October 18, 2019

Language Trivia

Hello everyone. I made a list of language-related questions for a friend of mine for a trivia game and I thought I would post the questions here for fun.

The rules are:

A) No google:)
B) If you get the whole question right, you get a point
C) Feel free to write your answers in the comments

Here are the questions:

1) Name the three largest Indoeuropean language families in Europe

2) Name 5 major Germanic languages

3) Name 5 major Romance languages

4) Name 7 major Slavic languages

5) Name 3 major Ugro-Finnic languages

6) Name 5 modern major Chinese languages. (Bonus point for the entire question if you can write every name in Chinese:)

7) Name the 4 major modern lingua franca languages other than English, Spanish, French and Portuguese

8) Name the second most widely spoken Chinese language after Mandarin

9) Name the four official languages of Switzerland

10) Name 4 major Italian dialects/languages

11) Name the easternmost major Romance language in the European union

12) Name all 9 countries/special regions where Portuguese is the official language (8 countries, one special region)

13) Name two relatively large countries/regions in Africa, where Spanish is the official language

14) Name three countries in Africa, where German was the official language

15) Name the East/Southeast African major lingua franca

16) Name the second most important Indo-European language in South Africa after English.

17) Name 5 non-Indoeuropean languages in the European Union with official European union status.

18) Name 4 Celtic languages in Europe

19) Name two places/regions far from Mongolia, where Mongolic languages have been spoken for a long time. Bonus point for the question if you know the names of these two languages

20) Name the language isolate in the north of Japan


  1. It’ll be too difficult for my brain trying to get all the correct answers..so I’ll not try..instead i’ll be just waiting for someone else capable of doing it:)it’s always a pleasure reading your posts Vlad..I was just thinking..are you currently learning any language?Talk to you soon

    1. :) Thank you. I'm not learning any language currently, no.

  2. 1. Slavic, Germanic, Romantic
    2. German, English, Dutch, Danish, Swedish
    3. Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian, Portuguese
    4. Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Bulgarian, Belorussian, Macedonian, Slovakian
    5. Finnish, Estonian, Latvian
    6. Mandarin, Cantonese....?
    7. German, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian
    8. Cantonese
    9. Italian, French, German, English
    12.Portugal, Brazil....?
    18.Welsh, Irish, Manx, Gaelic
    19.Turkey, Kyrgyzstan

  3. Also I forgot 20 but I remembered after I submitted it (without google's help of course) I believe it is Ainu!

  4. 1. Germanic, Slavic, Romance
    2. English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish
    3. Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian
    4. Russian, Ukrainian, Belarussian, Czech, Slovak, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian
    5. Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian
    6. Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Wu, Min? (guessing the last one)
    7. Russian, Mandarin, Arabic, Swahili
    8. Cantonese
    9. Italian, German, French, Romansch
    10. Neapolitan, Piedmontese, Sicilian, Venetian
    11. Romanian
    12. Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique ...?
    13. ?
    14. ?
    15. Swahili
    16. Afrikaans
    17. Maltese, Basque, Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian?
    18. Irish, Scottish Gaelic?
    19. Probably Russia?
    20. Ainu

    Some of this I remember from a linguistics class I took in uni, but the Africa questions really stumped me!

  5. 1. Германская группа, романская, славянская.
    2. Немецкий, нидерландский, английский, шведский, датский.
    3. Испанский, итальянский, французский, португальский, румынский.
    4. Русский, украинский, белорусский, болгарский, сербохорватский, польский, чешский.
    5. Финский, венгерский, эстонский.
    6. Северокитайский (путунхуа, мандаринский), кантонский, тайваньский, ...
    7. Русский, суахили, урду, хинди.
    8. Кантонский.
    9. Французский, немецкий, итальянский, ретороманский.
    10. Сицилийский, неаполитанский, венецианский, ...
    11. Румынский.
    12. Португалия, Бразилия, Кабо-Верде, Гвинея-Бисау, Ангола, Мозамбик, Восточный Тимор, Сан-Томе и Принсипи, Аомынь (Макао).
    13. Экваториальная Гвинея, Западная Сахара.
    14. Намибия, Кения, Танзания.
    15. Суахили.
    16. Африкаанс.
    17. Финский, венгерский, эстонский, мальтийский, турецкий.
    18. Бретонский, ирландский, валлийский, шотландский, мэнский.
    19. Калмыкия - калмыцкий язык, (Наверно, где-то в Китае. Не помню, манчжурский - это монгольский язык или нет)
    20. Айнский.

  6. 1.Germanic, Romance, slavic
    2. German, English, Dutch, Swedish, norwegian
    3. Spanish, french, portuguese, italian, romanian
    4. Russian, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Serbian, Belarusian
    5. Finnish, Hungarian, Estonian
    6. Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Hakka (meixian hakka??)
    7.Swahili, Arabic, Mandarin, hindi
    9. Rumansh, Italian, German, French
    10. Sicilian, Venetian, Napulitano, Sardinian
    11. Romanian, Aromanian
    12. Portugal, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Madeira, Guniea-Bissau, Macau, Angola, Mosambique...
    13.wait what?? Equatorial guinea is not big at all. Fo you mean western sahara and morocco?
    14. Namibia, German congo, togo??
    16. Afrikaans.
    17. Hungarian, Estonian, Finnish, Maltese and Basque.
    18. Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Breton.
    19. Well buryat is too close to Mongolia so I can only think of Kalmyk.
    20. Ainu.