World Language General Knowledge #3

Can you answer these general knowledge questions about world languages?
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Last updated: January 31, 2018
First submittedJanuary 27, 2018
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What language is an official language of 55 different countries?
English
What language is an official language of 29 different countries?
French
What was the most commonly-spoken language amongst Jews prior to WWII?
Yiddish
What Mediterranean sea-faring people invented the first alphabet?
The Phoenicians
What is the last letter of the Greek alphabet?
Omega
Which Greek letter looks like this: Δ?
Delta
What language is the Quran written in?
Arabic
What language, starting with Z, is the most commonly-spoken in South Africa?
Zulu
What country is the most linguistically diverse - with over 820 indigenous languages?
Papua New Guinea
What language includes the words Kahuna, Keiki, Honu, and ʻOhana?
Hawaiian
What playwright invented hundreds of words, including assassination and eyeball?
William Shakespeare
What comes next after eins and zwei?
Drei
In the Bible, what building angered God, causing him to curse humans
with a "confusion of tongues"?
Tower of Babel
What language has given us place names such as Cwmystwyth and Llanfairpwllgwyngyll?
Welsh
What language/dialect is "Auld Lang Syne" written in?
Scots
What language, spoken in parts of Spain and France, is unrelated to any other living language?
Basque
What is the most commonly-spoken Native American language in the U.S.?
Navajo
From what language do the family names Kardashian and Sarkisian come from?
Armenian
What is the most commonly-spoken Slavic language?
Russian
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Level 10
Jan 27, 2018
I did surprisingly well (9/19) even though I don't know that much about languages.
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Level 37
Jun 29, 2018
I got 9/19 too! (and also know nothing about languages)
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Level 52
Feb 7, 2022
jhg HgtR lkjhg 14/19 ggZkjk,k nkjuZkkn Trrpt!
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Level 47
May 9, 2022
same
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Level 90
Jan 27, 2018
You may want to clarify that Navajo is the most commonly-spoken Native American language *in the United States*.
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Level ∞
Jan 28, 2018
Bone-headed mistake on my part - now fixed.
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Level 81
Jan 27, 2018
Would you accept "Phoenicians" without "The?"
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Level ∞
Jan 28, 2018
We do
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Level 80
Jan 28, 2018
And without S? Especially as just "Scot" is accepted.
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Level ∞
Jan 29, 2018
Okay
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Level 54
Jan 28, 2018
Huh, Sarkisian is Armenian? The more you know...
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Level ∞
Jan 28, 2018
Bonus question: What mononymic celebrity was born with the last name Sarkisian?
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Level 35
Jan 28, 2018
Cher
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Level 60
Jan 28, 2018
could you accept Jiddish, too ?
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
Exactly what i wanted to ask, if you'd accept jiddish

(though I dont exactly know why people ask if some stuff could please be accepted, it is not like it is gonna change your score after the fact...)

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Level 68
Feb 6, 2022
because we're providing feedback to the maker of the quiz so they can improve it for future takers...? jetpunk would be so much the worse if quiz takers couldn't leave suggestions in the comments, or if they chose not to since it wouldn't benefit them personally.
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Level 71
Jan 31, 2018
Eins and Zwei shouldn't be written with a first capital letter. Unlike nouns, the numbers in German are written lower case end to end.
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2018
I'll take your word for it. I changed the clue.
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Level 83
Feb 26, 2018
To be fair, Cymraeg should be accepted ;).
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2018
For reference, the full name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The name was created in the 19th century when residents of the town wanted to attract more tourists to the area, and it remains a popular place for people to visit and take photos next to the train station sign.

Other good Welsh place names include "Plwmp" and "Nantycaws" (which translates to "stream of cheese").

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Level 83
Jun 29, 2018
+1 for "stream of cheese"
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Level 62
Apr 19, 2018
Shakespeare did not invent "assasin". It's origins are in Arabic meaning something like an outcast. It came to Europe with the crusaders.
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2018
I feel as if a lot of the words Shakespeare is credited with inventing were in fact just *recorded* for the first time by the playwright. A word can exist for a long time outside of written documents, and especially when you take into account the time at which he was writing.
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Level 83
Jun 29, 2018
The clue doesn't say "assassin" it says "assassinate."
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Level 73
Jul 3, 2018
Actually, it says "assassination". (Maybe QM changed it in the last few days...)
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Level 83
Jul 5, 2018
Maybe. Anyway the point is taking a noun and turning it into verb (and then taking that verb and turning it back in to a noun) still counts as coining a new word if nobody has done that before.
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Level 58
Jun 29, 2018
19/19 with 1'25 remaining. Maybe shorten the clock by 1 minute, or add more difficult questions.
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Level 69
Jun 29, 2018
Need the extra time for all us mere mortals.
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Level 72
Jun 29, 2018
Brain farts, consistently successful in robbing me of full marks on countless quizzes; already got the English and Welsh questions and when I saw the "Auld Lang Syne" one I immediately thought Gaelic, but when Irish didn't work I completely forgot Scotland had their own language/dialect and were like: "so it must be some other language group then." Proceeded to try every concievable living language until the time ran out! *sigh*
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Level 58
Jul 4, 2018
A note about nomenclature: Gaelic is not Irish - Gaelic is spoken in Scotland. Irish is a separate (but very closely related language to Gaelic) language. Scots is different from both Gaelic and Irish - Scots is a Germanic language, whereas the former two are Celtic.
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Level 76
Jun 29, 2018
Can you add 'euskara' as legitimate answer in addition to basque?
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Level 31
Jun 29, 2018
19/19 with 2 minutes to spare and I'm playing via my mum from the womb.
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Level 66
Jun 30, 2018
Fun quiz, thanks. Got all but Phoenician.
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Level 46
Jun 30, 2018
Would you accept Euskera for Basque ?
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Level 39
Jul 1, 2018
out of all the good things coming outta Armenia they had to talk only about kardashians lmao.
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Level 60
Jul 1, 2018
could you accept jiddish ? that is how we spell it in Dutch. Also, I typed arabian, without capital, and it did not take.
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Level 58
Jul 4, 2018
It probably didn't accept Arabian (with or without a capital letter) because that is not the name of the language - it's Arabic. Yiddish is the English spelling of that language - must Quizmaster cater to all other languages?
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Level 68
Mar 13, 2020
Not every language but at least the language in its own language would be nice: "Yiddish" is "Jiddisch" in Yiddish.
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Level 62
Oct 10, 2021
umm no it isn't? In my over 18 years experience being jewish I have never come across it spelled that way. Furthermore, a quick google search will show you that there is no "j" in yiddish or hebrew.
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Level 86
Aug 13, 2018
I take quizzes in German. When I know the answer, but can't type it right...I've just done what I came to do: learn a little more German. No reason in demanding Germans start using English spellings.
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Level 68
Oct 13, 2018
Stick figures having sex.
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Level 50
Apr 4, 2020
Assassin comes from a sect that lived in Persia in the XI century, way before Shakespeare. He may had added it to english language, but he didn't invent it for sure.
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Level ∞
Apr 4, 2020
Just because the concept has been around for a long time doesn't mean that the word existed in the English language. Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is the earliest known usage of the word in written English.
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Level 56
Feb 6, 2022
It’s the Hashashins, if Doctor Who wasn’t lying about that in 1964!
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Level 71
Apr 19, 2022
It doesn't say "assassin," it says "assassination." Creating a noun from a pre-existing verb counts as coining a new word. However, according to Merriam-Webster, Shakespeare didn't invent the word "assassination" either. They give an example of it being used in a letter in 1572, more than 15 years before Shakespeare wrote his first play.
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Level 43
Mar 27, 2021
If only I knew how to spell ‘Yiddish’, I knew what it was but know how to spell it. Even had all the other answers correct as well :(
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Level 66
Dec 8, 2021
Euskera for Basque, please
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Level 42
Feb 4, 2022
I couldn't figure out how to spell Shackesprearre
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Level 78
Feb 6, 2022
Missed opportunity for "What language is this question written in?" but in like Korean
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Level 59
Feb 6, 2022
Great quiz! I only got 12/19 but I would love to see more of these!
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Level 52
Feb 6, 2022
Would you accept Lallans for auld Lang syne?
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2022
> What comes next after eins and zwei?

...not "Polizei"?

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Level 52
Feb 7, 2022
...drei, vier, Grenadier...
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Level 63
Feb 6, 2022
Please accept Diné for Navajo, as that's the endonym (as Deutsch is to German, for example).
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Level 33
Feb 7, 2022
12/19
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Level 65
Feb 7, 2022
Please include Dine bizaad for the antepenultimate question and other endonymic names for languages as appropriate.
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Level 36
Feb 10, 2022
wtf is eins and zwei??
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Level 56
Feb 17, 2022
German numbers 1 and 2
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Level 56
Feb 17, 2022
Can you accept Babyl?