I was updating my Mac and noticed the following:
Lots of obscure European languages there. That got me wondering: what’s the least obscure language not on the above list? Igbo? Swahili? Or maybe Tagalog?
I did a quick google and found this list of languages by number of native speakers. Once you see the list, the answer is obvious: Hindi, first language of 295 million people, is not on Apple’s list. The next most popular languages not included: Bengali, Punjabi, Javanese, Wu, Telegu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu. Wow: most of these are Indian! Then comes Persian and a bunch of others.
It turns out that Tagalog, Igbo, and Swahili, are way down on this list with 28 million, 24 million, and 26 million native speakers, respectively.
Only 26 million for Swahili? This made me want to check the list of languages by total number of speakers. The ranking of most of the languages isn’t much different, but Swahili is now #10, at 140 million. Hindi and Bengali are still the biggest languages not on the list.