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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.

 

What is generally considered to be the first form of written language?

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Cuneiform was used for over 3000 years throughout the Near East by such cultures as the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Hittites.

Which language family does Estonian belong to?

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Estonian is a Finno-Ugric language.

How many languages are estimated to be indigenous to Europe?

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It is estimated that there are between 200 and 300 indigenous languages in Europe, probably between 220 and 230.

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 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.

Which of the following languages are written from right to left?

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Hebrew and Arabic are written from right to left. Japanese, traditionally, is written from top to bottom (and then right to left). Maltese is written from left to right

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.

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

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Russian and Bulgarian are written in the Cyrillic alphabet.

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

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 spoken in Europe today is considered to be the oldest?

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Basque is considered to be the oldest European language spoken today.

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’).

What is a reverse dictionary?

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A reverse dictionary is a dictionary listing words alphabetically from their last letter.

Which of the following languages are considered to be Romance languages?

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Romanian, Catalan and Sardinian are Romance languages.

Which European language is Afrikaans derived from?

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A language of southern Africa, derived from the form of Dutch brought to the Cape by Protestant settlers in the 17th century, and an official language of South Africa.

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