thumbnail

Languages of Spain

Spain has one official language, and six recognised regional languages. Can you name them?
Quiz by Jerry928
Rate:
Last updated: November 14, 2022
You have not attempted this quiz yet.
First submittedMay 12, 2015
Times taken19,179
Average score57.1%
Rating4.31
2:30
Enter answer here
0
 / 7 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
National Language
Spanish
Regional Languages
Aragonese
Asturian
Basque
Catalan
Galician
Occitan (Aranese)
41 Comments
+4
Level 92
Jan 19, 2016
Was surprised when Leonese was accepted for Asturian. I thought Leonese was considered distinct from the rest of the family.
+1
Level 76
Jan 21, 2016
It seems to be one language called Asturian when spoken in Asturias, and Leonese when spoken in León! From Wikipedia: In [a] narrow sense, Leonese is different from the dialects grouped under Asturian, though there is no clear division in purely linguistic terms... The Leonese and Asturian dialects have long been recognized as constituting a single language, which is currently called ... Asturian-Leonese ... by most scholars.
+1
Level 72
Oct 12, 2023
It's a dialect continuum, basically.
+4
Level 65
Mar 26, 2016
I would appreciate it in these kind of quizzes when Spanish names would work too. (Aragones, Gallego, etc.) After all, the quiz focuses on Spain :)

Otherwise, good idea!

+3
Level 76
May 31, 2017
Good point - the languages in their own language now work as type-ins.
+3
Level 52
Jul 24, 2019
Català does not work for Catalan, though
+3
Level 77
May 14, 2020
And Euskera doesn't work for Basque either.
+4
Level 76
May 14, 2020
It shouldn't. It's Euskara, and that has always worked.
+1
Level 47
Nov 14, 2022
gallego doesnt work
+2
Level 52
Mar 26, 2016
I shame to be european while Catalans are forced to live in slavery.
+34
Level 62
Mar 26, 2016
Don't exaggerate. That's just offensive to peoples who actually suffer or have suffered slavery. Your problem is not a real problem.
+5
Level 52
Jul 24, 2019
I'd say he's being ironic (?). But calling an extended cultural genocide (where the Catalan language has been suppressed in many ways) is definitely an actual problem lol
+3
Level 68
Feb 27, 2022
Dude, I speak catalan as my first language and it's the one I always think in. I honestly doubt someone can love more their language than i do. There is not such thing as "cultural genocide".
+3
Level 72
Oct 12, 2023
Likely not in Spain anymore, but cultural genocide is absolutely a real thing.
+2
Level 43
May 3, 2024
It seems pretty obvious that they were talking specifically about Catalonia.
+3
Level 43
Mar 26, 2016
I'm a bilingual Spaniard and I don't get to grasp the distinction between "national" and "regional" languages.
+1
Level 76
Mar 26, 2016
This map shows the regions where each language is the main one.
+1
Level 29
Jul 19, 2016
Wow, that map's rude! Basque is also spoken in Araba and the whole Navarre, even if it's not in the same proportions!
+1
Level 83
Oct 4, 2016
It's just simplified, i.e. no percentages given
+6
Level 43
Mar 26, 2016
The only official language in the whole territory is Spanish.

The only co-official languages in some territories are: Catalan/Valencian, Basque, Galician and Aranese.

Asturian and Aragonese are merely dialects and do not have official status in Spain.

+1
Level 20
Mar 29, 2016
I live in Barcelona and in Spain we have 4 official languages, not one. Spanish, catalan, galician and basque. That's it. These are the 4 that have grammar and all of that a language needs.

The other ones are dialects. Nothing official.

+3
Level 76
Mar 29, 2016
Only Spanish is official throughout the country. Catalan and Aranese are co-official in Catalonia. Basque is co-official in Basque Country and northern Navarre. Galician is co-official in Galicia. Aragon is recognized (but not official) in Aragon, and Asturian/Leonese are recognized (but not official) in Asturias, and in Castile and León.
+2
Level 74
Mar 29, 2016
Catalan is official in Catalunya, the Illes Balears, and the Comunitat Valenciana. Aranese is technically official in the whole of Catalunya because the Generalitat de Catalunya said so, but no one speaks it outside the Val d'Aran and you cannot interact with the government in, say, Girona or La Seu d'Urgell in Aranese.
+1
Level 75
Apr 3, 2016
It's sort of funny seeing this quiz, as I returned from a tour of Spain today and we learned all the regional languages there!
+2
Level 81
Jun 30, 2021
In one day?
+1
Level 62
Mar 3, 2017
100% with 14 seconds to go.
+3
Level 25
May 31, 2017
for the one percent who didnt pick spanish
+1
Level 54
Jul 6, 2017
Isn't Catalan one language and Valencian another different one?
+4
Level 76
Jul 6, 2017
From Wikipedia: Valencian is the variety of Catalan as spoken in the Valencian Community, Spain. In the Valencian Community, Valencian is the traditional language and is co-official with Spanish. It is considered a distinct language from Catalan by a slight majority of the people from the Valencian Community; however, linguists consider it a dialect of Catalan. Since I speak neither dialect, I couldn't possibly comment further.
+1
Level 52
Jul 24, 2019
As a matter of fact the Valencian Language Academy, created by the Valencian Parliament, acknowledges the fact that Valencian is the name by which the Catalan language is known in the Land of València.
+1
Level 68
Feb 27, 2022
I'm from València and i speak valencian, it's my mother tongue. It's catalan, but a lot of people refuse to admit they speak a dialect of a language instead of the language itself.
+1
Level 47
Nov 14, 2022
Depends who you ask (but not really)
+1
Level 60
Nov 13, 2017
Agree with Markasol. That is what we learned in school. Castellano being what we call Spanish, and the others languages on their own. Catalan, Basque and Galician. The rest are dialects or local variations
+2
Level 76
Nov 14, 2017
Please see our answer to sergifab1 above.
+2
Level 76
Jul 25, 2019
The answers to this quiz are all either co-official languages, or recognised languages. No other language in Spain has either of these statuses, including Cantabrian, Extremaduran, Eonavian, Fala, Portuguese, Iberian Romani, Caló, Erromintxela, Riffian Berber or Gomeran whistled language. Valencian and Balearic are accepted type-ins for Catalan.
+1
Level 61
Nov 28, 2018
Thre is also a case for English as a language, particularly in Andalucia, where there are up to 750,000 living there, and many get by on a day to day basis without speaking Spanish.
+1
Level 45
Nov 22, 2020
I used to have a Spanish teacher and his regional language was Basque.
+7
Level 78
Mar 27, 2021
Props to the 1% of people who didn't know that Spanish is a language spoken in Spain but still clicked on the quiz
+1
Level 67
Dec 8, 2021
I am totally ignorant (my expertise is more in French language) but I thought Occitan was another name - rather, the French name - for Catalan? In the French province of Occatanie, I was under the impression that they spoke or could understand Catalan. I thought Catalan was generally the langauge at the French/Spanish border and represented Catalonia and Occitanie. Please correct me as needed!
+2
Level 76
Dec 9, 2021
I just checked the Wikipedia articles for Catalan and Occitan, and they are listed as distinct languages, spoken in different regions.
+1
Level 35
Apr 19, 2024
L'occitan es de segur una lenga.