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Can you name the days of the week in these languages?
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NOTE: For simplicity's sake, the week in this quiz starts on Monday and ends on Sunday, even though that's not always the norm where some of these languages are spoken.
Days of the Week
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Aug 25th, 2010 at 15:01 GMT
I did my best to provide and accept various transliterations for Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Thai, Persian, Armenian and Mandarin, but as I speak none of those languages, keep in mind that I may have left out one or two. Corrections are more than welcome. I was going to include Korean and Hebrew too, but some of the letters turned up as blank boxes.
Also, I spent a lot of time on this quiz, so please don't give it a low rating just because you don't know more than 14 answers. It's meant to be a fun quiz, don't take it too seriously. If you get more than 5-6 languages, I think you're the rule rather than the exception. I only knew 5.
Aug 25th, 2010 at 15:16 GMT
You never know when you'll have to say Thursday in Welsh
Aug 25th, 2010 at 15:24 GMT
Wow, the Portuguese just got lazy, huh?
Aug 25th, 2010 at 15:31 GMT
If I had my own language the days would be: 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7. Yes I am that lazy
Aug 25th, 2010 at 17:56 GMT
The third day in Russian should be среда. Also consider adding different transliterations (ponedelnik, vtornik, sreda, chetverg, pyatnitsa, subbota, voskresenye).
Aug 25th, 2010 at 19:51 GMT
wow I guess the answer is a resounding no for me. great quiz.
Aug 25th, 2010 at 21:22 GMT
@sklegg: Done and done. I thought the Russian transliterations looked kinda fishy, but as my knowledge of Russian is limited to Da, Nyet and Babushka, I had to rely on Google. Thanks for correcting me.
Aug 26th, 2010 at 02:26 GMT
Only for elegance, the complete Portuguese names can appear in the answer (segunda-feira through sexta-feira), although the colloquial form (just "segunda", etc.) can be accepted for entering. As for German, I don't know if the word "Sonnabend" for Saturday is still in use or has become obsolete and only "Samstag" is usual nowadays. For Italian, "lunedi" through "giovedi" are accepted without accent, but "venerdì" only with the grave over the i. As always, it's better to show the correct, accented forms (lunedì, etc.) in the answer but allow also "lunedi", etc., for entering. Great quiz.
Aug 26th, 2010 at 03:08 GMT
@Navarro2814: if one wants to number the days a problem arises. If you say "day 2", a Portuguese or an Arab would understand it as Monday (segunda and ithnain mean "second"), but a Russian, Pole or Czech will think of Tuesday (in Russian vtornik = Tuesday is related to vtoroi = second). There is no universal agreement as to when the week begins.
Aug 26th, 2010 at 03:23 GMT
I think plenty of languages go by day one, day two... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Week-day_names#Numbered_weekdays I would consider "Sonnabend" correct for Saturday in German. It was the proper name for it in the GDR. I had a prof tell me once that the Third Reich was responsible for the popularization of "Samstag", but he also claimed to have predicted the current recession and knew that the Berlin Wall fell because of bananas. Despite my language geekiness, I didn't get much right! Great idea for a quiz!
Aug 26th, 2010 at 12:22 GMT
@dancastro: All has been corrected. I must have missed some of the "ì"s in Italian because of its similarity to a normal lower case "i".
Oct 13th, 2010 at 02:31 GMT
I like the variety of languages-though this limited the number correct I would have gotten-no complaints though-was suprised at the similarity of Albanian to the Italic languages
Apr 19th, 2011 at 17:02 GMT
This is sort of a Sporcle poll - how many users speak x language? Kind of a neat idea, though I wish I knew more. Would you consider accepting the Japanese days with an extra "u"? Like mokuyoubi, nichiyoubi, etc. That's how I'm used to seeing them. And for some reason, I entered one day in using hiragana, and then Sporcle wouldn't let me type in hiragana anymore. Not your quiz's fault; it was just a weird little glitch.
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Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:13 GMT
Friday, Friday. Gettin' down on Friday. Everybody lookin' forward to the weekend.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:30 GMT
الْجُمْعَة, الْجُمْعَة. Gettin' down on الْجُمْعَة. Everybody lookin' forward to السَّبْتْ and الأَحَدْ.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:34 GMT
The quiz was for the most part(other than english, spanish, french, italian, etc.) was more informative than knowing them all, and i think those are the most entertaining quizzes of them all.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:42 GMT
I'm sad to say I only knew English, French and German.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:46 GMT
You really should change the Estonian answers since they are all (except sunday) saying "on monday, on tuesday" and so on (esmaspäev is monday and esmaspäeval is on monday). Pretty difficult to get it right...
Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:46 GMT
Getting 14% of the answers puts me in the 91st percentile? Tough quiz. Fun though, trying to dredge up Spanish vocabulary from 6th grade, thirty years ago.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:46 GMT
Curious that Saturday spelled phonetically in Arabic is Shabt, which looks a lot like Shabbat or Sabbath. I'm guessing there's a common etymology, even though the sabbath day of Islam is Friday.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:48 GMT
It might be impossible, but it would be great if you could accept more spelling options for the Russian days. I knew them all, but couldn't figure out how best to spell Monday and Sunday with the English alphabet.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 19:52 GMT
For Japanese you should accept alternate romanizations (e.g. nichiyoubi instead of nichiyobi, which is how it would be typed in Japanese anyway) and display the kanji instead (日曜日 instead of にちようび).
Apr 29th, 2011 at 20:09 GMT
LOL can anyone actually successfully complete this quiz? I speak 9 languages and that's only a portion of this (not to mention, most people aren't nonolingual.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 20:18 GMT
My favorite part is the 1.5% who couldn't even get to 7.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 20:19 GMT
There are two other acceptable ways to say the days of the week in Mandarin that should be entered: lǐ bài [number] (禮拜＿＿) and zhou [numeral] (周__).
Apr 29th, 2011 at 20:20 GMT
I think for most people it is English + Spanish/French/German + language they speak or know. I got 32 from English, Spanish, Finnish, and Swedish (+ couple of unintentional extras).
Apr 29th, 2011 at 20:43 GMT
As far as the Persian is concerned, there seems to be problem with the way سهشنبه displays since the letters in the answer key are detached as سه شنبه. Also آدینه is an acceptable alternative to جمعه for all the Iranian nationalists out there.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 20:55 GMT
Rebecca Black needs to sing her song in all these languages to educate us on the multilingual days of the week. Well, Thursday-Sunday, at least.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 21:25 GMT
I'm surprised at you sporcle! No Latin??
Apr 29th, 2011 at 21:27 GMT
The Estonian ones aren't quite right. The -al endings (or -l on Reede) actually change the word to mean "On Monday" etc. Lose the endings and it makes sense.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 21:28 GMT
i have to get some swahili lessons
Apr 29th, 2011 at 21:33 GMT
Wow, the curve on this one is low! I guess no one knows more than a few languages.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 21:48 GMT
Woah, you must be seriously brainy to get all of them! I got 53/196 and really i think that was pretty good!
Apr 29th, 2011 at 21:49 GMT
There are 2 ways to say Sunday in Chinese; oddly, only 'xingqi ri' is accepted, but 'xingqi tian' is what shows up in the box. Both should be acceptable.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 22:23 GMT
I RULED the English days of the week!
Apr 29th, 2011 at 23:00 GMT
wow portugal/brazil. first day, second day, third day, etc.?
Apr 29th, 2011 at 23:54 GMT
Pig Latin: Undaymay, Usdaytay, Ednesdayway, Ursdaythay, Idayfray, Aturdaysay, Undaysay.
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Apr 30th, 2011 at 00:04 GMT
hmm, thought that it was "Mañana" for every day in Spanish..
Apr 30th, 2011 at 00:41 GMT
Got English, French and Russian like a champ.
Apr 30th, 2011 at 02:16 GMT
I can tell by the stats how many sporcle users are Americans that had to take highschool spanish.
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