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1.
  Minority Report   best quiz  
Label Quiz
 12 Qns
Minority Languages of Europe
Europe is home to a substantial number of minority and regional languages - some of them, sadly, on the brink of extinction. This quiz will focus on twelve of them.
Easier, 12 Qns, LadyNym, Nov 18 23
Easier
LadyNym gold member
Nov 18 23
248 plays
2.
Letter For Letter
  Letter For Letter   top quiz  
Photo Match
 10 Qns
Linguistic false friends
At FunDelivia what our international clients want, they get - no matter what the request. We aim to find and deliver every item but it seems that some things have got lost in translation.
Easier, 10 Qns, Snowman, Jan 04 24
Easier
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Jan 04 24
277 plays
3.
  If You Need A Friend...   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
.... anywhere you may travel!
If you need a friend anywhere in the world, it will help to know the word 'friend' in the local language! This quiz asks you to match ten words for friend with the respective language from which that word comes. Good luck mate (Aussie is now done!)
Easier, 10 Qns, MikeMaster99, Jan 01 24
Easier
MikeMaster99 gold member
Jan 01 24
303 plays
4.
  Indo-European Language or Not?    
Collection Quiz
 11 Qns
Scholars in several different countries began noticing the similarities between languages spoken in places as far apart as India, Iran, and Europe as early as the 16h Century. English scientist Thomas first used the phrase "Indo-European" in 1813.
Easier, 11 Qns, Reamar42, Nov 20 23
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Reamar42 gold member
Nov 20 23
287 plays
5.
  Afrikaans to Zulu editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
An epic A to Z tour of the world's languages. We'll be hitting every letter except V and every continent but Antarctica. Enjoy!
Tough, 25 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, May 13 15
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21900 plays
6.
  Racing Through World Languages   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will ask you to identify which language is being spoken as you travel the world in the "Amazing Race".
Easier, 10 Qns, tazman6619, Jun 02 23
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tazman6619 gold member
Jun 02 23
6396 plays
7.
  When Cats Attempt to take Over the World   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The cat conspiracy is on! You thwarted last year's attempted dog coup, but cats are much smarter. Luckily, you've intercepted several messages by cat operatives; you just need to determine the language. The only clue you have is the word "cat".
Average, 10 Qns, PDAZ, Jan 16 11
Average
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9077 plays
8.
  Fanatics Cheering Around the World   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Australian tennis fans have been nicknamed the Fanatics. Can you recognize some of the chants they use and hear as they travel around the world? (Note that diacritical marks have not been included.)
Easier, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Dec 25 23
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Dec 25 23
4770 plays
9.
  Country Names in their Native Languages   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Let's take a look at some of the world's countries' names in their own language. You will find quite a few surprises here and there. Note that all answers will be spelled out in the Roman alphabet.
Easier, 10 Qns, Gispepfu, Mar 30 22
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Mar 30 22
661 plays
10.
  What I Bought On eBay editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I was bored with just buying from eBay's UK site, so I spread my wings and made some bids on a few things from other countries. What could possibly go wrong with that? Let's see!
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Sep 12 18
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rossian editor
Sep 12 18
4525 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What does the Spanish phrase "como esta?" mean?

From Quiz "International Words and Phrases 2"




11.
  Dog Will Have His Day   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dog may be man's best friend, but his mortal enemy, Cat, brags about being more revered. So Dog sets out on a journey to see how dogs are treated around the world. Can you pick the languages of the countries he visits based on their word for "dog"?
Easier, 10 Qns, PDAZ, Mar 04 15
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PDAZ gold member
3240 plays
12.
  Officiallement, Yo Atahadath   great trivia quiz  
Classification Quiz
 15 Qns
Official Languages from Around the World
Around the world, many places have official languages that might surprise you. See if you can categorize these countries according to an official language of the place.
Easier, 15 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Sep 11 23
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Sep 11 23
279 plays
13.
  Language Families Match   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
I'll give you a couple of languages and you match them with their family or sub-family. This is a simplified look at some language groupings. Have fun!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, shvdotr, Apr 20 16
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
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shvdotr gold member
1300 plays
14.
  Extinct Languages of the World   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Language can almost be considered a living thing. Languages are gradually born, can become endangered, and even become extinct. Here are a few questions on some of these languages which have died out and no longer have any native speakers.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Dec 19 14
Average
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4882 plays
15.
  Body Parts in Romance Languages   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A simple test for those who love to learn other languages. I mention a body part in various languages and give you a clue. You just have to pick the correct name in English. Have fun!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Ludax, Oct 04 21
Very Easy
Ludax
Oct 04 21
4642 plays
16.
  Multilingual Countries   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Political borders can change pretty quickly, but no matter which side of the border you sit, you're probably going to speak the same language you always have. As a result, lots of countries have more than one official language.
Easier, 10 Qns, AcrylicInk, Jan 14 19
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AcrylicInk gold member
Jan 14 19
810 plays
17.
  A World of Languages editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Globalisation, you say. - Of course, but this does not yet mean it's a one-language-world, as this quiz tries to illustrate. Multiple choice for all questions.
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jul 21 11
Tough
flem-ish
9785 plays
18.
  Words and Phrases Which Express Concepts   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Here are ten words or phrases from other languages, which express concepts for which no comparable word exists in English. Your task is to match up each word or phrase with the language of origin.
Easier, 10 Qns, chessart, Aug 19 16
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1412 plays
19.
  Cat Got Your Tongue?   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Travel the world, and you'll see amazing things and meet amazing people -- but you can't do it all in English. Can you say "I don't understand," "Do you speak English?", or "I don't speak _____" in these ten languages ... or has the cat got your tongue?
Average, 10 Qns, CellarDoor, Sep 07 20
Average
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Sep 07 20
893 plays
20.
  One, Two, Three - Match!   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Use the clues to match the numbers one, two and three to the correct language.
Easier, 10 Qns, kino76, Sep 23 16
Easier
kino76 gold member
871 plays
21.
  From One to Ten   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
All we are going to do is count from one to ten. The catch? Each number is in a different language, and you are asked to say which language each number represents.
Average, 10 Qns, spanishliz, Apr 24 21
Average
spanishliz editor
Apr 24 21
441 plays
22.
  A World of Medical Emergencies    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Team NVNG have taken a trip around the world, but disaster has struck at regular intervals. Can you work out where these medical problems took place?
Average, 10 Qns, szabs, May 19 12
Average
szabs gold member
5492 plays
23.
  Hot in Any Language   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In this Phoenix Rising team quiz we take you through the world of languages looking for hot items. Seat belts on. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Jun 26 18
Average
1nn1 gold member
Jun 26 18
501 plays
24.
  The Words of the Winds    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Four Winds (Lones78, zorba_scank, JanIQ and shuehorn) come from different areas of the world, and we would like to invite you to identify the languages and meanings of some weather-related terms in different languages. See how many of these you know!
Average, 10 Qns, shuehorn, Jun 20 13
Average
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4885 plays
25.
  Climbing the Tower of Babel, 5th Floor   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you translate into English these lists of synonyms in many different languages?
Easier, 10 Qns, FatherSteve, Oct 16 17
Easier
FatherSteve gold member
Oct 16 17
663 plays
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  Climbing the Tower of Babel, 3rd Floor   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you translate into English these lists of synonyms in many different languages?
Easier, 10 Qns, FatherSteve, Sep 26 17
Easier
FatherSteve gold member
Sep 26 17
855 plays
27.
  What Doesn't the Fox Say?    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
The sly fox doesn't say much and it certainly doesn't speak these languages. Can you identify these ten quiet animals in various foreign languages?
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Feb 06 18
Easier
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Feb 06 18
581 plays
28.
  Voices From Around The World    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you match the language with a country in which it is primarily spoken?
Easier, 10 Qns, pennie1478, Oct 12 17
Easier
pennie1478 gold member
Oct 12 17
925 plays
29.
  Climbing the Tower of Babel, 2nd Floor    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you translate into English these lists of synonyms in many different languages?
Easier, 10 Qns, FatherSteve, Sep 29 22
Easier
FatherSteve gold member
Sep 29 22
818 plays
30.
  What Color am I?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
In this quiz, I give you the name of a color in three other languages. Your job is to pick the correct color in English. Good luck!
Average, 15 Qns, YeuxdelaMere, Jan 29 14
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Languages Trivia Questions

1. In France, a sure sign of a great achievement is when you break which part of a duck?

From Quiz
Putting the Cat Among the Pigeons

Answer: Three legs

It's not anything to do with wings or beaks and ducks don't have horns so it can't be that, meaning the correct answer is the three legs of the duck. Wait a minute, ducks don't have three legs. This, though, is precisely what makes your achievement so noteworthy. Anyone can break one or two legs on a duck, but to break three takes a special talent. A phrase often heard is, "il ne casse pas trois pattes à un canard" meaning "it doesn't break three legs on a duck" which tells you that your feat is nothing special or nothing to write home about.

2. Rafiki is the baboon in "The Lion King". Do you know what the name Rafiki means?

From Quiz Swahili and "The Lion King"

Answer: Friend

Rafiki is Mufasa's friend and then later he becomes Simba's friend as well. Helpful in Swahili is kusaidia, loyal is waaminifu and trustworthy is kuaminika. (Contributed by Ilona_ritter)

3. In English, what is the meaning of hiems, igba otutu, invierno, zima, inverno and hiver?

From Quiz Climbing the Tower of Babel, 8th Floor

Answer: winter

"Hiems" is Latin for winter, as is "igba otutu" in Yoruban, "invierno" in Spanish, "zima" in Russian, Slovenian and Serbian, "inverno" in Portuguese and Italian, and "hiver" in French. In a Season 5 episode of "Northern Exposure" called "First Snow," the residents of Cicely, Alaska, celebrate the arrival of the first snowflakes of winter by walking outside and greeting one another in French saying "Bon Hiver" (which they pronounce "BAH-nee BEHR") which they took to mean "Good Winter." The Modern English word winter descends from the Old English "winter" which compares to the Danish and Swedish "vinter" and the Old High German "wintar."

4. "In bocca chiusa non entrò mai mosca." A near-literal translation of this Italian expression would be what?

From Quiz Mai, Oh Mai

Answer: No fly ever entered a closed mouth

Figurative meaning: as a general rule, you're better off speaking less rather than more. This saying may be considered a cousin to "Loose lips sink ships" in English.

5. Swahili belongs to which very large language family, named after two rivers?

From Quiz Swahili - The Language of the Coast

Answer: Niger-Congo

Though linguists often disagree on the classification of the world's languages, everyone seems to agree on the existence of the Niger-Congo family - the largest in the world, with over 1,500 languages and an estimated 700 million native speakers. Swahili belongs to the Bantu subfamily, which accounts for about half of the Niger-Congo speaking population. Niger-Congo languages are spoken in most of sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal to eastern South Africa. In terms of number of speakers, Swahili (also known as Kiswahili) is the family's most widely spoken language. Niger and Congo are respectively Africa's second- and third-longest river. As their name implies, Nilo-Saharan languages are also spoken in Africa, whereas Sino-Tibetan languages are found in East Asia, and Fenno-Ugric languages in Asia and Europe.

6. Which whatchamacallit is Spanish for a striped equine zoo animal whose jukebox might play "Feelin'Groovy"?

From Quiz Whimsical Wildlife Whatchamacallits!

Answer: cebra

All of the choices given are words in Spanish for animals that might be found in a zoo, but only the zebra ("cebra") fits the bill for being a striped equine. Because of how the stripes run on a zebra's body, I imagine that any zebra's jukebox could include the Simon and Garfunkel tune "Feelin' Groovy"! "Gato" is Spanish for "cat". "Leopardo" is Spanish for "leopard". "Caballo" is Spanish for "horse".

7. Switzerland is made of 26 cantons with four official languages reflecting the country's geographical position. One of the languages is Romansh, what are the other three?

From Quiz Multilingual Countries

Answer: German, French, Italian

Switzerland is located in the middle of France, Italy, Germany, and Austria. The country itself is made of 26 cantons that were, at some point in history, independent. As a result, the populations of the different regions have differing cultural practices and speak languages that have been influenced by their neighbouring nations. Some cantons have one official language (German is the only official language in 17 of the Swiss cantons) and some cantons have a combination. French, German, Italian, and Romansh are official languages in at least one canton. Romansh is only an official language in the canton of Graubunden, where Italian and German are also official.

8. The original "Les Miserables" novel and the original musical were both written in the language of the song titled "J'ai fait un reve". Which language is this?

From Quiz A Red Hot Musical

Answer: French

The French language is a Romance language from Indo-European family. It can be traced back to the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire. Its roots lie in the Latin spoken in Northern Gaul, what is now known as northern France and Southern Belgium. It was also influenced by the Frankish and Celtic languages. The French language is an official language in countries spanning five continents around the world. Victor Hugo wrote "Les Miserables" in French and released it in 1862. It was a huge success which was quickly translated into English, Italian, Greek, and Portuguese. The original musical was written in French and debuted in 1980, running for three months in Paris. In 1985, a reworked English version was released on London's West End and became the worldwide phenomenon that is the musical "Les Miserables". It is this version of the musical that was subsequently re-translated back into French and 20 plus other languages. "J'ai fait un reve" is the French title of the English "I Dreamed a Dream", the solo by Fantine. There are actually two French versions of the song, the one from the original production and the re-translated one from the English version. This question was written by Phoenix Rising member tazman6619.

9. If I happened to mention that Jack Flash sat on the "Leuchter", in what language was I saying the word "candlestick"?

From Quiz Hot in Any Language

Answer: German

Other German words for candlestick include der Kerzenhalter and der Kerzenständer. German is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, being the first language for in excess of 100 million people. It is the most commonly used language in the European Union after English. It is an official language in six countries; Austria, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland. This question was ignited by Phoenix Rising team member pollucci19.

10. How would you say 'what' in Hebrew?

From Quiz What in the World...?

Answer: Mah

'Mah koreh' would mean 'what's going on'. it can also be written as 'meh' or 'maw'. It first appears in Genesis 2:19 and in Hebrew looks like this - מה.

11. What do nariz, nez, Nase, Nef, deguns and trwyn mean in English?

From Quiz Climbing the Tower of Babel, 7th Floor

Answer: Nose

Nariz is the Portuguese, Spanish and Galician word for nose, as is nez in French, Nase in German, Nef in Icelandic, deguns in Latvian and trwyn in Welsh. The Modern English noun nose derives from the Old English noun nosu. It, in turn, descended from the Old Nose nos, the Old Frisian nose, and perhaps the Old High German nasa. To have one's "nose out of joint" is an expression dating from the 16th Century.

12. It has been described as a doughnut with a college education. What is it?

From Quiz Everybody Speaks a Little Yiddish

Answer: Bagel

The correct answer is bagel (pronounced BAY-g'l). Bagels have become a breakfast staple in North America, and they're perfect with cream cheese. The word 'bagel' is derived (as are a great many Yiddish words) from low German. Bagel comes from beugel, the German word for a round loaf of bread. According to Leo Rosten, and I quote, "The first printed mention of bagels...is to be found in the Community Regulations of Krakow, Poland, for the year 1610 - which stated that bagels would be given to any woman in childbirth." An old Yiddish saying runs, "Er ligt in drerd und bakt bagel", which literally means "He lies in the ground and bakes bagels." Colloquially, it means "He's not doing very well." Challa is a braided loaf of white bread, glazed with egg white, and it is a Sabbath and holiday delicacy. Blintzes are pancakes, rolled around a filling, usually cottage cheese, and Latkes are delicious (and in my case habit-forming), crisp potato pancakes which were originally served only at Chanukah but now are eaten as often as one can get one's hands on them!

13. What do bainugela, badkamer, vannituba, Badezimmer, bagno, banheiro, and yokugezela mean in English?

From Quiz Climbing the Tower of Babel, 6th Floor

Answer: bathroom

Bainugela is the Basque word for bathroom, as is badkamer in Dutch, vannituba in Estonian, Badezimmer in German, bagno in Italian, banheiro in Portuguese and yokugezela in Zulu. The English noun/adjective bathroom is compounded from bath and room meaning a room where a toilet is located. It is interestingly not necessarily a room where a shower is located (e.g. shower room) nor does it necessarily mean that one can bathe there. Euphemisms are like that.

14. In English, what is the meaning of olovka, blyant, potlood, crayon, lápiz, and blyertspenna?

From Quiz Climbing the Tower of Babel, 5th Floor

Answer: Pencil

Olovka is the Croatian word for pencil, as is blyant in Danish, potlood in Dutch, crayon in French, lápiz in Spanish and blyertspenna in Swedish. Long before the English invented the graphite pencil in the 16th Century, the French term pincel described an artist's brush so fine that it could be used to write. The term meant little tail which was appropriate to a tiny bunch of fine hairs used for writing. The derogatory term "pencil pusher" arose in 1881 to describe those who did not do manual labour but rather worked in offices.

15. What do slovník, woordenboek, sanakirja, Wörterbuch, lexikon and vortaro mean in English?

From Quiz Climbing the Tower of Babel, 4th Floor

Answer: Dictionary

Slovník is the term for dictionary in Slovak, as is woordenboek in Dutch, sanakirja in Finnish, Wörterbuch in German, lexikon in Swedish and vortaro in Esperanto. The English noun dictionary derives from the Medieval Latin dictionarium, which derives from the Latin dictio meaning to speak or say. Ambrose Bierce, in his "Devil's Dictionary" (1911), cynically describes it as "A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic".

16. Can you translate bloem, kukka, fiore, zieds, kwiat and flor into English?

From Quiz Climbing the Tower of Babel, 3rd Floor

Answer: Flower

Bloem is the Dutch word for a flower, as kukka is in Finnish, fiore in Italian, zieds in Latvian, kwiat in Polish, flor in both Spanish and Portuguese. The Old French flor crossed into English around 1200. Compare to the Modern French fleur and the Latin florem. Flower is also the skunk in Walt Disney's 1942 motion picture "Bambi".

17. In English, what is the meaning of perro, hund, cachorro, cane and chien?

From Quiz Climbing the Tower of Babel, 2nd Floor

Answer: Dog

Perro is the Spanish word for dog, as is hund in Swedish, cachorro in Portuguese, cane in Italian and chien in French. It would make better etymological sense if the English word for dog was hund, from the old Germanic languages. Exactly how the Old English docga became the Modern English word for a canine in unclear. The title of the 1962 Italian film "Mondo cane" literally means "A Dog's World" but figuratively is an expletive.

18. What do papillon, borboleta, mariposa, schmetterling, farfalla and sommerfugl mean in English?

From Quiz Climbing the Tower of Babel, 1st Floor

Answer: Butterfly

Papillon means butterfly in French, as does borboleta in Portuguese, mariposa in Spanish, schmetterling in German, farfalla in Italian and sommerfugl in Danish. The English word butterfly derives from the Old English buttorfleoge but the connection between the insect and butter is obscure. The term "butterfly stroke" in swimming appeared in about 1935; "butterflies in the stomach" from about 1908.

19. At the turn of the 21st century, what was the most common official language in the world (as measured by the number of countries with this official designated language)?

From Quiz Official Languages of the World

Answer: English

According to the CIA World Factbook, over 50 countries had English as one of their official languages at the turn of the 21st century. French and Arabic were next most popular (over 20 countries with each).

20. After completing twenty-six postures in my Bikram Yoga class, our Yogini, who speaks Hindi, says goodbye to us with the word "Namaste". From which country does my Yogini most likely come?

From Quiz A " Goodbye" World

Answer: India

"Namaste" is my Yogini's spiritual goodbye to her class which she says while bowing and having her hands in a prayer position. Her form of goodbye means "I bow to the divine in you". When "namaste" is used in many Southeastern Asian countries, it can mean "Hello" or "Goodbye". Because it is a divine form of goodbye, my Yogini would most likely not use the casual goodbye of "Jaldee milengae" (see you soon"), or "Phir milengae" (see you again). "Namaste is from Sanskrit and originated in India.

21. Some Yoruba names, such as "Ayodele", are prefixed with the word "Ayo". What does "Ayo" mean in English?

From Quiz Compelling and Creative Yoruba Names

Answer: Joy

"Ayodele" is a Yoruba name meaning "Joy has come home". Other Yoruba names which start with "Ayo" are "Ayodeji" (joy has doubled), "Ayotola" (joy is the worth of wealth) and "Ayokunle" (joy fills the house).

22. What is the most commonly spoken language in Iran?

From Quiz Yet More Languages and Countries

Answer: Persian

Persian (also known as Farsi, Iranian, or Iranian Persian) is the native language of 64% of the population, and is the language most commonly used in government, education, and the media. There are over 70 languages spoken in Iran, making it a linguistically diverse nation, and Persian is the lingua franca.

23. What is the national language of Austria?

From Quiz Languages and Countries

Answer: German

German is the official language in Austria, though many Austrians speak Austro-Bavarian (Austrian German) or Alemannic as their home language. English is the most-studied foreign language. Hungarian is a minority language.

24. There are 3 "click" sounds in Zulu. What are they?

From Quiz African Lingo

Answer: C/Q/X

C, CH, GC, NC are all called the dental clicks. Press the tip of your tongue against your front teeth and then take it away quickly. Imagine the "tsk" sound in English. The "Q" is the most difficult one to master and is not followed by the "U" as in English. Q, WH, GQ, NQ, QH are pronounced by depressing the tongue against the palate and making a sort of "ka" sound. The "X" is known as a lateral click and is pronounced at the side of the tongue as in the word "Khoisan". Other lateral clicks are X, XH, GX, NX.

25. Hello! I am the English language. Although I borrow plenty of words from the Italic languages - otherwise known as the Romance language - I'm not one myself. Which language family do I belong to?

From Quiz Language Family Values

Answer: Germanic

You might think Celtic, but English is actually a Germanic language. Anglo-Saxon, its linguistic grandfather, was a mixture of dialects spoken by various West Germanic tribes such as the Jutes, Frisians, Angles and Saxons, and also shared similarities with the Old Norse spoken by Viking invaders. It is part of the West Germanic group, along with German, Dutch (which actually gets its name from 'Deutsch', the German word for the German language) and Afrikaans. The North Germanic group, meanwhile, contains Icelandic, Danish and Norwegian, amongst others. There is also an East Germanic group, albeit one with extinct languages such as Gothic, which were spoken by various tribes from what is present-day Scandinavia, Germany and the Benelux countries. Compare the words for 'bread': 'Brot' in German, 'Brød' in Norwegian and Danish, and 'Brood' in Dutch.

26. Which well-known language has the most words?

From Quiz You Talk Too Much!

Answer: English

The correct answer is English. As a language English is very accommodating to foreign words and has absorbed a huge number of words from other languages. A Germanic language, English is related to both Dutch and German and shares much of its grammar and basic vocabulary with both of these languages. It has also adopted a lot of French and Latin leading to almost 700,000 recognized words in the language. That does not include slang.

27. "____ - Eyed Jacks" - What number completes the film title in Yiddish?

From Quiz One, Dos, Trois

Answer: Eyns

"One-Eyed Jacks" was a 1961 American western starring Marlon Brando, Katy Jurado and Karl Malden. It was directed by Brando. Moja is Swahili for one. En is Danish. Un is French.

28. "Four" can be a festive number. How do you say "Four" in Dutch and German?

From Quiz "Four" (or More) Ways to Say That...

Answer: vier

The wrong answers given above are all ways to say "five": "five" is English, "cinco" is Spanish, and "cinq" is Freench. Only "vier" is a way to say "four" in both Dutch and German. The two languages also share many other words, including the one for "drunk", which is "Trunk". There is an expression in English for being extremely drunk that starts with the word "Four", "Four sheets to the wind". This strange turn of phrase is actually nautical slang, where the "sheets" don't refer to "bed coverings", but "ropes", and the number of "sheets" is the degree of drunkenness of a sailor. One "sheet" is tipsy, two "sheets" is feeling good, three "sheets" is drunk as a skunk, and four "sheets" is passed-out, knockdown drunk.

29. Why are "Romance" languages so named?

From Quiz Romance Languages Revisited

Answer: They are derived from Vulgar Latin, the language spoken by inhabitants of the Roman Empire and their descendants

The word "Romance" is derived from the Vulgar Latin adverb "romanice", which means "in the Roman vernacular" and contrasts itself to the adverbs "latine", or in Medieval Latin (already distinct from Romance languages by the 9th century AD), and "barbarice," or in "Barbarian," referring to non-Latin languages. The word "Romance" thus descends from "romanice", so that anything written "romanice" is written in "Romance", or any language derived from "Vulgar Latin."

30. What is the literal meaning of the French phrase "Je ne sais quoi"?

From Quiz International Words and Phrases

Answer: I do not know what

The phrase is used in English to refer to an intangible or indescribable quality that a person or an object has. For example: "Her music is good. It has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' that makes it fun to listen to".

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