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Can you name the official languages of the countries of Asia?
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Jan 2nd, 2012 at 18:23 GMT
Before you explode about India, the 15 "official languages" are official only in specific provinces, while the two listed above our used throughout.
Jan 2nd, 2012 at 23:21 GMT
Well, it is actually 22, and they are nationally recognized, but okay. Also confusing is the fact that several countries basically speak to greater or lesser extent Persian: Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan. And Indonesian is a dialect of Malay. But using the 'official' state labels....
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 03:53 GMT
That's the wonderful world of languages for you.
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 07:05 GMT
It doesn't accept Dari for Afghanistan.
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 08:04 GMT
What about Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan...?
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 08:53 GMT
I was expecting to be listing 15 or so for India...
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 09:12 GMT
Ostia, ¿Chinochano también le da al Sporcle?
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 09:24 GMT
Would be nice if it accepted some of the alternative spellings of Pashto (since it's transliterated, thus multiple spellings are in common and acceptable usage)...
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 10:56 GMT
You have to speak english to tag alog in Philippines...
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 12:48 GMT
It would be nice if 'Bahasa' or 'Bahasa Indonesian' were accepted for Indonesian.
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 12:54 GMT
Thought i did alright until i saw the stats
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 18:03 GMT
just one spelling issue: The official language of Mongolia is definitely not "Mongolia"
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 19:12 GMT
Great quiz! I tried 'Sinhalese' for 'Sinhala'. I know Sinhalese refers to the people and Sinhala to the language, but maybe you could accept Sinhalese?
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 20:09 GMT
Nice quiz! Although if you want to follow the countries of Asia quiz you're missing Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 21:45 GMT
I completely forgot English as a main language..
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 22:08 GMT
Mandarin Chinese should also accepted, I typed in Chinese, realized I forgot Mandarin, and then was very confused.
Jan 3rd, 2012 at 22:12 GMT
Also, why is the answer for Mongolia 'Mongolia' even though it accepts Mongol as an answer?
Jan 4th, 2012 at 00:28 GMT
New year resolution: Learn Dzongkha
Jan 4th, 2012 at 02:55 GMT
Very well made, i hope to see more continents
Jan 4th, 2012 at 03:00 GMT
What about Vedic or Sanskrit?
Jan 4th, 2012 at 05:15 GMT
Sanskrit is one of the 22 "scheduled languages" of India. Vedic is the extinct predecessor of many Aryan languages.
Jan 5th, 2012 at 00:48 GMT
I actually knew the official language of East Timor (know someone who lived there) but tried so many alternate spellings and didn't pick yours. Are other spellings acceptable (like Tatum or Tatoum)? If so, can you include them as answers?
Jan 5th, 2012 at 01:04 GMT
Tetun is the only alternate I have found, sorry about that.
Jan 5th, 2012 at 10:39 GMT
In addition to the above mentioned, I tried "Singhalese" for "Sinhala". Up to you, how many spellings you accept, of course, but I need every point I can get ;)
Jan 5th, 2012 at 20:38 GMT
I'll argue against even including Japan at all. At most it should be a bonus answer. Sure that's going to open up the comments section to people yelling "you forgot japan!", but it's more correct to say they have no official language than to say they have a 'de facto official language' (which is oxymoronic)
Jan 10th, 2012 at 17:16 GMT
Not really – in Japan laws and so forth are published in Japanese, the government operates in Japanese and one does business with the government in Japanese. It's just not written down anywhere that that has to be the case. It's a bit of a moot distinction.
Jan 10th, 2012 at 17:19 GMT
Also goddammit, why did I write "Farsi" for the official language of Iran? If I'd written "Persian" I'd have scored that extra point for Afghanistan too! Damn my linguist brain! Also, quite pleased that I got Pashto, Dzongkha and Sinhala (although I kept wanting to type Sindarin) – and I tried Divehi and Dihevi before getting a point for "Maldivian"; basically, I forgot the h. The only one I genuinely didn't know at all was Tetum...
Jan 16th, 2012 at 02:31 GMT
@finlay: If a de facto language is being considered "official" then there is really no reason to not include India's languages. They are more official than Japanese. Official languages are determined by what's been made official, so Djibouti is right.
Jan 16th, 2012 at 23:21 GMT
It accepts too much... some of the answers I cheated and put things like "Cambodian" and still got the answer.
Jan 22nd, 2012 at 21:10 GMT
Good quiz, but surprised that English is an official language of India. Also, I did not think of trying Arabic.
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