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World Languages A-Z

Based on the clues, name these world languages starting with each letter.
"Most-spoken" refers to the number of people who speak it natively
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First submittedMarch 20, 2019
Last updatedJune 29, 2019
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Clue
Language
A
Language of the Quran
Arabic
B
Language of northern Spain not closely related to any others
Basque
C
Variety of Chinese spoken in the Hong Kong region
Cantonese
D
Afrikaans is derived from this language
Dutch
E
Created in 1887, it was intended to be a universal language
Esperanto
F
What Jean Sibelius spoke. Known in its own language as Suomi
Finnish
G
"Eins, zwei, drei" is how you'd count to three
German
H
Official language of Israel
Hebrew
I
The only Celtic language to be an official language of a country
Irish
J
Can be written in Kana, Hiragana, and Kanji scripts
Japanese
K
Official language of Cambodia
Khmer
L
Language of ancient Rome
Latin
M
Official language of Madagascar
Malagasy
N
Has the most speakers of any Native American language in the United States
Navajo
O
Most commonly-spoken language in Ethiopia
Oromo
P
This language of India and Pakistan is the most spoken that is not the
official language of any country
Punjabi
Q
The main language of the Incan Empire, still spoken today
Quechua
R
Romance language spoken in a certain country in Eastern Europe
Romanian
S
Lingua franca of Tanzania and Kenya
Swahili
T
Dominant language of Anatolia
Turkish
U
Spoken in the city of Odessa
Ukrainian
V
Most spoken language in Indochina
Vietnamese
W
Variety of Chinese spoken in the Shanghai region
Wu
X
Nelson Mandela's mother tongue
Xhosa
Y
Jewish language that developed in Eastern Europe
Yiddish
Z
Most spoken language in South Africa
Zulu
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level 41
Jun 27, 2019
Please accept Espranto as I tried that and it didn’t work. It is also a common way of spelling it where I’m from.
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level 65
Jun 27, 2019
That doesn't make it right.
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level 69
Jun 28, 2019
Irish isn't anywhere close to being the most widely spoken Celtic language. There are almost ten times as many Welsh speakers.
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level ∞
Jun 28, 2019
I didn't fact check that one. You may be right. The numbers for native Welsh and Irish speakers seem very inflated. According to Wikipedia, 19% of Wales speaks Welsh natively. Yeah, I don't think so. In any case, changed the clue so there can be no objections.
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level 69
Jun 29, 2019
You might not think so but there's little doubt. The figures for Welsh are very closely monitored and have been for years so they're as accurate as any of these things can be. If anything Irish is one of the least widely spoken Celtic languages. There are about three times more speakers of Breton. Other than Scottish Gaelic the only Celtic languages with fewer speakers than Irish are the resurrected ones of Manx and Cornish.
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level ∞
Jun 29, 2019
19% of people in Wales speak Welsh at home? I'm skeptical but willing to believe. I did hear a couple old guys speaking in Welsh when I visited Llandeilo.
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level 69
Jun 29, 2019
Yes QM - especially in mid, West and North Wales. In some areas up to 70% speak it as their first language. You're not the first to sneer at Welsh language and culture and you won't be the last, but Ry'n ni yma o hyd, er gwaetha pawb a phopeth. And you're going to have to change the question again. The Welsh Language Acts of 1967 and 1993 establish Welsh as an official de jure language in Wales. There's an equivalent Act for Scottish Gaelic.
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level ∞
Jun 30, 2019
Hey I'm not sneering at Welsh culture. Good for you guys! I think it's cool. But the question will remain unless Wales (or Scotland) becomes an independent country.
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level 73
Jun 30, 2019
The south is quite anglicized, but around Anglesey for example I've heard almost only Welsh spoken in the street.
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level 81
Jun 30, 2019
A point worth to remember is that Sibelius grew up in a Swedish-speaking home and didn't learn Finnish until in school. Yes, he spoke Finnish, but it wasn't his first language.