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Official Languages Spoken in the Most Countries

Which 24 languages are officially spoken in two or more countries?
Last updated: March 13, 2019
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Countries
Language
56
United Kingdom, Canada, ...
English
27
France, Canada, ...
French
24
Egypt, Iraq, Israel, ...
Arabic
18
Spain, Peru, ...
Spanish
9
Portugal, Brazil, ...
Portuguese
6
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...
German
5
Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo,
Montenegro, Serbia
Serbo-Croatian
4
Italy, San Marino, Switzerland,
Vatican City
Italian
4
Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Singapore
Malay /
Indonesian
4
Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan
Russian
3
Belgium, Netherlands, Suriname
Dutch
3
China, Taiwan, Singapore
Mandarin
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Countries
Language
3
Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan
Persian
3
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Swahili
2
Albania, Kosovo
Albanian
2
Cyprus, Greece
Greek
2
North Korea, South Korea
Korean
2
Moldova, Romania
Romanian
2
South Africa, Lesotho
Sotho
2
South Africa, Eswatini
Swazi
2
Sweden, Finland
Swedish
2
Sri Lanka, Singapore
Tamil
2
South Africa, Botswana
Tswana
2
Turkey, Cyprus
Turkish
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level 70
Feb 28, 2016
Nice!
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level 57
Mar 10, 2016
Here's the World Currency version to try :)
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level 43
Mar 13, 2019
Link not working for me.
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level 35
Mar 13, 2019
link not working either
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level 54
Mar 14, 2019
not working
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level 70
Feb 28, 2016
Actually Greek, Sotho and some other ones are missing? At least according to this quiz I had done, based on the JetPunk quiz - http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/91108/name-one-country-for-each-official-language
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level 57
Mar 8, 2016
Thank you a lot!
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level 55
Dec 18, 2018
Tamil could come in Srilanka, Singapore, india Bengali is spoken in India, Bangladesh Punjabi is spoken in India, Pakistan
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level 66
Apr 15, 2019
Bengali is only official at the state level in India, not the national level.
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level 84
Mar 10, 2016
Tamazight/Berberic is an official language in both Algeria and Morocco as of very recently.
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level 68
Mar 10, 2016
I love it :)
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level 57
Mar 10, 2016
Thanks.
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level 72
Mar 13, 2016
missed dutch, but got tswana...go figure
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level 54
Mar 13, 2019
Cor blimey
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level 65
Mar 16, 2016
what about aymara (Peru and Bolivia), Quechua (Bolivia, Peru and ecuador) and guarani (bolivia and Paraguay)
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level 65
Mar 16, 2016
also catalan is an official language in Andorra and Spain
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level 56
Jun 13, 2017
Catalan is not an official language of Spain at the national level, only at a regional level. This quiz is only asking about official languages at the national level (otherwise this quiz would be huge!).
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level 43
Oct 29, 2017
I second the motion to add Quechua and Aymara, since these are designated official languages at the national level in Bolivia and Peru, as well as Guaraní, which is an official national language of Bolivia and Paraguay!
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level 61
Mar 26, 2016
You should accept "Parsi" for Persian and also "Farsi" if you don't already.
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level 57
Mar 26, 2016
Farsi is already accepted. :) However, Parsi is not an Persian alternative.
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level 16
May 17, 2017
And you know this how? Do you live in a country where they speak this language?
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level 57
May 17, 2017
At least one person speaks Farsi in the US
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level 58
Jun 13, 2019
The Persian language is called Farsi in the language itself, but it was called Parsi (which still does) before the Arab invasion of Persia. Because Arabic doesn't have the letter P in its alphabet, they changed it to F for easier pronunciation for themselves. But Parsi and Farsi are both accepted among speakers.
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level 54
Mar 16, 2019
And perhaps 'Fersian' for Persian, as it starts with the same letter as 'Farsi' :)
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level 54
Apr 24, 2016
The name for the language they speak in Malaysia and Indonesia is called Bahasa, please accept it.
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level 37
May 5, 2016
Nope. I'm Indonesian and some of us will go ballistic when we hear comments like these. 'Bahasa' does not refer to the language spoken by Indonesians. 'Bahasa' just means 'language'. Russian is 'bahasa rusia'. Arabic is 'bahasa arab'. Portuguese is 'bahasa portugis'. Indonesian is 'bahasa indonesia'.
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level 57
May 5, 2016
Now accepted :)
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level 54
Mar 16, 2019
Please un-accept it then :)
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level 52
May 5, 2016
Bengali is spoken in India and Bangladesh and are official languages in both countries.
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level 54
Mar 16, 2019
but not on the national level
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level 70
May 5, 2016
Quechua--official in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
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level 37
May 5, 2016
where is Catalan? Official in Andorra, Spain, France and Italy.
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level 63
May 5, 2016
The quiz is about official languages of countries. And if Catalan is spoken is some regions or cities of these countries, it is not always an official language of the country itself. It is official in the regions of Catalonia, Balearic Island and Valancia but, such as Galician or Basque, not in Spain. It is official in the city of Alghero but not in Italy (Italian is the only official language, but 12 regional languages are official in some regions). And in France it isn't official in any region at all.
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level 76
May 5, 2016
Got everything that was 3 and up, that was pretty easy. Some of the others were tough. Should have got Albanian, though.
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level 76
Mar 13, 2019
breezed through it this time. Must have learned something last time.
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level 76
Jun 10, 2019
and... now since you've added the hints column (is that new?) this is really easy
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level 57
May 5, 2016
How about Bengali? (Bangladesh and India)
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level 66
May 5, 2016
Second this.
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level 67
May 5, 2016
could it be a Bengali/Bangla thing?
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level 46
Mar 13, 2019
It's a central government thing that refuses to respect any other native language than Hindi.
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level 64
May 5, 2016
how about hindi? india, nepal, fiji
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level 57
May 5, 2016
Nepal's official language is Nepali, and Fiji's is Fiji Hindi, a dialect of Hindustani languages, like Punjabi is different from Hindi
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level 49
Sep 24, 2017
I am a native Hindi speaker and only speak 2 languages. But I understood everything that was being spoken in a Fiji Hindi video I watched.
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level 71
May 5, 2016
WOW, got Sotho, missed Korean.
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level 67
May 5, 2016
I'd always thought (from my time in Lesotho and South Africa) that the language was called Sesotho.
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level 67
May 5, 2016
But I just tried it again and Sesotho worked for Sotho. Thanks.
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level 38
May 5, 2016
You missed Afrikaans. It is spoken in South Africa, Namibia and Patagonia in Argentina.
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level 67
May 5, 2016
Not official.
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level 50
May 5, 2016
Could you accept Serbo Croat please?
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level 57
May 5, 2016
Accepted.
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level 59
May 5, 2016
No Afrikaans?
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level 57
May 5, 2016
No Afrikaans.
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level 43
Mar 17, 2019
Why not? I kept trying to put it in.
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level 45
May 5, 2016
Forgot Malay and Korean, derp. And Romanian. Especially bad for me, as I have a roommate from Moldova who's first language was Romanian, I should have remembered that it's spoken in both countries...
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level 54
Mar 14, 2019
Even though the word 'Korea' is in both of the Korean-speaking countries?
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level 67
May 6, 2016
Catalun should be added: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_language
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level 57
May 6, 2016
Catalan is an official language in Andorra and Catalonia, but not the whole of Spain.
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level 42
May 7, 2016
Venda, Xhosa and Tsonga (Shangani) are official in South Africa and Zimbabwe
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level 60
May 25, 2016
I am so embarrassed that I missed Tswana, Sotho and Swazi that I retook the quiz. I can't believe I missed them. Could Ndebele also be accepted? Zimbabwe and South Africa?
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level 59
Sep 3, 2016
Got Sotho, Malay, and Albanian but forgot about Portuguese. Welp.
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level 59
Sep 3, 2016
Tamazight, Guarani, Catalan, Bengali, Urdu/Punjabi, and Quechua should be accepted. Tamazight: Algeria and Morocco, Guarani: Bolivia and Paraguay, Catalan: Andorra and Spain, Bengali: India and Bangladesh, Urdu/Punjabi (like Serbian/Montenegrian/Croatian/Bosnian in that they are considered separate but really the same): Pakistan and India, Quechua: Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador
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level 49
Sep 3, 2016
Read the comments above. Catalan is not an official language in Spain and Punjabi is a dialect. Guarani and Quechua should be added though.
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level 54
Mar 13, 2019
Urdu and Punjabi are not same. As a native speaker of Urdu, I can say that they are different languages. They are like Portuguese and Spanish. Some words are same, but most vocabulary and some grammar and sentence structure is different.
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level 57
Sep 23, 2016
Yeah, I forgot my own freaking language.
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level 38
Sep 29, 2016
Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten If you consider speaking the language the official language of the land, in which laws are written and school instruction is given. (I left our Bonaire, Saba and Statia (St. Eustatius because they are now considered part of mainland Netherlands, though geographically separated) Crazy system if you ask me.
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level 61
Oct 13, 2016
Mexico doesn't have an official language.
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level 80
Oct 24, 2016
Cantonese? Ndebele?
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level 45
Oct 31, 2016
Hindustani? official in (forms) in Pakistan, India and Fiji?
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level 59
Nov 12, 2016
One I haven't seen anyone else comment is Tigrinya, which is official in both Eritrea and Ethiopia
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level 48
Sep 7, 2017
Neither Ethiopia or Eritrea have an official language.
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level 68
Dec 15, 2016
Isn't Turkish an official language both in Turkey and Cyprus (along with Greek)?
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level 68
Dec 15, 2016
Also, Urdu in Pakistan and India.
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level 34
Jan 13, 2017
Got Tswana but forgot Russian go figure.
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level 48
Jun 11, 2017
Aymara, Quechua, Guarani are official languages in two or more countries.
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level 45
Oct 30, 2017
Hi Quiz creator! Great quiz, but I'd like to plug what several others have said here regarding possible additions: In Bolivia there are many official languages, but you could restrict it based on, say, languages with more than 10% of the population actually speaking it to make it manageable. This would leave you with Quechua and Aymara to add (both official in Peru and Bolivia). Now that I did a bit more research, lowering the threshold to any aboriginal language official in Bolivia regardless of population would actually only add one more language, Guarani, which is official in both Bolivia and Paraguay. Another great addition would be Berber/Tamazight, which is a really cool language that was the precursor to Arabic in the North Africa region and is now official and gaining popularity in both Morocco and Algeria. I see a lot of suggestions of Indian languages and I don't think any of those should be put on seeing as only Hindi and English are official languages in Indi
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level 46
Nov 21, 2017
Tamazight is an official language in both Morocco and Algeria
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level 49
Feb 27, 2018
dang it should have guessed Swazi and Sotho.. lol
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level 22
Feb 27, 2018
There is no such language as serbo-croatian. There is serbian and croatian.
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level 48
Mar 23, 2018
Its actually Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin.
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level 44
Feb 27, 2018
Serbo-Croatian as a language does not exist! Instead you should put Serbian in 3 countries (Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia) and Croatian in 2 countries (Croatia and Bosnia).
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level 73
Feb 27, 2018
Belarus has two official languages -- Russian and Belarusian,
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level 38
May 13, 2018
I can't believe I missed Swazi- I've known it for a while *facepalm*
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level 16
May 18, 2018
Albanian is not on this list even though kosovo, albania, and macedonia speak it.
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level 51
Jan 15, 2019
esotho is what is given on the language quizes I have seen so far, so that is what I tried here. Have only learned the language here, so you'd expect the answer to be correct.
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level 51
Jan 15, 2019
Pardon me I see sesotho is the name used, there is a slight chance that was what I have been seeing on this site ( though I sort of still think it might ve been esotho, but could ve beeen sesotho)

anyway i thought several of the african languages had part of their countryname cut of and a "e" put in front. But I guess it was "se"

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level 32
Jan 24, 2019
Literally my first try. How did I win 97.6% of players?
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level 32
Mar 13, 2019
There is no such a thing like a ''Serbo-Croatian'', there is Croatian and Serbian, in Bosnia are official languages Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, in Croatia is official Croatian and in Serbia is official Serbian, in Kosovo are official Albanian and Serbian. I'm from Croatia and I should probably know that better than you.
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level 56
Mar 13, 2019
They may be recognised differently but given that Serbian and Croatian are more similar than British and American English they are considered to be the same language for the purposes of Jetpunk quizzes.
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level 32
Mar 13, 2019
Croatian is way more different than Serbian.
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level 50
Mar 13, 2019
Where's Bengali ? It is also the official language of India and Bangladesh
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level 32
Mar 13, 2019
In india are official languages English and Hindi, not Bengali
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level 32
Mar 13, 2019
I forgot, in Montenegro official language is Montenegrin. Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Albanian are co official languages.
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level 76
Mar 13, 2019
According to Wikipedia, the official languages of the Indian government are Hindi and English. However, individual states in India are allowed to designate their own official languages. As a result, throughout the country there are 22 languages with some official status, including Tamil, Bengali (also official in Bangladesh), and Punjabi (also official in Pakistan).
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level 76
Mar 13, 2019
As well as Nepali
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level 54
Mar 13, 2019
Punjabi is not an official language in Pakistan. English and Urdu are official languages, and unlike India, Pakistan does not allow provinces to designate their own official languages.
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level 76
Mar 13, 2019
Then the Wikipedia article is wrong. It indicates that Punjabi is the official language of the Pakistani province of Punjab.
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level 71
Mar 13, 2019
If you're from Eswatini(Swaziland) then you're Swazi, and you speak "swati". The official language in SA/Eswatini is Swati
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level 56
Mar 13, 2019
Like a couple of other quizzes on this site, this quiz is wrong to say that English is the official language of the UK. The "official languages of the world" quiz does at least get it right, but I think there should be a consistent policy recognising that the UK doesn't have official languages.
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level ∞
Mar 13, 2019
Wikipedia says otherwise. Wikipedia can be wrong of course, but unless someone posts a better source (such as an official statement by the government) the quiz will stay as is:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom
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level 56
Mar 13, 2019
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_United_Kingdom

Also Wikipedia, saying that the although the de facto official language is English, the only de jure official language in any part of the UK is Welsh. Given that we are talking about official languages and accepting that it is possible for a country not to have an official language, I think this makes it reasonable to say that the UK has no official languages as a whole. The USA is usually listed as having no official languages and it says basically the same thing about the USA and the UK here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_territorial_entities_where_English_is_an_official_language
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level ∞
Mar 14, 2019
Thanks, I'll look into it next time I edit the quiz.
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level 69
Mar 13, 2019
Mexico doesn't have an official language
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level ∞
Mar 13, 2019
Updated.
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level 51
Mar 13, 2019
Hindi is official in both India and Fiji
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level 48
Mar 13, 2019
Xhosa (or isiXhosa) is an official language in both South Africa and Zimbabwe. Tswana is also an official language in Zimbabwe, as well as in South Africa and Botswana. (Zimbabwe has 16 official languages.)
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level 22
Mar 13, 2019
17! Not bad for someone who can only speak English, Spanish, French and a bit of Polish.
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level 37
Mar 13, 2019
In Finland and Sweden, they both have Finnish and Swedish as official languages. Maybe you could accept both?
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level 43
Mar 14, 2019
Super easy!
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level 61
Mar 15, 2019
So many errors.
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level 54
Mar 16, 2019
which?
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level 35
Mar 15, 2019
Yes! Got them all with 1:55 remaining at 5:00:33 PM on March 15, 2019. I played a round without signing in so that I could find out what the four less obvious answers were, then I memorized them and played on my account.
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level 68
Mar 16, 2019
I never see the clues on a phone. I mean they are there, I just never notice them because they don't come into view without scrolling down. So I guess away blindly.
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level 32
Mar 17, 2019
There is no serbo-croatian. There is serbian, croatian, montenegrin, you should put Croatian in two countries (Croatia, Bosnia) and Serbian in three countries (Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia) and if you say that you won t put it because serbian and croatian are more similiar than american english and British, than you arre WRONG beacuse american english and british have practically the same grammar and vocabulary is a little different while croatian and serbian have whole grammar different and vocabulary is different, too. On english wikipedia it says that croatian is some kind of dialect in Serbo-Croatian, but on Croatian wikipedia there is nothing that says that there is any Serbo-Croatian or that Croatian is in it. If you don't believe me then type in ''Hrvatski jezik wikipedija'' and read it if you now croatian.
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level ∞
Mar 17, 2019
https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2017/04/10/is-serbo-croatian-a-language
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level ∞
Mar 18, 2019
By the way, your Wikipedia example is based on writing systems. That's misleading. Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian are mutual intelligible. Norwegian has multiple writing systems. No one suggests that Bokmål and Nynorsk are separate languages.
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level 32
Mar 17, 2019
*know
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level 32
Mar 17, 2019
So what thats opinion of one ,,American'' or ,,Englishman'' or whatever he is. My opinion shares probably about five million people. And only because we can understand each other doesn t mean that it's the same language. Croatians and Slovenians can understand each other so how is it that Slovenians don't speak Serbo-Croatian? Same with Serbians, and Montenegroans and Bosnians
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level ∞
Mar 18, 2019
I heard an apocryphal story where if a Serbian is being tried in court in Croatia (or vice versa, I'm not sure) that sometimes they demand a "translator", and pretend not to understand the proceedings. Then the "translator" basically repeats what was said verbatim.
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level ∞
Mar 18, 2019
I'm not a linguist. But if you want me to change this quiz, you need to post evidence from experts.
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level 32
Mar 17, 2019
Because of similarity doesn't mean that it's all the same language.
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level ∞
Mar 18, 2019
Actually yes it does. If I can understand you and you can understand me than we are speaking the same language, even if there are differences in dialect.
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level 25
Mar 17, 2019
Hello Serbo-Croatian is not the main or widely used in Bosnia or Montenegro
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level 32
Mar 18, 2019
In Croatia, too.
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level 32
Mar 19, 2019
In Croatian there are three dialects and in serbian there is only one. Thats one of the main differences.
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level 32
Mar 19, 2019
https://www.italki.com/article/473/serbian-and-croatian-similarities-and-differences , think that this will help
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level 32
Mar 23, 2019
Why no answer, i gave you the evidence.
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level 32
Mar 30, 2019
https://www.italki.com/article/473/serbian-and-croatian-similarities-and-differences