Quiz - interesting language facts

The quiz to mark this year’s European Day of Languages has ended – answers were accepted until 28 September 2022.


Main prize (Kindle e-reader):

Marta Kašíková

Small gifts from the partners of the European Day of Languages
Anežka Větrovská
Tereza Postavová
Jakub Charvát
Milan Havíř
Gabriela Salawová
Beáta Studená
Soňa Filip
Jana Havířová
Jana Švehlová
Congratulations to all winners!

Correct answers

  1. Question: How many indigenous languages are there estimated to be in Europe?
    a/ less than 100
    b/ 100-200
    c/ 200-300
    correct answer: c/
  2. How many living languages do you estimate there are in the world?
    a/ around 500
    b/ around 2000
    c/ around 6000
    correct answer: c/
  3. Which is the most widely spoken language in the world?
    a/ Chinese
    b/ English
    c/ Spanish
    correct answer: b/
  4. Which of the following languages is written from right to left?
    a/ Arabic
    b/ Maltese
    c/ Japanese
    correct answer: a/
  5. Which of these languages has its own unique alphabet with 38 letters?
    a/ Basque
    b/ Armenian
    c/ Icelandic
    correct answer: b/
  6. Which stone helped in the deciphering of the hieroglyphs by European researchers?
    a/ Napoleon's stone
    b/ Babel stone
    c/ Rosetta Stone
    correct answer: c/
  7. From which language does the flower name 'tulip' come from?
    a/ Dutch
    b/ Turkish
    c/ Latin
    correct answer: b/
  8. French is an official language in how many countries in the world?
    a/ 29
    b/ 3
    c/ 12
    correct answer: a/
  9. What is Esperanto?
    a/ Spanish word for "wait"
    b/ the most widely spoken constructed language in the world
    c/ computer language
    correct answer: b/
  10. In which country do people often shake their heads meaning “yes” and nod when they actually mean “no”?
    a/ Romania
    b/ Bulgaria
    c/ Cyprus
    correct answer: b/