Who is learning what on Duolingo
Always wanted to know who is learning what on Duolingo ? What are the most popular languages ? Where are the learners coming from ?
Since I couldn't find this information, I compiled the numbers I found on the different language pages and build the matrix you will find here (numbers are in thousands) :
- the column title is the source (known) language
- the row title is the target (learned) language
- each cell shows how many people speaking the source language are learning the target one (numbers where taken on August 5, 2017)
There are over 637 millions learners ! That's about 10% of the world population ! (Well, of course, some (most) people take more than one language so this affirmation is quite exagerated.)
The top 5 "most sudied languages" are
- English (with approximately 50% of the learners)
The top 5 "source languages" are
Since the biggest part of the matrix is empty we can assume that most people learning a foreign language already speak english.
The figure of 200 millions users is coherent with the matrix. I should have said 637 millions "inscriptions to a new language" and not 637 millions "users". As I noticed in the post most users take several languages. If Duolingo has around 200 millions "unique" users, that would make an average of 3 languages by user, which seems to make sense.
As for russian speaking members, the studied languages are