Quiz: Can You Talk Your Way Through This European Languages Quiz?
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Can You Talk Your Way Through This European Languages Quiz?
By: Annette
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About This Quiz

Language is the foundation for culture, history and communication in general. Europe is home to some of the most beautiful and fascinating languages in human history, and in this quiz we're going to explore them!

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In general, European languages belong to which group?

Most European languages belong to these three broad groups. English is mostly Germanic.

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Which of these is a Germanic language?

These are all examples of Germanic languages. Others include Icelandic, German, Dutch, English and Yiddish.

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True or False: Most European languages are related to one another.

It's true that most European languages are related to each other in some way. They are part of a large Indo-European family.

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Which of these is NOT a Romance language?

Russian is not a Romance language. That being said, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian are.

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Russian is a Slavic language. Others include Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Bulgarian.

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European languages use which of these alphabets?

Most European languages use the Latin alphabet, but some use the Cyrillic. This includes the Slavic languages.

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Which of these has their own alphabet?

All of these languages have their very own alphabets. The list also includes Georgian.

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How many languages are spoken in Russia?

There are roughly 100 languages spoken in Russia. That makes sense, because about 144 million people live there and the country spans two continents.

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True or False: In Albania, shaking your head means "yes"?

It is true that in Albania, shaking your head means "yes" which nodding your head means "no." That can be confusing.

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In Bulgarian, there's a special grammar tense when ______.

In Bulgarian, there's a whole separate grammar tense when telling a story. Those Bulgarians love their stories!

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Czech has many words that are made entirely of ______.

The Czech language has many words that are made entirely of consonants. These include krk (neck); prst (finger); smrk (pine tree); smrt (death).

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What was once the official language of Norway?

Danish was the official language of Norway until 1830. Today, Norwegian is the official language.

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"Epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen" is a word in what language?

"Epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen" is a Finnish word. It means "even with their lack of ability to disorganize."

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How many languages and dialects are spoken in Europe?

There are about 100 languages and dialects currently spoken in Europe. Only 24 of those are disignated as official languages by the European Union.

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What language is taught in every country in the world?

French and English are taught in every country in the world. That makes for 100 million students around the world.

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True or False: There's a Georgian word for "I accidentally ate the whole thing."

This is hilarious and true. In Georgian, "shemomedjamo" means "I accidentally ate the whole thing."

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What was almost the official language of the U.S.A.?

The Continental Congress almost changed the official language of the U.S. to cut ties with England. German was on top of that list.

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Irish has no word for ______.

In Irish, there's actually no word for yes or no. They are able to communicate this through verb form.

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Which is the only living language from the Baltic language family?

Latvian and Lithuanian are the only two remaining languages from the Baltic family of languages. They have a lot of beautiful words for elements of nature.

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Luxembourg is a ___lingual society.

Luxembourg is a trilingual society. They speak Letzeburgesch, French and German.

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Which of these words comes to us from Portugal?

All of these words come to us from Portugal. It was during the time of the Portuguese exploration that they entered the English language.

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Over a quarter of the world's scientific literature is published in what language?

Over a quarter of the world's scientific literature is published in Russian. In fact, 60–70% of all world information is published in the English and Russian languages.

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Silbo Gomero is a _____ language.

Silbo Gomero is a whistling language. It's spoken by the inhabitants of La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

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In Sweden, what is the meaning of "lagom"?

Bless the Swedes. They have a word that means "not too much, and not too little." It's "lagom."

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Esperanto is what sort of language?

Esperanto is actually an artificial language. That being said, it's spoken by about 500,000 to 2 million people.

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Where is Basque spoken?

Basque is spoken in the Pyrenees in France and Spain. It's the only language in Europe not related to any other known language.

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Where is Welsh spoken?

Funny enough, Welsh is spoken in both Wales and Argentina. Welsh immigrants settled in Patagonia in 1865.

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A new English word is created every ______.

A new English word is created every 98 minutes. Higglebopper: We just created one.

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Most people usually use the same _____ words.

Many people use the same few hundred words to communicate each day. That being said, many languages have 50,000 words or more.

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European languages tend to ______ .

All European languages affect one another. The English language is constantly being influenced by other European languages and other languages around the world.

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When does a baby usually speak its first understandable word?

Most babies speak their first understandable word at the age of one. By two they form sentences, and by three, they know thousands of words.

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True or False: There is such a thing as perfect bilinguals.

It's true that some people can speak two languages perfectly. That means that each language sounds like their mother tongue.

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Where are the majority of the world's languages spoken?

The majority of the world's languages are spoken in Asian and Africa. How did English become so popular? There's a history lesson there.

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How many languages are in the world?

There are actually more than 6,000 living languages in the world. These languages are spoken by 7 billion people.

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In life, it's best to speak ______.

The more languages we know, the more the world is our oyster in terms of communication, experiences and employment. Keep learning!

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