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Languages

This page covers questions about languages themselves.

Alphabets

Letters in the Hebrew alphabet Click to show or hide the answer
Letters in the Greek alphabet (classical and modern) Click to show or hide the answer
Characters in the Arabic alphabet Click to show or hide the answer
Letters in the modern Russian alphabet Click to show or hide the answer

Russian script (after the saint who devised it in the 9th century) Click to show or hide the answer
The ancient writing system of the Celts – particularly in Ireland (at least 1,500 years old) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Languages

In this section, every answer is either a language or a dialect, or a group of languages.

The second most widely spoken Semitic language, after Arabic (with an estimated 17 million speakers, compared to Arabic's 300 million); the "working" language of Ethiopia (according to Encyclopaedia Britannica), and one of its two main languages (along with Oromo), spoken principally in the central highlands Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Official language of Morocco Click to show or hide the answer
Language believed to have been spoken by Jesus in everyday life Click to show or hide the answer
Language spoken in north-western Spain and south-western France – thought to be unrelated to any other language – also the name of an item of clothing! Click to show or hide the answer
Standard form of Spanish spoken in Spain Click to show or hide the answer
Official languages of Andorra: French and Click to show or hide the answer
Goidelic and Brythonic: the two groups of Click to show or hide the answer
Official language of Surinam (uniquely in South America); Afrikaans is derived from Click to show or hide the answer
Official language of Mauritius Click to show or hide the answer
Invented by Dr. Lud Zamenhof Click to show or hide the answer
Official language of Iran Click to show or hide the answer
A mixture of French and English, regarded with humour in Britain but in France as an unwanted intrusion of English words into the French language Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
George I and his ministers conversed in Click to show or hide the answer
Official language of Haiti Click to show or hide the answer
Group of Germanic languages, spoken by about half a million people in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. Said to be the closest living languages to English, after Scots Click to show or hide the answer
Franz Kafka was Czechoslovakian, but he wrote in Click to show or hide the answer
Official and commonest language of India, spoken by about a third of the population; written in the Devanagari script Click to show or hide the answer
Erse Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish lowland dialect in which Burns wrote Click to show or hide the answer
Common root of the Romance languages Click to show or hide the answer
The Magna Carta was written in
Language spoken in Hungary Click to show or hide the answer
Official languages of Madagascar: French (also English since 2007), and Click to show or hide the answer
Standard form of the Chinese language, spoken by 70% of the mainland population Click to show or hide the answer
The language of the Aztecs – still spoken by approx. 1.5 million people in Mexico Click to show or hide the answer
Language of the Afghans proper – one of the two official languages of Afghanistan, along with Dari (a variety of Persian) Click to show or hide the answer
Archetypical cant slang, used by the British gay community: originated in the 19th century, revived around 1960 by its use in the BBC radio comedy programme Round the Horne Click to show or hide the answer
The sole official language of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea–Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Prí­ncipe (as well as the European country in which it originated) Click to show or hide the answer
Brazil is the only South American country whose official language is
The group of languages derived from Latin Click to show or hide the answer
Spoken in the Swiss canton of Graubunden: the least widely–spoken of the four official languages of Switzerland (after French, German and Italian) Click to show or hide the answer
Gypsy language Click to show or hide the answer
Now used only for religious purposes, but believed to be the oldest surviving language of India; all present–day Indo–European languages are derived from Click to show or hide the answer
Name used "in the linguistic community" for the "mixed language" spoken by Irish travellers in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States Click to show or hide the answer
Official languages of Sri Lanka Click to show or hide the answer
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Group of Indo–European languages that includes Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and the Serbo–Croatian sub–group Click to show or hide the answer
Informal term used for the Australian version of the English language Click to show or hide the answer
Bantu language, used as a lingua franca in East Africa and parts of West Africa Click to show or hide the answer
Official languages of Pakistan: English and Click to show or hide the answer
The Chubut region of Argentine Patagonia is unusual in having a significant population (descended from nineteenth–century immigrants) that speaks Click to show or hide the answer
German dialect, written in the Hebrew alphabet, commonly spoken and written in Orthodox Jewish communities around the world Click to show or hide the answer

Other

Secret language used by a particular group of people, to prevent others from understanding their conversations – French for "slang" Click to show or hide the answer
Aranda or Arunta is the most important language of Click to show or hide the answer
Llanito is a vernacular dialect spoken in Click to show or hide the answer
The only South American country whose official language is English Click to show or hide the answer
Edda is the ancient language of Click to show or hide the answer
Imaginary line in Pembrokeshire, between the Welsh–speaking North and English–speaking South Click to show or hide the answer
Term that means a common tongue used by people with different native tongues Click to show or hide the answer
Said to have 250 languages, including Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo; official language English Click to show or hide the answer
Official language is based on the native language known as Tagalog Click to show or hide the answer
System for transcribing Chinese names, devised in the 1950s, adopted by ISO as an international standard in 1982, subsequently replacing Wade–Giles – gives Mao Zedong, Beijing, etc. Click to show or hide the answer
Penultimate letter of the Greek alphabet Click to show or hide the answer
System for transcribing Chinese names, devised in the late 19th century and generally used until superseded by pinyin – gives Mao Tse–tung, Peking, etc. Click to show or hide the answer
French–speaking population of Belgium Click to show or hide the answer

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