to 85 million total speakers

Italy (60,674,003) Italian is the official language (German is a regional language and English, French and Spanish are important languages)

Albania (3,038,594) Italian is an important language (English and Greek are other important languages)

San Marino (33,285) Italian is the official language

Vatican City (1,000) Italian is an important language (German is another important language)

  • 18 Telugu: Up to 85 million total speakers

Telugu is an official language in India, but not the most common language

  • 19 Korean: Up to 78 million total speakers

South Korea (50,801,405) Korean is the official language

North Korea (24,895,000) Korean is the official language

  • 20 Tamil: Up to 78 million total speakers

Sri Lanka (20,277,597) Tamil is an official language (English is an important language)

  • 21 Tagalog: Up to 70 million total speakers (including Filipino)

Philippines (100,981,437) Filipino (Tagalog) is an official language (English is another official language adn Spanish and Arabic are important languages)

  • 22 Thai: Up to 60 million total speakers

Thailand (67,959,000) Thai is the official language (Malay (Indonesian), Chinese, English, Japanese, Vietnamese are other important languages)

  • 23 Polish: Up to 55 million total speakers

Poland (38,454,576) Polish is the official language (English, Russian and German are important languages)

  • 24 Ukrainian: Up to 45 million total speakers

Ukraine (42,539,010) Ukrainian is the official language (Russian is an important language)

  • 25 Romanian: Up to 34 million total speakers

Romania (19,511,000) Romanian is the official language (English and French are important languages)

Moldova (2,913,281) Romanian is the official language (Russian is an important language)

  • 26 Dutch: Up to 28 million total speakers

Netherlands (17,000,059) Dutch is the official language (English, German and French are important languages)

Belgium (11,250,585) Dutch is an official language (French and German are other official languages and English is an important language)

Flanders (Belgium) (6,444,127) Dutch is the official language (English and French are important languages)

Suriname (573,311) Dutch is the official language

Curaçao (158,986) Dutch is an official language (English is another official language and Spanish is an important language)

Aruba (103,400) Dutch is the official language

  • 27 Hungarian: Up to 15 million total speakers

Hungary (9,830,485) Hungarian is the official language (English and German are important languages)

  • 28 Greek: Up to 13.1 million total speakers

Greece (10,955,000) Greek is the official language (English is an important language)

Cyprus (1,141,166) Greek is an official language (Turkish is another official language and English and French are important languages)

  • 29 Czech: Up to 13 million total speakers

Czech Republic (10,553,948) Czech is the official language (German, English and Russian are important languages)

Slovakia (5,426,252) Czech is an important language

  • 30 Haitian Creole: Up to 12 million total speakers

Haiti (10,604,000) Haitian Creole is an official language (French is another official language)

  • 31 Swedish: 10.5 million total speakers

Sweden (10,005,600) Swedish is the official language (English, German, Norwegian, Danish and French are important languages)

  • 32 Esperanto: Up to 10 million total speakers

Esperanto is a constructed language

  • 33 Catalan: Up to 9.2 million total speakers

Catalonia (Spain) (7,522,596) Catalan is an official language (Spanish is another official language)

Andorra (85,470) Catalan is the official language (Spanish is an important language)

  • 34 Hebrew: Up to 9 million total speakers

Israel (8,602,000) Hebrew is an official language (Arabic is another official language and English and Russian are important languages)

  • 35 Guarani: Up to 8 million total speakers

Paraguay (6,783,272) Guarani is an official language (Spanish is another official language)

  • 36 Danish: Up to 5.6 million total speakers

Denmark (5,707,251) Danish is the official language (English, German and Swedisch are important languages)

Iceland (332,529) Danish is an important language (English is another important language)

Greenland (56,483) Danish is an official language (English is an important language)

Faroe Islands (49,188) Danish is an official language

  • 37 Norwegian: Up to 5 million total speakers

Norway (5,252,166) Norwegian is the official language (English is an important language)

  • 38 Irish: Up to 1.6 million total speakers

Irish is an official language in Ireland and the United Kingdom, but not the most common language

  • 39 Yiddish: Up to 1.5 million total speakers

Yiddish is a minority language and spoken mainly in Europe, North America and Israel

  • 40 Welsh: Up to 750,000 total speakers

Welsh is an official language in Wales, but not the most common language

  • 41 Klingon: Up to 1,000 total speakers

Klingon is a fictional language in Star Trek

  • 42 High Valyrian (I found no information about the number of speakers)

High Valyrian is a fictional language in Game of Thrones

If you find this guide helpful, please upvote this post so that everybody can see it. If you do not find it helpful, please tell me in the comments so that I can improve or correct it. :)

February 7, 2017

44 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/68dustin

This is great!

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Thanks! :)

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Balaur

Good job on making this. By the way, Russian should be included as an important language of Moldova (it also has semi-official status as a minority language).

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Thanks for the tip! I added it. :)

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales

Wow!

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

I hope this means something positive... :D

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales

Yes, it does mean a lot.

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Thanks a lot, then! :D

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales

Do you speak any languages besides English?

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales

Wow, that's impressive! Do you live in Germany?

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales

Do you live near Bavaria? I have always wanted to go to Bavaria to see the mountains, Munich, and Neuschwanstein Castle. At my home in Georgia, I have 6 puzzles of Neuschwanstein Castle:)

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

My native language is German and I learned French, Spanish, Latin and some bits of Dutch. :)

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Yes, I live in Germany. :)

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales

Cool!

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

I live in Hesse. So that's not quite Bavaria. I have been to Munich once, though. It was quite nice, but I have never been to Neuschwanstein to be honest. I definitely have to do this some day. :)

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tinnatay

That must have been a lot of work! It's great :)

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

It took me some hours, yes. Thanks! :)

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

excellent

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Thanks! :)

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne

Nice! Excellent resource. Putting it in my follows file.

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :)

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/StephanieS299403

This is excellent! Thank you.

Note on Chinese: People in Hong Kong and Macau speak Cantonese. The written language is the same as Mandarin, but the spoken language is very different. I know Mandarin speakers who use English in Hong Kong.

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Thanks a lot! :)

I read that Mandarin and Cantonese are very similar so I combined them. But I don't know much about these languages. Would you put Hong Kong and Macau to English and Portuguese rather than Chinese?

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/StephanieS299403

Yes, the written, but not spoken. Hong Kong and Macau use traditional Chinese characters while most of the mainland uses simplified. I think that most people who can read one can pretty much read the other. But for spoken, anyone planning a trip to Hong Kong and learning Mandarin would be pretty disappointed!

Definitely English for Hong Kong. Not everyone speaks English, but for travelers, most of the people they would be encountering do (not taxi drivers, in my experience, but hotels, museums, etc.). I have spent quite a bit of time there, and done well with just English. My personal experience with Macau is that the English is not as strong. But, not being a Portuguese speaker myself, I couldn't get a good read on how well people speak Portuguese. What I understand from locals (at U of Macau) is that isn't that widely spoken. I would hope that there is someone who knows Macau better than I do who might be able to chime in.

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

I'm sorry for spamming, but I'm making one discovery after another: On the French wikipedia there is very detailed information about the languages in Hong Kong and Macau: In Hong Kong 88% can speak Mandarin and 83% can speak English and in Macau 41% can speak Mandarin, 21% can speak English and 2% can speak Portuguese. :)

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/StephanieS299403

Interesting! My Chinese friend who went with me last year thought that while more can speak Mandarin that let on, they don't like to. She says she never speaks Mandarin in Hong Kong. Of course, there's no data to back that up. Just her observation.

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Thanks for your help! I assume that the English course for Chinese speakers is for Mandarin speakers, but I can't check it. I put Hong Kong to English for now. :)

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

I just read on the French Wikipedia that only 2% can speak Portuguese. :)

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/StephanieS299403

You might find this interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY0AMmLuiqk

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

I have already watched it a few minutes after it came out. :D

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/206916

By the way - one can get by with Hindi in Nepal. Many Nepalis understand it, and they are very similar, even closer than how Spanish and Portuguese are.

April 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2

As the previous commenter said... wow! This is incredible! Thank you so much for this!

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

I'm glad you like it! Thanks! :)

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97

For Ethiopia, Arabic, English, and Italian are indeed useful languages, but Amharic is even more so!

This is why there should be an Amharic course! ;)

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6898089

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Of course, it definitely should! :D

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Simon495251

Unfortunatley I must tell you that one might have difficulties with English in Ethiopia, at least that is what I think, based on the experiences I had. Especially in rural areas and smaller towns one will find that people on the streets or in shops or in public transport will often speak no or maybe just little English, so it is far better for a visitor to know some Amharic. I really hope that Duolingo will have an Amharic course very soon!

November 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PolMicheal

Very well done!

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeMettel

Thanks! :)

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PolMicheal

Bitte schön!

February 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JacksonD101

wow... you deserve lingot

May 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DonFiore

I think it's ridiculous to list Esperanto as up to 10 million when no credible source comes even close to that estimate. At the very least it could give a range like "between 100k and 10 million"

July 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JFSPA

German spoken with a german accent will, strictly speaking WORK in much of Switzerland...but frankly, may not always make you friends. No such problem with "school" french (or english, which is also very widely understood--better than french, perhaps, in the german regions). None of the above will reliably work in small mountain villages.

More generally, In countries with multiple languages, there can be a whole lot of sociological / historical baggage tied to each. I suppose you can learn any, if you want to listen in on conversations, or not be entirely dependent on an interpreter; but read up a little before you publicize the fact that you speak one or another, some.

July 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JFSPA

Would be useful to add the languages that people are unlikely to learn, but are the dominant language in large parts of a country.

For example, there are vast regions of the Philippines where you won't get very far in Tagalog in daily life (though you'll be able to read the newspaper and acces government services). Instead, the people around you will speak, perhaps, Cebuano (spoken by about 25 million in Philippines); Ilonggo (9.3 million, ditto), etc. http://www.csun.edu/~lan56728/majorlanguages.htm

July 22, 2017
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