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Language Names in the Language

We give you the name of the language in it's own language. You give us the English name.
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Last updated: December 12, 2019
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First submittedSeptember 24, 2013
Times taken110,866
Average score66.7%
Rating4.90
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Foreign
English
Español
Spanish
Nederlands
Dutch
Deutsch
German
Polski
Polish
Russkiy
Russian
Al-ʻarabīyah
Arabic
Tiếng Việt
Vietnamese
Foreign
English
Suomi
Finnish
Gaeilge
Irish
Nihongo
Japanese
Magyar
Hungarian
Elliniká
Greek
Hànyǔ
Chinese
Dansk
Danish
Foreign
English
Italiano
Italian
Svenska
Swedish
Norsk
Norwegian
Hrvatski
Croatian
Cymraeg
Welsh
Hangugeo
Korean
Kiswahili
Swahili
67 Comments
+27
Level 82
Nov 17, 2013
Got everything except for Welsh, and still only beat 78.6%. Must be a lot of linguists on here this morning.
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Level 31
Aug 12, 2015
Yes hello
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Level 31
Aug 12, 2015
Got Japanese cos I learn Japanese. Guessed Korean from the Hang, which I assumed was Hangul script or language of Korean. Knew the rest. :) and got all of them and with 2:25 remaining :)
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Level 85
Mar 27, 2018
Looks like Cymru, or Wales in Welsh. That's how I got it.
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Level 75
May 6, 2021
Can anyone explain why Cymru is pronounced Cumry? It looks like a typo that stuck...
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Level 15
May 1, 2023
It’s how the Welsh pronounce y and u
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Level 82
May 6, 2021
That's just how Y and U are pronounced in Welsh.
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Level 79
May 8, 2021
It's almost like it's a different language
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Level 75
Jan 29, 2022
It's a different language, but the same Latin script as English...
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Level 60
Apr 16, 2024
Just because something is written in the same script doesn't mean it has to be pronounced the same. The letter J is pronounced differently in English, Spanish, and German.
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Level 46
Mar 21, 2022
Script is the same, but the values of letters are different. Also, English has very weird letter values itself.
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Level 47
Aug 19, 2018
or maybe just command+t google translate
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Level 52
May 6, 2021
no cheating
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Level 39
May 25, 2024
I got 21/21 (not cuz I looked up the other half)
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Level 75
Nov 17, 2013
How come I got 2 wrong (Hungarian and Chinese) and still beat 83.8%?
+51
Level 82
Nov 17, 2013
Well the sun rises earlier in Europe. All of the geniuses there probably kick the average score up pretty high before the dummies in 'merica wake up and bring down the average.
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Level 82
Nov 17, 2013
In all seriousness.... it actually may have something to do with timing. I've noticed new quizzes tend to go up around 8 a.m. my time, just when I'm arriving at the office which is when I usually take the ones on the front page. At that point they are brand new and the only people who would have taken the quiz before are quiz junkies who go looking for stuff that has not been featured or people who are interested in the subject of that particular quiz and searched for it.

After any quiz has been on the front page for a few hours, though.. then lots of more casual jetpunk users including people who are not really interested in the subject of the quiz will end up taking it, and this probably does in fact bring down the average score.

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Level ∞
Nov 18, 2013
The reason is that featured quizzes can be found on the site as soon as I make them (before they hit the front page). The users who find the quizzes this way tend to be serious trivia buffs.
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Level 75
Nov 18, 2013
Thanks for the explanation - I understand now (maybe) :-)
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Level 31
Aug 12, 2015
Yep, cant agree more
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Level 82
Jan 28, 2016
yes, Yoshi. I've noticed that there are people from certain parts of the world that are never hesitant to prove certain negative stereotypes about themselves... make a sarcastic comment meant to point out such a stereotype and someone will pipe in soon enough to agree with it earnestly.
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Level 61
Jan 29, 2016
Some of us use the "recent user quizzes" part of the site which is where the new quizzes go up, before they get popular enough to be on the front page. In that part, you can just scroll down until you find a title that interests you. If you are a linguist, you would just pick language quizzes. So the language quizzes get lots of linguists taking them at first, which really boosts the stats. (This is the same for any type of quiz and its respective experts.) So by the time they reach the front page, they have very high stats on them, and the front-page-only users bring the scores down a little (since they are more casual quizzers). But since everyone here is interested in taking quizzes, most people have a higher than average general knowledge. So the percentages on these quizzes are (I would guess) about twice as high as what the average person would get. Hope this helps explain the stats to any new user.
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Level 82
Feb 1, 2016
User quizzes, when first created, do not grant points. User quizzes, once selected to be featured and given a star next to them, do. And there is usually a gap of several weeks or even months between when a quiz is selected to be featured and when it appears on the front page. This is my understanding, anyway.
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Level 53
Nov 19, 2013
All with 2:44 left.
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Level 57
Mar 19, 2021
3:11 BOOM
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Level 77
Jun 4, 2014
Only had to think a moment about Korean, the rest was easy.
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Level 76
Jul 24, 2014
... in its [no apostrophe] own language...
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Level 21
Jan 7, 2015
100% yay with 2;30 left
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Level 71
Nov 23, 2015
In the instructions, it's should be its.
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Level 29
Jan 28, 2016
Chinese in Chinese is zhongwen not hanyu
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Level 39
May 30, 2016
Honestly, I think either one flies. If we're really going to split hairs, "Chinese" isn't even its own language. There's Mandarin (putonghua), Cantonese (guangdonghua), and lots of other dialects, like Wu or Min. I'm not sure about this, but I think zhongwen refers to the written form? At any rate, the vast majority of China is of the Han ethnicity so really, hanyu (literally "language of the Han", so Mandarin) is probably as close as you'll get to "Chinese". I can think of like four different ways to refer to Chinese in Chinese off the top off my head, though, so I suppose it's difficult to keep them all straight.
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Level 76
Aug 19, 2018
They're both fine
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Level 75
Jul 28, 2020
zhongwen is more of a general term, which can refer to either language or writing, but hanyu is used to talk about language specifically (you don't get people saying i write in hanyu)
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Level 67
May 6, 2021
I lived in China for a year, and I definitely heard "hanyu" a lot. If I heard the other term, I sure don't remember it.
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Level 68
Jan 4, 2023
That’s funny, I heard zhongwen 中文 way more when I lived there. But yes, both are correct.
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Level 65
May 7, 2021
Yap.

We usually says Putonghua and Zhongwen,Hanyu is an official word.

In chinese,Hanyu meant Korean too.

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Level 69
Oct 25, 2023
it's a different 'han' though. Your comment makes it sound like the word for chinese and korean is the same
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Level 69
Oct 25, 2023
The 'wen' in zhongwen refers to script or writing. The 'yu' in hanyu means language. It is used in many chinese words for foreign languages eg yingyu, fayu, deyu.
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Level 72
Jan 29, 2016
Hahaha I can't belive that 6% could not find italian!!
+3
Level 21
Feb 1, 2016
What about the old français?
+1
Level 60
Jul 31, 2023
it's too passe
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Level 68
Sep 17, 2016
Really surprised that 12 was the average score. Thought most of these would be either obvious or common knowledge.
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Level 49
May 2, 2017
Here I was thinking it was called "Norse" or "Nordic."
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Level 71
May 6, 2021
What? The Scandinavian languages? Noth germanic languages? Norwegian?
+1
Level 32
Jun 30, 2018
I guessed every other balkan state exept croatia for Hrvatski lol
+1
Level 69
Oct 25, 2023
Croatian for Croatia is Hrvatska. We get the word cravat from the name on account of how Croatian soldiers wore little neckties to identify themselves
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Level 48
Jun 30, 2018
Got all except Japanese, Chinese, and Greek. Feeling good about myself
+1
Level 32
Aug 19, 2018
Good quiz, that was lots of fun! Didn't get Welsh and Croatian, even though Itried a few balkan languages. Welsh is pretty hard if you dont know alot about it though.
+1
Level 71
Aug 20, 2018
Breezed through it...100% with 3.11 left
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Level 68
Jan 3, 2023
boring
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Level 88
Jul 21, 2019
Wow, that use of Pinyin really threw me off, and I'm Chinese. Very much used to Hanyu in Chinese.
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Level 38
Dec 6, 2019
Norwegian was so obvious, I just didn't know how to spell it, I thought it was Norweigan
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Level 65
Sep 14, 2020
wow.. using characters à and ǔ was very misleading..

Thanks though!

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Level 63
Sep 14, 2020
that...is how you write Chinese in Chinese pinyin...

If you want then they could write it as 汉语

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Level 33
May 6, 2021
How come "Gaelic" isn't accepted?
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Level 53
May 6, 2021
Because Gaelic isn't a single language, rather a branch of Celtic. It would be like saying 'Accept North Germanic for Norwegian.'
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Level 83
May 6, 2021
From Wikipedia: 'As a noun it refers to the group of languages spoken by the Gaels, or to any one of the languages individually.' Though you usually see just 'Gaelic' to refer to Scottish Gaelic rather than Irish.
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Level 76
Jan 3, 2023
The term Gaelic really covers three languages nowadays - Gaeilge (Irish), Gaidhlig (Scots Gaelic) and Manx.
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Level 69
May 6, 2021
It was accepted for me
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Level 52
May 6, 2021
15/21
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Level 74
May 6, 2021
No Français? I am sad.
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Level 45
May 6, 2021
Good to see Wales getting some recognition in a quiz :) Cymru am byth!
+1
Level 32
May 14, 2021
got them all with 10 seconds left, great quiz
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Level 67
Jun 1, 2021
18. Couldn't spell Norwegian, missed Welsh and Korean. I'm not sure how my brain made the connection to Gaelic for Irish but that's how I got that, and for Greek I saw the "Ell" and though of the ell in Hellas
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Level 39
Oct 30, 2021
Got All With 20 Seconds To Spare
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Level 82
Apr 3, 2022
bravo za hrvatski
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Level 50
Jan 15, 2024
Some more languages with interesting names in their own language that differ from the English name: Hayeren (Armenian), Kartuli ena (Georgian), Shqip (Albanian), Avañeʼẽ (Guarani), Amarəñña (Amharic), Kalaallisut (Greenlandic).