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Official UN Languages

Name the 6 official languages of United Nations.
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Language
Arabic
Chinese
English
Language
French
Russian
Spanish
62 Comments
+12
Level 66
Dec 14, 2015
Mandarin for Chinese?
+18
Level ∞
Jan 12, 2016
Mandarin will work now.
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Level 58
Mar 14, 2020
Great, thanks!
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Level 90
Apr 24, 2016
Got 'em all. Almost forgot Russian, but I got 'em.
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Level 75
Nov 21, 2018
Same
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Level 24
Dec 20, 2021
Finished with 1:18 left
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Level 40
Dec 13, 2022
How? I did it with 22 seconds left.
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Level 40
Dec 13, 2022
almost missed arabic
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Level 36
Jan 29, 2022
Same
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Level 22
May 8, 2024
finished in 26 seconds 100%
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Level 44
Apr 25, 2016
Not german?
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Level 77
Apr 25, 2016
Nein.
+26
Level 77
Nov 21, 2018
If they wanted to add another European language, it would have been Portuguese, surely?
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Level 68
Jan 15, 2019
why? in europe a very small portion speak portuguese (unless you were joking..)
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Level 78
Jul 7, 2019
No - Bulgarian.
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2019
What about Italian?
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Level 73
Jul 7, 2019
@Sif ... I think it's because of the 200 million people who speak portuguese as a first language in Brazil.
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Level 81
Jul 7, 2019
+ Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome & Principe, Timor Leste -- did I miss any?
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Level 82
Jul 7, 2019
Hatem, are you implying that there exists a world outside the borders of Europe?
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Level 68
May 8, 2020
@ddddan Guinea-Bissau also speaks Portuguese
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Level 64
Dec 20, 2021
I think Sif might have mixed the UN up with the EU...
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Level 45
Apr 28, 2016
That's one of the consequences for losing in World War II. German, Japanese, and Italian are not official U.N. languages.
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Level 59
Nov 22, 2018
Numbers of speakers and/or numbers of countries in which languages are spoken are probably more important. Japanese, German and Italian are not as widely spoken as the official languages.
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Level 57
Nov 22, 2018
But German is an official language in 9 countries.
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Level 78
Jul 7, 2019
Eight, according to Wikipedia. Two of those countries are tiny (Luxembourg and Liechtenstein) and two others are rather small as well (Austria and Switzerland, which has large parts that rather speak French or Italian). In three of the countries, it is only a regional language (France, Italy, Belgium - the German speaking community in Belgium is tiny).
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Level 83
Dec 20, 2021
On the flip side, German is extremely widely learnt, especially in other European countries, and is often used as a lingua franca
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Level 70
Jul 31, 2016
Surprised not to see Hindi.
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Level 59
Jul 7, 2019
Why though. Hindi is only spoken by one UN member state (India, where most people in power speak English). Furthermore, India isn't a permanent member of the UN security council which was the justification for Mandarin and Russian.
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Level 58
Dec 20, 2021
Hindi is also an official language in Fiji
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Level 36
Jan 13, 2022
That is random
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Level 60
Sep 1, 2023
Hindustani is in 3, though: Pakistan - Urdu, Fiji - Fiji Hindi
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Level 70
Dec 15, 2023
Political distinctions make it hard to add Hindustani. Hindustani has no overarching, formalised standard to draw from and choosing an official script would be contentious.
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Level 84
May 31, 2017
Dang. Thought for sure that semaphore would've been one.
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Level 48
Apr 22, 2019
Please accept American for English & Spanish
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Level 41
Jul 7, 2019
American?
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Level 78
Jul 7, 2019
Of course you're joking
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Level 58
Dec 20, 2021
How aboot Canadian for English and French?
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Level 55
Dec 20, 2021
How about Peruvian for Gilbertese?
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Level 65
Dec 20, 2021
And Sanskrit for Zulu?
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Level 43
Dec 27, 2021
Maybe Xhosa for Maori
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Level 61
May 14, 2023
Maybe Italian for Amharic
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Level 57
Oct 22, 2023
possibly brazilian for spanish
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Level 66
Dec 7, 2023
What about Cypriot for Quechua?
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Level 41
Jul 7, 2019
Good quiz! Pretty easy though, just think of P5.
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Level 74
Jul 7, 2019
Wasn't Portuguese added to the list recently?
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Level 61
May 14, 2023
Nope!
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Level 37
Jul 7, 2019
Given that French is the official language of Diplomacy, that one is understandable. Russian, English and Chinese probably correlate to how the five main members of the UN are USA, UK France, China and Russian, and Spanish and Arabic... probably more prevalent compared to other languages, if I had to guess.

A nice quiz, thanks for sharing.

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Level 29
Jul 7, 2019
Should be in the easy quizzes category
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Level 45
Feb 29, 2020
I don't understand why is there Russian because literally, its only Russia's language
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Level 78
Mar 24, 2020
It's an official language in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as (correct me if I'm wrong) Belarus.
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Level 77
Mar 25, 2020
Because Russia is a superpower.
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Level 78
Dec 13, 2022
Because the USSR was one of WWII's victorious powers.
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Level 61
May 14, 2023
Also, it is still spoken and known throughout Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. It is also the most spoken Slavic language with a Cyrillic alphabet, which is why it almost represents many other Eastern European languages
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Level 43
Jul 10, 2021
Russia is not In The EU!
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Level 61
Oct 7, 2021
what does that have to do with anything?
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Level 74
Mar 15, 2024
congratulations
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Level 82
Dec 20, 2021
Is the sculpture in the thumbnail supposed to represent impotence?
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Level 65
Dec 20, 2021
It is to represent a knot on a gun.
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Level 55
Dec 22, 2021
They should just go with Esperanto.
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Level 26
Dec 19, 2022
That was easy, 11 secs.
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Level 57
Oct 22, 2023
omg how did i almost miss spanish