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World Language General Knowledge #3

Answer these general knowledge questions about world languages.
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First submittedJanuary 27, 2018
Last updatedJanuary 31, 2018
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What is an official language of 55 different countries?
English
What is an official language of 29 different countries?
French
What was the most commonly-spoken language amongst Jews prior to WWII?
Yiddish
What Mediterranean sea-faring people invented the first alphabet?
The Phoenicians
What is the last letter of the Greek alphabet?
Omega
Which Greek letter looks like this: Δ?
Delta
What language is the Quran written in?
Arabic
What language, starting with Z, is the most commonly-spoken in South Africa?
Zulu
What country is the most linguistically diverse - with over 820 indigenous languages?
Papua New Guinea
What language includes the words Kahuna, Keiki, Honu, and ʻOhana?
Hawaiian
What playwright invented hundreds of words, including assassination and eyeball?
William Shakespeare
What comes next after eins and zwei?
Drei
In the Bible, what building angered God, causing him to curse humans
with a "confusion of tongues"?
Tower of Babel
What language has given us place names such as Cwmystwyth and Llanfairpwllgwyngyll?
Welsh
What language/dialect is "Auld Lang Syne" written in?
Scots
What language, spoken in parts of Spain and France, is unrelated to any other living language?
Basque
What is the most commonly-spoken Native American language in the U.S.?
Navajo
From what language do the family names Kardashian and Sarkisian come from?
Armenian
What is the most commonly-spoken Slavic language?
Russian
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level 10
Jan 27, 2018
I did surprisingly well (9/19) even though I don't know that much about languages.
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level 22
Jun 29, 2018
I got 9/19 too! (and also know nothing about languages)
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level 84
Jan 27, 2018
You may want to clarify that Navajo is the most commonly-spoken Native American language *in the United States*.
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level ∞
Jan 28, 2018
Bone-headed mistake on my part - now fixed.
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level 73
Jan 27, 2018
Would you accept "Phoenicians" without "The?"
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level ∞
Jan 28, 2018
We do
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level 73
Jan 28, 2018
And without S? Especially as just "Scot" is accepted.
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level ∞
Jan 29, 2018
Okay
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level 70
Jan 27, 2018
Navajo: 170.000 Speakers Nahuatl: 1.500.000 Speakers Quechua: 10.000.000 Speakers
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level 65
Jan 27, 2018
Good catch. I stand corrected on my earlier comment regarding Nahuatl. It definitely looks like Quechua is by far the best answer according to Wikipedia.
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level 61
Jan 28, 2018
Quechua isn't really one language. Even split apart it still has the most speakers.
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level 48
Jan 28, 2018
Are you sure about the Navajo? They're all over here in Arizona, and it gets handed down. My son has two friends who say they'll teach it to their friends. And they've never lived on the reservation.
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level 51
Jan 28, 2018
Huh, Sarkisian is Armenian? The more you know...
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level ∞
Jan 28, 2018
Bonus question: What mononymic celebrity was born with the last name Sarkisian?
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level 35
Jan 28, 2018
Cher
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level 76
Jun 29, 2018
The only Sarkeesian I had heard of before was that obnoxious liar and hypocrite Anita who has made hundreds of thousands of dollars making a handful of YouTube videos about how video games oppress women.
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level 59
Jan 28, 2018
could you accept Jiddish, too ?
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level 59
Jan 16, 2019
Exactly what i wanted to ask, if you'd accept jiddish

(though I dont exactly know why people ask if some stuff could please be accepted, it is not like it is gonna change your score after the fact...)

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level 66
Jan 31, 2018
Eins and Zwei shouldn't be written with a first capital letter. Unlike nouns, the numbers in German are written lower case end to end.
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level ∞
Jan 31, 2018
I'll take your word for it. I changed the clue.
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level 77
Feb 26, 2018
To be fair, Cymraeg should be accepted ;).
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level 66
Mar 1, 2018
For reference, the full name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The name was created in the 19th century when residents of the town wanted to attract more tourists to the area, and it remains a popular place for people to visit and take photos next to the train station sign. Other good Welsh place names include "Plwmp" and "Nantycaws" (which translates to "stream of cheese").
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level 79
Jun 29, 2018
+1 for "stream of cheese"
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level 63
Apr 19, 2018
Shakespeare did not invent "assasin". It's origins are in Arabic meaning something like an outcast. It came to Europe with the crusaders.
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level 76
Jun 19, 2018
I feel as if a lot of the words Shakespeare is credited with inventing were in fact just *recorded* for the first time by the playwright. A word can exist for a long time outside of written documents, and especially when you take into account the time at which he was writing.
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level 76
Jun 29, 2018
The clue doesn't say "assassin" it says "assassinate."
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level 73
Jul 3, 2018
Actually, it says "assassination". (Maybe QM changed it in the last few days...)
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level 76
Jul 5, 2018
Maybe. Anyway the point is taking a noun and turning it into verb (and then taking that verb and turning it back in to a noun) still counts as coining a new word if nobody has done that before.
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level 54
Jun 29, 2018
19/19 with 1'25 remaining. Maybe shorten the clock by 1 minute, or add more difficult questions.
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level 60
Jun 29, 2018
Need the extra time for all us mere mortals.
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level 66
Jun 29, 2018
Brain farts, consistently successful in robbing me of full marks on countless quizzes; already got the English and Welsh questions and when I saw the "Auld Lang Syne" one I immediately thought Gaelic, but when Irish didn't work I completely forgot Scotland had their own language/dialect and were like: "so it must be some other language group then." Proceeded to try every concievable living language until the time ran out! *sigh*
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level 56
Jul 4, 2018
A note about nomenclature: Gaelic is not Irish - Gaelic is spoken in Scotland. Irish is a separate (but very closely related language to Gaelic) language. Scots is different from both Gaelic and Irish - Scots is a Germanic language, whereas the former two are Celtic.
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level 68
Jun 29, 2018
Can you add 'euskara' as legitimate answer in addition to basque?
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level 31
Jun 29, 2018
19/19 with 2 minutes to spare and I'm playing via my mum from the womb.
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level 61
Jun 30, 2018
Fun quiz, thanks. Got all but Phoenician.
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level 38
Jun 30, 2018
Would you accept Euskera for Basque ?
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level 41
Jul 1, 2018
out of all the good things coming outta Armenia they had to talk only about kardashians lmao.
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level 59
Jul 1, 2018
could you accept jiddish ? that is how we spell it in Dutch. Also, I typed arabian, without capital, and it did not take.
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level 56
Jul 4, 2018
It probably didn't accept Arabian (with or without a capital letter) because that is not the name of the language - it's Arabic. Yiddish is the English spelling of that language - must Quizmaster cater to all other languages?
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level 70
Aug 13, 2018
I take quizzes in German. When I know the answer, but can't type it right...I've just done what I came to do: learn a little more German. No reason in demanding Germans start using English spellings.
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level 66
Oct 13, 2018
Stick figures having sex.