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Official UN Languages

Name the 6 official languages of United Nations.
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First submittedDecember 14, 2015
Last updatedApril 17, 2019
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Language
Arabic
Chinese
English
Language
French
Russian
Spanish
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level 58
Dec 14, 2015
Mandarin for Chinese?
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level ∞
Jan 12, 2016
Mandarin will work now.
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level 78
Apr 24, 2016
Got 'em all. Almost forgot Russian, but I got 'em.
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level 54
Nov 21, 2018
Same
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level 45
Apr 25, 2016
Not german?
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level 70
Apr 25, 2016
Nein.
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level 65
Nov 21, 2018
If they wanted to add another European language, it would have been Portuguese, surely?
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level 54
Jan 15, 2019
why? in europe a very small portion speak portuguese (unless you were joking..)
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level 55
Jul 7, 2019
No - Bulgarian.
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level 55
Jul 7, 2019
What about Italian?
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level 66
Jul 7, 2019
@Sif ... I think it's because of the 200 million people who speak portuguese as a first language in Brazil.
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level 71
Jul 7, 2019
+ Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome & Principe, Timor Leste -- did I miss any?
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level 76
Jul 7, 2019
Hatem, are you implying that there exists a world outside the borders of Europe?
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level 48
Apr 28, 2016
That's one of the consequences for losing in World War II. German, Japanese, and Italian are not official U.N. languages.
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level 56
Nov 22, 2018
Numbers of speakers and/or numbers of countries in which languages are spoken are probably more important. Japanese, German and Italian are not as widely spoken as the official languages.
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level 49
Nov 22, 2018
But German is an official language in 9 countries.
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level 69
Jul 7, 2019
Eight, according to Wikipedia. Two of those countries are tiny (Luxembourg and Liechtenstein) and two others are rather small as well (Austria and Switzerland, which has large parts that rather speak French or Italian). In three of the countries, it is only a regional language (France, Italy, Belgium - the German speaking community in Belgium is tiny).
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level 59
Jul 31, 2016
Surprised not to see Hindi.
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level 41
Jul 7, 2019
Why though. Hindi is only spoken by one UN member state (India, where most people in power speak English). Furthermore, India isn't a permanent member of the UN security council which was the justification for Mandarin and Russian.
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level 27
Dec 17, 2016
My goal is to learn all these languages. I've got english, french and spanish and am currently working on arabic. Russian and chinese will be fun :P
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level 38
Apr 18, 2017
God damn it, missed english. I'll go away ashamed.
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level 30
Feb 9, 2019
Then why is English 100% guessed?
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level 58
Mar 26, 2019
99,5%?!
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level 70
May 31, 2017
Dang. Thought for sure that semaphore would've been one.
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level 53
Apr 22, 2019
Please accept American for English & Spanish
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level 39
Jul 7, 2019
American?
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level 55
Jul 7, 2019
Of course you're joking
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level 44
Jul 7, 2019
Good quiz! Pretty easy though, just think of P5.
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level 65
Jul 7, 2019
Wasn't Portuguese added to the list recently?
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level 35
Jul 7, 2019
Given that French is the official language of Diplomacy, that one is understandable. Russian, English and Chinese probably correlate to how the five main members of the UN are USA, UK France, China and Russian, and Spanish and Arabic... probably more prevalent compared to other languages, if I had to guess. A nice quiz, thanks for sharing.
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level 29
Jul 7, 2019
Should be in the easy quizzes category
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