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Sep 8th, 2012 at 02:03 GMT
did I really just miss Kyrgyzstan?
Sep 8th, 2012 at 09:02 GMT
Sep 11th, 2012 at 00:12 GMT
I thought russian was official in Ukraine too, other than ukrainian... Anyway, even if I got it, that's tricky Suriname! And why isn't german official in Luxembourg?
Sep 11th, 2012 at 16:57 GMT
@osasunaitor: The official language of Ukraine is Ukrainian. Russian is a common spoken language, but not an official language.
Sep 14th, 2012 at 16:16 GMT
German is absolutely an official language of Luxembourg, and even the source linked bears that out.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 14:55 GMT
osasunaitor and adhair: thanx and fixed
Game published: Oct 25th, 2012 at 19:00 GMT
Oct 25th, 2012 at 19:30 GMT
Only 38.5% on Kyrgyzstan? I mean, who on this site answers Kazakhstan (50.7%) and doesn't even try for Kyrgyzstan? Who doesn't just type Kyrgyzstan first on any quiz that involves the word "countries?" WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?
Oct 25th, 2012 at 19:32 GMT
Oct 25th, 2012 at 19:33 GMT
How did I get ALL the countries in ALL the languages EXCEPT that in Russian I only got Russia?
Oct 25th, 2012 at 20:07 GMT
Missing Kyrgyzstan on a Sporcle quiz is like a deadly sin. I have some confessing to do.
Oct 25th, 2012 at 20:16 GMT
3 or 4 seconds left and DOH, Kyrgyzstan in the nick of time!
Oct 25th, 2012 at 20:48 GMT
I wish Brooklyn was an acceptable answer.
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Oct 25th, 2012 at 21:19 GMT
@dlauthor: Probably for similar reasons why you'd probably not try Kyrgyzstan as an answer for "Countries where Chinese is an official language" or "Countries where Mongol is an official language." For most countries that didn't maintain a real "colonial" presence into the mid-20th Century (such as Germany), you're not likely to find the countries' official language to be official in their former colonies (German isn't official in places like Cameroon or Tanzania, even though both countries were German colonies for several decades before WWI).
Italian, for instance, is NOT an official language in Somalia even though Somalia was an Italian colony for nearly 70 years but it IS an official language in several neighboring countries (as is German). If you'll look at a map of Kyrgyzstan, it's not a Russian neighbor. Two of the other countries that use Russian as an official language border Russia directly while a dozen or so other countries having direct borders with Russia do not use Russian as an official language--not even those that were actually a part of the USSR. Why should Kyrgyzstan be expected to use Russian when Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Estonia don't? (The first two don't border Russia while the last one does.)
Now, given that this is Sporcle, not having Kyrgyzstan as an answer for at least one category would seem to be a bit odd. But considering the answers that appear for the other languages, it's pretty easy to understand why even dedicated, hard-core Sporclers might not think of Kyrgyzstan for any of the categories.
Oct 25th, 2012 at 22:06 GMT
Yup, managed to miss only two - but one of them was Germany. Ouch.
Oct 25th, 2012 at 22:07 GMT
@BamaRainbow: On the other hand, an understanding of the structure of the Soviet Union and its history made me consider all of the former Soviet republics. The relationship of the Soviet republics to Russia was far closer, physically, economically, socially, and ethnically than any of the colonial countries to their parent, with the exception of the US and the dominions to the UK. Many of the former Soviet Republics have large minority populations of ethnic Russians. I would have run through all of the former Soviet Republics if necessary to find the ones which established/maintained Russian as an official language.
Oct 26th, 2012 at 00:03 GMT
A bit of knowledge of post-USSR politics also helps: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have looked more towards the rest of Europe than the rest of the former Soviet countries, so they were unlikely to designate Russian as an official language; in Ukraine there's still a certain amount of tension between native Ukrainian and Russian speakers, so that's not a particularly likely one either. On the other hand, Belarus and Kazakhstan have maintained fairly close ties to Mother Russia so they were more probable. Kyrgyzstan surprised me slightly, but I gather from my brother (who's lived there) that Russian tends to be used a lingua franca between, say, Kyrgyz speakers and the ethnic Uzbek communities within Kyrgyzstan, or other minorities who are more likely to speak Russian than Kyrgyz.
Oct 26th, 2012 at 00:59 GMT
Kyrgyzstan - I STILL can't spell it.
Oct 26th, 2012 at 01:27 GMT
trying to think of last for german...time runs out...derp i forgot germany
Oct 26th, 2012 at 02:02 GMT
At a minimum, Ukraine should be a bonus answer for Russian. Due to a recently passed law, Russian now has official status in certain parts of the country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_language_in_Ukraine#Regional_language_2012
Oct 26th, 2012 at 02:12 GMT
Kinda surprised German isn't an official language of Namibia, considering it was a German colony.
Oct 26th, 2012 at 02:36 GMT
In retrospect, Vatican City was a pretty obvious one to miss.
Oct 26th, 2012 at 03:25 GMT
kromclovinfasho: you could say the same of Dutch and South Africa, especially considering that South Africa has 11 official languages.
Oct 26th, 2012 at 14:04 GMT
Suriname you sneaky devil, nearly cost me 100% there
Oct 26th, 2012 at 16:27 GMT
Only missed Suriname and Uganda. And i was pretty sure that dutch is an official language in South Africa.
Oct 27th, 2012 at 13:28 GMT
The only one I missed for German was... Germany *facepalm*
Oct 28th, 2012 at 13:13 GMT
@schumigt Afrikaans is the language you are thinking of that's official in South Africa. Afrikaans is descended from Dutch, but it is a separate language.
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