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How many people learn* romance languages on Duolingo? (*number of accounts)

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We all know that dozens of millions of people learn English on Duolingo, but what about other languages? So I took some time to add up the total number of people learning romance languages and German on Duolingo. Why only those languages? Because, besides English, those are the only languages that are availiable to speakers of several different languages.

Spanish: 108 million (94,2 from English, 6,81 from Portuguese)

French: 87 million (55,7 from English , 12,8 from Spanish)

German: 46,5 million (34,4 from English, 5,80 from Spanish)

Italian: 30,2 million (22 from English, 6,99 from Spanish)

Portuguese: 15,6 million (9,2 from English, 6,2 from Spanish)

Catalan is studied by 840 thousand spanish speakers

Romanian is studied by 180 thousand English speakers

Most studied languages only availiable for English speakers:

Russian: 5 million

Dutch: 3,9 million

Irish: 3,3 million

Turkish: 2,8 million

Swedish is learned by 3,7 million English speakers and 190 thousand Arabic speakers.

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https://www.duolingo.com/wombatua
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Number of accounts doesn't equal number of active learners. Signing up for an account, doing a lesson or two, and stopping and never coming back shouldn't be counted, but it is in your figures.

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https://www.duolingo.com/gauchowatcher
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Well, everybody knows that, but as Duolingo does not have the statistics for active learners, that's what I could do for now. I think that the most interesting aspect of these figures are the proportions of learners for each language. For example, we can see that French is a little less learned than Spanish; Italian, despite being mostly spoken in Italy, is twice as learned as Portuguese, which is spoken in Brazil,Portugal, Angola, Mozambique and a few other countries.

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https://www.duolingo.com/wombatua
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Then you should title your piece appropriately, as "how many Romance language accounts does Duolingo have" or something similar. Your headline implies active learners.

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https://www.duolingo.com/gauchowatcher
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Unfortunately, that's the only statistic Duolingo provides, I think they could at least tell us how many people have finished their trees, then we would have an idea about the percentage of active learners. As for the number of accounts not being the same as active learners, at least theoratically people are signing up to learn a language, so we should give them the benefit of the doubt, shouldn't we? Maybe only half percent of people finish their trees, maybe 20%, who can give us that information?

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https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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They might consider this financially sensitive information, or even proprietary information. They are under no obligation to provide this to you.

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https://www.duolingo.com/gauchowatcher
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Did I say they are under obligation to provide me anything? "I think (opinion) they COULD (not should or have to) at least tell us how many people have finished their trees..." In the same line of reasoning of yours, one could say: "Duolingo has no obligation to provide free language courses" or "They are under no obligation to reward points to you each time you finish a lesson". Well, they are free to do whatever they want, but why did I suggest they told us the number of finished trees per language or some more specific information? Because, I think it would be, more likely, benefitial to them, rather than decrease the engagement in the site.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Your image linking contains an error. If you get this in an email notification, it might show the code instead of the image. If so, you can copy, edit your post, and paste it onto your post in place of the broken one. . :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Odd... it didn't work for me either. Take two

Edit: I found the problem with my first attempt. I copied the link in the url bar on autopilot, instead of right clicking and copying the "image address" My bad.

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https://www.duolingo.com/anyom
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how many people learn english?

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https://www.duolingo.com/gauchowatcher
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Roughly 300 million. I got that number by adding up (mental calculations) the total number of all the people learning English from the many languages it is availiable to be learned from.

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https://www.duolingo.com/anyom
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that's a lot of people

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https://www.duolingo.com/MUFON6000

INTRESTING

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https://www.duolingo.com/John12122
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I learn french

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bob20020
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Romanian is a romance language too.

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