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Language Trivia

written by: spaauw
 
The number of languages in the world is estimated to be 5000-7000. How much do you know about the world's languages?

Question 1:


Which of these languages is not an official national language in a South American country?
English
Dutch
German
Guarani

Question 2:


What language has the most native speakers in the world?
Mandarin
Spanish
Arabic
English

Question 3:


What movie features an actor speaking one of the Khoisan languages of southwestern Africa, which have a range of "click" sounds (sounds which are not found outside this region)?
A Dry White Season
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Hotel Rwanda
Cry Freedom

Question 4:


The largest language "family" (a group of historically related languages) is the Indo-European family, which includes well-known European languages such as English, French and Russian. Which of the following languages is NOT a member of this family?
Hindi
Kurdish
Armenian
Hebrew

Question 5:


What European language is not related to any other language in the world?
Basque
Greek
Hungarian
English

Question 6:


The "Romance" languages are all descended from Latin, and form a branch of the Indo-European family. It is common knowledge that languages such as French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese are related and are Romance languages. There is another major European language which is also a member of this branch. What is it?
Bulgarian
Irish
Hungarian
Romanian

Question 7:


The Chinese language is related to Japanese.
True
False

Question 8:


What language has contributed the following words to the English language: ketchup, gong, orangutan, amok, bamboo, cockatoo, mango, paddy, gingham, compound (as in 'military compound') and cooties?
Hindi
Malay
Chinese
Portuguese

Question 9:


What language has contributed the following words to English: bungalow, jungle, thug, khaki, cot, loot, sentry, shampoo, and bangle?
Malay
Portuguese
Hindi
Chinese

Question 10:


The nation of Singapore has four official languages. However, all education is conducted in this language, by law.
Tamil
English
Chinese
Malay

 


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