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World Language General Knowledge #2

Answer these general knowledge questions about world languages.
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First submittedDecember 23, 2017
Last updatedJanuary 28, 2018
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What language is most commonly spoken in Belarus?
Russian
What are the two official languages of Israel?
Hebrew
Arabic
What is Italian for "Thank You"?
Grazie
What country is known as "Suomi" in its own language?
Finland
What language is this: 한국어/조선말?
Korean
What is the official language of Pakistan?
Urdu
What Indian language sounds very similar to the above?
Hindi
In what country, other than China and Taiwan, is Chinese the most commonly-spoken language?
Singapore
What language family includes Portuguese, Farsi, and Greek?
Indo-European
Which countries, besides Italy, have Italian as an official language?
San Marino
Switzerland
Vatican City
What is the name for the system of writing for those who are blind?
Braille
In what African country is Amharic the official language?
Ethiopia
Which U.S state has the largest percentage of Spanish speakers?
New Mexico
What was the primary language of the Byzantine Empire through most of its history?
Greek
What language is Afrikaans derived from?
Dutch
In what country are Igbo and Yoruba spoken?
Nigeria
What language, other than Spanish, is commonly spoken in Barcelona?
Catalan
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level 71
Jan 27, 2018
Awesome quiz; thanks! And what's great is that there are practically limitless possibilities for more of them!
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level 60
Jan 27, 2018
Thanks, World Languages have always Fascinated me!
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level 71
Jan 28, 2018
Same here!!
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level 57
Jan 28, 2018
Same here!
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level 63
Apr 19, 2018
Here here!
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level 75
Jan 27, 2018
Yea both these quizzes are really top drawer :)
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level 69
Jan 27, 2018
100% :)
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level 60
Jan 27, 2018
Great quiz! I really enjoyed this one!
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level 60
Jan 28, 2018
Thanks!
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level 80
Jan 27, 2018
Just my normal nitpicking, sorry. The Italian question should end with "language" not "languages".
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level ∞
Jan 28, 2018
Fixed
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level 35
Jan 28, 2018
This is a fun quiz. Not too hard not too easy. I'm a bit perplexed that more people know Arabic is an official language of Israel than Hebrew.
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level 73
Jan 28, 2018
My guess is that they know but can't recall the name - Jewish? Israeli? Ivrit? Yiddish?
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level 58
Jan 28, 2018
Some people might also guess Arabic as the official language of Pakistan and get the Israel question by mistake.
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level 61
Jan 29, 2018
They might guess arabic for the byzantine empire too. I know I guessed persian, so arabic wouldn't be much worse.
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level 75
Jan 28, 2018
Great quiz! Can you please accept more spellings for 'thank you' in Italian? I tried every phonetic combination I could think of but still didn't get it. Wah me. Grazie!
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level 43
May 31, 2018
i didnt know how to spell it at all! oh well.
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level 44
Jul 31, 2019
Same!!!
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level 43
Feb 6, 2018
I love this quiz ! Not often that I see my native language featured in a quiz አመሰግናለሁ !
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level 60
May 30, 2018
እንግሊዝኛ ተናጋሪ? ጥሩ!
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level 72
Oct 6, 2018
ቀዝቃዛ ታሪክ, ወንድም.
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level 61
Jan 16, 2019
Wow that is very cool, I have never seen that script/alphabet before (and I thought I knew most, because I have often looked up stuff about origins of (written) language. Maybe I have seen it before, but only written and not as computer letters)
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level 44
Jul 31, 2019
Yeah, I think Amharic is really cool.
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level 66
Mar 8, 2018
Gràcies per la bona prova! Només el 80 per cent de les persones sap que el català és la llengua de Barcelona i de tota Catalunya? Això no és suficient...
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level 43
May 31, 2018
puedo only hablar espanol, sorry
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level 77
May 30, 2018
Tried several spellings for Italian thank you. Do we really need the silent e at the end?
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level 62
May 30, 2018
Italian here. Sorry but it's definitely not silent! You can't say "grazi"...
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level 49
May 30, 2018
Tank you for your answer!
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level 77
May 30, 2018
it's barely a sound, though. Just a schwa. Italians add the same sound to the end of English words that don't have any "e" on the end of them all the time, so it just sounds like an accent.
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level 62
May 30, 2018
What? No! It's a simple "e" like the english sound for "bed" or "men".
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level 77
May 30, 2018
Maybe that's how you hear it. But trust me, it's a schwa. I've listened to multiple different example.
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level 77
May 30, 2018
And actually here they don't pronounce it at all. /ˈɡrat.tsje/
Listen to that. Is it correct? There's only one vowel sound at the end of that word. And it's equivalent to an English long "a" sound as in the American pronunciation of "cake." (or "bed", in an Afrikaans accent, which sound bizarre to an American) Preceding this there is a "y" (j) sound. So... In Italian is the letter "i" used to represent the sound "y" and the letter "e" used to represent the sound "a" or "e"....? I assumed the "i" represented the vowel sound I was hearing at the end of the word, the "e" represented a schwa, and the "y" sound was simply a product of accent or placement of adjacent phonemes.
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level 77
May 30, 2018
("y" or "j" sound in this context is not a vowel sound it is palatal approximant- a type of consonant)
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level 49
May 31, 2018
@ kalbahamut - Tonikk is Italian. How can you argue with him about his own language? You're incredible man. Keep it up you're hilarious!
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level 77
Jun 1, 2018
So what if he's Italian? Does he have a degree studying linguistics? A lot of Americans would insist that the consonant flap /ɾ/ in "water" is the same sound as the retroflex stop /t/ in "deter" the way that they pronounce it, but that doesn't mean that they know what they're talking about. Everything that most people know about letters and sounds they learned in Kindergarten.
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level 77
Jun 1, 2018
and I'm asking for clarification above.
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level 55
Jun 1, 2018
@Kal - < tzi > = /tsj/ (the syllabic onset), < e > = /e/ (this is not a schwa). < tzi > is not pronounceable on its own as /tsj/ must have a coda to follow it, in the same way that the < tw > as in < twang > cannot appear at the end of a word in English as /tw/ is not permissible as a coda. So, yes, the < i > in Italian represents /j/ in this context, but it can be /i/ in others - < italia > = /italja/. (/j/, by the way, is just consonantal /i/ - try sustaining a /j/.) Italian doesn't reeaally have schwa, and the orthography is such that every letter (or combination of letters) does more or less represent a contrastive speech sound in a systematic way, unlike English. The /t/ in 'deter' is also not retroflex.
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level 77
Jun 2, 2018
Thank you for trying to answer Robbie. I'm not familiar with Italian spelling convention so if the "i" doesn't represent the vowel sound, that's where my confusion stemmed from. I've also heard many different accents of Italian pronunciation now trying to get to the bottom of this, some (with rough English phonetic transcription) say it in a way I would write as "gratzi," others as "gratzie" (with the "e" very definitely a schwa), others "gratzyae" or "gratzyay" or "gratzya" or "gratzye". I found many speaking samples that sound different from one another.
It's been a long time since I took phonology but the stop in deter, time, etc in English is either retroflex or alveolar depending on dialect and accent, is it not? Anyway it's not the same sound as the flap in American English "water," even though the sound is represented by the same letter in written English, and most English speakers wouldn't know this without being told to pay attention. That was the point.
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level 72
Oct 6, 2018
Bella storia, fratello.
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level 61
Jan 16, 2019
Im sure the italian are willing to change their language. Just for you... after all, you are allways right.
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level 76
May 30, 2018
Once again, the only one I missed is one I thought I had already typed. Silly brain syndrome at work.
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level 79
May 30, 2018
More language quizzes please!
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level 62
May 30, 2018
Pretty sure English remains an official language of Pakistan, although the Constitution specifies that steps should be taken to transition to Urdu-only. http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/part12.ch4.html
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level 44
May 31, 2018
I think you're right. Official are Urdu and English, and Urdu is national language also.
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level 51
May 30, 2018
nice ! Tried Albania; Libya' eritrea before svizzera
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level 47
May 30, 2018
The most common language in Singapore is English, not Chinese. Chinese languages might have slightly more native speakers than English but English is more or less the common tongue of Singapore, spoken by most people.
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level 31
May 30, 2018
Chinese is the most spoken if you combine dialects. 47.1% of the population speaks a Chinese dialect at home in comparison to 36.9% speaking English at home. This does not account for lingua franca in public/business, which would be quite hard to accurately quantify. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sn.html
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level 62
May 30, 2018
100%!!! YES!
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level 36
May 30, 2018
The Singapore question threw me off. Thought it was by raw number of speakers, so tried Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, etc.
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level 55
May 31, 2018
As a Singaporean, I find it quite hard to believe that Chinese is more commonly spoken than English...as a first language, maybe, but not if you look at the total number of speakers. Data from Ethnologue seems to support this (Chinese wins for first language speakers, but English wins overall), though this article says that English is more commonly spoken at home too.
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level 67
Jun 2, 2018
'Hindi' sounds like 'Urdu'................ yeah right.
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level 61
Jan 16, 2019
I wasnt sure if they meant the name or the language when I read the question.
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level 40
Jun 2, 2018
https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/254093/countries-that-have-sent-a-sattelite-to-space
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level 40
Jun 2, 2018
I think that Italian is an official language of Slovenia too.
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level 48
Jun 2, 2018
I read in the Ethiopian constitution that Amharic is a working language instead of an official language.
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level 38
Nov 2, 2018
Great quiz! - Thank you.
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level 61
Jan 16, 2019
Good quiz!
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level 65
Jan 29, 2019
Arabic is no longer an official language of Israel.
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