Europe - languages

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1. Which of the following languages is not an Indo-European language?
Norwegian
French
Finnish
Polish
Finnish is a Finno-Ugric language
2. Which of the following languages is NOT an official language in Belgium
Dutch
French
German
Luxembourgish
Dutch, French and German all have an official status, even though German is spoken by very few as a first language
3. Which language doesn't use the Latin Alphabet?
Greek
French
Danish
Spanish
The Greek alphabet is distinctly different
4. Which is the most spoken language in Europe (either as first or second language)?
German
French
English
Spanish
German is the most spoken first language (95 million people), but when you include second language, English is by far the most spoken (260 million)
5. There is a grouping called Baltic-languages. Which languages are part of it?
Latvian, Lithuanian
Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
Estonian, Latvian
Russian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
Estonia is a Baltic country, but Estonian is a Finno-Ugric language and is therefore excluded.
6. In which of these countries is Frisian spoken?
Portugal
Netherlands
Russia
Iceland
Frisian is spoken by approx. 500.000 people in The Netherlands. Small communities of specific Frisian languages exist in Germany and Denmark
7. French, Spanish and Italian are part of which language group?
Germanic
Italic/Romance
Slavic
Celtic
The 3 big groups of language in Europe include: Slavic 260, Germanic 210 and Romance 215 million speakers
8. Which of these countries uses the Cyrillic alphabet?
Slovenia
Poland
Romania
Bulgaria
The Cyrillic Alphabet is used in a few more countries such as Russia, but also common in Serbia and North Macedonia
9. Which country has Swedish as its official language?
Only Sweden
Sweden and Norway
Sweden and Finland
Sweden and Denmark
Finland has a small Swedish speaking minority (5%) and the Finnish autonomous region of Åland has Swedish as the only official language
10. Besides being an offical national language in a number of countries, in one European country German is a official language in a specific region, which is it?
Italy
Poland
Belgium
Switzerland
In Süd-Tirol in Italy German is an official language, but it does not have a national status as German does in Belgium and Switzerland. In Poland some communities recognize German as a minority language
11. What's the 2nd most spoken language at home in France (mother tongue)?
Spanish
English
German
Arabic
As a second language English is most widely spoken, but when counting mother tongue, Arabic is the second most spoken
12. Approximately 1 million people speak Basque, where can you find most native speakers?
Romania
UK
Spain
Italy
The native speakers spread over France and Spain, but by far the majority can be found in Spain.
13. Which language was the base for Afrikaans, spoken in South Africa?
Dutch
German
Swedish
Danish
When the Dutch settled Cape Town, the language spread from there and evolved locally into Afrikaans
14. Asturian, Aragonese and Galician are spoken in which European country?
Spain
France
Germany
Italy
Spain has a number of languages spoken in specific regions. Catalan and Basque are generally the most well known
15. Which language is NOT an official language in Switzerland?
Romansh
German
Italian
Austrian
French is also one of the 4 languages, Austrian is however not a separate language and considered German
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Level 92
Jan 3, 2020
Please can you clarify why the acceptable answer for the Balto-Slavic question is Latvian and Lithuanian. These are Baltic languages (along with Latgalian). Balto-Slavic languages as I understand the term are the entire family of Baltic, West Slavic (Czech, Polish etc.), South Slavic (Serbian, Slovene etc.) and East Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian etc). In other words, the answer I gave was 'All languages of the Baltic and Slavic regions' even though Estonian doesn't count – but it is misleading to suggest that they are only Baltic languages.
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2020
You're right. The intention is of course to emphasize the irony of Estonia being a Baltic country without a Baltic language. I've updated the question, now limited to Baltic languages.