15 most popular languages on LingQ

I made some observations about some most popular languages on LingQ. I think this statistics may be interesting.
I took the Mini Stories courses in 15 different languages which seem to be popular here on LingQ. It is hard to make fair observations, but I wanted to know how many users were courious enough to open at least a lesson and how many users are so persistent to read all of them.


So, here is my statistics. It looks like so:
Language max-min (courses/lessons)

English 44250-442 (1000+/1000+)
Spanish 14885-639 (520/1000+)
French 14027-298 (927/1000+)
German 13365-605 (481/1000+)
Russian 7708-272 (474/1000+)
Italian 7616-226 (228/1000+)
Chinese 7173-167 (327/1000+)
Greek 3342-101 (55/684)
Polish 2975-54 (93/696)
Swedish 2517-100 (91/1000+)
Dutch 2352-193 (159/1000+)
Portuguese 2017-108 (218/1000+)
Arabic 1840-81 (98-675)
Romanian 976-51 (25/291)
Ukrainian 888-34 (32/428)
Esperanto 819-115 (49/1000+)
Czech 771-37 (143/1000+)

They are sorted in order of the max number of the most popular Mini Story in every language.


We can see the most consistent students learn Spanish and German, they used to learn the whole course.

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I have opened the slots for the following languages, Turkish, Polish, Greek, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian and Russian. Of course as you can tell I have not studied these languages yet (apart from Romanian). They have been attempts to get to were I am now in Portuguese, Dutch and Catalan.

The main reason is because I want to become really good at the Romance languages and German before I start to dive into other languages. The aforementioned languages are the ones that I am mostly interested in as well as all Slavic languages (to an extent).

I might give Georgian a try (next in line to be added), Hungarian intrigues me as well. If some day we’d get Basque I’d definitely give that a try. Actually now that Catalan has been added I think it might be the one language that I decide I will study without lingq.

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What do you mean Georgian is next in line to be added?

Over the last couple of months (maybe), the minimum requirements for launching a language into Beta has been reached for Hungarian, Catalan and Georgian. Hungarian was added maybe a month ago, Catalan today after a month since reaching the requirements. Zoran has said on a few threads that Georgian is next in line to be launched.

I think someone said a few days before Hungarian was launched that it had been two months since Hungarian had reached the requirements. I remember clearly that it is more or less a month since Catalan reached that stage.

Though we have a lot of nerds on this forum, I commend you sir for being the most motivated to actually research these numbers for us. Thank you !!


It is interesting that 2 of the 6 official United Nations languages ( Chinese and Arabic) didn’t make the list.

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Oops, it can be my bad. I don’t learn nither Chinese nor Arabic. I am sorry I could just forget about them.
So, here they are:

Chinese 7173-167 (327/1000+)
Arabic 1840-81 (98-675)

Chinese had to be between Italian and Greek, Arabic had to be Portuguese and Romanian.
I did not take in account Japanese and Korean. For sure my rating is just for fun.


I don’t understand what are max, min, courses and lessons ?

max = the most popular mini story was so oft called, usually it is the 1st lesson in the language’s course
min = the mini story with the minial reviews count in the Mini Stories course
courses = the total number of courses of the language
lessons = the total number of lessons of the language


Some new statistics.
The French library ist the 2nd one which reached 1000+ courses.
Here is the list of 15 LingQ libraries, which have more than 1000 lessons. They are sorted by the number of courses.

Language, Courses
English 1000+
French 1000+
Japanese 607
Spanish 567
German 593
Russian 497
Chinese 364
Italian 267
Portuguese 251
Dutch 165
Korean 159
Czech 154
Swedish 108
Latin 94
Esperanto 56


I wonder why czech is still a beta language then if there’s all that content?

There is no difference in functionality between beta languages and fully supported ones. It is really not an important distinction.

The most of intermediate and advanced content is read by a robot. That is the problem of the Czech library.

Ah okay. I have been exclusively using materials I have imported myself so I was not really aware.