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World Language General Knowledge #2

Answer these general knowledge questions about world languages.
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Last updated: December 9, 2021
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What language is most commonly spoken in Belarus?
Russian
What is the official language of Israel?
Hebrew
What is the official language of Egypt?
Arabic
What is Italian for "Thank You"?
Grazie
What country is known as "Suomi" in its own language?
Finland
What language is this: 한국어/조선말?
Korean
What is the official language of Pakistan (other than English)?
Urdu
What Indian language sounds very similar to the above?
Hindi
In what country, other than China and Taiwan, is Chinese the
most commonly-spoken language?
Singapore
What language family includes Portuguese, Farsi, and Greek?
Indo-European
Which countries, besides Italy, have Italian as an official language?
San Marino
Switzerland
Vatican City
What is the name for the system of writing for those who are blind?
Braille
In which African country is Amharic the official language?
Ethiopia
Which country does the Tagalog language come from originally?
Philippines
What was the primary language of the Byzantine Empire through most of its history?
Greek
What language is Afrikaans derived from?
Dutch
In what country are Igbo and Yoruba spoken?
Nigeria
What language, other than Spanish, is commonly spoken in Barcelona?
Catalan
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Level 69
Jan 27, 2018
Awesome quiz; thanks! And what's great is that there are practically limitless possibilities for more of them!
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Level 66
Jan 27, 2018
Thanks, World Languages have always Fascinated me!
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Level 69
Jan 28, 2018
Same here!!
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Level 93
Jan 28, 2018
Same here!
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Level 59
Apr 19, 2018
Here here!
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Level 65
Dec 8, 2021
Here same!
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Level 55
Jun 21, 2022
Same same!
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Level 67
Nov 28, 2023
Sere hame!
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Level 82
Jan 27, 2018
Yea both these quizzes are really top drawer :)
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Level 77
Jan 27, 2018
100% :)
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Level 70
Jan 27, 2018
Great quiz! I really enjoyed this one!
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Level 66
Jan 28, 2018
Thanks!
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Level 74
Jan 28, 2018
Great quiz! Can you please accept more spellings for 'thank you' in Italian? I tried every phonetic combination I could think of but still didn't get it. Wah me. Grazie!
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Level 45
May 31, 2018
i didnt know how to spell it at all! oh well.
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Level 47
Jul 31, 2019
Same!!!
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Level 55
Feb 28, 2024
Italian orthography is just about totally phonetic. If you can say it right you can spell it and vice versa.
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Level 44
Feb 6, 2018
I love this quiz ! Not often that I see my native language featured in a quiz አመሰግናለሁ !
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Level 71
May 30, 2018
እንግሊዝኛ ተናጋሪ? ጥሩ!
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Level 89
Oct 6, 2018
ቀዝቃዛ ታሪክ, ወንድም.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
Wow that is very cool, I have never seen that script/alphabet before (and I thought I knew most, because I have often looked up stuff about origins of (written) language. Maybe I have seen it before, but only written and not as computer letters)
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Level 47
Jul 31, 2019
Yeah, I think Amharic is really cool.
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Level 75
Aug 31, 2023
As a Greek, I find the Amharic alphabet and Ethiopian culture fascinating. It was amazing to find Orthodox temples in the heart of Africa and even people who could read greek.
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Level 74
Mar 8, 2018
Gràcies per la bona prova! Només el 80 per cent de les persones sap que el català és la llengua de Barcelona i de tota Catalunya? Això no és suficient...
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Level 45
May 31, 2018
puedo only hablar espanol, sorry
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Level 75
Dec 8, 2021
spanglish*
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2022
I've never read catalan before and I could understand it all. As a portuguese native speaker it should be some similarities but I didn't thought it was that easy.
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Level 75
May 30, 2018
Once again, the only one I missed is one I thought I had already typed. Silly brain syndrome at work.
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Level 86
May 30, 2018
More language quizzes please!
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Level 72
May 30, 2018
Pretty sure English remains an official language of Pakistan, although the Constitution specifies that steps should be taken to transition to Urdu-only. http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/part12.ch4.html
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Level 49
May 31, 2018
I think you're right. Official are Urdu and English, and Urdu is national language also.
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Level 19
Sep 11, 2020
Yes, I was also thinking that. However, if you answer English, the next question wouldn't make sense.
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Level 62
Nov 15, 2020
The next question doesn't really make sense. How does Urdu sound like Hindi? They have other vowels and only one letter in common.
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Level ∞
Sep 26, 2021
Different scripts. Essentially the same language.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindustani_language

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urdu

"Urdu and Hindi share a common Indo-Aryan vocabulary base, phonology and syntax, making them mutually intelligible in colloquial speech"

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Level 56
May 30, 2018
nice !

Tried Albania; Libya' eritrea before svizzera

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Level 43
May 30, 2018
The most common language in Singapore is English, not Chinese. Chinese languages might have slightly more native speakers than English but English is more or less the common tongue of Singapore, spoken by most people.
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Level 39
May 30, 2018
Chinese is the most spoken if you combine dialects. 47.1% of the population speaks a Chinese dialect at home in comparison to 36.9% speaking English at home. This does not account for lingua franca in public/business, which would be quite hard to accurately quantify.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sn.html

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Level 64
May 30, 2018
100%!!! YES!
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Level 36
May 30, 2018
The Singapore question threw me off. Thought it was by raw number of speakers, so tried Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, etc.
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Level 60
May 31, 2018
As a Singaporean, I find it quite hard to believe that Chinese is more commonly spoken than English...as a first language, maybe, but not if you look at the total number of speakers.

Data from Ethnologue seems to support this (Chinese wins for first language speakers, but English wins overall), though this article says that English is more commonly spoken at home too.

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Level 71
Jun 2, 2018
'Hindi' sounds like 'Urdu'................ yeah right.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
I wasnt sure if they meant the name or the language when I read the question.
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Level 61
Dec 8, 2021
The languages do sound very similar, they're almost the same language
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Level 83
Feb 13, 2023
I once met a Hindi speaker who was trying to learn Urdu, she said she was having a hard time with it. So I have to wonder how 'similar' they are.
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Level ∞
Aug 1, 2023
According to Wikipedia:

"Urdu and Hindi share a common Indo-Aryan vocabulary base, phonology and syntax, making them mutually intelligible in colloquial speech"

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Level 38
Jun 2, 2018
https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/254093/countries-that-have-sent-a-sattelite-to-space
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Level 71
Jun 2, 2018
I think that Italian is an official language of Slovenia too.
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Level 60
Sep 26, 2021
Sorry, you think wrong.
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Level 55
Mar 12, 2022
italian is spoken in some parts of slovenia, but it's not an official language
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Level 64
Jun 2, 2018
I read in the Ethiopian constitution that Amharic is a working language instead of an official language.
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Level 37
Nov 2, 2018
Great quiz! - Thank you.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
Good quiz!
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Level 49
Aug 28, 2021
i tried gratcie lol
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Level 60
Sep 26, 2021
Since 2018, arabic is no longer an official language of Israel.
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Level ∞
Sep 26, 2021
Updated
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Level 69
Oct 9, 2021
Was it updated, though? I just did this (10/10/21) and it still has both Hebrew and Arabic as 'official languages' of Israel.
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Level 78
Oct 13, 2021
I have to imagine it just takes a minute to update the quizzes - Gratzi is not accepted either, though Quizmaster said it would be, above.
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Level 85
Dec 8, 2021
Looks like this, and the Italian type-ins, still haven't been made or have not taken effect...
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Level ∞
Dec 8, 2021
Fixed for real, thanks. Don't know what happened before.
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Level 71
Dec 9, 2021
I took this quiz today, and the Israel question still has two answer spaces, one is "Hebrew" and the other "Arabic".
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Level ∞
Dec 9, 2021
Maybe one day I will get it right.
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Level 72
Nov 9, 2021
great quiz, thank you so much
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Level 64
Dec 8, 2021
awesome quiz. Got 100% except for the Korean symbols which just appeared as squares lol
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Level 68
Dec 8, 2021
EZ but fun
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Level 59
Dec 8, 2021
OMG i got 100%
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Level 58
Sep 16, 2022
Same! Great quiz
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Level 75
Dec 10, 2021
"most commonly" spoken? Because Igbo and Yoruba are probably spoken every day in most countries.
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Level 87
Jan 30, 2023
I was brought up to believe that Valenciano was a unique language native to the Valencia region in Spain. Turns out it is just Catalan! While there might be slight local variations, people would fight you for suggesting such blasphemy, which seems disproportionate now… language/dialect arguments are almost ENTIRELY political.
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2023
Got em all right on the first attempt 😆
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Level 60
Nov 28, 2023
I am once again pointing out that the fact about Singapore is no longer true; English has overtaken Chinese. Refer to the 2020 Census, Table 42 on page 164.

You could, of course, fix the question by changing it to a country other than China and Taiwan in which Chinese is an official language.

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Level 60
Nov 28, 2023
I should also point out that English still remains ahead even if we add the number of speakers of Mandarin and Chinese dialects (which are listed separately) together.
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Level 21
Dec 2, 2023
Italian is the de facto language of Vatican City, not the official language. The Fundamental Law of Vatican City does not establish an official language.
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Level 23
Mar 1, 2024
Full marks on two and a half minutes! But it was not that easy at all...