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European Day of Languages 2020

The European Day of Languages is celebrated across Europe on 26 of September every year. This day aims to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness on the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. To celebrate this day we have created this fun quiz for you to test your linguistic knowledge and challenge your friends as well. Do not forget to share the results on your favorite social media.

 

Which of the following languages belong to the Baltic language group?

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Latvian and Lithuanian are Baltic languages. Finnish is a Finno-Ugric language and Polish is a Slavic language.

In which of the following countries is German an official language?

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German is the official language (or one of the official languages) of all of them.

Which of the following languages belong to the group of Celtic languages?

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Welsh and Breton belong to the group of Celtic languages.

Which of the following languages are written in the Cyrillic alphabet?

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Russian and Bulgarian are written in the Cyrillic alphabet.

Where does the word 'alphabet' come from?

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The word alphabet comes from the first two letters of the Greek Alphabet - alpha and beta.

Which language does Romani belong to (a language of the Romany Travellers)?

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Romani belongs to the Indo-Aryan language family. It is thus related to Sanskrit/ Prakrit and to Hindi, Bengali, Panjabi, Marathi.

What is the origin of the English word 'apple'?

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The region around the Italian town Abella (close to Naples) was known for its delicious apples, which led to the designation of the fruit name apple. Now, many European languages have a name for apples that are linked to the town name of Abella, cf. German Apfel, Icelandic epli, Swedish äple, Irish ubull, Dutch appel, Breton aval, Latvian ābols, Czech jablko and many more.

Maltese originated from...

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Maltese originated from Arabic. Maltese first developed at the time the Arab’s conquest of Malta in 870 and is therefore a direct descendent of Arabic. Yet, Maltese grew apart from its Arabic predecessor due to the subsequent historical developments.

Which of the following languages belong to the group of Germanic languages?

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Germanic languages, which belong to the branch of Indo-European languages, generally fall into two groups: West Germanic and North Germanic (also referred to as Scandinavian). North Germanic languages include Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Faroese; languages belonging to the West Germanic group are English, German, Yiddish, Dutch, Afrikaans, Frisian and Gothic, which is extinct today.

In general, European languages belong to which group?

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The vast majority of EU languages belong to the Indo-European family, the three dominant subfamilies being the Germanic, Romance, and Slavic. Germanic languages are spoken in central and northern Europe and include Danish, Dutch, English, German, and Swedish.

From which language does the flower name 'tulip' come from?

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The word tulip comes from the Turkish word 'tülbend', which means 'turban'. Tulips were exported to West Europe around 1560.

"Epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen" is a word in what language?

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The longest word in the Finnish language, that is not a compound word, is 'epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen'. In English, it means 'even with their lack of ability to disorganize'.

Who was the founder of Esperanto?

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The artificial language (AL) Esperanto was founded by the Polish oculist Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof. It was first published in Russian in 1887 under the title ‘An International Language’ using the pseudonym ‘Doktoro Esperanto’ (‘Doctor Hopeful’).

In what language are the alpha and omega the first and last letters?

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Alpha (Α or α) and omega (Ω or ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet

Which is the most widely spoken language in the world?

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With 1.1 billion total speakers, English is the most widely spoken language in the world

European Day of Languages 2020

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