We'll Give You 3 Cities, You Tell Us What Language They Speak

By: Jouviane Alexandre
Estimated Completion Time
1 min
We'll Give You 3 Cities, You Tell Us What Language They Speak
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About This Quiz

Bonjour! Would you hear this welcome in Madrid or would you have to travel to France to hear it? If you heard it in Paris, would you also hear it in Krakow or Montreal? With all the languages in the world, can you identify them from the city they're spoken in?

In the 197 countries in the world, there are close to 7,000 different languages! You thought you couldn't decide what second language to study in high school, imagine if they gave you all of these options! While the name of a language is usually a good marker of where it's spoken, that method isn't completely foolproof!

With languages like Chinese, Spanish, English, and Portuguese, you can't expect that they'll only be spoken in China, Spain, England, and Portugal, respectively. As some of the most spoken languages in the world, you'll find them all over the globe.

With a language like Spanish, you'll see that this language has traveled all over the world, especially in North and South America. While the Portuguese language is clearly named after the country of Portugal, there's another country with over 20-times as many speakers!

From all the languages spoken around the world, can you narrow them down to the cities they're spoken in? If given the option of Barcelona, Santiago, and Lima, would you choose Portuguese or French? Or neither?

If you're a lover of languages, this is the quiz for you! Let's find out if you're getting lost in translation in this quiz!

San Juan, Bueno Aires, & Havana
Bengali
Igbo
Tamil
Spanish
Spanish is the second most widely used language in the world. Spoken in countries from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic to Spain, there are more than 399 million Spanish-speaking people across the world.

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Singapore, Taipei, & Beijing
Hindi
Chinese
The most commonly spoken language in the world, Chinese can be broken down into different dialects which include Mandarin and Cantonese. With more 848 million speakers, you'll find the language mostly in China and in other countries, such as Taiwan and Singapore.
Khmer
Czech

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Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bengaluru
Hindi
Heard in India, Hindi is the fourth most commonly used language in the world.
German
Zulu
Portuguese

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Seoul, Pyongyang, & Busan
Dutch
Korean
Korean can be found within the top 20 spoken languages of the world. With more than 77 million speakers, the language can mostly be heard in North and South Korea.
Punjabi
English

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Vatican City, Rome, & Florence
Burmese
Italian
One of the romance languages, Italian has more than 61 million speakers around the world. Obviously found in Italy, the language is also considered official in countries like Switzerland, San Marino, and Vatican City.
Portuguese
Igbo

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Luanda, Maputo, & Rio de Janeiro
Greek
Polish
Portuguese
Portuguese can be found in the top 10 most common languages around the world. With more than 203 million speakers, you'll find natives speaking Portuguese in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, and more.
Ukrainian

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Krakow, Odessa, & Vilnius
Arabic
Italian
Polish
Although not included in the top 10, there are still many Polish-speaking natives in the world. With more than 39 million people, you'll find the language being used in Poland, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and more.
Haitian Creole

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Dhaka, Chittagon, Khulna
Hausa
Bengali
Another commonly used language, the Bengali language is mostly kept within the confines of Bangladesh. There are more than 189 million speakers.
Burmese
Nepali

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Milan, Ticino, & San Marino
Kurdish
Italian
One of the romance languages, Italian has more than 61 million speakers around the world. Obviously found in Italy, the language is also considered official in countries like Switzerland, San Marino, and Vatican City.
Turkish
Somai

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Santo Domingo, Guadalajara, & Barcelona
Vietnamese
Swahili
Spanish
Spanish is the second most widely used language in the world. Spoken in countries from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic to Spain, there are more than 399 million speakers across the world.
Korean

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Cairo, Baghdad, & Tel Aviv
Javanese
Persian
Telugu
Arabic
The fifth most common language of the world, Arabic can be heard in many countries. With more than 242 million speakers, the language is found in the countries of Egypt, Israel, Iraq, and more.

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Moscow, Minsk, & Almaty
Japanese
Chinese
Swedish
Russian
Found within the top 15 of most commonly spoken languages, Russian can most obviously be heard in Russia. With more than 166 million speakers, you'll also hear the language most commonly used in countries like Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

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Berlin, Zurich, & Wiltz
Malay
Yoruba
German
Another common language with more than 78.1 million speakers worldwide, Germany is the official language of many countries. Obviously, on this list, you'll find Germany, but you'll also find the countries of Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.
Russian

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Montreal, Dakar, & Port-au-Prince
Czech
Telugu
French
With more than 75.9 million speakers, French can most commonly be found in the country of France. You'll also find the language used officially in the Quebec province of Canada as well as countries like Haiti, Senegal, Monaco, and Morocco.
Arabic

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Santiago, Guatemala City, & Lima
Javanese
Nepali
English
Spanish
Spanish is the second most widely used language in the world. Spoken in countries from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic to Spain, there are more than 399 million speakers across the world.

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Aileu, Lisbon, & Praia
Hungarian
Portuguese
Portuguese can be found in the top 10 most common languages around the world. With more than 203 million speakers, you'll find natives speaking Portuguese in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, and more.
French
Spanish

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Nassau, London, & Toronto
Haitian Creole
English
With more than 335 million speakers in the world, English is the third most commonly used language. The official language of many countries as well as the language of higher education in others, you'll hear the language in the United States, Canada, the U.K., a few African countries, such as Kenya and Nigeria, and islands in the Caribbean.
Vietnamese
Bengali

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Alexandria, Tripoli, & Dubai
Arabic
The fifth most common language in the world, Arabic can be heard in many countries. With more than 242 million speakers, the language is found in the countries of Egypt, Israel, Iraq, and more.
Ukrainian
Hungarian
Kurdish

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Istanbul, Patras, & Prishtina
French
Spanish
Turkish
Another commonly used language, Turkish has more than 70.9 million speakers around the world. The language can most commonly be heard within the confines of Turkey, but you'll also hear it used by natives in countries such as Cyprus, Macedonia, Greece, and Kosovo.
Dutch

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Kingston, Cape Town, & New York City
Tamil
Persian
English
With more than 335 million speakers in the world, English is the third most commonly used language. The official language of many countries as well as the language of higher education in others, you'll hear the language in the United States, Canada, the U.K., a few African countries, such as Kenya and Nigeria, and islands in the Caribbean.
Yoruba

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Algiers, Djibouti, & Giza
Arabic
The fifth most common language of the world, Arabic can be heard in many countries. With more than 242 million speakers, the language is found in the countries of Egypt, Israel, Iraq, and more.
Korean
Hausa
Greek

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Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad
Punjabi
While you won't find it as the native tongue of many countries, Punjabi is still one of the most commonly used languages. With more than 88.7 million speakers, Punjabi is most used in Pakistan.
Chinese
Turkish
Polish

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Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, & Da Nang
Russian
Japanese
Zulu
Vietnamese
Although mostly found within the confines of it's own country, Vietnamese is still one of the most commonly used languages with more than 67.8 million speakers.

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Munich, Vienna, & Vaduz
Swedish
Somali
German
Another common language with more than 78.1 million speakers worldwide, Germany is the official language of many countries. Obviously, on this list, you'll find Germany, but you'll also find the countries of Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.
Malay

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Sydney, Glasgow, & Nairobi
Hindi
German
Punjabi
English
With more than 335 million speakers in the world, English is the third most commonly used language. The official language of many countries, as well as the language of higher education in others, you'll hear the language in the United States, Canada, the U.K., a few African countries, such as Kenya and Nigeria, and islands in the Caribbean.

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Mecca, Casablanca, & Beirut
Italian
Arabic
The fifth most common language of the world, Arabic can be heard in many countries. With more than 242 million speakers, the language is found in the countries of Egypt, Israel, Iraq, and more.
Khmer
Swahili

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Shanghai, Hong Kong, & Tianjin
Ukrainian
Portuguese
Chinese
The highest spoken language in the world, Chinese can be broken down into different dialects which include Mandarin and Cantonese. With more than 848 million speakers, you'll find the language mostly in China and in other countries, such as Taiwan and Singapore.
Swahili

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Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo
Chinese
Polish
Japanese
Although mostly found within the confines of its own nation, Japanese has more than 128 million speakers. While you'll find it used on the mainland and many islands of Japan, you'll also hear it on the small island of Palau.
Igbo

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Warsw, Kiev, & Prague
Persian
Hindi
French
Polish
Although not included in the top 10, there are still many Polish-speaking natives of the world. With more than 39 million people, you'll find the language being used in Poland, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and more.

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Lagos, Johannesburg, & Los Angeles
Burmese
English
With more than 335 million speakers in the world, English is the third most commonly used language. The official language of many countries, as well as the language of higher education in others, you'll hear the language in the United States, Canada, the U.K., a few African countries, such as Kenya and Nigeria, and islands in the Caribbean.
Telugu
Hungarian

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Bursa, Limassol, & Skopje
English
Turkish
Another commonly used language, Turkish has more than 70.9 million speakers around the world. The language can most commonly be heard within the confines of Turkey, but you'll also hear it used by natives in countries such as Cyprus, Macedonia, Greece, and Kosovo.
Swedish
Nepali

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Caracas, Mexico City, & Madrid
Malay
Greek
Spanish
Spanish is the second most widely used language in the world. Spoken in countries from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic to Spain, there are more than 399 million speakers across the world.
Italian

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Paris, Monte Carlo, & Goma
Dutch
French
With more than 75.9 million speakers, French can most commonly be found in France. You'll also find the language used officially in the Quebec province of Canada as well as countries like Haiti, Senegal, Monaco, and Morocco.
Bengali
Turkish

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Porto, Sao Paulo, & Bata
Kurdish
Spanish
Portuguese
Portuguese can be found in the top 10 most common languages around the world. With more than 203 million speakers, you'll find natives speaking Portuguese in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, and more.
Russian

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Saint Petersburg, Astana, & Bishkek
Punjabi
Russian
Found within the top 15 of most commonly spoken languages, Russian can most obviously be heard in Russia. With more than 166 million speakers, you'll also hear the language most commonly used in countries like Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Korean
Czech

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