Talk:List of languages by number of speakers

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Kiswahili/Swahili is the main language of Tanzania and a secondary language in many other east African states. I'm surprised not to see it on this list. ScottDG 22:34, 25 December 2011 (EST)

This is a good point, I am going to investigate... --PhilipN 23:01, 25 December 2011 (EST)
Apparently Swahili is the native language of only 787,630 people( Anyway, it seems to be the second language of many more people (in DRC, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda...)--PhilipN 23:28, 25 December 2011 (EST)

English and primary country

I believe the primary country is the country of origin of the language. Therefore, primary country of English is UK and primary country of Spanish is Spain. --PhilipN 23:24, 25 December 2011 (EST)

Seeing as the list is of numbers of speakers, I took "primary" to mean "where the most speakers are." No big deal. ScottDG 23:46, 25 December 2011 (EST)


There where more then 21.7 million Dutch speakers in 2011, I think the Flemish are forgotten here because they are listed under Flemish language (6 million speakers). Since Flemish is not an official language but a name for Southern Dutch (Belgian Dutch) dialects it should be added to Dutch language. Together that makes 27,7 million Dutch speakers world wide. --Gentenaar (talk) 16:56, 12 January 2017 (EST)