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The Cyrillic Alphabet
"In January 2007 Cyrillic became the third official alphabet of the European Union. It is used by many different languages around the world. I hope you enjoy this quiz and learn something new about its interesting history and characters! :)"
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Every alphabet has its first letter. In the Cyrillic alphabet this is the letter A. But do you know its name?
Now for the name of the alphabet itself - where does the name 'Cyrillic' come from?
From the name of the Byzantine monk St. Cyril, who contributed to its creation.
From the Slavic words 'cirii' (picture) and 'rili' (word).
From the old Russian verb 'kyrilam', meaning 'to write'.
From the ancient text Cyrilla - the first historic document written in Cyrillic.
The Cyrillic alphabet is also known by an alternative name, which in some languages means 'alphabet'. Which is the correct term?
Some of the Cyrillic letters are the same as letters from the Latin alphabet - both in character as in the sound they represent. Which one of the following is NOT such a letter?
There are however some 'false friends' - letters that look the same, but represent a different sound. An example is the Cyrillic letter H. Which Latin character corresponds to the same sound?
(A letter from the Latin alphabet)
One of the seldom used Latin characters is also a 'false friend' - which one?
There is a Cyrillic letter called 'the short I'
The Cyrillic alphabet originated in Bulgaria and is consequently used mostly in Slavic languages. Which language, despite being Slavic, does NOT use the Cyrillic alphabet?
There are, however, some countries where Cyrillic is the alphabet used, even though the language is not Slavic in origin. Which of the following is an example of such a country?
On January 1, 2007 a country joining the European Union introduced Cyrillic as the third official alphabet of the EU. Which country was that?
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