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Languages of the European Union

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Some people think the world can be a better place if we all speak a single language. Others find the idea heretical. Let's learn more about the European languages.

Question 1:


The number of member states in the European Union exceeds the number of official languages, as several national languages are shared by two or more countries. Which official language is spoken in the greatest number of countries?
French
English
German
Russian

Question 2:


The European Commission conducts its internal business in these three languages, sometimes called procedural languages.
English - French - Spanish
German - Italian - English
English - French - German
German - Russian - English

Question 3:


Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher and Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, mathematician and inventor. What do they have in common?
The Socratic problem
Some learning programmes of the European Commission are named after them.
Leonardo da Vinci was one of Socrates' students.
They were both in love with Mona Lisa.

Question 4:


The Common European Framework divides language learners into different levels based on what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. How many are the levels?
6
10
5
4

Question 5:


What two languages are not official European Union languages, although they are official languages of some of the member states?
Irish; Finnish
Luxembourgish; Maltese
Luxembourgish; Turkish
Turkish; Lithuanian

Question 6:


What day was proclaimed an European Day of Languages by the Council of Europe?
26 January
26 May
26 December
26 September

Question 7:


An alphabet is a standardized set of letters or the basic written symbols of a language. How many official alphabetic writing systems are used in the European Union?
Six
Three
One
Five

Question 8:


Catalan, a language spoken by over 9 million EU citizens in the autonomous community of Catalan in Spain, became an official language of the EU in 2001.
True
False

Question 9:


What is the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages, and the largest native language in Europe?
Turkish
Russian
Macedonian
Chinese

Question 10:


According to Leonardo Orban, the first Romanian EU Commissioner, this language is the ideal solution for the language problems in the EU, as it is a neutral, logical, easy-to-learn and rich.
English
The language of mathematics
Esperanto
The body language

 


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