https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice

A travel map for Duolingans

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Hi everyone, here's a map I'm working on (3rd version with suggested edits):

The idea is that it shows which most-spoken languages you can learn on Duolingo from english. Or to be more specific, it shows where in the world you can go and speak the most-spoken language of the population solely using a Duolingo course. Green indicates a course on Duolingo, orange indicates a course in the incubator.

This is not the same as official languages or majority languages - I'm only counting the most-spoken language of each country.

It's a work in progress, so feel free to point out any mistakes or additions, and I'll update the map as we go! Hope it's useful.

3/4/2017, 1:20:26 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales
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Awesome!

3/4/2017, 1:24:32 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Starlight2011

Oh ok....Thanks! Great idea! :)

3/4/2017, 1:23:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Pegasusangel

This is awesome! I'm so excited about Japanese and korean finally being in the incubator!

3/4/2017, 1:26:24 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/timbopuff

cool thats awesome thanks!!!

3/4/2017, 1:28:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/HalJam
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3/4/2017, 10:55:20 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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Cool! I am sticking to english only courses for the moment. Am interested in Greenland stats.

3/4/2017, 1:04:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Luko.
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Well, you could learn Spanish from English and then GuaranĂ­ from Spanish.

Great map, by the way!

3/5/2017, 7:57:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rabbiehill

Great map! However the majority of the North West of Africa should also be green as French is widely spoken in the region, either as an official language or as a language of business.

3/4/2017, 1:39:18 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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I've coloured Benin as green, because 35% of the population speak French compared with indigenous languages which are 24% or less. Unless I can find similar statistics for other West African countries, I'm going to assume French is not the most spoken language, despite being official and used in many.

3/4/2017, 3:09:22 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rabbiehill

ah fair enough then :)

3/4/2017, 1:12:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor
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According to wikipedia, more people speak English in Belize than Creole.

3/4/2017, 9:25:36 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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Ok good spot! Thanks!

3/4/2017, 1:07:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

You don't have Kronos (the Klingon home world) shown. :-)

3/4/2017, 1:54:06 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rachel468637

That's really interesting! Thanks!

3/4/2017, 6:08:14 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/runhaags
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Tanzania and Kenya should be green rather than orange as Swahili has graduated from the incubator! This is a really great map, by the way.

Edit: A separate observation: adding an Arabic course would color a ton of countries green!

3/5/2017, 4:16:50 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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Ok, turning Africa green...

3/6/2017, 7:19:24 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/chemsat
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You can add Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as russian speaking countries. This language is widely spoken there.

3/4/2017, 6:28:05 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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You appear to be correct about Kazakhstan! According to Wikipedia, there are more Kyrgyz speakers than Russian in Kyrgyzstan, however. Thanks for the info!

3/4/2017, 6:42:50 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/chemsat
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There is no any problem with my Russian in Kyrgyzstan when I travel there)). Everyone can speak with me and understand me. May be you can have some difficulties with young generation of Kyrgyz people. Those who was born after the Soviet Union dissapeared.

3/4/2017, 11:02:40 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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I'm going off statistics of the most-spoken language: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyrgyzstan#Languages

3/4/2017, 1:06:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/chemsat
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It is interesting, but don't trust much to numbers)). Most important sentence in your link is: Kyrgyzstan is one of two former Soviet republics in Central Asia to retain Russian as an official language, Kazakhstan being the other.

3/4/2017, 1:33:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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As mentioned in the OP, this map doesn't display official languages, but rather most-spoken languages.

3/6/2017, 7:20:57 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Namejs
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ehh, poor Baltics and Finland. :D

3/5/2017, 1:35:50 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Fflatte

I believe that the Swahili for English speakers course has been released into beta. I think this means that Tanzania and Kenya should be green now. :D

3/5/2017, 5:26:21 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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OK!

3/6/2017, 7:21:21 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Abu718280
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I'm a little late to this and it may not be updated but; good map! But some things I point out.

However, from what I personally know, in the capital cities of Kyrgyzstan and Gabon (Bishkek and Libreville, respectively) Russian and French (again, respectively) are the common language.

In Gabon especially, nearly half of the population lives in Libreville and most sources say that actually 80% of people in the country can speak French. So it definitely should be green.

In Kyrgyzstan, it is only concentrated in Bishkek and a few tourist towns near Issyk-Kul, but still from the Soviet era nearly half of the population speaks Russian even if not daily.

11/4/2017, 5:29:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Amgad
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Africa is sad

3/4/2017, 3:16:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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Yeah, I think this map highlights Duolingo's Euro-centrism pretty clearly. Both Africa and Asia could have more Duo languages. A bit of Arabic, Chinese, Persian and some Niger-Congo languages would really fill out the map nicely.

3/4/2017, 11:44:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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Fill in Paraguay and Guyana! Paraguay is majority Spanish-speaking, with a significant Guarani community, both of which have courses on Duolingo. Guyana is majority creole-speaking, but most people there speak standard English as well. You should also definitely color in South Africa, and likely several other African countries with English or French as their official languages. Even if the colonial languages aren't native, they're still often understood by more than half of the population. Plus if you include Angola and Mozambique under Portuguese, you ought to include the Congo and Senegal under French, or South Africa and Nigeria (or India!) under English, for example.

3/5/2017, 9:58:14 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice
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Sorry, the wording of the original post was a bit unclear, I've since changed it. I'm not looking for majority languages or official languages, rather the most-spoken languages of each country. Reason being that colonial languages often do not get you that far inside a country, despite being used in schools and official documentation. Paraguay is majority Spanish speaking, but according to Wikipedia there is more Guarani. I'd be interested in seeing South Africa statistics, my understanding is that english is not necessarily the most-spoken language. I'm very interested in stats on the Congo. Senegal on the other hand is definitely not a majority French country, there would be far more Wolof speakers. A similar thing goes for India, and I suspect there are more Hausa speakers than English in Nigeria, but again I'm interested in the statistics. If you find any stats, let me know!

3/6/2017, 7:35:42 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/HalJam
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3/7/2017, 12:42:30 AM

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I don't really know what your point is. I've stated what my intentions in creating the map are. If you want to make a map of colonial/official languages, go ahead, I have no problem with that. I'm well aware of the situation of Hindi and English in India, but there are plenty of examples of the opposite occurrence (most of Africa, for example), and when I travel I don't like just talking to educated classes - so I decided to make a simple rule - colour according to the most-spoken language - and stick to it. It's no more or less arbitrary than using any other criteria, so I have no idea how any of this is inconsistent, it's the very definition of consistency. 'Usefulness' of a language will depend on what you want to do with it. If you want to talk to the police, the language introduced by a colonial power will indeed often be the most helpful. If you want to express heartfelt thanks in a way that speaks directly to the people whose mud-brick hut you just stayed in, it may not... this isn't 'problematic' unless you want it to be...

3/7/2017, 12:10:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/smokekeo

Awww. My brother wanted to learn Chinese

3/5/2017, 11:09:10 PM
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