European Languages Trivia Quiz

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How well do you understand European languages? According to this European languages trivia quiz, you will need to understand the difference between European and non-European languages. Can you do so? The difference between Spanish, French, English, and Italian languages, which of the following Germanic language groups no longer exist, is a low Germanic language. This quiz will demonstrate your knowledge of European languages. Have fun with this quiz. All the best to you!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is not a European language family?

    • A.

      Celtic

    • B.

      Germanic

    • C.

      Latinate/Italianate

    • D.

      Indo-European

    Correct Answer
    D. Indo-European
    Explanation
    Indo-European is not a European language family because it is actually a language family that includes several language branches spoken in Europe, Asia, and parts of the Middle East. It is one of the largest language families in the world, encompassing languages such as English, Spanish, Hindi, Russian, and many others. Therefore, Indo-European cannot be considered as a European language family itself.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following is not a Latinate language?

    • A.

      Spanish

    • B.

      English

    • C.

      Italian

    • D.

      French

    Correct Answer
    B. English
    Explanation
    English is not a Latinate language because it is primarily derived from Germanic roots, while the other options (Spanish, Italian, and French) are Romance languages that evolved from Latin. English has a significant influence from Latin due to historical factors, but its core structure and vocabulary are largely Germanic in origin.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following Germanic language groups no longer exists?

    • A.

      Eastern

    • B.

      Western

    • C.

      Northern

    Correct Answer
    A. Eastern
    Explanation
    The Eastern Germanic language group no longer exists. This group included languages such as Gothic, Burgundian, and Vandalic. Gothic was the most well-known language of this group and was spoken by the Goths. However, these languages became extinct over time, and there are no modern descendants of the Eastern Germanic languages. The Western and Northern Germanic language groups, on the other hand, still exist and include languages such as English, German, Dutch, Danish, and Swedish.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is a Low Germanic language?

    • A.

      Latin

    • B.

      Dutch

    • C.

      Danish

    • D.

      Spanish

    Correct Answer
    B. Dutch
    Explanation
    Dutch is a Low Germanic language because it belongs to the West Germanic branch of the Germanic family of languages. It is spoken by the majority of the population in the Netherlands and Belgium. Dutch shares similarities with other Low Germanic languages such as German and English, including vocabulary and grammar. This distinguishes it from other options like Latin, Danish, and Spanish, which do not fall under the Low Germanic language category.

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  • 5. 

    Northern Germanic languages are also known as Scandinavian languages.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because Northern Germanic languages, which include Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Faroese, are indeed commonly referred to as Scandinavian languages. These languages are spoken primarily in the Scandinavian Peninsula, which consists of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, as well as in Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The term "Scandinavian languages" is often used to distinguish these languages from other Germanic languages spoken in different regions.

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  • 6. 

    What are words called that are similar in two different languages?

    • A.

      Latinisms

    • B.

      False Cognates

    • C.

      Synonyms

    • D.

      Cognates

    Correct Answer
    D. Cognates
    Explanation
    Cognates are words that have a similar origin and meaning in two different languages. They share a common etymology and often have similar spellings and pronunciations. Cognates can help language learners understand and make connections between different languages. In this case, the correct answer is "Cognates" because it accurately describes words that are similar in two different languages.

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  • 7. 

    German and Spanish languages are highly inspired by Hebrew.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. German and Spanish languages are not highly inspired by Hebrew. German is a West Germanic language, while Spanish is a Romance language. Both languages have their own distinct origins and influences. Hebrew, on the other hand, is a Semitic language. While there may be some loanwords or linguistic influences between different languages, it is not accurate to say that German and Spanish are highly inspired by Hebrew.

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  • 8. 

    Which of these is a non-European language?

    • A.

      Japanese

    • B.

      Spanish

    • C.

      French

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Japanese
    Explanation
    Japanese is a non-European language because it is primarily spoken in Japan, which is located in East Asia. Unlike Spanish and French, which are Romance languages originating from Europe, Japanese belongs to the Japonic language family and has its own unique writing system. Therefore, Japanese is the correct answer as a non-European language.

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  • 9. 

    There are some languages that are related in Europe.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because Europe is home to a diverse range of languages that are related to each other. Many European languages belong to the same language families, such as the Romance languages (including French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese), the Germanic languages (including English, German, Dutch, and Swedish), and the Slavic languages (including Russian, Polish, Czech, and Bulgarian), among others. These languages share common linguistic features and have evolved from common ancestral languages. Therefore, it is accurate to say that there are languages related to each other in Europe.

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  • 10. 

    What language is High German today?

    • A.

      Modern German

    • B.

      Dutch

    • C.

      Flemish

    • D.

      Scottish

    Correct Answer
    A. Modern German
    Explanation
    High German refers to the standardized variety of the German language that is spoken today. It is the official language of Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein, as well as being one of the official languages of Switzerland and Luxembourg. Modern German is derived from High German and is spoken by millions of people worldwide. Dutch, Flemish, and Scottish are separate languages that are not considered to be forms of High German. Therefore, the correct answer is Modern German.

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