Official Languages of the World

Can you name the national languages of every country in the world?
Source: Wikipedia
National languages only - not regional languages
Countries without a dejure official language, only a defacto one, are marked in red.
Bolivia has 37 official languages, and Zimbabwe 16 - this quiz includes the three most prominent
Quiz by Zefyrinus
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Last updated: September 25, 2019
First submittedJanuary 7, 2013
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Country
Language
Afghanistan
Pashto
Persian (Darī)
Albania
Albanian
Algeria
Arabic
Berber
Andorra
Catalan
Angola
Portuguese
Antigua and
Barbuda
English
Argentina
Spanish
Armenia
Armenian
Australia
English
Austria
German
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani
Bahamas
English
Bahrain
Arabic
Bangladesh
Bengali
Barbados
English
Belarus
Belarusian
Russian
Belgium
Dutch
French
German
Belize
English
Benin
French
Bhutan
Dzongkha
Bolivia
Aymara
Quechua
Spanish
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
Serbo-Croatian
(Bosnian)
Serbo-Croatian
(Croatian)
Serbo-Croatian
(Serbian)
Botswana
English
Tswana
Brazil
Portuguese
Brunei
English
Malay
Bulgaria
Bulgarian
Burkina Faso
French
Burundi
English
French
Kirundi
Cambodia
Khmer
Cameroon
English
French
Canada
English
French
Cape Verde
Portuguese
Central African
Republic
French
Sango
Chad
Arabic
French
Chile
Spanish
China
Chinese
(Mandarin)
Colombia
Spanish
Comoros
Arabic
Comorian
French
Costa Rica
Spanish
Croatia
Serbo-Croatian
(Croatian)
Cuba
Spanish
Cyprus
Greek
Turkish
Czech Republic
Czech
D.R. Congo
French
Denmark
Danish
Djibouti
Arabic
French
Dominica
English
Dominican Republic
Spanish
East Timor
Portuguese
Tetum
Ecuador
Spanish
Egypt
Arabic
El Salvador
Spanish
Equatorial Guinea
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Eritrea
Tigrinya
Estonia
Estonian
Eswatini
English
Swazi
Ethiopia
Amharic
Fed. States of
Micronesia
English
Fiji
English
Fijian
Hindustani
(Fiji Hindi)
Finland
Finnish
Swedish
France
French
Gabon
French
Gambia
English
Georgia
Georgian
Germany
German
Ghana
English
Country
Language
Greece
Greek
Grenada
English
Guatemala
Spanish
Guinea
French
Guinea-Bissau
Portuguese
Guyana
English
Haiti
French
Haitian Creole
Honduras
Spanish
Hungary
Hungarian
Iceland
Icelandic
India
English
Hindustani
(Hindi)
Indonesia
Malay
(Indonesian)
Iran
Persian
Iraq
Arabic
Kurdish
Ireland
English
Irish
Israel
Hebrew
Italy
Italian
Ivory Coast
French
Jamaica
English
Japan
Japanese
Jordan
Arabic
Kazakhstan
Kazakh
Russian
Kenya
English
Swahili
Kiribati
English
Gilbertese
Kosovo
Albanian
Serbo-Croatian
(Serbian)
Kuwait
Arabic
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz
Russian
Laos
Lao
Latvia
Latvian
Lebanon
Arabic
Lesotho
English
Sotho
Liberia
English
Libya
Arabic
Liechtenstein
German
Lithuania
Lithuanian
Luxembourg
French
German
Luxembourgish
Madagascar
French
Malagasy
Malawi
Chewa
English
Malaysia
Malay
Maldives
Maldivian
Mali
French
Malta
English
Maltese
Marshall Islands
English
Marshallese
Mauritania
Arabic
Mauritius
Mauritian Creole
Mexico
Spanish
Moldova
Romanian
(Moldovan)
Monaco
French
Mongolia
Mongolian
Montenegro
Serbo-Croatian
(Montenegrin)
Morocco
Arabic
Berber
Mozambique
Portuguese
Myanmar
Burmese
Namibia
English
Nauru
English
Nauruan
Nepal
Nepali
Netherlands
Dutch
New Zealand
English
Māori
New Zealand
Sign Language
Nicaragua
Spanish
Niger
French
Nigeria
English
North Korea
Korean
Norway
Norwegian
Sámi
North Macedonia
Albanian
Macedonian
Oman
Arabic
Pakistan
English
Hindustani
(Urdu)
Palau
English
Palauan
Panama
Spanish
Papua New
Guinea
English
Hiri Motu
PNG Sign
Language
Tok Pisin
Paraguay
Guaraní
Spanish
Country
Language
Peru
Quechua
Spanish
Philippines
English
Filipino
Poland
Polish
Portugal
Portuguese
Qatar
Arabic
Rep. of Congo
French
Romania
Romanian
Russia
Russian
Rwanda
English
French
Kinyarwanda
Swahili
St. Kitts and
Nevis
English
St. Lucia
English
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines
English
Samoa
English
Samoan
San Marino
Italian
São Tomé and
Príncipe
Portuguese
Saudi Arabia
Arabic
Senegal
French
Serbia
Serbo-Croatian
(Serbian)
Seychelles
English
French
Seychellois Creole
Sierra Leone
English
Singapore
Chinese
(Mandarin)
English
Malay
Tamil
Slovakia
Slovak
Slovenia
Slovene
Solomon Islands
English
Somalia
Arabic
Somali
South Africa
Afrikaans
English
Northern Sotho
Sotho
Southern Ndebele
Swazi
Tsonga
Tswana
Venda
Xhosa
Zulu
South Korea
Korean
Korean Sign
Language
South Sudan
English
Spain
Spanish
Sri Lanka
Sinhala
Tamil
Sudan
Arabic
English
Suriname
Dutch
Sweden
Swedish
Switzerland
French
German
Italian
Romansh
Syria
Arabic
Taiwan
Chinese
(Mandarin)
Tajikistan
Persian (Tajik)
Tanzania
English
Swahili
Thailand
Thai
Togo
French
Tonga
English
Tongan
Trinidad and
Tobago
English
Tunisia
Arabic
Turkey
Turkish
Turkmenistan
Turkmen
Tuvalu
English
Tuvaluan
Uganda
English
Swahili
Ukraine
Ukrainian
United Arab
Emirates
Arabic
United Kingdom
English
United States
English
Uruguay
Spanish
Uzbekistan
Uzbek
Vanuatu
Bislama
English
French
Vatican City
Italian
Venezuela
Spanish
Vietnam
Vietnamese
Yemen
Arabic
Zambia
English
Zimbabwe
English
Northern Ndebele
Shona
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Level 80
Jan 7, 2013
Love the USA for not having an official language. The way it ought to be, and it makes it easy to guess. :)
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Level 50
Jan 7, 2015
It's a technicality, english is not the official language so not to pick favourites but then you are picking a De Facto favourite. Bolivia, South Africa and many others are doing exactly the same thing with the opposite approach, all their languages are official not to leave anyone out but spanish is de facto in Bolivia and specific provinces in South Africa have one language above all else, in any case Canada would be a good example English and French are official and every person in the country speaks one or the other or both and then all official communication is done in both.
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Level 80
Jan 8, 2015
Not everyone in Canada speaks French or English. And there are probably people in South Africa and Bolivia who do not speak any of the recognized official languages there, as well. Giving a language "official" status doesn't really accomplish anything, but it does give more weight to the protests of ornery racist nativists who love to say things like "learn the language or get out of the country!!" When the United States was formed there were many people living within its borders whose native language was German or Dutch or something else. There was no point in marginalizing those people by declaring that English was the most prestigious language and ethnicity of the country, just like there's no reason to publicly and officially marginalize speakers of Spanish, Chinese or Arabic today.
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Level 65
Sep 8, 2016
I live in Canada and know people who speak neither English nor French. Also I think we need to make Aboriginal languages official, (such as Cree and Ojibway), in my opinion. Or at least Inuktitut as that is what majority of Nunavummiut (people from Nunavut) speaks.
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Level 70
Jan 1, 2017
Sounds to me like kalbahamut has some sort of an axe to grind.
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2017
Bad baby: why would you assume that? English is my native language and I'm quite proficient at using it. I am sometimes slightly annoyed at the efforts of the historically ignorant nativists who seek to undermine the beauty of the country that was founded on ideas like equality, democracy, and pluralism... but their efforts have rarely done anything to negatively impact me personally and directly.
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2017
Also my family has roots in the United States going back 15,000+ years, to Cherokee who originally settled the land, to English and German farmers who colonized Virginia in the 16th century, and to the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth. Anyone glancing at me would assume I was "white."

But... I honestly don't know what you are implying so my guess work in responding to it could be totally off. A little help?
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Level 78
Feb 4, 2017
According to many Brits who have posted on this site, we don't speak English here anyway. :)
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Level 80
Feb 10, 2017
Those Brits are ignorant and suffering from an inferiority complex. British English has changed more than American English in the past 400 years.
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Level 77
Jun 27, 2018
^That's extremely debatable, I've seen reports suggesting the opposite, and also that both have changed equally. It's very difficult to know when you don't have a spoken record.
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Level 49
Aug 3, 2018
Rude and somewhat degrading to British culture. Yet you say above that all cultures should be equal.....
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Level 70
Feb 3, 2019
English and German farmers who colonized Virginia in the 16th Century? Sounds like some revisionist history.
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Level 80
Apr 11, 2019
brandy: it's a fact.
Cao: I wasn't being rude and I didn't say what you said I said.
tshalla: you are usually not worth responding to, and your comment here is predictably obnoxious, but yes you caught me making a single character typo. Give yourself a pat on the back. 17th century.
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Level 49
May 26, 2019
Really? "Those Brits are ignorant and suffering from an inferiority complex." Sounds pretty rude to me, regardless of which has changed more, which as Brandy pointed out is difficult to tell for sure. And true, you didn't say all cultures should be equal, but this is implied, for language at least, when you say that there was no point marginalising people who spoke a minority language. Besides, I'm sure you probably agree that all cultures should be equal, as most reasonable people do, regardless of whether or not you have actually typed that in a comment.
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Level 80
Jul 10, 2019
Really. If they knew what they were talking about they wouldn't say it and wouldn't be ignorant. If they weren't insecure then they wouldn't so eagerly grasp at this fallacious idea that Americans don't speak proper English, as a way of making themselves feel better. There's no other explanation. I didn't say British culture was inferior. But those in the UK or Europe who come here or elsewhere and routinely spit out hateful remarks directed at Americans (with no basis in fact) are obviously suffering from some such complex. It's textbook. You are reading in to my comment an implication that said complex is warranted, presumably because Americans are culturally superior, which is not something I believe.
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Level 59
Nov 3, 2019
Modern Icelandic is closer to what English was over 1000 years ago than modern English (either British or American) is. We still call the language that has developed since then in England "English". This is the strongest argument I see for American English not being called "English", but it is still pretty weak because US and UK English are orders of magnitude closer than either is to Icelandic. They aren't different languages, though I think it is fair to call them different dialects of the same language. And no doubt inferiority complexes play a role too.
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Level 80
Nov 4, 2019
Since leaving this comment the quiz author has filled in English as a "de facto" official language of the United States, which I don't think was really necessary.
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
It was the Quizmaster who did that. I don't have much control anymore. ^_^;
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Level 87
Jan 7, 2013
Is there a button we can press so that we can ‘like’ a quiz?
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2013
No, but you can rate quizzes. Eventually, I am going to start compiling the ratings.
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Level 87
Jan 7, 2013
Oh, there it is! Five stars!
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Level 40
Jan 7, 2013
Great quiz! I'm wondering if Gaelic is acceptable for Irish.
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Level 50
Jan 7, 2013
Isn't Gaelic associated more with Scotland than Ireland? Or is that Celtic?
+3
Level 87
Jan 7, 2013
Both Scottish and Irish are Gaelic languages (along with Manx). It wouldn't be proper to refer to either language as Gaelic.
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Level 67
Jan 8, 2013
Irish Gaelic is spoken in Ireland and Scottish Gaelic in Scotland. Originally I had defined it as Irish Gaelic, but the Quizmaster changed it to just Irish when this became a frontpage quiz.

I think that change doesn't matter much because if you try to type "Irish Gaelic", it will become accepted as soon as you've finished typing "Irish".

I don't think just "Gaelic" is accepted. I believe it is often referred to as just Gaelic, but then it becomes indistinguishable from Scottish Gaelic. So idk if it ought to be accepted or not. :/
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Level 80
Jul 3, 2013
I would vote for accepting just Gaelic for both Irish and Scottish then.
+1
Level 67
Jul 4, 2013
I've changed my mind since before, so I'll make just Gaelic acceptable...
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Level 40
Feb 6, 2017
Gaelic is accepted if you type it, but almost no one is Ireland uses that world to refer to the language. We refer to our own language as either Irish or Gaeilge (it depends on where you are), and we call Scots Gaelic, that, Scots Gaelic. And to clarify, Scots is it's own language, based more in old English and German.
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Level 50
Jan 7, 2013
Anyone catch the palindrome? Nauruan! Go Nauru!
+4
Level 56
Apr 15, 2019
Underrated comment
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Level 82
Sep 26, 2019
palindromes are great, lets make them all that way in our new language englishsilgne
+2
Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
Too bad Malayalam is not an official language. :P
+1
Level 34
Jan 8, 2013
in serbian=serbian, croatia=croatian, bosnia=croatian, serbian. there is no serbo croatian language. it does not egzist since 1991.
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Level 67
Jan 8, 2013
A language doesn't stop existing just because some government says so. Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian and Montenegrin are considered to be dialects of the same language by some, while others claim that they are different languages. Since there is no scientific definition of what the difference is between a language and a dialect, both claims are equally valid. The quiz has catered for that by letting you type either each language variety separately, or just typing a term that encompasses all of them.
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2013
serbian works as an answer for most but if you type in Serbian alone you won't get Montenegrin.
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Level 87
Jan 14, 2013
There are languages that are different because they are different. Then, there are languages that are different for political reasons. Serbocroatian is one of those. Before Yugoslavia broke up, these languages were considered to be one language. It was only after Yugoslavia broke up that they were considered separate languages. That is a fallacy to assume that they are separate languages because of politics. However, Serbian is typically written in Cyrillic where Croatian is written in Latin, yet Hindi and Urdu are considered separate languages: spoken, they are the same language (with dialectal differences), but Urdu is written in Arabic and Hindi is written in Devanagari. Using that logic, it's not a fallacy to assume that Serbian and Croatian are separate languages.
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2013
agree with dwo. Student of linguistics here. These languages were invented only to try and create an artificial difference between people who were at war with one another. Realistically, they are the same language. It would be like if the United States had a 2nd civil war, and those in the south declared that they spoke Confederalese and then decreed that all Southern dictionaries excise words like "pop" in favor of "soda," etc... a ridiculous and cynical exercise in the politics of war, not a natural evolution that would produce a truly distinct language.
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Level 70
Jul 6, 2015
In the US South, neither "pop" nor "soda" are used...it's all Coke. Or more specifically, Co-cola. Soda is the East & West Coasts, w/an outpost in Milwaukee. Pop is the Midwest, although the dividing line between soda & pop runs north & south from Rochester, NY, through State College, PA, & south, roughly along the Appalachians.
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Level 46
Feb 1, 2016
Yes Hindi is written in Devanagari, but Urdu is written in Shahmukhi not Arabic!
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Level 72
Jun 13, 2016
kalbahamut, I see your politico-linguistic point, but as a student of Croatian, I can assure you that the differences between Serbian and Croatian are much bigger than the difference between Northern and Southern English in the US. Aside from the whole issue of using different writing systems, there is a growing difference in vocabulary. I'm guessing time will increase that; mostly because the Croats want it to.
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2017
sam.. that's kind of my point though (because the Croats want it to). The differences are artificial and engineered. It's a false evolution of two dialects of the same language. My analogy to Northern/Southern American English was a hypothetical situation in which something similar *could* happen... not something that *has* happened.
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Level 78
Feb 4, 2017
Sorry, Bobcat, but soda is definitely used in this part of the Upper South and in the Mid-South where we lived for a while. My college roommates from Michigan and Chicago thought I wanted an ice cream soda when I suggested we get a soda. They were calling it Coke back in the 1970s, but I have cousins in Michigan who still call it pop. I am noticing that the younger generations seem to prefer Coke as the generic word now, regardless of region. My late father-in-law, who grew up in the Ozarks, called it Co-cola.
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Level 78
Jul 24, 2018
I forgot to add that when I was a girl in southern Missouri in the 1950s and '60s, everyone called it "sodie" as in, "Let's go to the store and get us a sodie." But when talking about a specific brand, cola was usually attached - Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, RC Cola, Lotta Cola, etc.
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Level 77
Feb 4, 2017
kalbahamut, it's a bit more complicated than that. While today's differences are in big part due to conscious political efforts, Serbian and Croatian are not a result of the recent wars. They are two distinct language standards that existed long before Yugoslavia (ok not that long, modern standardization dates to 19th century, but anyway...) Serbo-Croatian is still one language of course.
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Level 80
Feb 6, 2017
Alright if you say so. My knowledge of the subject is limited, and a lot of it I got from Chris Hedges who is often full of crap.
+1
Level 63
Mar 19, 2013
Isn't Qazaq also an alternate spelling of Kazakh?
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Level 67
Mar 24, 2013
Hmm, I'll add that the next time I edit this quiz... Thanks!
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Level 29
Dec 6, 2013
I was hoping that more than 1 percent of people would get Hiri Motu and 2 percent Tok Pisin for Papua New Guinea...
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Level 82
May 28, 2014
I missed Tok Pisin even though I know I read something about how it evolved.
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Level 60
May 23, 2017
Got Tok Pisin and guessed Motuan (which should be accepted) but missed Hiri Motu
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Level 30
Dec 26, 2013
Since when is 'Irish' a language? Gallic, sure! Irish? Um....
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Level 58
Aug 11, 2019
Gaelic (not Gallic) is a group of languages which includes Irish, Scottish and Manx.
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Level 53
Jan 15, 2014
India has many more official language. They should be listed considering South Africa has so many listed
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Level 50
Sep 1, 2019
It only recognises English and Hindi at an official level, because yay diversity.
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Level 23
Mar 3, 2014
What happened to Australia? I'm sorry
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Level 29
May 26, 2017
Australia speaks English and so does the US (with some others like French, Spanish, etc.), Mexico, and apparently they count Canada but not his poor brother? How mean..
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Level 49
May 26, 2019
Some countries don't have an official language, which is why they are not included on the quiz.
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Level 32
Mar 6, 2014
Got 86 of them
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Level 63
Mar 28, 2014
It's funny how many of these you can get right just by adding an "ish" or "n" or "i" somewhere. Or even easier: Typing in the name of the country itself. Interesting quiz though, like it.
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Level 39
Dec 12, 2018
Or even 'ian'.
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Level 28
Jun 9, 2014
Hello quizmaster, I'd just like to say that Romansh is only a NATIONAL language of Switzerland, but not an OFFICIAL one! (it is co-official only at regional level in Graubunden Canton, like german in South Tyrol or Catalan in Catalonia). Even many people in Switzerland think it is an official language at national level, but it isn't. Source: I live in Switzerland
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Level 28
Jun 9, 2014
Ah sorry Zefyrinus, I've realized now that this is not a Quizmaster's game! Very nice game by the way
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Level ∞
Jun 9, 2014
According to the Federal Constitution of Switzerland, Romansh is a national language and also an official language for communicating with people who speak Romansh.
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Level 28
Oct 29, 2014
I repeat that Romansh it is NOT an official language of Switzerland at national level. The fact that they allow Romansh people communicating to federal units in Romansh does not make it an official language. Only German, French and Italian are fully official and equivalent at national level, and every law must be translated into the three. I repeat that Romansh has the same relevance as REGIONAL LANGUAGES do in other countries. Here a link from the Swiss parliament that unfortunately is not available in English: http://www.admin.ch/opc/fr/classified-compilation/20062545/index.html And I repeat that also many Swiss people make confusion on this topic and I get often contradicted.
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Level 67
May 31, 2017
Poor Romansh. :(
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Level 67
Jun 7, 2017
Now the QM has reinstated Romansh again. XD
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Level 51
Jun 29, 2014
Info about East Timor is not accurate. The official languages of the country do include Tetum, but not English, although it is widely spoken, due to the proximity to Australia. Portuguese is an official language, even if spoken by a minority of the population. Actually, considering East Timor's National Educational Programme, Portuguese is expected to be spoken by almost 70% of the population within a generation.
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Level 51
Jun 29, 2014
Portugal has two official languages. Portuguese, obviously enough, but also Mirandese, spoken by 35000 people. The official languages of Spain include Spanish, incorrectly named for it should be Castellan (Castellano); Catalan; Basque; Galician and also Tenerifan, spoken in Tenerife.
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Level 40
Feb 6, 2017
Fair enough, but the quiz doesn't recognize regional languages. Are they considered to be national languages, by the national government of Spain?
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Level 36
Sep 10, 2018
Spanish is the only official language of Spain. The others are regional official languages. La Constitución española de 1978. Título preliminar Artículo 3 El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla. Las demás lenguas españolas serán también oficiales en las respectivas Comunidades Autónomas de acuerdo con sus Estatutos. La riqueza de las distintas modalidades lingüísticas de España es un patrimonio cultural que será objeto de especial respeto y protección. http://www.congreso.es/consti/constitucion/indice/titulos/articulos.jsp?ini=3&tipo=2
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Level 78
Sep 17, 2014
Enjoyed this one, but I needed more time. My brain doesn't work as fast as it used to when I was young and carefree.
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Level 37
Jan 9, 2015
ITA. The time on this is sillier than the countries quiz.
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Level 78
Feb 4, 2017
I took it again and I still missed a few due to time running out. Another minute would really help.
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Level 15
Jan 7, 2015
i always figured that the official language of Australia was english..........i mean...thhats what everyone speaks
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Level 66
Feb 8, 2017
As the years progress, that is less and less true. Australia is a country based on immigration, so the population of immigrants continues to rise, but there are many of these who chose to live among the enclaves of their own ex-pats, and many (particularly when they bring their elderly parents, etc) do not end up learning English. In fact, there are many areas (esp in Sydney and Melbourne) where you'll often see shops signs, etc, in only Mandarin or Vietnamese... But, no - no language has ever been written in to the Constitution. At the time, it was just assumed, since we based it on Westminster law. It's not expressly forbidden, like the creation of an official religion, but there just doesn't seem to be a need.
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Level 37
Jan 9, 2015
Now I have something to memorize after the capitals. I hope you are working on something for once I get these to slide off my tongue....has to take us around the world and be very difficult, like countries and then capitals were the first time we tried. Thank you so much! They say use it or lose it, and you've taken 50 years off the age of my brain as I'm memorizing something new everyday. I read deeper things too but the memorization really makes the blood flow to the dead parts up there! :)
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Level 67
Jan 9, 2015
Hahah! I was thinking of doing a currency quiz that also includes the smaller units like cents and pennies...
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Level 63
Jan 23, 2016
Great idea! Is that quiz in the making?
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Level 49
Feb 4, 2017
I am in complete agreement with you. My noggin feels like it has had a tune-up since beginning to memorize new information presented here.
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Level 78
Feb 4, 2017
Absolutely correct, cyninoregon. This site should be mandatory for everyone over 50.
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Level 78
Feb 4, 2017
Oh, and I forgot to add my thanks to Zefyrinus and QM, too.
+1
Level 67
May 31, 2017
:)
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Level 65
Apr 5, 2015
please can you add Pedi or SiPedi for Northern Sotho, as that is it's other (indigenous) name. I was having a hard time with it. Also, as a favour, Ukrainean, and Belarussian. I would appreciate that.
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Level 67
Apr 29, 2015
From what I've read, SiPedi/Sepedi/Pedi is a dialect, and "Northern Sotho" or "Sesotho sa Leboa" are the recommended names for the language. I'm no expert on this though.
I'll add the suggested variants for Ukrainian and Belarusian to the pipeline of changes.
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Level 48
May 15, 2015
Very, very interesting quiz. One of the best I think. However, I am sorry to say that nowhere in Icelandic law is Icelandic the official language of Iceland. It is by far de facto, but not officially. Strangely, Icelandic sign language is the official language of hearing impaired Icelanders.
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Level 47
May 24, 2015
Act on the status of the Icelandic language and Icelandic sign language. Article 1: "Icelandic is the national language of the Icelandic people and the official language in Iceland."
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Level 47
May 24, 2015
Love this quiz! I would love to see a yellow-box version :D
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Level 40
Feb 6, 2017
God, that would be brutal!!
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Level 61
Jun 4, 2015
It's funny how former British colonies in Africa with barely any English speakers use English as their official language while the US with the largest English speaking population in the world doesn't.
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Level 72
Jul 24, 2018
And Britain, which invented the English language, also doesn't have it as an official language
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Level 55
Oct 24, 2015
Please accept Belarussian for Belarusian and Ukranian for Ukrainian. I made those mistakes.
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Level 70
Nov 3, 2015
I think Ndebele should be accepted for Southern Ndebele.
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Level 65
Nov 9, 2015
Zimbabwe now has 16 official languages.
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Level 67
Aug 2, 2016
Huh, this is new. I think Zimbabwe will have to get the same treatment as Bolivia in this quiz. Some of the Zimbabwean languages are poorly defined too. Anyhow, this quiz seriously needs an update...
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Level 42
Dec 18, 2015
Please accept Pashtu for Pashto.
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Level 46
Feb 1, 2016
Should accept Hindi (or Hindustani) for India, Pakistan and Fiji.
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Level 67
May 31, 2017
I've changed it so that Hindustani is accepted for all three.
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Level 52
Feb 29, 2016
If you include New Zealand Sign Language, you should also include Papua New Guinean Sign Language ;)
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Level 72
Jun 13, 2016
Hmm. I see it in Wikipedia, but there is no reference to official sources. It's also not in the CIA World Factbook entry, updated this month. But there are many news reports from May 2015 heralding its addition, so I'd suggest to the QM / Zefyrinus that it looks legit.
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Level 67
May 31, 2017
It's just like you say, samiamco. I'll make it already filled in, until I can find better references.
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Level 35
Aug 10, 2016
Got all of them on about my fourth try!
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Level 45
Sep 30, 2016
could you accept Belorussian for Belarusian? That's how I was educated when I was younger.
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Level 60
Feb 4, 2017
Missed Korean which would have gotten me the full 5pts. Annoying to forget that since it's just the country name! Also South Africa is hogging all the languages. I guess it makes sense in post-apartheid SA to elevate all the major African languages into an official equality, but it looks odd next to e.g. India which has similar language diversity.
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Level 47
Feb 4, 2017
Can you please accept Belarussian?
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Level 67
May 31, 2017
Oops, it was supposed to be accepted, but I found a mistake in the type-ins. I've fixed it now.
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Level 66
Feb 4, 2017
84; would have gotten a half dozen more if I had thought about it, especially in South America.
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Level 77
Feb 4, 2017
I have a big issue with US not having an official language. English is the only language in which all legislation is published and the language used at courts, among other things. There's such thing as customary law. Otherwise I would expect to see "Nauru ... none" in the capitals quiz, there's a much stronger case for this one.
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Level 67
May 31, 2017
Well, for the US it's undisputable that English is the de facto "official" language, but when it comes to other countries it might be debatable what languages I should list for them if I opened up for this. So I need to base this on some kind of objective data. And for that reason I have chosen to only include whatever each country has defined as their official language.
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Level 77
Jun 7, 2017
Fair enough, I guess I wasn't able to word it so neatly in my head before :)
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Level 77
Feb 4, 2017
Slovenian should be accepted as well for Slovene.
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Level 59
Feb 5, 2017
See above - September 2013.
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Level 77
Feb 8, 2017
I see, I thought I had read all comments. I'll add correction there.
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Level 67
May 31, 2017
I've decided to add Slovenian after all.
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Level 21
Feb 6, 2017
Am I right in saying it isn't Filipino, but Tagalog?
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Level 40
Feb 6, 2017
That's what I thought... I'm gonna go look it up...
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Level 40
Feb 6, 2017
Alright, they are the same language (basically), and it's just that the "official" language is Filipino.
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2017
New Zealand Sign Language ?
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2017
I got 65
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Level 38
Feb 8, 2017
Kicking myself because I put Afrikaan, forgetting the s. It's interesting because you can just add "ian" to most countries to get a language.
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Level 74
Feb 9, 2017
can you accept belarussian (instead of with 1 s)?
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Level 67
May 31, 2017
I've added this now.
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Level 52
Apr 7, 2017
I missed japenese, but got guarani.
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Level 60
May 23, 2017
Various spellings of Belarusian should be accepted, I have seen Belarussian and Belorussian used before and only guessed those two. Motuan should be accepted for Hiri Motu as it is the English name for the language, I guessed Motuan first. Also, a note about Slovak/Slovene and the addition of -ian: I believe Slovakian is a correct equivalent but Slovenian isn't, but I'm not 100% sure.
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Level 67
May 31, 2017
Belarusian with two S was supposed to be accepted, but it wasn't due to a mistake in the type-ins. I've fixed this now. But are you sure about Hiri Motu? There is a language called just Motu, on which Hiri Motu, the pidgin/creole language, is based on. The only thing I can find about "Motuan" is that it's the name of the people who speak Motu.
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Level 77
Jun 7, 2017
Slovene and Slovenian are both commonly used as adjectives and nouns.
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Level 60
May 23, 2017
Surprised so many people missed Quechua/Aymara, Malagasy, Amharic, Tigrinya, and Guaraní... I thought those were all common knowledge, especially Amharic, Quechua, and Aymara
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Level 46
May 23, 2017
You thought wrong
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Level 50
Oct 3, 2019
you've got to be joking
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
For those who want a bigger challenge, here's a whole language series: Guess the language ;)
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Level 39
May 27, 2017
I got Aymara, but forgot Mongolian! hahah!!
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Level 74
Jun 5, 2017
Romansh is also an official language of Switzerland.
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Level ∞
Jun 5, 2017
Accidentally removed from the grid with the last update. It will appear now.
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Level 64
Jun 5, 2017
Wait, English isn't an official language of the UK? What's that all about?
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Level 77
Jun 7, 2017
Not on paper.
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Level 58
Sep 1, 2017
English is the de facto language of the UK - our (un-codified) constitution doesn't name an official language.
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Level 63
Jun 5, 2017
102/114. I almost missed Seychellois Creole after typing just "Seychellois"; accept that also? The Creole portion isn't needed for "Seselwa"
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Level 67
Sep 14, 2017
OK, I'll add just Seychellois to be accepted after the next update.
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Level 72
Jun 6, 2017
So neither Haitian nor Creole work for Haiti (both which I tried). Can we make one or both of these work?
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Level 82
Jul 25, 2017
I agree, Hatian Creole should work. I got lucky...I tried Creole and, when that didn't work, I put the cursor in front of Creole and began typing 'Hatian' but it accepted it at Haiti.
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Level 67
Sep 14, 2017
loganite: Mind your I's. There's one on both sides of the T in Haiti.
buck1017: OK, I'll add just Haitian to be accepted after the next update.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2019
Did it again this time...typed Hatian, Creole, and Hatian Creole. Dang i's!!!
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2019
I finally learned...Haitian Creole!!! Haitian...
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Level 73
Jun 7, 2017
Love the work you put into this quiz! Would enjoy it more if you allowed a little more time.
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Level 52
Jun 11, 2017
According to wikipedia Chile has no official language and it just ranks Spanish as a national language.
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Level 67
Sep 14, 2017
That's odd, I can't find any mentioning of official or national languages of Chile on WP. But when I Google, all the sources say Spanish is the official language.
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Level 74
Jun 14, 2017
Pashtun won't work... has to be Pashto, eh?
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Level 68
Jun 18, 2017
Yeah, that got me too. Does seem a little harsh, but sure.
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Level 67
Sep 14, 2017
OK, I'll allow this when the quiz gets updated.
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Level 52
Jun 16, 2017
I just did further research and Ethiopia in their constitutions states that there is no official languages either.
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Level 67
Sep 14, 2017
Hmm, I just looked this up now, and one document says that Amharic is the working language of the federal government. Though some other sources say that it's the official language of the government. :?
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Level 82
Jul 25, 2017
I tried Seychelles Creole, surely that should be accepted? I also tried Nepalese instead of Nepali.
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Level 67
Sep 14, 2017
OK, I have scheduled for both to be accepted in the future.
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2019
Thanks! Absolutely love this quiz, by the way!
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Level 57
Sep 14, 2017
Please accept "North Sotho" for "Northern Sotho"
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Level 74
Dec 9, 2017
Harsh that I put Seychellois and didn't get it!
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Level 67
Jun 23, 2018
Seychellois is accepted. Are you sure you typed it correctly? Hmm, or maybe it had been added after your comment.
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Level 58
Feb 25, 2018
Not that it matters, but correct me if I'm wrong, in New Zealand, isn't English not considered an official language. When I went there a few months ago, I was told that there are only 2 official languages (Māori and NZ Sign Language), and that English, despite being the most widely spoken language, isn't formally designated as an official language. So if you're including English for New Zealand, you might as well include English for Australia, UK, US, Spanish for Mexico, etc. for the sake of consistency or otherwise remove English as an official language of NZ. Plus, should English be removed as an official language, it would probably confuse many people, and waste their time trying to figure out how to type 'English', which is always entertaining. +1 for accepting Seychellois
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Level 67
Jun 23, 2018
Huh, that's interesting. I'll remove English.
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Level 65
Jun 28, 2018
From what I see, English is the de facto official language, but it does not hold official official" status. It appears there is an effort to change that.
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Level 74
Jun 27, 2018
English is acknowledged as an official language of New Zealand - see here.
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Level 77
Jun 27, 2018
Of course it's an official language ...
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Level 32
Jul 21, 2019
I am a New Zealander. We are taught there are 3 official language. I am literally learning this may not be the case here...wth nz!
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Level 57
Mar 10, 2018
India should be removed because India too nor has any official languages. Hindi is the most spoken language and English is used for official works, but they are not our national language. There are 22 recognized languages of India, if possible put all the 22 languages.
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Level 67
Jun 23, 2018
According to Wikipedia, Hindi is the "official language of the government" and English a "subsidiary official language". I'm not really sure what exactly those terms mean though...
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Level 21
Mar 10, 2018
Kurdish should be included; it is also an official language of Iraq.
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Level 67
Jun 23, 2018
Ah, I've added it.
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Level 36
Mar 23, 2018
Nice quiz you made! Also a little question, how did you make a question have more than one answer? I've always had that dbout. One expample of this is South Africa.
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Level 67
Jun 23, 2018
In Quiz Design, choose Manual Mode and you can merge cells. I used this to make the cell labeled "South Africa" take up several rows.
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Level 81
Jun 27, 2018
Nice to see Swaziland now listed as eSwatini, its new name, thought it was a typo at first!
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Level 82
Jun 29, 2018
eSwatini in English is "Land of the Swazi." I vote we just stay with Swaziland for English language quizzes...
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Level 80
Aug 11, 2018
Nothing nice about it. Quizmaster has a predilection for tampering with quizzes unnecessarily.
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Level 58
Nov 22, 2018
Or staying up to date with changes to official names of things
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Level 81
Jun 29, 2018
Are New Zealand's laws written in sign language or Maori?
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Level 75
Jul 8, 2018
I think when this quiz got changed, English must have somehow been removed from New Zealand.
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Level 32
Jul 22, 2019
written in sign language? They can read words just like those who can hear!
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Level 64
Aug 3, 2019
Sign languages are fully different languages from spoken languages. You don't have to be able to read a spoken language in order to understand and communicate with a sign language. I don't doubt that almost all sign language users can read another dominant language of their country, though. I was wondering the same thing as someone2018 too, like maybe the government keeps a video archive of laws signed in NZSL.
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Level 65
Jul 9, 2018
According to wikipedia, English is also an official language of Botswana alongside with Tswana.
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
You're right. I don't know if it got removed from the quiz at some point earlier. I've made a change for it to be added in the next reset.
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Level 16
Jul 24, 2018
I agree
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Level 48
Jul 24, 2018
So English is not an official language in New Zealand but Maori and Sign Language are? What's up with that?
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2018
Te Reo Maori was recognised as an official language in 1987, and NZ Sign Language achieved the same status in 2006. But there is currently no legislation that recognises English as an official language. Parliament is currently considering a draft bill to make it so, as it seems a bit daft.
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Level 48
Jul 25, 2018
Fascinating! And I was so sure that I'd found an error in the quiz. Thanks for the info!
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2018
When you try Pushtu, Pushtan, Pushti, Pushto, Pashtu, Pashtan, Pashti, and then give up... dang!
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Level 56
Jul 24, 2018
Can you accept Creole?
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
Sorry, no. Because there are hundreds of different creoles, so you need to specify which one it is.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2019
And 4-5 as official ones.
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Level 62
Jul 24, 2018
Can you just accept Creole? That doesn't seem any more generous than some of the other type=ins for this quiz.
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Level 56
Jul 24, 2018
Hey Quizmaster, NZ parliament passed a bill in February this year officially recognizing English as an official language of New Zealand
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
It seems as if the bill wasn't approved: https://www.quora.com/How-did-English-become-the-official-language-in-New-Zealand
I have trouble finding any official website stating that English would be an official language. Does anyone know any good links?
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Level 55
Jul 24, 2018
Is the offical name Eswatini or Swaziland?
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Level 38
Jul 24, 2018
No Welsh?
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
Regional languages are not included in this quiz.
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Level 50
Jul 25, 2018
Japan has no official language.
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
I tried to look up your statement. It's really complicated: http://houseikyoku.sangiin.go.jp/column/column068.htm
The interesting part is this: 日本の国語は日本語であるとか、公用語は日本語であるなどと定める条文はないんだ。ただ、法律上「国語」という用例はあるし、そのような条文は日本語のことを国語といっているのだと理解できるよ。
To quickly Google translate that: There is no provision that states that Japanese national language is Japanese and official language is Japanese. However, there is an example in law called "national language", and it can be understood that such a clause means that Japanese is a national language.
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Level 47
Jul 26, 2018
at least until other countries recognize it, can we still call "eSwatini" by the name "Swaziland"?
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Level 68
Aug 6, 2018
Indeed, it's JetPunk policy to use the common English name as far as I know, so Swaziland should be the name used on this quiz. By the way, Israel is in the process of removing the official status of Arabic, though I'm not sure whether that law change has been completed yet. So maybe that can wait.
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Level 30
Aug 19, 2018
Why does the UK not have English as our official language? we invented it!!!! Also, no White English speaking country has it as their official language either. Whats the conspiracy behind this?
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Level 59
Mar 13, 2019
Do you think that people should petition their government to specify official languages just because of the colour their skin happens to be?
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Level 77
Sep 28, 2019
That's debatable :) The shortest history of English language: "It was invented by the French"
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2019
Canada, Malta and Ireland have English as official.
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Level 37
Aug 21, 2018
Argentina has not got an official language. Instead of that, they use Spanish as de facto language.
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
Hmm, I'm not sure anymore if this quiz used to include national languages or not. Now at least only official languages are included, so I'll schedule the answer for Argentina to be changed.
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Level 24
Sep 28, 2018
c'mon guys FARSI is same as PERSIAN. In Iran, It is called as FARSI only . Not Persian
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
"The Academy of Persian Language and Literature, however, has declared that the name Persian is more appropriate, as it has the longer tradition in western languages and better expresses the role of the language as a mark of cultural and national continuity."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_language#Name_of_the_language

However, Farsi should be an acceptable type-in for the language of Iran, which it apparently wasn't. This will be changed in the next reset of the quiz.
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Level 56
Oct 28, 2018
Got 85. Japanese escaped my mind both times I played though. :(
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Level 21
Feb 4, 2019
It was easy until I got to south Africa. TOO many languages.
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Level 71
Feb 8, 2019
shouldn't basque be the language for Andorra?
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
Basque is only spoken in France and Spain.
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Level 52
Mar 5, 2019
Norway has Samí as an official Language too. I know it is considered a minority Language in the other countries within Sápmi, but in Norway it has the same status as Norwegian.
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
OMG things keep changing so fast. I hadn't even heard about this although Norway is my neighbor country.
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Level 66
Mar 9, 2019
A lot of things has been changed now in 2019. Arabic is no longer an official language of Israel anymore but a "recognized language" and South Korea has now its sign language as one of its official languages like New Zealand does. You guys need to look up to things.
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
I can't keep up! D: I've added these to be included in the next update.
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Level 53
Mar 20, 2019
Please accept American
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Level 50
Apr 21, 2019
Bhutanese should be accepted for Dzongkha, I think.
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Level 67
May 12, 2019
Alright, I'll add that since Wikipedia mentions it.
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2019
Kiribati is also called Kiribati (not confusing at all) and sometimes Kiribatese.
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Level 77
Sep 28, 2019
Thank you for including de facto official languages now! There's not much practical (or even legal) difference between de jure and de facto official languages.
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Level 41
Nov 3, 2019
Welsh is an official language of the UK.
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Level 59
Nov 3, 2019
No, it is a regional language.
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Level 56
Nov 3, 2019
THIS QUIZ NEEDS MORE TIME!!! I refuse to believe that you think we can actually get all of the spellings of these words right on the first try. And can you accept CREOLE as a type-in for all different types of Creole, rather than having us type in all the different types individually (again, taking up precious time that WE DON'T HAVE!!!)
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2020
No need to shout!! And I just got 100 on tablet, if I was on a computer I could get them all in time, I'm atleast 1/3 slower on tablet (mainly more typos, on a bad typing day it is more like 1/2 as fast). In theory that is, I dont know them all, I think there are about 5 more I could get.
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Level 62
Nov 3, 2019
Agree with Welsh, and also British Sign Language!
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Level 47
Nov 3, 2019
Where's Igbo? Also what about Punjabi?
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Level 77
Nov 12, 2019
Not official on national level
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Level 67
Nov 5, 2019
Tough Quiz,116/117, only missed English.
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Level 63
Nov 5, 2019
Luxembourgish. I tried this, depsite my thinking that it was a Homer Simpson answer, but must have spelled it wrong.
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Level 61
Nov 12, 2019
Morisien should count for Mauritian creole
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
Thanks! I've added this a type-in, it should work the next time the quiz is updated, if Quizmaster allows it.
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Level 66
Nov 18, 2019
I tried Haitian and Creole separately, surely one of them must work
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Level 43
Nov 21, 2019
Please ad "sapmi" as spelling for sami
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
Sápmi is what they call their land, not their language.
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Level 25
Dec 24, 2019
You should add Yucatec Mayan and Nahuatl in Mexico they're also de facto official languages
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
Not at the national (federal) level.
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Level 54
Mar 1, 2020
The United States has no "official language". Many individual states do but there is no official national language. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-is-the-official-language-of-the-united-states.html
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Level ∞
Mar 1, 2020
"Countries without a dejure official language, only a defacto one, are marked in red."
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Level 44
Mar 9, 2020
Why can't just creole work? Took me a while to figure I had to add prefixes, can we just allow it to fill in the most popular version of creole and then have to name the rest?
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Level 24
Mar 19, 2020
Fijian is actually Hindi (Fijian). I would expect it to be changed
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Level 59
May 15, 2020
Fijian is a completely different language on its own
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Level 56
Mar 20, 2020
Why is the Netherlands in red?
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
I don't know why the Quizmaster did this. :S The Wikipedia article says that Dutch is the official language.
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Level 47
Mar 20, 2020
You should accept Amhara for Amharic
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
Hmm, I'm not sure. Amhara is the name of the ethnic group who speak Amharic. I only checked the Wikipedia article, but that one doesn't list Amhara as an alternative name for the language.
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Level 62
May 15, 2020
'Creole' should fit for Haiti, Mauritius, etc... e.g. without 'haitian"
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
They are all different creole languages, so you need to specify which exact creoles they speak.
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Level 67
Jul 3, 2020
Feeling a bit dumb as I forgot Afrikaans...
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Level 70
Jul 17, 2020
Is there a reason that the sign languages are all filled in? It seems odd that they are treated differently than the other languages.
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
Huh, the Quizmaster has changed this. I don't know what the reasoning is. :/
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Level 27
Jul 20, 2020
After 20+ attempts I was finally able to remember all of them and passed the quiz with exactly 3:00 left!
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Level 51
Aug 20, 2020
When you get Kinyarwanda, but not Bulgarian...at least I had 77.
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Level 47
Sep 2, 2020
Sweden does not have an official language. It is de facto the majority language and it's official when Sweden represents outwards. There are five official minority languages though (finnish, yiddish, meänkieli, romani and sami).
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Level 67
Sep 3, 2020
Swedish was officially made the "main language" in 2009. ( https://web.archive.org/web/20141110205547/http://www.riksdagen.se/sv/Dokument-Lagar/Lagar/Svenskforfattningssamling/Spraklag-2009600_sfs-2009-600/ ) It's unclear if this should be interpreted to mean the same thing as a national or official language.
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Level 64
Sep 20, 2020
Truly puzzled that The Netherlands is now depicted as a de facto language rather than a de jure language, and wondering where the decision to note it as a de facto language came from. I looked at the Dutch government's own website where it implicitly states that Dutch is indeed the official language, and that Fries (Frisian) is the second official language in that particular province. Papiamento and English are also considered as official languages in the Caribbean Netherlands.