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Half True, Half False: Languages

written by: thaibob
 
This is number 15 in this quiz series and is all about languages. Exactly half are true and half false.

Question 1:


According to a 2011 report a language in Mexico is in danger of dying out for what reason?
There are only 6 people who speak it and all are men.
No one is left that speaks it preferring to speak other dialects.
There are only 2 people who speak it and they won't speak to one another.
It is forbidden to speak it because most of the words are offensive.

Question 2:


The Native American Zuni tribe speaks a language that resembles what other language?
Mexican
Aleut
Russian
Japanese

Question 3:


Basque is the only European language not related to any other known language.
True
False

Question 4:


Which of these countries has the most official languages?
Zimbabwe
Sudan
Brazil
South Africa

Question 5:


In how many languages does Pope Francis tweet?
9
11
7
5

Question 6:


The most translated book is the Bible. Approximately, in how many known languages is it found?
2000
2500
1500
1000

Question 7:


Which of these books has been translated into more than 260 languages?
Andersen’s Fairy Tales
The Watchtower
The Pilgrim's Progress
Pinocchio

Question 8:


In Archi, a language spoken around the Caspian Sea, there are how many possible forms that can be derived from a single verb root?
1.5 million
500,000
5000
1 million

Question 9:


The Silbo language off the coast of Spain consists entirely of what?
hand signals
whistles
snorts
tongue clicking

Question 10:


Botswana has a language that consists of 5 primary click sounds?
True
False

Question 11:


Approximately how many languages are currently spoken worldwide?
7000
3000
5000
1000

Question 12:


Approximately how many languages are in danger of becoming extinct?
1200
2400
1800
600

Question 13:


According to 2013 estimates, how often does one language become extinct?
every two weeks
every week
every month
every three weeks

Question 14:


Where are 840 or 1/7th of all languages in the world spoken?
India
Indonesia
Papua New Guinea
Nigeria

Question 15:


In how many ways can you spell the 'O' sound in French?
5
7
10
13

Question 16:


The Frisian language is mostly spoken in the Netherlands.
True
False

Question 17:


Besides Wales, in what other country is Welsh spoken by a significant minority of people?
Argentina
India
Scotland
China

Question 18:


The Rotokas language has the least number of letters in its alphabet. How many?
11
14
17
20

Question 19:


The official language of what country has the most letters in its alphabet?
Thailand
Laos
Cambodia
Vietnam

Question 20:


The Chinese language (Mandarin/Cantonese) has about 50,000 characters. How many of these would you need to read a newspaper?
2000
8000
11000
5000

 


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