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  • 1. 

    Which is NOT an official language of Switzerland?

    • A.

      French

    • B.

      Spanish

    • C.

      German

    • D.

      Italian

    Correct Answer
    B. Spanish
    Explanation
    Switzerland has four official languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh. Spanish is not one of the official languages of Switzerland.

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  • 2. 

    Which is a language isolate or has no relation to any other languages?

    • A.

      Spanish

    • B.

      Chinese

    • C.

      Korean

    • D.

      Danish

    Correct Answer
    C. Korean
    Explanation
    Korean is a language isolate because it has no known genetic relationship with any other language. It is considered a unique language, unrelated to any other language family. Unlike Spanish, Chinese, and Danish, which belong to the Romance, Sino-Tibetan, and Germanic language families respectively, Korean stands alone as an isolate. This means that it has developed independently over time, without any significant influence or connection to other languages.

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  • 3. 

    Which languages are related?

    • A.

      German and French

    • B.

      Lao and Thai

    • C.

      Swahili and Afrikaans

    • D.

      Chinese and Korean

    Correct Answer
    B. Lao and Thai
    Explanation
    Lao and Thai are related languages because they both belong to the same language family, which is the Tai-Kadai language family. They have similar vocabulary, grammar, and phonetics, making them mutually intelligible to a certain extent. Additionally, Lao and Thai share a common writing system, the Thai script, although there are some slight differences in pronunciation and vocabulary between the two languages. Overall, the linguistic similarities between Lao and Thai indicate their close relationship and shared history.

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  • 4. 

    Which Asian language is NOT tonal?

    • A.

      Thai

    • B.

      Chinese

    • C.

      Khmer

    • D.

      Vietnamese

    Correct Answer
    C. Khmer
    Explanation
    Khmer is the correct answer because it is the only language among the options that is not tonal. Tonal languages use pitch variations to distinguish word meanings, while non-tonal languages do not rely on pitch variations for meaning. Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese are tonal languages, as they have different tones that can change the meaning of words. However, Khmer does not have distinct tones, making it the only non-tonal language among the given options.

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  • 5. 

    What is an official language of Israel following its revival in the late 19th century?

    • A.

      Russian

    • B.

      Farsi

    • C.

      Hebrew

    • D.

      English

    Correct Answer
    C. Hebrew
    Explanation
    Hebrew is the correct answer because following its revival in the late 19th century, Hebrew became the official language of Israel. Hebrew is a Semitic language and holds significant religious and cultural importance for the Jewish people. It is widely spoken and used in various aspects of Israeli society, including government, education, media, and daily life.

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  • 6. 

    What is spoken in Brazil and by a small margin, the most spoken language in South America?

    • A.

      Spanish

    • B.

      Portuguese

    • C.

      French

    • D.

      Italian

    Correct Answer
    B. Portuguese
    Explanation
    Portuguese is spoken in Brazil and is also the most spoken language in South America, albeit by a small margin. This is because Brazil is the largest country in South America and has a population of over 200 million people, making Portuguese the dominant language in the region. Additionally, Portuguese is the official language of other South American countries such as Uruguay and Venezuela, further contributing to its status as the most spoken language in the continent.

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  • 7. 

    Which is a major language spoken in southern India?

    • A.

      Hindi

    • B.

      Tamil

    • C.

      Bengali

    • D.

      Malayalam

    Correct Answer
    B. Tamil
    Explanation
    Tamil is a major language spoken in southern India. It is one of the official languages of India and is primarily spoken in the state of Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry. Tamil has a rich literary tradition and is known for its distinct script and grammar. It is also spoken by Tamil diaspora in various countries around the world.

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  • 8. 

    At nearly 1 billion people, which language has the most native speakers in the world?

    • A.

      Mandarin

    • B.

      English

    • C.

      Spanish

    • D.

      Russian

    Correct Answer
    A. Mandarin
    Explanation
    Mandarin has the most native speakers in the world, with nearly 1 billion people speaking it. This is because Mandarin is the official language of China, which has the largest population in the world. Mandarin is also spoken in other countries, such as Taiwan and Singapore, further contributing to its large number of native speakers. English, Spanish, and Russian have significant numbers of native speakers as well, but they do not surpass the number of Mandarin speakers.

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  • 9. 

    What language in Southeast Asia uses a modified Latin alphabet?

    • A.

      Khmer

    • B.

      Burmese

    • C.

      Vietnamese

    • D.

      Thai

    Correct Answer
    C. Vietnamese
    Explanation
    Vietnamese is the language in Southeast Asia that uses a modified Latin alphabet. This modified Latin alphabet is known as the Vietnamese alphabet or Quốc Ngữ. It was developed by Catholic missionaries in the 17th century and is based on the Portuguese alphabet. The Vietnamese alphabet includes additional diacritics and accent marks to represent the tones and sounds of the language accurately. This modified Latin alphabet has been widely adopted and is the official writing system in Vietnam.

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  • 10. 

    If you were to take the Hajj to Mecca, what language would be most useful?

    • A.

      Arabic

    • B.

      French

    • C.

      Farsi

    • D.

      Greek

    Correct Answer
    A. Arabic
    Explanation
    The most useful language for the Hajj to Mecca would be Arabic. Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia, where Arabic is the official language. Arabic is also the language of the Quran, which is recited and studied during the Hajj pilgrimage. Knowing Arabic would facilitate communication with locals, understanding religious ceremonies, and participating fully in the rituals of the Hajj.

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  • 11. 

    Which is NOT a Slavic language?

    • A.

      Estonian

    • B.

      Russian

    • C.

      Belarusian

    • D.

      Czech

    Correct Answer
    A. Estonian
    Explanation
    Estonian is not a Slavic language because it belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family, specifically the Baltic-Finnic branch. Slavic languages, on the other hand, are part of the larger Indo-European language family and are primarily spoken in Eastern Europe. Therefore, Estonian does not fit into the category of Slavic languages.

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  • 12. 

    Which dialect is predominant in the Guangdong region of China?

    • A.

      Mandarin

    • B.

      Cantonese

    • C.

      Wu

    • D.

      Hokkien

    Correct Answer
    B. Cantonese
    Explanation
    Cantonese is the predominant dialect in the Guangdong region of China. This is because Guangdong is the home province of Cantonese-speaking people and is considered the birthplace of Cantonese culture. Cantonese is widely spoken and understood in this region, and it is also the official language of Hong Kong and Macau. Mandarin, on the other hand, is the official language of China and is spoken by the majority of the population, but it is not the predominant dialect in Guangdong.

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  • 13. 

    Which country has the most Spanish speakers in the world?

    • A.

      Spain

    • B.

      Mexico

    • C.

      United States

    • D.

      Argentina

    Correct Answer
    B. Mexico
    Explanation
    Mexico has the most Spanish speakers in the world because it is the country where Spanish is the official language and the majority of the population speaks Spanish as their first language. Additionally, Mexico has a large population, which further contributes to its high number of Spanish speakers.

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  • 14. 

    Which is an official language of Afghanistan?

    • A.

      Pashto

    • B.

      Arabic

    • C.

      Hebrew

    • D.

      Russian

    Correct Answer
    A. Pashto
    Explanation
    Pashto is an official language of Afghanistan. It is spoken by the Pashtun ethnic group, which is the largest ethnic group in the country. Pashto is also one of the two official languages of Afghanistan, along with Dari. It is widely spoken and used for official purposes, including in government, education, and media. Therefore, Pashto is the correct answer to the question.

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  • 15. 

    What are the official languages of Cyprus?

    • A.

      Greek and Turkish

    • B.

      English and French

    • C.

      Greek and Italian

    • D.

      English and Spanish

    Correct Answer
    A. Greek and Turkish
    Explanation
    The official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish. This is because Cyprus has a significant population of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, and the island has been divided into two separate regions since 1974 - the Greek-speaking Republic of Cyprus in the south and the Turkish-speaking Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the north. As a result, both Greek and Turkish are recognized as official languages to accommodate the linguistic diversity of the island.

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  • 16. 

    What is the official language of Iran?

    • A.

      Farsi

    • B.

      Arabic

    • C.

      Kurdish

    • D.

      Turkish

    Correct Answer
    A. Farsi
    Explanation
    The official language of Iran is Farsi. Farsi, also known as Persian, is the most widely spoken language in Iran and is the official language of the country. It is spoken by the majority of the population and is used in government, education, media, and everyday communication. Arabic, Kurdish, and Turkish are also spoken in certain regions of Iran, but they are not the official languages of the country.

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  • 17. 

    What is the most spoken language of North Africa?

    • A.

      Arabic

    • B.

      French

    • C.

      Swahili

    • D.

      English

    Correct Answer
    A. Arabic
    Explanation
    Arabic is the most spoken language in North Africa because it is the official language in most countries in the region, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia. Arabic has deep historical and cultural roots in North Africa and is widely used in daily life, education, government, media, and business. Additionally, Arabic has a significant influence on the local dialects spoken in the region, making it the dominant language in North Africa.

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  • 18. 

    Which is NOT a variety of Serbo-Croatian?

    • A.

      Serbian

    • B.

      Albanian

    • C.

      Bosnian

    • D.

      Montenegrin

    Correct Answer
    B. Albanian
    Explanation
    Albanian is not a variety of Serbo-Croatian because it is a separate language altogether. Serbo-Croatian refers to a language continuum that includes Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, and Montenegrin, which are mutually intelligible and share a high degree of linguistic similarity. However, Albanian belongs to a different language family and has distinct linguistic features that set it apart from Serbo-Croatian.

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  • 19. 

    Which language is related to German?

    • A.

      Dutch

    • B.

      French

    • C.

      Slovakian

    • D.

      Finnish

    Correct Answer
    A. Dutch
    Explanation
    Dutch is related to German because both languages belong to the West Germanic branch of the Germanic language family. They share many similarities in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure. Additionally, Dutch and German are geographically close, with the Netherlands and Germany being neighboring countries. These factors contribute to the linguistic and cultural connections between the two languages.

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  • 20. 

    Which is a Turkic language spoken in Central Asia?

    • A.

      Arabic

    • B.

      Kazakh

    • C.

      Pashto

    • D.

      Farsi

    Correct Answer
    B. Kazakh
    Explanation
    Kazakh is a Turkic language spoken in Central Asia. It is the official language of Kazakhstan and is also spoken by significant populations in neighboring countries such as Uzbekistan, China, and Russia. The Turkic language family includes various languages spoken by Turkic peoples across a vast region, and Kazakh is one of the prominent members of this language family.

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