Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 7, 2011

WORLD LANGUAGES

LANGUAGES

 

1 – How many words do you think there are in the English language?

a. 70,000               b. 170,000           c. 500,000            d. More than 2 million

 

2 – The following English words come from other languages. Can you guess which language they are borrowed from?

a. Tea                   b. Coffee              c. shampoo            d. Potato

 

3. In your opinion, how many words (between 40,000 and 10,000)…

a. did Shakespeare use?

b. does an average 16-year-old know?

c. does a university graduate know?

 

4 – The American English word ‘zucchini’ means what in Standard English?

a. leek                   b. courgette          c. carrot               d. onion

 

5 – After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, what language was spoken by the Royal Court and the ruling class?

a. Latin                 b. German            c. English              d. French

 

6 – Approximately how many languages are spoken in the world?

a. 1070                 b. 1250                 c. 2100                 d. 2700     e. 3200

 

7 – Middle English was used by which poet?

a.  James Joyce   b. T. S. Eliot          c. Chaucer            d. Rudyard Kipling

 

8 – What are the official languages of Israel?

a. Hebrew and Arabic                        b. Hebrew and English

c. Arabic and English                        d. Hebrew and Yiddish

 

9 – What percentage of the Internet is in English?

a. 69%                  b. 86%                  c. 92%                  d. 95%

 

10 – According to the U.S. Census, how many languages are spoken in the United States?

a. 457                   b. 329                   c. 275                   d. 203                   e. 162

 

11. What language is the most common mother tongue?

 

12. What is the official language of the Netherlands?

 

13. In which countries is Swedish an official language?

a. Sweden and Finland                       b. Sweden and Estonia

c. Sweden and Norway                       d. Sweden and Latvia

 

14. In which Canadian province is there a predominantly French-speaking population?

a. Manitoba          b. Newfoundland   c. Nova Scotia      d. Quebec

 

15. What other language is Russian most related to?

a. Finnish              b. Serbian             c. Turkish             d. Romanian

 

16. Which language is not a Romanic language?

a. Romanian           b. Greek                c. Corsican            d. Catalan

adapted from: http://www.world-english.org/ELquiz.htm

 

 

KEY

 

LANGUAGES

 

1 – How many words do you think there are in the English language?

a. 70,000               b. 170,000           c. 500,000            d. More than 2 million

 

2 – The following English words come from other languages. Can you guess which language they are borrowed from?

a. Tea    (CHINESE)           b. Coffee  (TURKISH)             c. shampoo (INDI)            d. Potato (SPANISH)

 

3. In your opinion, how many words (between 40,000 and 10,000)…

a. did Shakespeare use? 30,000.

b. does an average 16-year-old know? 14,000

c. does a university graduate know? 25,000

 

4 – The American English word ‘zucchini’ means what in Standard English?

a. leek                   b. courgette          c. carrot               d. onion

 

5 – After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, what language was spoken by the Royal Court and the ruling class?

a. Latin                 b. German            c. English              d. French

 

6 – Approximately how many languages are spoken in the world?

a. 1070                 b. 1250                 c. 2100                 d. 2700     e. 3200

 

7 – Middle English was used by which poet?

a.  James Joyce   b. T. S. Eliot          c. Chaucer            d. Rudyard Kipling

 

8 – What are the official languages of Israel?

a. Hebrew and Arabic                        b. Hebrew and English

c. Arabic and English                        d. Hebrew and Yiddish

 

9 – What percentage of the Internet is in English?

a. 69%                  b. 86%                  c. 92%                  d. 95%

 

10 – According to the U.S. Census, how many languages are spoken in the United States?

a. 457                   b. 329                   c. 275                   d. 203                   e. 162

 

11. What language is the most common mother tongue? Mandarin Chinese.

 

12. What is the official language of the Netherlands? Dutch

 

13. In which countries is Swedish an official language?

a. Sweden and Finland                       b. Sweden and Estonia

c. Sweden and Norway                       d. Sweden and Latvia

 

14. In which Canadian province is there a predominantly French-speaking population?

a. Manitoba          b. Newfoundland   c. Nova Scotia      d. Quebec

 

15. What other language is Russian most related to?

a. Finnish              b. Serbian             c. Turkish             d. Romanian

 

16. Which language is not a Romanic language?

a. Romanian           b. Greek                c. Corsican            d. Catalan

adapted from: http://www.world-english.org/ELquiz.htm

 

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